I ATTRACT MY SHARE OF TICKS, but with fastidious body checks, I’ve managed to stay safe from Lyme disease, and now I’m crediting my obsession with eliminating mice as a key factor, too. A new book says there’s an ecological connection–even more than with deer. Also in nature headlines that caught my eye: the EPA’s bad decision not to ban a pesticide lethal to our struggling bee population, and another amphibian–Number 7,000–has been officially named on the planet. Some ribbiting recent links:
A LEADING EXPERT ON LYME disease ecology sets the record straight in this short but relevation-loaded podcast, explaining how mice even more than deer are major players in the chain of transmission. Don’t miss this one, from a scientist at the Institute from Ecosystems Studies in nearby Millbrook, New York.
EPA Fails to Ban Bee-Killing Pesticide
THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY declined a petition to ban clothianidin, a synthetic nicotine that is acutely lethal to bees, despite sharp declines in bee populations (and a recent ruling in France to ban a similar chemical).
Welcome to Amphibian Number 7,000
IN PERU, the discovery of Centrolene sabini (a kind of glass frog) marked 7,000 known amphibian species on the planet, where most of the news about these creatures is more that of decline [2023 update: the number is now more than 8,600]. And if you’re as excited as I am, sing along with this song that was recorded for the big event.