Pick & Mix 64 – big questions in ecology, entomological colonialism, the return of the Nature Table, ID apps, saving insects, rewilding, making your garden insect friendly and how big?!!

Charley Krebs on what are the big questions in ecology and how we might go about addressing them –  Whither the Big Questions in Ecology?

Colonialism in entomology – a historical problem that still persists today

Totally agree – Nature Tables should make a return to the classroom as in my opinion, should the weekly Nature walk. Even in an urban environment there are plenty of opportunities to introduce children to the natural world.

Why planting tons of trees isn’t enough to solve climate change – Massive projects need much more planning and follow-through to succeed – and other tree protections need to happen too

A warning note that iNaturalist and other ID apps are not perfect – sometimes they can be dangerous, but thankfully, not often

Scary stuff, a long read, but worth it “The older the article, the less likely it is that the links work. If you go back to 1998, 72 percent of the links are dead. Overall, more than half of all articles in The New York Times that contain deep links have at least one rotted link.”

Why I hate pandas and other entomologists hate koalas! Forget charisma, save our insects! Never underestimate the politics swirling around charismatic megafauna

A rewilding experiment set up before the term existed – Monks Wood Wilderness

Life lessons from beekeepers – stop mowing the lawn, don’t pave the driveway and get used to bugs in your salad

A bit of fun – visual comparisons of extinct megafauna and their living relatives – some really startling size differences

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