posted on Feb, 20 2011 @ 01:33 AM
My parents live in a rural area of the Eastern United States. The people there are mostly middle class and lower. These people grow their own fruits
and vegetables, most of them hunt for their meats (wild turkey, whitetail deer, squirrels, pheasants, and rabbit). Most are conservationist and keep
an eye on what is happening in nature and in their environments. This might seem irrelevant but the thing is is that they began noticing the bee
population dwindling over a decade ago now, not just honey bees either but nearly all the many types of 'bees'. We had neighbors that kept bee hives
and in 2003 their hives began dieing. In some instances the bees would be there when the sunset but by sun-up the entire colony would be gone. There
would be no little insect bodies lying about, the queen would not even be there anymore! Since then they have tried to start new hives. Some
government foundation even supplied them with a colony but alas.. The bees keep disappearing without a trace.
Growing up rurally as I did, I was always taught that once the insect population begins to wane that the other wildlife would soon also suffer. The
amphibians and reptiles, fish and birds in this area are now also showing signs of a weakened ecosystem. Not only in that area but if you watch the
news, entire flocks of birds and schools of fish are dieing off in drones across the U.S. without much explanation as to why. And it is not just the
U.S. that is having these problems! It is terrifying to think about sometimes but we (mammals) are next in line when you look at the food chain.
I hope I have not gone off topic too much or pushed the envelope of what is allowed. I am not able to answer questions as to why these things are
happening, I can only elaborate on the knowledge I hold on the subject(s) really. I do know that a bee's job of pollination can be done by other
creatures however it is a tedious job and the bees are the best at it. It is this girl's opinion that if any creature, great or small, was to go
extinct from an ecosystem (or the world) it would (and will) be devastating to more than just us humans.