Biodiversity in corn

It always is a sore point when a wildlife refuge has agriculture on it. The problems faced by wildlife are generally not a lack of cattle grazing pastures or wheat fields and it always feels that the refuge is managing something other than wildlife (or at least rare wildlife). Crop lands are annual habitats that might be dominated by a legume one year and a grass the next, they are challenging habitats for wildlife. Crop lands are, however; not devoid of wildlife as claimed by Craig Childs in his new book. Not to bash Craig Childs – the book: Secret Knowledge of Water is only awesome and I think we would agree on most issues – but I cannot repeat his observations and thinking he is demonstrating a bias and not accurately characterizing the system he studied.

Thoughts about butterfly territoriality

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