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Old 08-06-2011, 11:25 AM   #1
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While I have had problems with some of the Nature Conservancy's behavior in recent years, you have to admit they have a place in the conservation arena. Especially if government lets other priorities supercede the work still needed.


2 New Bee Species Discovered on Oklahoma Preserve | Cool Green Science: The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy


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Two species new to science were also found: a species of Anthidium (large, black and yellow megachilid bees often oligolectic on legume plants), and a species of Hesperapis (family Melittidae), oligolectic on Gaillardia (Asteraceae). Both of these new species appear to be endemic to the southern Great Plains.
All in all, the Four Canyons bee fauna appears to be fascinatingly diverse, and in great shape.
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Oligolectic bees are specialists, and because of this are more tenuously connected to natural systems than generalists, which can collect pollen from a variety of plants. Most of the oligoleges that were expected at Four Canyon to this point (based on the presence of their host plants), have been found.
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Old 08-06-2011, 11:37 AM   #2
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The Four canyon Preserve
Four Canyon Preserve | The Nature Conservancy

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In time, the Conservancy will work cooperatively with other area landowners to conduct prescribed burns aimed at enhancing prairie habitat across the region. The critical habitat in and around the Four Canyon Preserve is home to one of Oklahoma's last remaining populations of the imperiled lesser prairie chicken. Successful management for this species will help sustain healthy populations of some of North America's most threatened grassland birds.
http://digital.library.okstate.edu/obs/obsv7p011.pdf

http://www.tulsaaudubon.org/guides/four-canyon-map.pdf
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Old 08-07-2011, 07:48 AM   #3
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I must admit not being terribly surprised at the finding of the new species; these often are under our very noses, so to speak, unnoticed until a specialist studies them.
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I must admit not being terribly surprised at the finding of the new species; these often are under our very noses, so to speak, unnoticed until a specialist studies them.
Talking about finding new species, I'm currently reading THE FUTURE OF LIFE by E O Wilson. How's this for a quote:

"You do not have to visit distant places, or even rise from you seat, to experience the luxuriance of biodiversity. You yourself are a rainforest of a kind. There is a good chance that tiny spider-like mites build nests at the base of your eyelashes. Fungal spores and hyphae on your toenails await the right conditions to sprout a liliputian forest. The vast majority of the cells in our body are not your own; they belong to bacterial and other micro-organismic species. More than four hundred such microbial species make their home in your mouth. But rest easy: the bulk of protoplasm you carry around is still human, because microbial cells are so small. Every time you scuff earth or splash mud puddles with your shoes, bacteria, and who knows what else, that are still unknown to science settle on them."

And we're tampering with nature with any assurance??? Bah!
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