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Bird Nests

Bayou-Diversity (17 May 2020) Spring is a busy time for most birds in northeast Louisiana. Whether they are year round residents or just returning from wintering areas in Central and South America, most are involved in nest building of some sort. Nests of course are where birds lay eggs and are as varied as the many species that frequent our locale. They can be found from ground level to the tops of the highest trees. They can be as simple as a depression in the leaves or as complex as a finely woven bowl of spider silk and lichens. Most people think of the typical nest as the familiar cup-shaped structure built by many songbirds. Red-tailed hawks and great blue herons however build pl

Award-winning Bayou-Diversity!

For the second consecutive year Bayou-Diversity has won second place for "Best Podcast" in the combined newspaper, radio, and T.V. division of the Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters and Media Editors awards.

Honeybees are Immigrants Too!

Bayou-Diversity (3 May 2020) For thousands of years humans have gathered honey from the hives of wild honeybees. People ate honey, concocted the alcoholic beverage “mead,” and made candles from beeswax. Honey and wax were also used for medicinal purposes. None of this, however, happened in North America until Europeans arrived because honeybees are not native to the western hemisphere. About 20,000 different kinds of bees are found naturally throughout the world, many types in North America, but not the honeybees that we know. Records indicate that honeybees were shipped from England to the Colony of Virginia in 1622. Other shipments were made to Massachusetts around 1630. Swarms of t


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