MARLYS KUBICEK

The world as we know it is changing. The cause of this change is human kind. Unfortunately humans did not think to the future when they created herbicides and pesticides. These manmade chemicals help increase crops but are responsible for the destruction of honey bees and monarch butterflies. The white-nose syndrome, a fungus, which is responsible for killing of our bat population, was transported from Europe to North America by humans.

These are small creatures that we take for granted. The monarch butterflies besides being beautiful, contribute to the ecosystem by pollinating and being a food source. One out of three bites of food relied on the work of the honey bee. Bats besides providing pollination and seed dispersal services, eat 2.4 million pounds of insects in a year. All three are endangered. What will happen to the ecosystems that revolve around these creatures?