Honey bees of Vlieland island

This 2018 video is about honeybees of Vlieland island in the Netherlands. Here, they breed the non-aggressive Carniolan subspecies of bees; originally from Slovenia.

Apple orchards surrounded by agricultural lands are visited by a less diverse collection of bee species than orchards surrounded by natural habitats, according to a new Cornell University-led study, published in the journal Science: here.


Violent German neo-nazis not stopped by police

This video says about itself:

Opponents of far right to hold concert in Chemnitz | DW English

An uneasy calm is returning to the German city of Chemnitz after the turmoil of the last week. Counter-demonstrators were able to stop a far-right demonstration, and a concert has been scheduled. An audience of around 25,000 is expected to attend.

In fact, far more people than that turned out at the concert.

By Martin Nowak in Germany:

Report: Police gave neo-Nazi rioters free rein in Chemnitz, Germany

10 January 2019

Between August 26 to September 1, the city of Chemnitz in Saxony was the scene for one of the largest violent neo-Nazi mobilizations in Germany’s post-war history. Far-right-wing thugs chased immigrants on the streets and raided left-wing clubs and a Jewish restaurant.

According to data from the German government, 112 far-right-wing crimes were committed in Chemnitz between August 26 and October 11. These offences included the display of symbols of banned organisations, assault and violations of the Explosives Act. In addition, during this period, a terrorist organisation called “Revolution Chemnitz” was formed, which planned attacks on foreigners and political opponents of the far-right.

The events in Chemnitz were preceded by a stabbing death on the fringes of the Chemnitz City Festival of the 35-year-old German-Cuban Daniel H. The exact circumstances of the attack remain unclear, but just a few hours after the incident the stabbing figured prominently in far-right networks and Germany’s tabloid newspapers. The reports described Daniel H. as the victim of criminal refugees who were sexually threatening women. This version of events turned out to be entirely fictitious but was used to encourage right-wing extremists from all over Germany and Europe to travel to Chemnitz.

In one of its recent editions, Der Spiegel magazine published an article describing the shocking events in Chemnitz based on an internal police report. The report makes clear that although the police were well informed about the activities of the far right, they did nothing to stop the neo-Nazis.

With regard to the riots in Chemnitz the magazine writes: “the police could have been well prepared.” This is confirmed by “their own internal daily activity book”. Already “at just after ten o’clock” on Monday the police in Chemnitz received their first notifications about the alleged incident, including a WhatsApp message from Leipzig referring to a “a far-right mobilisation to Chemnitz”. Then, at around 13.00 the German state domestic intelligence agency (LfV) declared it expected numbers of far-right demonstrators in the “lower to middle thousands”.

Police officials had insisted upon “receiving the secret service information in written form, only in this form could it used to assess the situation,” Der Spiegel writes. The LfV had fulfilled this “wish” and outlined “a clear scenario”. The LfV report referred to a “very high degree of emotionalisation”. The alleged manslaughter in Chemnitz was seen as “a welcome occasion for renewed physical confrontation and targeted confrontations with refugees, asylum seekers and political opponents,” the intelligence agency report read. Attacks on refugee centres and election campaign offices were not ruled out.

Further information came “from other sources”. For example, the Thuringian police believed “that up to 40 dangerous fans of the Rot-Weiß Erfurt football club were on their way”. The police also expected ‘problematic fans’ from Halle and Leipzig” would travel to Chemnitz along with “far-right thugs” from Salzgitter. The state of Baden-Württemberg reckoned “with arrivals from Switzerland and France”. At 16.27 the state police operations center in Thuringia reported internally that “A man with ‘contact with 6,000 skinheads’ was mobilising for Chemnitz by SMS.”

Despite the warnings, the Chemnitz police did nothing. According to the internal situation report the “letter from the state intelligence agency was only actually completed at ….more than four hours after the telephone warning”. An offer by Lower Saxony interior minister Boris Pistorius, “to send his Thuringia riot police to Chemnitz,” was turned down with the remark: “The situation is under control.” When the Chemnitz police force finally requested “reinforcements” at 19:06, police commanders reported that “no further forces were available”.

Shortly afterwards, police in the city center lost control. Der Spiegel writes: “At 8 pm, the masses began running. Stones flew. At 20:02, police reported: ‘With current forces, a separation of both camps is hardly possible.’ Hooded persons were shouting out [the nazi slogan]: ‘National Resistance’. 20:25. Protesters break out of the Pro Chemnitz demonstration. “Police forces are not enough to prevent this…15 protesters storm a house and break down apartment doors in Theaterstraße.”

That same evening, a group of neo-Nazis also attacked the Jewish restaurant, Shalom. Once again there was no sign of the police, although they knew about the planned attack. According to Der Spiegel, reports came in at 21.47 that “20-30 masked persons armed with stones were moving towards Brühl and the Shalom restaurant”. Although the brutal attack was obviously motivated by anti-Semitism the police initially wrote of a “complaint of attempted damage to property”. Only later was the case “correctly assessed” with the words: “Suspicion of dangerous bodily injury” and suspicion of a far-right motivated deed “with an anti-Semitic background”

According to Der Spiegel, state authorities “failed for days” and the police were “hopelessly overwhelmed” in Chemnitz. The “vacuum” was then used by “the right wing to spread their ideology, sometimes with brutal force”. In the end, “extremists even fantasised about a terrorist attack.”

In reality, the “reconstruction” of events by Der Spiegel permits only one conclusion: what took place in Chemnitz were stage managed far-right mobilisations and riots which were not only permitted and tolerated by sections of the state apparatus, but possibly even received their active support. Links between right-wing extremists, the police and the state apparatus are manifest in the state of Saxony.

Immediately after the events in Chemnitz, the World Socialist Web Site pointed out the close cooperation taking place between the police and government in the far-right riots. Among other incidents, a prison officer in Saxony forwarded the arrest warrant for a 22-year-old Iraqi to leading right-wing extremists in order to incite the neo-Nazi mob. Leading politicians, such as the Saxony premier Michael Kretschmer (Christian Democratic Union) and the federal interior minister Horst Seehofer (Christian Social Union) expressed their solidarity with the extreme right-wing protests, while the head of Germany’s federal intelligence agency at the time, Hans-Georg Maassen, went so far as to deny that the far-right attacks had even taken place.

Motmot, oropendola, thrushes in Panama

This video says about itself:

Motmot Chases Oropendola Around Panama Platform – Jan. 9, 2019

Watch two of the largest (and most majestic) species of the Panama Fruit Feeder cam square off while foraging on bananas. While the Rufous Motmot and Chestnut-headed Oropendola are roughly the same size, there’s no question which individual is dominant in these interactions.

Watch LIVE 24/7 with highlights and viewing resources at http://allaboutbirds.org/panamafeeders

Meanwhile on this video, clay-coloured thrushes have a quarrel of their own.

Bermuda petrel female lays egg, video

This video says about itself:

2019 Cahow Nesting Season Begins As Female Lays An Egg! – Jan. 10, 2019

After a month at sea, the female Bermuda Petrel returned the nesting burrow on Nonsuch Island, Bermuda to lay the pair’s single egg! Watch the highlights and learn what to watch for in the coming days.

Big Belgian students’ pro-climate strike

Brussels, Belgium young demonstrators against climate change

This NOS photo shows Brussels, Belgium young demonstrators against climate change today. In front, wearing yellow vests, the two initiators Anuna de Wever and Kyra Gantois.

Translated from Thomas Spekschoor, Dutch NOS TV correspondent in Brussels today:

Thousands of truants set Brussels traffic flat for climate

It must be the beginning of a Thursday tradition. About 3,000 schoolchildren went on strike today to demonstrate in Brussels for a better climate policy.

Not 3,000, but 4,000, according to (right-wing) Belgian daily Het Laatste Nieuws.

They believe that Belgium and other countries are doing too little to reduce CO2 emissions. As long as the students do not get any commitments from politicians, they say, they will repeat the actions in the coming weeks.

The initiators are Anuna de Wever (17) and Kyra Gantois (19). They followed the example of the Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who skips school every Friday for a better climate.

No future

“Politicians want us to join the system”, says Anuna. “We don’t object to that, but then that system has to be right, it just does not work at the moment. If we continue to pollute the environment, then I have no future at all, so why should I go to school?”

The campaign has been around on social media in the past few days, and that reached many students. About 3000 were there this morning according to the Brussels police at the Central Station. That was many more than the initiators expected.

Most of the demonstrators were between the ages of 16 and 18, but 11-year-old Fenna was also in the middle, together with her father. “I think we need to improve the climate now. But if we let us pass our chance now, then it will be much harder to do something in the future, then we will have to do everything quickly, while now we are still able to do it without stress.”


The young people did agree about this message this morning, but there was no event program. After an hour on the square near the station, the mass suddenly began to start to march, surprising the organizers.

“We will go along with them surely?” Anuna says to her co-initiator. The direction is clear: they want to go to the Wetstraat, the Belgian government center, to talk to politicians. Anuna: “It has not been agreed with the police, but I support it, I can not keep tem all under control, we started it and now it’s up to the young people, is not it?”

But the march never reaches parliament. Policemen, perhaps with the protests by yellow vests still fresh in their memory, close off the roads quickly and are ready with water cannons and rubber truncheons to prevent the students fro passing. The young people turn around and follow other roads, which here and there leads to considerable traffic jams.

This 10 January 2019 video says about itself:

Around 3,000 students marched in Brussels on Thursday to demonstrate against climate change. The demonstration was a follow-up to the “Claim the Climate” event in December, which brought together some 70,000 people in Brussels for the opening of the COP24 Climate Summit in Katowice.

“I’m proud of you”, German MEP Arne Lietz told protesters via a bullhorn. “We need more of you around Europe.”

These are good words by Mr Lietz. However, a problem is that Mr Lietz is a member of the social democratic SPD party. That party is a junior partner in the right-wing German government. Which often sabotages pro-climate policies; eg, because they don’t want to hurt the profits of the German car corporations.

One of the demonstration’s leaders told the protesters to organise more actions in schools, and said that the protesters would be back in bigger numbers.

The Thomas Spekschoor article continues:

Next week again?

This will be difficult for many students. The father of Fenna has given permission this time. “But I do not know if it will work out that way next week.” More young people say so. Now they were allowed to demonstrate by their parents and there was understanding in many schools, but that will not be the case every Thursday.

Initiators Anuna and Kyra will be back next week. “I do think that there may be fewer people, but we will continue until we will be listened to and we hope that it will be taken over in other countries.” It went from Sweden to Belgium, so why not continue to spread?”

Demonstrators in Brussels today, photo by Photo News

This 12 December 2018 video is called School strike for climate – save the world by changing the rules | Greta Thunberg | TEDxStockholm.

Savannah sparrow in Florida, USA, video

This 10 January 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Savannah Sparrows are a winter visitor to Florida – a striking sparrow with delicate head details and a sweet little call. Identified by a small yellow patch in front of the eyes and a narrow white stripe on top of the head. This one sat still for several minutes which is rare, allowing for a clear capture of this species in some nice morning sun.

Rather than being named for its penchant for grassy areas, the common name of Savannah Sparrow actually refers to the city of Savannah, Georgia where the bird was first documented.

Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) is the most widespread and abundant wintering sparrow in southeast Florida, occupying a wide variety of habitats that include mangrove edges, saltmarsh prairie, and weedy fields. Like many grassland sparrows, this species uses short chip notes when alarmed, warding off intruders, or approaching its nest. A typical chip note is a soft, hissing tss.