Dominic Monaghan, Actor/Environmentalist & Urban Bee Keeper/Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan host. For tonight’s Green Report – We go to Northern California – where butterflies have been mysteriously disappearing for decades. According to new research published in Biology Letters – there’s even more proof that the butterflies aren’t just disappearing because of land-use and the climate changing – they’re disappearing because humans are killing them with neonicotinoid pesticide use. The research team – lead by Professor Matthew Forister from the University of Nevada – looked at 40 years of data to separate the different factors that correlate with the declining butterfly population. The authors found that the butterfly population in Northern California made it a biodiversity hotspot – but that populations have been in decline since the late 1990s without any correlation to recent temperature or land-use changes. But the decline lines up neatly with the increase use of neocotinoids – which were first used in 1995 in Northern California. Here now to discuss the importance of butterflies and other pollinators in our ecosystem – is Dominic Monaghan – Actor – Environmentalist – Bug Aficionado and Urban Beekeeper.
The hashtag #BugsR4Girls has been going viral since Sophie Spencer’s mother, Nicole, emailed the Entomological Society of Canada this week asking if someone could offer any encouragement – the group reached out to everyone on twitter.
There have been nearly a thousand retweets — more than 100,000 views of the original tweet — and many shares from people on social media keen to assure Sophia she’s wonderful, not weird. Even our favourite Wild Things host responded.
Sophia is heading into Grade 2 next month and in an interview, was surprised to learn how cool her new entomologist friends believe she is.
“It actually kind of makes me feel good because they say it’s OK to be a girl who likes bugs,” Sophia said.
Her mother Nicole said “We are very thankful for all the support we’ve received and for all the love they’ve shown.”
Sophia, meanwhile, is too busy with insects to map her career precisely. But she has some ideas: “I’m going to be a scientist, a bug expert and a vet and I’m going to become an astrophysicist,” she said.
Thanks to our dear friend Taffy, we’re giving away a SIGNED Wild Things DVD – signed by Dom himself of course!!
We can help Dom by making noise around his show premiering this week, Wednesday 27th on Travel Channel in the US. Everyone who promotes the show to friends, family, colleagues, strangers, followers between now and when the show airs, will qualify to win! 🙂
Submit your promo results/proofs below, and also all RTs of following tweet will count! Let’s help get the word out about this awesome show so more people get to hear about it! I’ll get in touch with the winner by the end of this week! Who’s excited to watch the new season??
After the recent confirmation that the Canadian premiere of Wild Things 3 on OLN is the 5th January, we now have the USA date! The new series of the popular nature show has found a new home on the Travel Channel and will air on the 27th January at 10PM ET/PT!
Season 3 consists of 13 hour-long episodes and takes Dominic Monaghan, cameraman Frank, and the rest of the Wild Things team to far flung locales such as Mozambique, the South Pacific, the Peruvian Amazon, and Madagascar.
Travel Channel has released photos of its series and season three premiere episode, shot in Mozambique, and has also put out a season three trailer, as well as a sneak peak at the third season premiere episode (though unfortunately geo-locked, only visible in the US).
Dominic Monaghan Talks BBC America Series WILD THINGS, the Challenge of Getting the Show Off the Ground, His Passion for Animals, and More
On Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan, actor and wildlife enthusiast Dominic Monaghan faces giant spitting cobras that can kill 20 men with one bite, massive six-ton charging elephants and vipers with two-inch fangs that most people run from. He travels across four continents, in search of the largest, weirdest and most intense creatures alive, all to both educate and show respect for these often misunderstood animals.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Dominic Monaghan talked about what a cool experience it is to make this show, how people love watching the show but think he’s a little mental for doing it, why he’s so drawn to nature and the natural world, why he was inspired to do this show, how challenging it was to get the show going in the first place, the places he wants to go but hasn’t gotten to yet, the stand-out moments, that he’d like to continue doing some form of this show for the rest of his career, and how, even though fans will always want to talk to him about Lost and The Lord of the Rings, people also talk to him about Wild Things, as well. He also talked about his next acting gig, the 12-episode crime drama 100 Code, in which he plays an NYPD detective advising on a string of strange deaths in Sweden.