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.
Canada’s first festival of its kind will host it’s second annual viewing September 16-18, 2016. The Festival will showcase content producers and storytellers of virtual reality and immersive 360 degree videos. FIVARS will feature the works by groundbreaking international artists dedicated to the innovation of VR. 22 stories will be presented, one of which being Wild Things!
The VR Experience of the episode being shown will take the viewer to Bali, Indonesia with Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings, Lost) to assist a snake wrangler in capturing a King Cobra, the largest venomous snake in the world.
FIVARS presented by VRTO will be at MSMU Studio, 950 Dupont Street in Toronto. For more information visit fivars.net
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.
In Brazil the second season of Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan is currently airing on the BBC Earth channel: Wednesdays at 23h, with Thursday reruns at 10h56, and 17h28 (times GMT).
In this season, in the 3rd episode, Dominic also travels to Brazil (Manaus) and had a mission: to find the titan beetle, the largest beetle on Earth and very difficult to find due to its short lifetime. For the result of his expeditions in the jungle you’ll have to watch and find out!