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Red honey in Red Hook. Photo courtesy of New York Times.

It can be a huge disappointment when the things that we understand to be wild abandon their natural lifestyle to operate within the realm of human development.  We want to see grizzly bears tramping through the forest, foraging on berries or capturing salmon, not picking through landfills, gorging themselves on our refuse.  We expect more from our wildlife; at the very least we expect them to serve as proof that we haven’t totally ruined nature.  Seeing wildlife behave under our human influence feels like both a betrayal and a source of guilt.  This wonderful story in the New York Times provides a fascinating example of wildlife adjusting to city life.  Of particular interest is the reaction of the Brooklynites, whose efforts to incorporate ecology into their urban lives are hindered by the very bees they try to raise.  Thanks Jamie!

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