Well, with the international day of the book now being less than a week away, from now on you have the chance to participate in the competition which might win you a hand signed version of “A Sting in the Tale” by Dave Goulson, as announced before (At this point I would like to thank Prof. Goulson once again for contributing a signed copy of his book!).
The book is just brilliantly written, so it will be of interest not only to friends of bumblebees, but presumably to everyone who loves a great story, which simultaneously teaches you things in a way that you are craving for more! And who knows, even if you never considered bumblebees, biodiversity, nature conservation or any of these issues important, you might be surprised to find yourself planting flowers for bumblebees, seeing the mouse holes in your garden as potential nesting sites rather than a disturbance in your lawn or just being happy seeing a bumblebee and wondering what she might be up to now – or even what kind of bumblebee it is… And if you begin being thrilled, you might want to consider supporting one of your local bumblebee conservation trusts, which work for an increased compatibility between urban and agricultural spaces with nature!
So as you will be asking yourself now, how to participate:
You have to write something small in the comment section und Sunday, the 26th of April 2015, mentioning your name and a sentence/text of any length, fulfilling one of the following criteria:
Either write a short limerick about any insect or just anything small of your choice, which you consider noteworthy, interesting, important etc. despite its small size. (If you do not like writing limericks, you can alternatively write your favorite quote or tell a brief anecdote about an insect or anything small in size.
The name of the winner will be drawn randomly on the 27th of April and announced on this website, as well as being informed via email!
To give a good example, I (Karsten) have written myself a small limerick about the bumblebee:
“Once there was a bumblebee,
with pollen right down to her knee
who thought, how shall I lift my rear
with all this load, and just one gear
She once was told, she could not fly
But never got the reason why!
So thanks to vortices in the air,
she now flies home without a care”
(For explanation: Bumblebees are in public opinion often considered to be defying the laws of physics with flying but that never kept them from flying – independent what we think of what they should be able to do)
With that I wish all of you the best of luck and I am looking forward to your contributions!
P.S. People from all over the world can contribute, we will send the book anywhere!
P.P.S. Die Kommentare können auch auf Deutsch gepostet werden!