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The sight of a single bull ant standing guard on the top of its nest will normally cause prudent humans to give the nest a wide berth. Why? Because most people know from experience, that if they are close enough to the nest to be perceived by a sentinel ant, a swarm of angry biting ants will quickly emerge from the nest and attack.
Mould is a familiar, ever present form of fungus. It is estimated that there may be 1.5 million species of fungus, with 69000 described species. Visible fungus includes mushrooms, yeast, mould, mildew, puffballs and bracket fungi. Fungus accounts for approximately one quarter of the planet’s biomass. Unlike plants, which can produce their own food through photosynthesis, fungi absorb nutrients from other dead and living organic matter. There are numerous species of mould, which have a wide variety of characteristics and colours.
Pelicans are a widely distributed species of bird, they are found in all continents except Antarctica. There are seven species divided into two groups, the white ground nesters and the grey/brown tree nesters.
Why does attentiveness to nature matter? In a very fundamental sense, we are what we pay attention to. Paying heed to beauty, grace, and everyday miracles promotes a sense of possibility and coherence that runs deeper and truer than the often illusory commercial, social "realities" advanced by mainstream contemporary culture. ... Our attention is precious, and what we choose to focus it on has enormous consequences. What we choose to look at, and to listen to--these choices change the world. As Thich Nhat Hanh has pointed out, we become the bad television programs that we watch. A society that expends its energies tracking the latest doings of the celebrity couple is fundamentally distinct from one that watches for the first arriving spring migrant birds, or takes a weekend to check out insects in a mountain stream, or looks inside flowers to admire the marvelous ingenuities involved in pollination. The former tends to drag culture down to its lowest commonalities; the latter can lift us up in a sense of unity with all life. The Way of Natural History, edited by Thomas Lowe Fleischner and published by Trinity University Press (Texas)