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by Swissblad on Sat May 11, 2019 5:51 am
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3000 wild orchid bulbs were dug out from a small orchid reserve in the Black Forest close by.

While the dialogue is in German - the images say all: 


Saddened by the loss of these rare species - which are becoming increasingly difficult to find.

by E.J. Peiker on Sun May 12, 2019 4:58 am
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This sort of stuff is disgusting!

by Ed Cordes on Sun May 12, 2019 8:13 am
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Terrible news! These things are just not sane or even human!
Remember, a little mild insanity keeps us healthy

by Paul Fusco on Mon May 13, 2019 11:09 am
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by Brian Stirling on Fri May 17, 2019 9:50 pm
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I'm not sure what's worse, vandalism or theft. Here in the desert southwest of the USA we have an ongoing problem of desecration of ancient Native American sites with 4000 year old pictographs shot up with bullet holes etc. In this case it appears to me that this was theft -- I have to guess there's a market for such bulbs.

Not quite 400 years ago the biggest industry in the world was the speculation of the Dutch Tulip market -- perhaps the first case of speculation leading to market collapse. I'd guess there must be a black market for such things even today.

The scum that do this are little different than the scum that kill Rhino's for their horns.


by archfotos on Sat May 18, 2019 8:33 am
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I wonder if the real question is, are people with good intentions helping these problems become more problematic.  Are apps, photos with gps info, open info on the internet helping people who would not of known of these items locate them easily enough to steal?  I know with a couple of my recreational activities the communities are becoming very tight lipped once a new discovery is found for fear of the masses ruining it.  

I remember a while ago a new creek had been discovered for kayaking, the "second" weekend over thirty kayakers were walking across private property to access it,  that info will never be shared again on a local club board

Yellowstone had an app where people could share animal locations,  great need more traffic jams on tight mountain roads.  

I imagine we've all heard "oh that's a beautiful picture where is that at.."  implying the location is what gives it beauty not the photographer's choice of time, day and composition.  Am I really to believe thieves have the in-depth knowledge to know about specific floral or egg species to find so easily they can steal? (without needing to gain the education that also instills an appreciation)   Loose lips sinks ships - maybe these apps that help share info are not helping but hurting.

by SantaFeJoe on Sat May 18, 2019 8:14 pm
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Truly, money is the driving force. This morning, my wife and I went to a local nursery. They had a yucca about two and a half feet tall with a flower stalk that will bloom soon. The price: $550.00. I see vendors on the side of the road selling yuccas and agaves all the time. There is plenty of money to be made by digging them up and finding a wealthy buyer who doesn’t care where they came from. Same is true regarding native cactuses. It’s much like rhinoceros horns and elephant tusks, along with exotic birds like the African Grey Parrot. If there is a concentration of orchids that are easy pickings, they are vulnerable, much like our native desert plants here in the southwestern US. Pretty sad situation all around the world.

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