Archive for April, 2008

Humming Praises for the Wild Bee

Published on April 24, 2008

The bumblebee and other native wild bees are all the more important in the garden now that the population of honeybees is in such decline — down to 2.4 million colonies last year from 5.5 million in 1945, according to the Department of Agriculture, due mainly, scientists say, to mites infesting the hives and, lately, to a mysterious epidemic called colony collapse disorder.

April 19, 2008

Published on April 19, 2008

Heading to the Magdalene Mountains, New Mexico. Long trains of coal, chemicals & lifestock roll up the valley just west of the Sacramento Mountains, east of the White Sands Missile Range, where the first atomic bomb was exploded at the Trinity Site…

Settlement reached in rare butterfly case

Published on April 15, 2008

A settlement reached by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and environmentalists requires the agency to take the first step in determining whether a rare butterfly found only in southern New Mexico deserves protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Survey: Beekeepers Lost 35% of Bees This Winter

Published on April 14, 2008

There was a Senate Briefing last week, called by Senators Boxer (D-CA), Casey (D-PA) and Collins (R-ME) on the decline of honey bees and native pollinators and the threat posed to agriculture.

Stinging Descent: Knoxville article on disappearing bumble bees

Published on April 10, 2008

By Morgan Simmons Thursday, April 10, 2008 The collapse of honeybee colonies across the U.S. appears to have a parallel among bumblebees. In the late 1990s, researchers began noticing a dramatic decline in three of North America’s most common bumblebee species – the western bumblebee (Bombus occidentalis), yellow-banded bumblebee (Bombus terricola) and the rusty-patched bumblebee (Bombus affinis). Of these Read more …

Beekeepers stung by disappearing bees

Published on Posted on Thu, Apr. 10, 2008 BY PHIL LONG AND LESLEY CLARK With a third of the nation’s honeybees disappearing because of a mysterious malady, Florida’s beekeepers are working to restore their hives and nurse their bee colonies back to health. Not only do the bees create Florida’s $11.3 million annual honey crop, they’re Read more …

Volunteers to count bees on sunflowers in study

Published on April 2, 2008

SF Gate Ron Sullivan, Joe Eaton Wednesday, April 2, 2008 Here’s another opportunity to do your bit for science without leaving your yard. San Francisco State University biologist Gretchen LeBuhn wants you to grow a sunflower – not just any old sunflower, but the North American native species Helianthus annuus – and monitor the bee Read more …

The Buzz on Bees

Published on April 1, 2008

The Wildlife Society – Spring 2008 Why Nature Needs its Native Bees By Divya Abhat – Science Writer for The Wildlife Society Wildlife professionals know well that when habitat degrades, wildlife suffers. New research on the critical role of healthy habitat is suggesting that wildlife managers spend time examining some of the smallest members of Read more …

Column: Wild Neighbors: Antioch Dunes — Rare Insects of an Inland Island

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The Berkeley Daily Planet By Joe Eaton Tuesday April 01, 2008 Antioch Dunes evening primrose with unknown insect. Mark your calendars: the annual spring surveys of endangered wildflowers at the Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge are coming up. This year’s dates are April 9-10 for the Contra Costa wallflower and May 14-15 for the Antioch Read more …