Archive for May, 2009

The Buzz on Native Pollinators

Published on May 18, 2009

By Laura Tangley, National Wildlife

WHEN ECOLOGIST Rachel Winfree set out to survey native bees in the Delaware Valley of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, she was not optimistic about her results. Not only is the region far from any known hot spots of bee diversity, such as the U.S. Southwest, “New Jersey is also the most densely populated state in the country,” says Winfree, an assistant professor in the Department of Entomology at Rutgers University. “I was worried that after getting funding and hiring a staff, the project would turn out to be a waste of time.”

Tiger beetle’s fate may hang in critical habitat designation

Published on May 3, 2009

By Algis J. Laukaitis, Lincoln Journal Star
May 3, 2009

Just how much critical habitat or land does the endangered Salt Creek tiger beetle need to survive?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says 1,933 acres. Some scientists say at least 15,000 acres, and 36,000 acres would be even better.

The critical habitat issue could decide the fate of the Salt Creek Tiger Beetle population north of Lincoln. Surveys show 263 Salt Creek tiger beetles existed in 2008, down from 777 in 2000. Biologists cite the loss of critical habitat as the main reason for the decline.