Archive for January, 2011
Low-key group champions butterfly
Published on January 20, 2011
By: Steve Law, Portland Tribune-Sustainable Life
Audubon Society speaks for the birds.
Defenders of Wildlife protects the wolves.
World Wildlife Fund champions the polar bears.
So who’s left to fight for the butterflies, the bees, and the mussels?
It turns out, it’s a little-known national group headquartered in Portland, the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
Steep drop in 4 bumble bee species is a ‘wake-up’ call
By: Amanda Peterka, Greenwire
For a handful of scientists in the country, a study published earlier this month detailing the drastic decline of four North American bumble bee species was confirmation of a trend they have been observing for years.
The three-year study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that the populations of four common species of bumble bees have declined by up to 96 percent in North America. And not only have the populations gone down in number, but their geographic ranges have also become smaller.
NRCS New York Video: Pollinator Conservation at Xerces
By: USDA NRCS New York
This video features an interview about pollinators with Eric Mader, Assistant Pollinator Program Director for Xerces Society. Eric talks about the importance of invertebrate habitat and management. The Natural Resources Conservation Service works with groups like Xerces when developing best farm practices eligible for funding under Federal conservation programs like the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP).
Queen Bee: Marla Spivak is helping bees get a leg up (make that six legs up) on survival in a pesticide-filled, flower-emptying world.
By: Deborah Caulfield Rybak, Delta Sky Magazine
Bee researcher Marla Spivak has been stung by thousands of bees in the course of a career devoted to them. But nothing prepared her for the bee-related sting she got in September.
Butterfly lawsuit continues to flutter around
Published on January 12, 2011
By: Amanda Newman, Newberg Graphic
The deadline for change, given by the coalition of groups and individuals in their November notice to Yamhill County of intent to sue for violating the Endangered Species Act (ESA), has lapsed without a lawsuit surfacing … but that doesn’t mean it isn’t yet to come.
Livingston Farms set to attract essential insects
Published on January 11, 2011
By: Carol Reiter, Merced Sun-Star
On some sandy Livingston soil near an almond orchard, Jessa Guisse and Chris Schlies were trying to help some bees Monday afternoon.
And some butterflies, and some ladybugs.
It’s all part of an extremely rare project that Livingston is hosting.
Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Insect at Glacier National Park
Published on January 3, 2011
By: Kurt Repanshek, National Parks Traveler
A small aquatic insect found only in five streams on the eastern flanks of Glacier National Park is facing extinction from climate change and should be given protection under the Endangered Species Act, according to two groups.
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