Archive for February, 2011

Tiny beetle subject of big dispute

Published on February 24, 2011

By The Denver Post

A half-inch long beetle called one of the rarest insects in the world is at the center of a lawsuit filed this week in federal court in Denver.

Lawsuit filed to increase habitat protection for Salt Creek Tiger Beetle

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By: The Lincoln Journal Star

The Center for Native Ecosystems, Center for Biological Diversity and Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wednesday for not protecting enough habitat to save the endangered Salt Creek tiger beetle.

Groups file lawsuit over endangered NE beetle

Published on February 23, 2011

Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Three conservation groups are suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over Nebraska’s endangered Salt Creek tiger beetle.

Bill would create federal plan to respond to wildlife emergencies and diseases

Published on February 15, 2011

By: Jessica Beym, Gloucester County Times

U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) today introduced legislation to create a federal plan for responding to wildlife disease emergencies. Lautenberg’s legislation would help to better understand and address wildlife diseases like the mysterious and deadly white-nose syndrome (WNS) that is decimating bat populations in New Jersey and throughout the Northeast Region.

Tuesday’s Tips – Disappearing Bumble Bees

Published on February 10, 2011

Bees and Chicks: Adventures in organic gardening and beekeeping

We’ve written a lot about Colony Collapse Disorder and the nearly overwhelming problems that affect honey bees, but things are at least as dire for our native bees, most notably the lovely bumble bee.

Bumbles are the stuff of our childhood memories. Who, when remembering walks through wildflower fields, doesn’t see in their mind’s eye fuzzy, funny bumble bees drifting from flower to flower? These pollinators were plentiful years ago, but now, like many plants and animals, bumbles are suffering from loss of habitat, pesticide poisoning, changing climates, and diseases that were introduced along with non-native bees.

Wild Pollinators Share Pathogens

Published on February 8, 2011

By: Amy Grisak,

As if the concern of colony collapse disorder, a mysterious condition that devastates Honey bee colonies seemingly overnight, isn’t worrisome enough to those of us who love our bees in the garden, there is evidence wild pollinators are susceptible to many of the same diseases as Honey bees when they share flowers.

County seeks proposals for butterfly habitat

Published on February 5, 2011

By: Hannah Hoffman, Yamhill Valley News Register

Yamhill County issued a request for proposals Monday, aimed at private-sector consultants to proceed at county expense, for development of a habitat conservation plan for the endangered Fender’s blue butterfly and its Kincaid’s lupine host.

Pollinating Local is the New Buzz

Published on February 1, 2011

By: David Richardson, Miller-McCune

An annual Woodstock for honeybees highlights one of the factors leading to the pollinators’ decline in North America. Perhaps keeping bees at home is the solution.