Archive for June, 2011

Over the Garden Fence: Here’s buzz: Landscape to attract pollinators

Published on June 30, 2011

By: George Weigel,

Birds have the Audubon Society.

Butterflies are getting protection from gardeners installing Monarch Waystations.

But up until now, few people have done much to help the third “B” of beneficial wildlife — bees and other pollinating insects.

Our summer of long, sweet grass

Published on June 27, 2011

By: Lynda V. Mapes, Seattle Times

Ahhh long grass. Not the scruffy stuff by Aurora Avenue. No. I’m talking about the pleasure of a meadow of long, sweet grass.

Living in the city, it becomes rare to see grass actually grown to the point that it can set up a nice fat seed head. Let alone long ripples in an expanse of tall grass, unleashed by the wind. Unleashed: that’s just the feeling, out of the realm of the clipped, managed, tidy realm of lawn. The birds sure know the difference: song sparrows on a recent evening were calling, and the click and buzz of insects snugged deep in the sheltering grasses was soothing as a lullaby.

Native Bees Worth Billions of Dollars a year, Researchers Say

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By: John Upton, The Bay Citizen

The collapse of honeybee colonies has been widely publicized, but not everybody knows that California’s native bee species are also vanishing.

Wet and Wild: BLM is developing a plan for managing a key natural habitat

Published on June 22, 2011

By: Susan Palmer, The Register-Guard

The American grass bug — a little brown critter about the size of your thumbnail — is not the most exciting insect Celeste Mazzacano has gone out tracking, definitely not up there with your damselflies and dragonflies.

In Oregon’s Willamette Valley, the race to save the endangered Fender’s blue butterfly

Published on June 17, 2011

By: Mihir Zaveri, The Oregonian

BASKETT SLOUGH — Cheryl Schultz stumped through the shoulder-high grass, searching. Then, after a quick swoop and twist of her net, she caught her target, a tiny blur of fluttering blue.

Bees, butterflies among pollinators in decline

Published on June 13, 2011

By: Kathy Van Mullekom, Daily Press

The troubled lives of honeybees get a lot of media attention.

Yet, many other pollinators are in serious trouble, according to Eric Mader, assistant pollinator program director with The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Lawsuit settlement could increase habitat protection for Salt Creek tiger beetle

Published on June 8, 2011

By: Algis J. Laukaitis, Lincoln Journal Star

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will go back to the beginning and re-evaluate critical habitat protection in Lancaster and Saunders counties for the endangered Salt Creek tiger beetle.

Rare beetle may get more land

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By: Leslie Reed, World-Herald Bureau

LINCOLN — Under a legal settlement announced Tuesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will take a second look at how much land the Salt Creek tiger beetle, an endangered species that lives only in Nebraska, needs to survive.