Archive for August, 2011

Local growers in Flathead share native pollinator experiences

Published on August 30, 2011

By: Vince Devlin, The Missoulian

YELLOW BAY – Sharon Myers is a pretty tiny speck in the food chain.

Feds help rescue endangered butterfly species

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By: Steve Law, Portland Tribune

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is coming to the rescue of the Fender’s Blue butterfly, an endangered species once thought to be extinct.

Interested in Pollinator Conservation? Training Courses Coming to the South in 2012

Published on August 29, 2011

By: Candace Pollock, Southern SARE

GRIFFIN, Ga. – Farmers, Extension agents, Federal and state farm agency personnel, and others interested in pollinator conservation will have the opportunity to attend training programs throughout the Southern region beginning in 2012.

You can help stem bee decline, say speakers at Prairie Day

Published on August 25, 2011

By: Joel Stottrup, Princeton Union-Eagle

It was the kind of day and place for the pollinating bees to be out and about during the Prairie Day events last Saturday at Prairie Restorations, Inc., located along County Road 45 just south of Princeton city limits.

Logging cuts both ways for rare butterfly: Thinning keeps food source alive, but intense harvesting harms habitat

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By: Mateusz Perkowski, Capital Press

Logging may pose a threat to a rare butterfly in Oregon — but it may also be instrumental in saving the species.

Is this your year to go ‘native?’

Published on August 24, 2011

By: Penny Pawl U.C. Master Gardener, St. Helena Star

Have you been thinking about going native? Are you ready to replace your lawn with plants that evolved in this area?

Lowly mussels bond with salmon: Oft-neglected species may help clean rivers, bolster fish runs

Published on August 18, 2011

By: Steve Law, Portland Tribune

Not so long ago, freshwater mussels were largely unloved, unstudied and unprotected. They’re easy to overlook, resembling small black rocks with slits. They’re not tasty to the human palate, unlike marine mussels. Ironically, they were so unappreciated that maintenance crews sometimes crushed them while doing in-stream work to benefit salmon.

Leona’s little blue butterfly one step closer to protection

Published on August 17, 2011

U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service determines that a Klamath County, Oregon butterfly may be threatened with extinction and initiates a status review For immediate release: August 17, 2011 Contact: Sarina Jepsen, Director, Endangered Species Program, Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation; 503-232-6639 ext. 112, PORTLAND, Ore. — In response to a petition from the Read more …

Befriend native bees: give them a home: Wild bees pollinate what honeybees cannot

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By: Tessa Holloway, North Shore News

IT’S not just people who are buzzing in North Shore community gardens this summer, according to local bee expert Ric Erikson.

Counting Bumble Bees in the Peace Garden: Local expert surveys declining bumble bee populations

Published on August 16, 2011

By: Marsha Trainer, Southwest Minneapolis Patch

Elaine Evans got stung three times on Sunday, but didn’t complain a bit. A bumble bee researcher, it’s all in a day’s work as she visited Lyndale Park to monitor the bee population in and around the Peace Garden.