Archive for June, 2013

Scientists Call for an End to Cosmetic Insecticide Use After the Largest Bumble Bee Poisoning on Record

Published on June 27, 2013

PORTLAND, OR: After the mass poisoning of over 50,000 bumble bees last week in Wilsonville, Oregon and other incidents now being reported in neighboring Washington County, scientists are calling on local officials to ban the cosmetic use of insecticides on city- and county-owned lands. Read more

Pesticide Causes Largest Mass Bumble Bee Death on Record

Published on June 21, 2013

Wilsonville, OR – Oregon Department of Agriculture confirms that over 50,000 bumble bee deaths in the parking lot of an OR Target were due to application of insecticide known as Safari. This represents that largest mass bumble bee death on record. Read more

Mystery Bee Kill: Causes Being Sought

Published on June 18, 2013

WILSONVILLE, OR.– Tens of thousands of bumble bees and other pollinators were found dead under trees at the Target store in Wilsonville on Monday, June 17th. The discovery was a strange and ironic start to National Pollinator Week, a symbolic annual event intended to raise public awareness about the plight of bees. Read more