Archive for April, 2014

Xerces beefs up pollinator protection

Published on April 21, 2014

By Jennifer Anderson, Portland Tribune Four years ago, Don Sturm had a conundrum. On his four Portland-area farms he had acres of black raspberries — highly prized for their super antioxidant properties — that weren’t yielding much of a crop. They’re one of the hardest berries to pollinate since bees aren’t as attracted to them. Read more …

Join Bumble Bee Watch

Published on April 14, 2014

By Debbie Mickle, Community Idea Stations This week on “What’s Bugging You?” entomologist Dr. Art Evans and 88.9 WCVE producer Steve Clark discuss the plight of Bumble Bees and how listeners can get involved with a new Citizen Science project. By joining “Bumble Bee Watch” and submitting your photos of bumble bees, you can help Read more …

Scientists, Farmers and Educators Ask the President and Secretaries of Agriculture and the Interior to Jump Start Recovery of Monarch Butterflies

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PATAGONIA, Ariz.—In a letter delivered to the White House on Monday, leading monarch scientists, farmers, and educators asked President Obama and the Secretaries of Agriculture and the Interior to direct five federal agencies, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service, Farm Service Agency and Bureau of Land Management, to establish a monarch butterfly recovery initiative to restore habitat for this species on both public and private lands. Read more.

White House Pressed to Protect Ailing Monarch Butterflies

Published on April 4, 2014

By Andrew C. Revkin, The New York Times All too often, species that humans care about only get attention when they are in crisis. Such is the case with monarch butterflies. The insect, famed for its remarkable annual migrations, faced declines in habitat on both the Mexican and American ends of its range for decades, Read more …

Program Looks to Give Bees a Leg (or Six) Up

Published on April 2, 2014

By John Schwartz, The New York Times Helping America’s beleaguered bees could start with something as humble as planting a shrub. Here in California’s Central Valley, researchers are trying to find assortments of bee-friendly plants that local farmers and ranchers can easily grow, whether in unusable corners and borders of their land or on acreage Read more …