Archive for May, 2014

From Presidents to Wildlife Gardeners, Monarch Butterflies Need All the Help They Can Get

Published on May 21, 2014

By Laura Tangley It’s not often, if ever, that the White House convenes a meeting on the topic of insects. But that’s just what happened three weeks ago when John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, invited more than 60 scientists, conservationists, farmers, community leaders and others to the Read more …

Honeybee Deaths Are Down, But the Beepocalypse Continues

Published on May 15, 2014

By Bryan Walsh, Time A new survey found that nearly a quarter of honeybee colonies died over the winter—and that’s an improvement over last year. How bad are things for the honeybee? Almost a quarter of U.S. honeybee colonies died over the past winter, according to new numbers released this morning—and that represents an improvement. Read more …

High Desert bees

Published on May 13, 2014

By Marielle Gallagher, The Bulletin There are more types of pollinators than most people probably realize. These include moths, flies, wasps, butterflies and beetles, but during the Deschutes Land Trust’s Nature Night in April, bees were the center of attention. “Bees are the most important pollinators, period,” Mace Vaughan told the sold-out crowd at the Read more …

No place to call a home for these beauties

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

Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Threatened with Extinction

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PORTLAND, Ore.– The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation together with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) filed a complaint today against the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asking them to take action on a petition to grant Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection to the rusty patched bumble bee. Read more.

A Diversity of Bees Is Good for Farming—And Farmers’ Wallets

Published on May 9, 2014

By Natasha Geiling, The world has a serious bee problem, and not the kind that involves the tiny insect’s unwelcome buzzing at an outdoor picnic: Honeybees are dying with frightening rapidity (American farmers lost 31 percent of their honeybee colonies in the 2012/2013 winter), and no one knows why. That’s a huge issue for Read more …

Weakening Beetle’s Protection is Bad Science, Groups Say

Published on May 8, 2014

By Chris Clarke, KCET The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to take a California beetle off the Endangered Species Act’s Threatened list, but two leading environmental groups are charging that the move is based on politics rather than science. The Center for Biological Diversity and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation on Tuesday Read more …

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Removes Controversial Chemicals from Mosquito Management Plan

Published on May 5, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore.—The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced that it will manage mosquitoes on the approximately 300 acres of the Ni-les’tun Unit of the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge using only the biological pesticide Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti) to kill mosquito larvae, until the breeding habitat created inadvertently during a restoration project in 2011 has been remediated. Read more.

Bee-friendly garden can help struggling species

Published on May 3, 2014

By Associated Press, South Bend Tribune Bees are pulling a disappearing act. Honeybees are vanishing from their hives. Bumblebee numbers have crashed so radically that some species are believed extinct. Even native solitary bees are in decline. Food supplies dependent upon pollinators are threatened. But gardeners can help. There is no single explanation for what Read more …

The Xerces Society, Other Conservation Leaders Participate in White House Pollinator Initiative Stakeholder Meeting

Published on May 1, 2014

Scott Black, executive director of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, attended the White House Pollinator Initiative Stakeholder meeting Wednesday, and provided oral and written comments on how the White House can protect the diverse array of pollinators. “I am very pleased that the White House is engaged in pollinator conservation,” said Scott Hoffman Black. “We must act now to provide pesticide-free habitat on landscapes across the U.S. to protect these vitally important animals.” The meeting was attended by more than 60 conservationists, researchers, educators, farmers, beekeepers and corporate representatives. Read more.