Archive for July, 2014


Best of Portland 2014: Best Animals

Published on July 23, 2014

By Kate Wilson, Willamette Week Bugs don’t have many human allies. Mostly, they get squashed, swatted, sprayed or stuck to rolls of poisoned paper. But, in Portland, someone wants to protect them. The Xerces Society (xerces.org) pressures lawmakers to regulate the interstate transport of bumblebees, protect the tiny habitat of the caddisfly and advocate for Read more …


How to garden for bumblebees

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By Tom Oder, Mother Nature Network Would you like to have your neighbors buzzing about how good your garden looks? There’s an easy way to do that and help an important native pollinator. Plant a bumblebee friendly garden. You’ll do yourself and bumblebees a favor. Several once-common species of North American bumblebees are suffering significant Read more …


Bee-Killing Pesticides Linked To Bird Declines

Published on July 16, 2014

By Anna V. Smith, Eugene Weekly The latest in a number of recent studies looking at the impact of neonicotinoid pesticides has shown declining bird populations in areas where the pesticides are used in high concentrations. Neonics have already been associated with bee die-offs, and a new study published in Nature found that common bird Read more …


Judge sets deadline for decision on butterfly

Published on July 15, 2014

By Mateusz Perkowski, Capital Press PORTLAND — A federal judge has given the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has until the end of June 2015 to decide whether to extend Endangered Species Act protection to the Leona’s little blue butterfly, a rare species found only in Oregon’s Klamath County. U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman has Read more …


Save the Bees! How You Can Help Protect Our Native Bumblebees From Extinction

Published on July 14, 2014

By Linda Lombardi, Vet Street These days, you hear a lot about the plight of honeybees and how crucial they are to the food we eat. What you don’t often hear is that honeybees are actually latecomers to this continent — they were introduced by European settlers. And flowers and fruits got along fine before Read more …


Singer encourages campers to give bees a chance

Published on July 10, 2014

By Nathaniel Axtell, Times-News Staff Writer ZIRCONIA — Usually when folk singer Dar Williams travels to Western North Carolina on tour, she draws crowds of excited fans to Asheville venues such as The Grey Eagle or The Orange Peel. But Williams embarked on a more low-key tour of the region this week, with the goal Read more …


One group wants to protect agriculture, one bee hive at a time

Published on July 9, 2014

By Hillary Epperson, Food Tank The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation is promoting awareness for saving bees and other pollinators. Without bees to pollinate, agriculture and food production could be in danger, the group says. Food Tank recently had the opportunity to ask The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation some questions about their efforts to Read more …


Bee Close-Ups Reveal the Glorious Beauty of Our Troubled Friends

Published on July 8, 2014

By Pete Brook, Wired There are some 4,000 native bee species in the United States, and photographer Clay Bolt has spent years photographing them for Beautiful Bees. The gorgeous project is a tool for researchers, eye-candy for those of us who love bees and effort to get everyone else to see bees as something more Read more …


Pesticides threaten bees’ health — and ours

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By Philip Smith, As a keeper of bees for more than 40 years, I am appalled at the misinformation, denial and pure ignorance that Scott Dahlman, director of Oregonians for Food & Shelter, and Jeff Stone, executive director of the Oregon Association of Nurseries, displayed in their June 19 Register-Guard guest viewpoint, a rebuttal to Read more …


Pesticides one of many factors impacting bees, expert says

Published on July 1, 2014

By Mateusz Perkowski, Capital Press An Oregon task force on pollinators and pesticides met for the first time in Salem, Ore., on June 30. The impact of pesticides on pollinators is highly contentious, but it’s just one of several factors affecting their health, according to a bee expert. “There are several stresses that are stressing Read more …