Xerces News Archive
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
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 …
Opinion: Bumblebees in Trouble
Published on June 30, 2014
By Nancy Stamp, The Scientist To keep them aloft, the wing beat of honey bees is 170 to 270 hertz (Hz). Yet while producing a soft humming sound, it is out of tune with flowers that require vibrations around 400 Hz to release their pollen. Bumblebees, on the other hand, are buzz pollination pros, delivering Read more …
Save a butterfly; plant milkweed
Published on June 26, 2014
LOS LUNAS, N.M. — Every year, millions of tourists fly from central Mexico into the U.S., first stopping in the deep American South and then continuing northward even into parts of southern Canada. How all of this is done without passports, customs agents or airplanes? This is the annual journey made by monarch butterflies, one Read more …
Don’t Forget Butterflies! Our Pollination Crisis Is About More Than Honeybees
Published on June 25, 2014
By Katie Valentine, Climate Progress When President Obama signed an order last week creating a task force that will seek to promote pollinator health, honeybees grabbed the headlines. “Obama announces plan to save honeybees,” CNN proclaimed. “White House creates new honeybee task force,” the Wire echoed. “White House task force charged with saving bees from Read more …
Mass bee die-offs continuing in Oregon
Published on June 24, 2014
Tracy Loew, Statesman Journal Two more mass bee die-offs have been reported in northwest Oregon. A beekeeper’s entire colony has died suddenly in the Sandy area. It’s the fourth unexplained hive die-off in Clackamas County in less than a week. And for the second time in a week – this time in Beaverton –bees were Read more …
State investigating death of bees in Beaverton
Published on June 23, 2014
By Lisa Balick, KOIN BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Hundreds of dead bees were discovered along a road in Beaverton over the weekend. The bees were discovered underneath about 25 flowering linden trees in a neighborhood near the intersection of SW Farmington Road and 185th Avenue. According to the Xerces Society, a bee conservation group, Read more …
Partners produce milkweed to restore vital monarch butterfly habitat
Published on June 20, 2014
By Elisa O’Halloran, NRCS Every year, millions of tourists fly from central Mexico into the United States, first stopping in the deep American South and then continuing northward even into parts of southern Canada. How all of this is done without passports, customs agents or airplanes? This is the annual journey made by monarch butterflies, Read more …
My View: Protect pollinators like our lives depend on it
Published on June 19, 2014
By Scott Hoffman Black and Aimee Code A single pesticide application killed 50,000 wild bumblebees in Oregon last year, dealing a devastating blow to 300 or more colonies. The one bright spot in this tragedy is that the Oregon Legislature realized the severity of the issue and created the Task Force on Pollinator Health. The Read more …
This Is What Your Grocery Store Looks Like Without Bees
Published on June 17, 2014
By Nick Visser, The Huffington Post Hoping to pick up some chocolate, apples, lemons or watermelon during your next outing to the supermarket? What about an iced coffee with a splash of cream? Bees, beetles, butterflies and their pollinating brethren are essential in the production of nearly 75 percent of our crops, and without them, Read more …
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
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 …
A Diversity of Bees Is Good for Farming—And Farmers’ Wallets
Published on May 9, 2014
By Natasha Geiling, Smithsonian.com 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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Limits sought on weed killer glyphosate to help monarch butterflies
Published on February 25, 2014
By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
With monarch butterfly populations rapidly dwindling, a conservation organization on Monday asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to implement tougher rules for the weed killer glyphosate — first marketed under the brand name Roundup — to save America’s most beloved insect from further decline.
Monarchs, milkweed and the spirit of Rachel Carson
Published on February 23, 2014
By Gary Paul Nabhan, Los Angeles Times
After news broke recently that the number of migratory monarch butterflies that had arrived to winter in Mexico was the lowest since reliable records began, I went on the road on behalf of the Make Way for Monarchs initiative. This solutions-oriented collaboration is working to place millions of additional milkweeds in toxin-free habitats this next year. Why? Monarchs cannot live without milkweeds, and milkweeds are disappearing.
Local group says feds failing to protect endangered bumble bee species
Published on February 13, 2014
By Steve Law, The Portland Tribune
The Portland-based Xerces Society and the Natural Resources Defense Council filed a notice of intent Thursday to sue the U.S. secretary of the interior for failure to respond to a petition to list the rusty patched bumble bee under the Endangered Species Act.
Growing Insects: Farmers Can Help to Bring Back Pollinators
Published on February 3, 2014
By Richard Conniff, Yale Environment 360
With a sharp decline in pollinating insects, farmers are being encouraged to grow flowering plants that can support these important insects. It’s a fledgling movement that could help restore the pollinators that are essential for world food production.
The Year the Monarch Didn’t Appear
Published on November 22, 2013
By Jim Robbins, The New York Times
On the first of November, when Mexicans celebrate a holiday called the Day of the Dead, some also celebrate the millions of monarch butterflies that, without fail, fly to the mountainous fir forests of central Mexico on that day. They are believed to be souls of the dead, returned.
Xerces Opposes Bandon Marsh Spraying
Published on September 3, 2013
The Xerces Society urges the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service not to spray Bandon Marsh NWR for the control of nuisance mosquitos because the treatment will harm wildlife, cause disruption to the refuge ecosystem and will likely not be an effective way to manage mosquitoes. By Celeste Mazzacano and Scott Hoffman Black Scientists at the Read more …
Endangered Species Chocolate Announces 2013-2015 10% GiveBack Partners
Published on December 18, 2012
After an intensive selection process, Endangered Species Chocolate (ESC) is pleased to announce its 10% GiveBack partners for 2013-2015 are African Wildlife Foundation(AWF) and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation (Xerces). This is the third partnership for AWF and the first for Xerces. Both organizations will receive 10 percent of ESC net profits or a guaranteed minimum contribution of $10,000 annually.
Those bugs ‘are going to outsmart us’
Published on November 24, 2012
By: Josephine Marcotty, The Star Tribune.
Danny Serfling knew he was in trouble in July. Tiny white worms in the soil had eaten away the anchoring roots on half of his corn, and in one big storm last summer, the stalks toppled like sticks.
Bees and butterflies in mysterious decline
Published on November 23, 2012
By Josephine Marcotty, The Star Tribune
Ellis and other beekeepers across the country say they know why they are facing astronomical losses of bees: agricultural insecticides. The companies that make the chemicals disagree, but they don’t dispute the problem. On average, beekeepers are losing 30 to 40 percent of their bees every year.
Thank a hard-working pollinator on Thanksgiving
Published on November 21, 2012
By Phyllis Stiles, Citizen-Times.com
As we gather around the Thanksgiving table this year, perhaps we can take a moment to thank the hardworking pollinators that helped most of our food grow.
According to the U.S.Department of Agriculture, about one-third of the human diet comes from insect-pollinated plants, and the honeybee is responsible for 80 percent of that pollination. Even the plants that cows eat (alfalfa and clover) to make milk, cheese, butter, ice cream and beef, depend on pollinators.
New Pollination Resources Available
Published on November 19, 2012
By Edith Munro, Growing Produce
Growers interested in promoting native bee populations as a back-up to honey bee pollination can now tap into new “how-to” information resources, according to speakers at a Native Pollinators in Agriculture field day held on Sept. 11, in Orange County, CA.
Native pollinators create a buzz in Orange County
Published on November 12, 2012
By Edith Munro, California Farmer
Good data already demonstrate that California hedgerows support native bee populations, Vaughan reported, noting that farmers across the country are incorporating pollinator habitat into their conservation practices. For growers, the greatest need has been for practical “how-to” information on encouraging native pollinators.
BioBlitz has citizen scientists help with biodiversity study
Published on October 8, 2012
By: Jeff Nelson, The Daily Astorian
Nature and science were the focus at Sunset Beach Saturday, as the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park and North Coast Land Conservancy presented the 2012 Clatsop Plains BioBlitz.
The day-long event was best described by organizers as “part biodiversity festival, part scientific endeavor and part outdoor classroom.” Working as citizen scientists, the public joined teams of science specialists to document as many invertebrate species as possible, including beetles, spiders and bugs.
Controversial Pesticide Linked to Bee Collapse
Published on March 29, 2012
By: Brandon Keim, Wired Science
A controversial type of pesticide linked to declining global bee populations appears to scramble bees’ sense of direction, making it hard for them to find home. Starved of foragers and the pollen they carry, colonies produce fewer queens, and eventually collapse.
Pesticide-dosed bees lose future royalty, way home: Low doses of insecticides can lead to fewer queens, shrinking colonies
By: Susan Milius, Science News
What does not kill them does not in fact make them stronger when it comes to bees and pesticides. Two unusual studies with free-flying bumblebees and honeybees find that survivable exposure to certain pesticides can lead to delayed downturns in bee royalty and a subtle erosion of workforces.
Insects — the neglected 99 percent
Published on December 29, 2011
By: Marian Lyman Kirst, High Country News
This December, the Xerces Society celebrated its 40th anniversary. Not bad for a group that champions the spineless.
Monarch butterflies return in surprising numbers
Published on November 23, 2011
By: Mary Flaherty, The San Francisco Chronicle
Monarch butterfly naturalist Adrienne De Ponte had a surprise waiting for her this fall when she arrived in the San Leandro grove where she’s been leading tours for 11 years.
After witnessing fewer and fewer butterflies appearing each autumn to overwinter in the grove, this year she found 5,000 of the orange- and -black butterflies clustered in the eucalyptus trees – up from 3,000 at their peak last year.
Farmers nationwide plant bee-friendly habitat to attract native pollinators, bolster honeybees
Published on October 21, 2011
By: Associated Press, The Washington Post
Dozens of farmers in California and other states have started replacing some of their crops with flowers and shrubs that are enticing to bees, hoping to lower their pollination costs and restore a bee population devastated in the past few years.
Where Is the Love for Bugs?
Published on October 13, 2011
By: Rachel Nuwer, The New York Times
“If human beings were to disappear tomorrow, the world would go on with little change,” the biologist E.O. Wilson once wrote. But if invertebrates were to vanish, he said, “I doubt that the human species could last more than a few months.”
On the Trail of the Black Petaltail
Published on October 10, 2011
By: Daniel Newberry, Jefferson Public Radio
The state of Jefferson is home to one of the oldest species on earth, yet relatively little is known about it. The black petaltail dragonfly (Tanypteryx hageni) is a member of a dragonfly family that predated the dinosaurs.
Franklin’s bumble bee on edge of extinction
Published on September 15, 2011
By: Kathy Keatley Garvey, UC Davis, Western Farm Press
Franklin’s bumble bee on edge of extinction
Have you seen this bee?
Published on September 14, 2011
By: Paul Fattig, Mail Tribune
Agency seeks to put Franklin’s bumblebee on endangered list
Seven Hawaiian Bees Deserve, But Don’t Get, Endangered Status
Published on September 8, 2011
Published by Environment News Service
HONOLULU, Hawaii, September 8, 2011 (ENS) – Listing for seven species of Hawaiian yellow-faced bees as endangered is warranted, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined, but the listing “is not possible at this time due to higher priority actions,” the agency said. The Service has added these seven species of Hawaiian bees to its candidate species list.
Butterflies: catch them before the season flits by
Published on September 3, 2011
By: John D. Carr, Oregon Live
“Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life. And everyone deserves a little sunshine.”
Hedgerows for pollinators workshop
Published on September 2, 2011
Published By Daily Democrat
Farmers and landowners interested in installing or improving hedgerows on their property may be interested in a workshop at Oakdale Ranch in Esparto on Thursday, Sept. 8.
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
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
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.
Befriend native bees: give them a home: Wild bees pollinate what honeybees cannot
Published on August 17, 2011
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.
The Xerces Society and the Johnson Creek Watershed Council lead a survey of the creek for mysterious bivalve-shelled mollusks
Published on July 29, 2011
By: Jaime Dunkle, Special to The Oregonian
Johnson Creek is home to a secret treasure. Unbeknownst to many Oregonians, freshwater mussels find solace in different parts of the stream, settling silently among the crayfish and rocks.
The important life of bees
Published on July 19, 2011
By Debra Neutkens, White Bear Press
A University of Minnesota bee expert is sounding an alarm. Nature’s pollinators are in decline.
Keeping bees safe and active clearly a crucial, fruitful endeavor
Published on July 12, 2011
By Mark Blazis, telegram.com
Unnoticed, unappreciated and little understood, native bees are greatly helping us, filling in for our vanishing honeybees. Back in the 1980s, when I was still a beekeeper, mites killed all my bees and those of my beekeeping friends. But a situation far more insidious — colony collapse disorder — has since killed 30 percent of America’s honeybees and threatens their very existence — and ours.
Miner bees cover for honey bees in pollination chores
Published on July 8, 2011
By Morgan Simmon, The Repulic
TOWNSEND, Tenn. – The family from Missouri couldn’t believe what they were seeing. Here was a park ranger crouched next to one of the historic structures in Cades Cove, enveloped by a cloud of bees.
The hills are alive – with native pollinators!
Published on July 6, 2011
By: Christine Souza, California Country Magazine
Larry Massa, a fifth-generation cattle rancher from Glenn County, is now seeing spots. Dotting the landscape at his Willows ranch are colorful wildflowers teeming with pollinators, including native bees.
Native Bees Always Shop Local
Published on July 3, 2011
By: Vera Strader, Tuolumne County Master Gardener, myMotherLode.com
Like many people, native bees are vegetarians that eat food grown close to home. The smaller the bee, the closer to home it must stay for its food-plant nectar and pollen. The smallest bees can travel only a few yards; the largest bumblebees may journey over a mile.
Over the Garden Fence: Here’s buzz: Landscape to attract pollinators
Published on June 30, 2011
By: George Weigel, PennLive.com
Birds have the Audubon Society.
Butterflies are getting protection from gardeners installing Monarch Waystations.
But up until now, few people have done much to help the third “B” of beneficial wildlife — bees and other pollinating insects.
Our summer of long, sweet grass
Published on June 27, 2011
By: Lynda V. Mapes, Seattle Times
Ahhh long grass. Not the scruffy stuff by Aurora Avenue. No. I’m talking about the pleasure of a meadow of long, sweet grass.
Living in the city, it becomes rare to see grass actually grown to the point that it can set up a nice fat seed head. Let alone long ripples in an expanse of tall grass, unleashed by the wind. Unleashed: that’s just the feeling, out of the realm of the clipped, managed, tidy realm of lawn. The birds sure know the difference: song sparrows on a recent evening were calling, and the click and buzz of insects snugged deep in the sheltering grasses was soothing as a lullaby.
Native Bees Worth Billions of Dollars a year, Researchers Say
By: John Upton, The Bay Citizen
The collapse of honeybee colonies has been widely publicized, but not everybody knows that California’s native bee species are also vanishing.
Wet and Wild: BLM is developing a plan for managing a key natural habitat
Published on June 22, 2011
By: Susan Palmer, The Register-Guard
The American grass bug — a little brown critter about the size of your thumbnail — is not the most exciting insect Celeste Mazzacano has gone out tracking, definitely not up there with your damselflies and dragonflies.
In Oregon’s Willamette Valley, the race to save the endangered Fender’s blue butterfly
Published on June 17, 2011
By: Mihir Zaveri, The Oregonian
BASKETT SLOUGH — Cheryl Schultz stumped through the shoulder-high grass, searching. Then, after a quick swoop and twist of her net, she caught her target, a tiny blur of fluttering blue.
Bees, butterflies among pollinators in decline
Published on June 13, 2011
By: Kathy Van Mullekom, Daily Press
The troubled lives of honeybees get a lot of media attention.
Yet, many other pollinators are in serious trouble, according to Eric Mader, assistant pollinator program director with The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
Lawsuit settlement could increase habitat protection for Salt Creek tiger beetle
Published on June 8, 2011
By: Algis J. Laukaitis, Lincoln Journal Star
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will go back to the beginning and re-evaluate critical habitat protection in Lancaster and Saunders counties for the endangered Salt Creek tiger beetle.
Rare beetle may get more land
By: Leslie Reed, World-Herald Bureau
LINCOLN — Under a legal settlement announced Tuesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will take a second look at how much land the Salt Creek tiger beetle, an endangered species that lives only in Nebraska, needs to survive.
Published on May 11, 2011
By: Leslie Forsberg, Alaska Airlines Magazine
Scientist and communities work together to help preserve butterflies and their habitats.
Plan preserves ‘crown jewel’ island
Published on May 5, 2011
By: Steve Law, Portland Tribune
Two different islands, two vastly different outcomes.
Out on west Hayden Island next to Jantzen Beach, the Audubon Society of Portland has sparred with the Port of Portland for 15 years – and counting – to block development of marine trade terminals.
Pollinators are garden essentials
Published on May 3, 2011
By: Jan Begliner, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County
Pollinators such as bees, butterflies, moths, wasps, flies, beetles and even hummingbirds are essential to roughly 70 percent of the world’s flowering plants. The U.S. alone grows more than 100 crop plants that need pollinators. Without pollinators we would not enjoy strawberries, apples, pumpkins, blueberries or many other fruits and vegetables. And we would not have forage crops like alfalfa and clover. Many plants have increased crop yield and are higher quality after insect pollination. Pollinators also help native plants reproduce, producing fruits and seeds that feed other wildlife.
Feds say Poudre Canyon snowfly could get endangered species protection
Published on April 25, 2011
By: Bob Magill, Coloradoan
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday the Araphahoe snowfly, found only in two tributaries of the Poudre Canyon, could be rare and endangered enough to protect under the Endangered Species Act.
Attracting Native Pollinators
Published on April 21, 2011
By: Kathy Van Mullekom
The troubled lives of honeybees get a lot of media attention.
Yet, many other pollinators are in serious trouble, according to Eric Mader, assistant pollinator program director with The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
Pollinators Increase Profit, Decrease Risks
Published on April 1, 2011
By: Edith Munro, for the Native Pollinator Project, Partners Magazine
Variety of Native Bees Serves Producers Across U.S.
Growers looking for conservation practices that improve their bottom line are finding that establishing habitat to promote native pollinators pays off almost immediately in crop after crop.
Conservation’s elephant in the room
Published on March 10, 2011
By: Rachel Nuwer, Science Line
Plant people refer to it as “bird envy,” insect researchers call it the “entomological lament.” Whatever the name, scientists studying species like clams and centipedes are well aware of the disparity in interest between their work and that of their tiger or panda colleagues. Try a Google news search of “endangered species”: polar bears, wolves and sea lions crowd the top headlines. Though these so-called charismatic megafauna dominate the media scene, their place in the spotlight obscures those of other species — and maybe even the point of conservation.
Tiny beetle subject of big dispute
Published on February 24, 2011
By The Denver Post
A half-inch long beetle called one of the rarest insects in the world is at the center of a lawsuit filed this week in federal court in Denver.
Lawsuit filed to increase habitat protection for Salt Creek Tiger Beetle
By: The Lincoln Journal Star
The Center for Native Ecosystems, Center for Biological Diversity and Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wednesday for not protecting enough habitat to save the endangered Salt Creek tiger beetle.
Groups file lawsuit over endangered NE beetle
Published on February 23, 2011
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Three conservation groups are suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over Nebraska’s endangered Salt Creek tiger beetle.
Bill would create federal plan to respond to wildlife emergencies and diseases
Published on February 15, 2011
By: Jessica Beym, Gloucester County Times
U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) today introduced legislation to create a federal plan for responding to wildlife disease emergencies. Lautenberg’s legislation would help to better understand and address wildlife diseases like the mysterious and deadly white-nose syndrome (WNS) that is decimating bat populations in New Jersey and throughout the Northeast Region.
Tuesday’s Tips – Disappearing Bumble Bees
Published on February 10, 2011
Bees and Chicks: Adventures in organic gardening and beekeeping
We’ve written a lot about Colony Collapse Disorder and the nearly overwhelming problems that affect honey bees, but things are at least as dire for our native bees, most notably the lovely bumble bee.
Bumbles are the stuff of our childhood memories. Who, when remembering walks through wildflower fields, doesn’t see in their mind’s eye fuzzy, funny bumble bees drifting from flower to flower? These pollinators were plentiful years ago, but now, like many plants and animals, bumbles are suffering from loss of habitat, pesticide poisoning, changing climates, and diseases that were introduced along with non-native bees.
Wild Pollinators Share Pathogens
Published on February 8, 2011
By: Amy Grisak, HobbyFarms.com
As if the concern of colony collapse disorder, a mysterious condition that devastates Honey bee colonies seemingly overnight, isn’t worrisome enough to those of us who love our bees in the garden, there is evidence wild pollinators are susceptible to many of the same diseases as Honey bees when they share flowers.
County seeks proposals for butterfly habitat
Published on February 5, 2011
By: Hannah Hoffman, Yamhill Valley News Register
Yamhill County issued a request for proposals Monday, aimed at private-sector consultants to proceed at county expense, for development of a habitat conservation plan for the endangered Fender’s blue butterfly and its Kincaid’s lupine host.
Pollinating Local is the New Buzz
Published on February 1, 2011
By: David Richardson, Miller-McCune
An annual Woodstock for honeybees highlights one of the factors leading to the pollinators’ decline in North America. Perhaps keeping bees at home is the solution.
Low-key group champions butterfly
Published on January 20, 2011
By: Steve Law, Portland Tribune-Sustainable Life
Audubon Society speaks for the birds.
Defenders of Wildlife protects the wolves.
World Wildlife Fund champions the polar bears.
So who’s left to fight for the butterflies, the bees, and the mussels?
It turns out, it’s a little-known national group headquartered in Portland, the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
Steep drop in 4 bumble bee species is a ‘wake-up’ call
By: Amanda Peterka, Greenwire
For a handful of scientists in the country, a study published earlier this month detailing the drastic decline of four North American bumble bee species was confirmation of a trend they have been observing for years.
The three-year study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that the populations of four common species of bumble bees have declined by up to 96 percent in North America. And not only have the populations gone down in number, but their geographic ranges have also become smaller.
NRCS New York Video: Pollinator Conservation at Xerces
By: USDA NRCS New York
This video features an interview about pollinators with Eric Mader, Assistant Pollinator Program Director for Xerces Society. Eric talks about the importance of invertebrate habitat and management. The Natural Resources Conservation Service works with groups like Xerces when developing best farm practices eligible for funding under Federal conservation programs like the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP).
Queen Bee: Marla Spivak is helping bees get a leg up (make that six legs up) on survival in a pesticide-filled, flower-emptying world.
By: Deborah Caulfield Rybak, Delta Sky Magazine
Bee researcher Marla Spivak has been stung by thousands of bees in the course of a career devoted to them. But nothing prepared her for the bee-related sting she got in September.
Butterfly lawsuit continues to flutter around
Published on January 12, 2011
By: Amanda Newman, Newberg Graphic
The deadline for change, given by the coalition of groups and individuals in their November notice to Yamhill County of intent to sue for violating the Endangered Species Act (ESA), has lapsed without a lawsuit surfacing … but that doesn’t mean it isn’t yet to come.
Livingston Farms set to attract essential insects
Published on January 11, 2011
By: Carol Reiter, Merced Sun-Star
On some sandy Livingston soil near an almond orchard, Jessa Guisse and Chris Schlies were trying to help some bees Monday afternoon.
And some butterflies, and some ladybugs.
It’s all part of an extremely rare project that Livingston is hosting.
Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Insect at Glacier National Park
Published on January 3, 2011
By: Kurt Repanshek, National Parks Traveler
A small aquatic insect found only in five streams on the eastern flanks of Glacier National Park is facing extinction from climate change and should be given protection under the Endangered Species Act, according to two groups.
Protection Sought for Rare Stonefly Found Only in Glacier National Park: Aquatic insect reliant on glacial meltwater will likely disappear when the glaciers do
Published on December 30, 2010
By: New West Staff, New West
Extinction and danger to animals that rely on the existence of Glaciers in Glacier National Park could start with a tiny and rare insect, the western glacier stonefly, which is known to live only in five small streams west of the Continental Divide in the park.
Flower sharing may be unsafe for bees
Published on December 24, 2010
By: Susan Milius, ScienceNews
Eleven species of wild pollinators in the United States have turned up carrying some of the viruses known to menace domestic honeybees, possibly picked up via flower pollen.
Lawsuit to target tiger beetle habitat
Published on December 15, 2010
By: Algis J. Laukaitis, JournalStar
Three conservation groups on Thursday announced plans to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for not protecting enough critical habitat to save the endangered Salt Creek tiger beetle.
Saving the Fender’s blue butterfly
Published on December 10, 2010
By: Hannah Hoffman, Yamhill News Register
For such an obscure and benign bug, the Fender’s blue butterfly has gained an awful lot of attention lately from governmental, private and nonprofit parties. And all that attention has begun to pay off, as its habitat has become the subject of a concerted local protective effort.
Majestic monarch butterflies face population crisis
Published on December 9, 2010
By: Daniel Terdiman, CNET News
SANTA CRUZ, Calif.–When I lived in this beach town on the central California coast in the early 1990s, I loved visiting a stunning local state park where each winter you could find more than 120,000 monarch butterflies swarming, clustering, and flying everywhere you looked.
National bee project includes site in Fallbrook
Published on November 25, 2010
Fallbrook Village News
Issue 47, Volume 14
FALLBROOK – The decline in the number of bees has become a priority nationwide in farmed landscapes. In six regions of the United States (California, Oregon, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Florida and New England), pollinator demonstration projects are being conducted to see if improving or adding native habitats can improve bee health and numbers.
Butterfly lands county in legal jam
Published on November 11, 2010
By: Hannah Hoffman, Yamhill News Register
When the Yamhill County commissioners voted 2-1 in May to reject a federal grant to develop a local habitat conservation plan, Commissioner Mary Stern warned, “We just threw away $391,000 that we’ll never get back, and that could have protected us against future liability.”
Threatened Butterfly, Plant May Mean Trouble For Yamhill County
Published on November 8, 2010
By: Rob Manning, Oregon Public Broadcasting
A rare butterfly and the threatened plant it lives on, may land Yamhill County in court. Rob Manning reports on a lawsuit threat, filed Monday.
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