Chasing Bees: The Search for the Western Bumble Bee

With funding from the Oregon Zoo Foundation’s Future for Wildlife program, Xerces Society biologist Rich Hatfield spent the summer identifying bumblebee species in the Mount Hood National Forest. He was searching for the western bumblebee, a once-common pollinator that mysteriously disappeared west of the Cascades during the mid-1990’s.

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Earth Focus: Neonicotinoids, the New DDT?

Produced by Earth Focus, the documentary investigates the science and controversy behind neonciotinoids, insecticides used on some 200 million acres of U.S. cropland as well as in common home and garden products. It features interviews with scientists, policy makers, and advocates, including Scott Hoffman Black of the Xerces Society, Prof. Dave Goulson of the University of Sussex, Congressman Earl Blumenauer, and David Fischer of Bayer CropScience.

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Oregon Field Guide: Native Bumble Bees

The Xerces Society’s Executive Director, Scott Black, explains some of the complicated issues surrounding Oregon’s native bees in this video from Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Oregon Field Guide series.

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Oregon Field Guide: Siuslaw Hairy-Necked Beetle

A story of dune grass, snowy plover protection, bulldozers and beetles. What it takes to save the world’s fastest beetle on the Oregon coast. This episode of Oregon Field Guide features Xerces’ endangered species program director, Sarina Jepsen, and conservation biologist Candace Fallon.

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Talks and Presentations

  • Monarch Butterfly Conservation: What Farmers and Ranchers Can Do To Help This Imperiled Species
    Xerces’ Executive Director, Scott Hoffman Black, speaks at the Quivira Conference about Xerces’ monarch butterfly project, the largest habitat restoration effort in North American history.
  • Native Bee Conservation 101
    Mace Vaughan, Conservation Director of the Xerces Society, gave a lecture on Native Bee Conservation 101 to the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) on May 10, 2007 via the internet. The presentation provides an overview of the importance, life history, and conservation of crop-pollinating native bees. Also included is information on some of the great things that the NRCS is doing for pollinator conservation in the U.S.
  • Native Pollinators
    This video was produced by Penn State’s Dr. Ed Rajotte and Dr. David Biddinger. It depicts the efforts of Penn State’s Center for Pollinator Research, NRCS and the Xerces Society in researching the most effective native pollinators and assisting growers by planting pollinator habitats in farms and orchards in Pennsylvania.


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