Recent Xerces Society News

 

Can bees become addicted to pesticides?

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Pete Spotts, The Christian Science Monitor Flitting from blossom to blossom, bees represent an ecological lifeline from one generation of plants to the next – paid in nectar and pollen to keep the reproductive ball rolling on farms, in woods, and in backyard gardens. But since 2006, concerns have grown over a decline in bee Read more …

 

Save the Bees with J. Crew’s New Graphic Tees, Which Already Have Celebrities Abuzz

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Andrea Cheng, InStyle Here’s some Earth Day news for you to buzz about—J. Crew has spearheaded a Save the Bees campaign through its Garments for Good initiative to support The Xerces Society, a non-profit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates (read: bees and their fellow insects). And why exactly? Because of climate Read more …

 

Whole Foods and Xerces Society Work to Help Pollinators at Risk

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Gabrielle Saulsbery, Modern Farmer Many of the ingredients in popular dishes would become scarce or totally unavailable without pollinators like bees, hummingbirds and hawk moths. Pollinators are responsible for one in three bites of food people take, and with the threats these small flying friends face on a daily basis, many species are in danger. Read more …

 

Long-suspected pesticide is harming bumblebees

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

John Dzieza, The Verge When honey bees began dying en masse in late 2006, one of the early suspects was a class of insecticides called neonicotinoids. These chemicals are often applied to seeds before planting, so that the poison permeates the entire plant as it grows, including its pollen and nectar. The European Union placed Read more …

 

Lockeford researchers boost conservation efforts

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Reed Fujii, Recordnet The topics were perhaps a bit esoteric — providing habitat for pollinators, primarily native California bees, and promoting healthy soil with a balance of plant and microbial life. But interest in such research, promising benefits to farming and conserving the environment, brought several dozen people together Tuesday at the annual open house Read more …

 

Plight of imperiled Glacier National Park insect draws lawsuit

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Vince Devlin, The Missoulian There are approximately 3,500 species of stoneflies. One of them – one so rare it’s found only in Montana – is at the heart of a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday in Washington, D.C. The Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity wants a judge to force the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Read more …

 

This Is What Your Salad Bar Would Look Like Without Bees (And Other Pollinators)

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Nick Visser, The Huffington Post By now, you probably have your salad bar game down to a science. Arugula, beets, feta, sunflower seeds and a touch of balsamic vinaigrette? A little bit of falafel if you want to feel fancy? Well, without bees, butterflies, beetles and their pollinating brethren, tough luck. For the past two Read more …

 

US Environment Agency May Restrict Some Neonic Use

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Dede Williams, Che Manager The US is moving more closely into line with Europe in restricting the use of neonicotinoid-based insecticides suspected of posing risks to bee populations. Faced with mounting criticism as well as a still pending lawsuit – filed in 2013 by a coalition of beekeepers, environmental and consumer groups in a federal Read more …

 

Value of endangered bumblebees weighed in VT

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

By Joel Banner Baird, Free Press Staff Writer here are precious few — if any — rusty-patch bumblebees left in Vermont to benefit from its weeks-old protection as an endangered species. Ditto for the Ashton cuckoo bumblebee, which hasn’t been seen in these parts in more than a decade. The yellow-banded bumblebee, also a once-common Read more …

 

‘Bee lawns’ have thyme, clover and yarrow: Urban meadows and dandelions beneficial to birds, bees

Monday, April 6th, 2015

The Associated Press Turf grass may be an attractive groundcover for homeowners but it doesn’t hold much appeal for pollinators. Add some broadleaf plants with flowers to the mix, however, and it’s a different story: great forage for the birds and the bees. Lower maintenance, too. “Bee lawns aren’t 100 percent flowers. They have some Read more …

 

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Photo: Rusty patched bumble bee by Johanna James Heinz.

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