Recent Xerces Society News


Bumblebees in severe and rapid decline from climate change — study

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Malavika Vyawahare, ClimateWire The heat is beginning to sting for bumblebees. As the Earth warms, they are being driven out of their habitats in North America and Europe, according to a new study published in Science. “They have disappeared from places they used to be found,” said Jeremy Kerr, an ecologist and one of the Read more …


A ‘Climate Vise’ is Squeezing Bumble Bees’ Range

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Brian Kahn, Climate Central If you’ve hiked through a meadow in bloom in Europe or North America, you’ve probably heard the buzz and seen the lazy meanderings of bumble bees from flower to flower. Yet what was once a common sight on the southern end of their range is becoming rare or nonexistent. According to Read more …


Bumblebees being crushed by climate change

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Cally Carswell, As the climate changes, plants and animals are on the move. So far, many are redistributing in a similar pattern: As habitat that was once too cold warms up, species are expanding their ranges toward the poles, whereas boundaries closer to the equator have remained more static. Bumblebees, however, appear to be Read more …


Rising Temperatures Are Squishing Bumblebee Habitats

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Rob Verger, Vice News Climate change is putting the pinch on bumblebee habitats, says a study published today in the journal Science. As atmospheric temperatures have risen, wild bumblebees in North America and Europe have not been extending the northern limits of their ranges to higher latitudes, as some other species have done. Meanwhile, higher Read more …


Just a handful of wild bee species do most of the pollination work

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Sasha Harris-Lovett, LA Times Wild bees pollinate many crops, but some bees are busier than others. On average, only 2% of wild bee species were responsible for 80% of the pollination visits witnessed by researchers around the world, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications. “This study puts a spotlight on Read more …


Migrating Monarch Butterflies Might Actually Take to the Highway

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Heather Hansman, The Monarch butterfly population has been in decline, but the North American insects are getting some unlikely help with their migration. This month, a Pollinator Health Task Force, formed at President Obama’s request and including government agencies from the Federal Highway Association to Fish and Wildlife as well as non-governmental partners, released Read more …


USDA Program Aims To Aid Pollinators

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Rita Brhel, Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan It’s been nine years since Colony Collapse Disorder first made headlines, not only in the beekeeping community but also to the masses with reports speculating the effects of this mysterious, sudden disappearance of millions of honey bees on future supermarket prices. Yet honey bees are continuing to suffer. Read more …


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 …


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Photo: Rusty patched bumble bee by Johanna James Heinz.

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