Tag Archives: Pollinators

Study: Roundup Weed Killer Could Be Linked To Widespread Bee Deaths

The controversial herbicide Roundup has been accused of causing cancer in humans and now scientists in Texas argue that the world’s most popular weed killer could be partly responsible for killing off bee populations around the world. A new study by scientists at the University of Texas at Austin posit that glyphosate — the active ingredient […]
Read More »

Where have all the ladybugs gone? Scientists worry as non-pest insect population dwindles

Scientists say light pollution and global warming may be to blame for declining insect population. A staple of summer — swarms of bugs — seems to be a thing of the past. And that’s got scientists worried. Source: Where have all the ladybugs gone? Scientists worry as non-pest insect population dwindles

From clearcut trees to habitat for bees

Hampton Lumber part of research project. Jed Arnold, a stewardship coordinator with Hampton Lumber, recently walked a 1-year-old timber stand the company owns. The landscape was largely cleared of debris, aside from the burned wooden husks left from a slash pile burn. Rather than conifers, Arnold was on the lookout for yarrow, lupine, penstemons and […]
Read More »

With honeybees hurting, what else can pollinate our food?

Jim Freese grows apples, pears and cherries on 45 acres in the north-central part of this state, on sagebrush-studded land his grandfather bought in 1910. Walking among trees laden with shiny red cherries, Freese recalled that four years ago his trees were not producing well and his farm was financially struggling. Like many growers, he […]
Read More »

This bumblebee still absent from Mount Ashland

The bee has a black back but is without a yellow face. Could it be a Franklin’s bumblebee, which hasn’t been seen in these parts since 2006? A college student quickly nets the bee and channels her two days of bee-wrangling experience to get the little bugger into a plastic canister. “Nope, I can tell […]
Read More »

The Super Bowl of Beekeeping

Every February, white petals blanket first the almond trees, then the floor of the central valley, an 18,000-square-mile expanse of California that begins at the stretch of highway known as the Grapevine just south of Bakersfield and reaches north to the foothills of the Cascades. The blooms represent the beginning of the valley’s growing season […]
Read More »

Butterflies can find respite at Stewart Meadows

Five new monarch butterfly way stations are bringing a burst of color and life to Stewart Meadows Golf Course. The way stations, to be unveiled Friday, are pollinator gardens with elements of food, shelter and water for the colorful insects. Spread throughout the nine-hole course, the gardens were placed for both golfers and butterflies, according to […]
Read More »

Franklin’s still missing

Sabrina Vladu sees a fluffy little buzzer land, and for a minute she thinks it’s possible that little bumblebee is the reason two dozen people armed with bug nets are here stalking Mount Ashland’s wildflower meadows. The bee has a black back but is without a yellow face. Could it be a Franklin’s bumblebee, which […]
Read More »

Wild bees are attracted to blue fluorescent light, Oregon State University research finds

Researchers at Oregon State University are all abuzz. They’ve discovered that wild bees are attracted to a specific wavelength of blue fluorescent light. That could potentially improve pollination rates for the 100 food crops that depend on bees to the tune of $15 billion a year. Source: Wild bees are attracted to blue fluorescent light, […]
Read More »

Native Bees And Alfalfa Seed Farmers, A NW Love Story

Walla Walla Valley farmers have cultivated some 18 million Northwest native pollinators called alkali bees to help their alfalfa grow. It’s one of the most unusual partnerships in agriculture. Walla Walla County might just be the only place on Earth where you have to brake for bees. “You can see the signs here,” says Mike Ingham, […]
Read More »