Tag Archives: Pollinators

Bumblebee Blues: Pacific Northwest Pollinator In Trouble

Hundreds of citizen scientists have begun buzzing through locations across the Pacific Northeast seeking a better understanding about nearly 30 bumblebee species. Bumblebees, experts say, are important pollinators for both wild and agricultural plants, but some species have disappeared from places where they were once common, possibly because of the same factors that have been killing honeybees […]
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Pacific Northwest bumblebees in trouble

Hundreds of citizen scientists have begun buzzing through locations across the Pacific Northwest seeking a better understanding about nearly 30 bumblebee species. Bumblebees, experts say, are important pollinators for both wild and agricultural plants, but some species have disappeared from places where they were once common, possibly because of the same factors that have been […]
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Want to help track bumble bee population?

Citizens can join project to monitor and help improve fate of Northwest bumble bees. Scientists launched a tri-state project on April 18, to use citizens to map the loss of bumble bees in the Pacific Northwest. The region is home to nearly 30 species of bumble bees, many of them facing an uncertain future. Source: […]
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The State of the Bee

For the last decade Oregon’s bees – both native bees and the introduced European honeybee used in agriculture – have been in decline. But researchers like Andony Melathopoulos of the Oregon Bee Project say there are many reasons to hope for a better bee future in the state. Source: The State of the Bee – […]
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Farmers, beekeepers put aside differences to aid bees

The honey bee industry has struggled for years with livestock loss, creating tensions between beekeepers and agriculture over where to place blame. A new pilot project in North Dakota aims to get past frequent finger-pointing between beekeepers and farmers over the decline in bee populations and get them to work together with scientists to reverse […]
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How gardeners can help bees thrive in Oregon

Andony Melathopoulos is out to bust some myths about the 500 species of bees living in Oregon, most notably that most don’t sting. “I’ve been covered in 30,000 honey bees and didn’t get stung and I’m nobody special,” said Melathopoulos, a bee expert with Oregon State University Extension Service. “The key message is that most […]
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Popular Pesticides Keep Bumblebees From Laying Eggs

A new study is adding to evidence that a popular class of pesticides can harm wild bees, like bumblebees. Wild bees, such as bumblebees, don’t get as much love as honeybees, but they should. They play just as crucial a role in pollinating many fruits, vegetables, and wildflowers, and compared to managed colonies of honeybees, they’re in […]
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Streetlights: How they complicate a bug’s life

Study suggests light pollution interferes with pollination. At twilight, a moth takes flight in a thistle patch. It distinguishes the purple bristles of a flower from the thorny vegetation using specialized reflectors like those that make a cat’s eyes glow green in the darkness. The flower entices it with nectar and dusts its feathery wings […]
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Bees Are Bouncing Back From Colony Collapse Disorder

The number of U.S. honeybees, a critical component to agricultural production, rose in 2017 from a year earlier, and deaths of the insects attributed to a mysterious malady that’s affected hives in North America and Europe declined, according a U.S. Department of Agriculture honeybee health survey released Tuesday. The number of commercial U.S. honeybee colonies rose 3 […]
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USDA: Pollinator forage stable, but quality declined in key areas

Forage quality for U.S. pollinators largely remained stable over a 30-year period, but declines in key areas could spell trouble for honey bees, USDA researchers found. More than a third of food crops require pollination, so recent health problems seen among honey bees and native pollinators are concerning for farmers. Source: USDA: Pollinator forage stable, […]
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