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June 26, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Your Responses To The Wilsonville Bee Kill

A lot of readers responded to the news that thousands of bumblebees died last week of pesticide poisoning in a Wilsonville Target parking lot.

Some scolded the unnamed company that sprayed the insecticide, others criticized the state for refusing to release the company's name, and a few people pledged to boycot Target to protest the ill-timed pesticide use near its store.

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Filed under: Environment, Flora and Fauna, Xerces Society


June 19, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Thousands Of Dead Bees Found At Wilsonville Target

Insect conservationists with the Portland-based Xerces Society don't know yet why an estimated 25,000 bumble bees have dropped dead in a Target parking lot in Wilsonville.

They were found under a dozens of European linden trees Monday, raising the question of whether the insects were killed by a poisonous species of linden tree or by pesticide poisoning.

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Filed under: Environment, Flora and Fauna, Bee colony collapse, Xerces Society


Sept. 13, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

Has anyone seen a Franklin's bumble bee?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering the Franklin's bumble bee as a possible candidate for the endangered species list. Researchers haven't seen the Oregon and California native since 2006. And they're starting to wonder if it's extinct. Continue reading →

Filed under: Fish & Wildlife, Agriculture, Bee colony collapse, Franklin's bumble bees, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Xerces Society



About Ecotrope

In the Pacific Northwest, the environment is personal - it's where we live, work and play. Oregon Public Broadcasting's Ecotrope will bring you news and insight on the region’s environmental issues. Site curator Cassandra Profita is an award-winning reporter with degrees in journalism and environmental studies.

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