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Sports | News | local | OPB News BlogJune 26, 2014 2:13 p.m.
Headlines for Thursday, June 26: Deschutes County is enacting fire restrictions on unprotected land, a new study says gardeners may be exposing pollinators to deadly insecticides and a man who held his breath and crashed his car has plead not guilty.
Sustainability | News | localSept. 6, 2013 8:10 p.m.
The Environmental Protection Agency is holding back the release of a new biological pesticide until it knows more about the chemical’s effect on bees.
For fruit growers in the Pacific Northwest, spring is the time for the annual struggle between keeping their trees alive, and keeping bees alive to pollinate those trees.
Richard Cowles is pinning his hopes on tracking down honey bee "survivors," and spreading their hardy DNA.
A new study projects that by 2050, climate change could reduce the amount of ground usable to grow coffee in Latin America by up to 88 percent. Bees play a key role in increasing coffee yields.
Environment | local | News | AnimalsFeb. 10, 2017 8:13 p.m.
Local beekeepers and experts said the cold temperatures and heavy snowfall, coupled with prolonged damp conditions in December and January, played a role in the demise of entire beehives across the Willamette Valley.
Honeybees are a critical part of agriculture, pollinating many of our favorite crops. But bee deaths are on the rise. In Japan, scientists are testing whether insect-sized drones can help do the job.
Scott Hoffman Black, executive director of the Xerces Society, said he has confirmed the thousands of dead bees found Monday in a Wilsonville parking lot died from pesticide poisoning after a landscaping company sprayed linden trees.
Beeswax Ship; Electric Drag Racing; Native Bumblebees
Baby Bear and Chris learn that bees make wax and honey and help things grow.
It's well known that bees are dying off, and scientists still can't explain exactly why. Likely causes include parasites, diseases, and pesticides. But in many cases, the bees simply vanish, never to return to the hive. Whatever the causes, the consequences are major. In the U.S., beekeepers on average lost 29% of their honey bee colonies last year. Since farms depend on these commercial bee colonies to pollinate their crops, there's a lot at stake. In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that bees are responsible for $15 billion worth of crops every year. To put that in perspective, the USDA says, "about one mouthful in three in the diet directly or indirectly benefits from honey bee pollination."
Baby Bear and Abby are near a garden. Baby Bear is filled with panic because he is afraid of bees!
Discover what is being done to create safer habitats and environments for endangered honeybees.
Honeybees are explored. Learn how easy it is to raise solitary mason bees at home.