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Top Stories: Deschutes Issues Fire Restrictions, Gardeners May Be Hurting Bees With Insecticides

June 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.

News | local | Sustainability

EPA Delays Pesticide Release To Study Effect On Bees

Sept. 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.

Bees Or Trees: Fruit Growers' Fungicide Dilemma

April 9, 2017 5:23 p.m.

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.

Environment | Flora and Fauna

Air Pollution Might Be Giving Bees A Stuffy Nose

Oct. 9, 2013 2:47 p.m.

A new study shows that diesel exhaust might be preventing honeybees from finding the plants they want to pollinate.

News | Environment | local | Animals

Bees Struggle To Survive Oregon's Brutal Winter

Feb. 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.

Food | Entertainment | Flora and Fauna | Technology | Science

Rise Of The Robot Bees: Tiny Drones Turned Into Artificial Pollinators

March 3, 2017 1 p.m.

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.

Artists Tell Stories Of Dead Bees

Jan. 12, 2015 4:10 a.m.


Xerces Society: Wilsonville Bees Died From Pesticide Poisoning

June 19, 2013 7:27 p.m.

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.

NPR's Bees (Moderate, Middle Of The Road Bees) Up And Left

May 6, 2017 2:39 p.m.

Swarming bees at NPR headquarters led to a warning to not use one of the building's entrances. You know how that advice went over with a bunch of journalists.

News | Agriculture

Portland Begins Phasing Out City Use Of Pesticides That Hurt Bees

April 2, 2015 2:34 p.m.

The city of Portland will phase out its use of certain pesticides that may be harmful to bees and other beneficial insects.

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Environment | Think Out Loud

Environmental Update: Mushrooms And Bees

Aug. 21, 2015 6:09 p.m.

We've got a round-up of some of the region's major environmental stories from the EarthFix team.

Beeswax Ship

July 11, 2013 5:20 a.m.

Music | Sessions

Sea of Bees

Aug. 31, 2010 6:23 a.m.

The vehicle for the songs of Sacramento's Julie Ann Bee, Sea of Bees seems to have arrived fully formed on the debut album out this year called Songs for the Ravens, an effort full of pure pop songs and high, clear vocals that bring to mind vintage Kate Bush.

Beeswax Ship; Electric Drag Racing; Native Bumblebees

July 16, 2013 2:46 p.m.

Beeswax Ship; Electric Drag Racing; Native Bumblebees

Baby Bear Is Afraid Of Bees

Jan. 28, 2016 8:46 a.m.

Baby Bear and Chris learn that bees make wax and honey and help things grow.

NW Life | local

Bridgetown Bees Founders Seek Stronger Queen Bee

Aug. 14, 2013 1:30 p.m.

Glen Andresen and Tim Wessels are on a mission to breed a regional specific queen bee for the Portland area that will "over-winter," or survive the winter. Watch our video to see Andresen at work.

Think Out Loud

The Health of Our Bees

July 20, 2009 4 p.m.

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 Is Afraid Of Bees

Aug. 28, 2013 5:50 p.m.

Baby Bear and Abby are near a garden. Baby Bear is filled with panic because he is afraid of bees!

Bringing Bees Back (Skagit Valley, Wa)

July 13, 2015 8:16 a.m.

Discover what is being done to create safer habitats and environments for endangered honeybees.

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