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The protected designation for the rusty patched bumble bee is also the first of its kind for a bee species in the continental U.S. It has seen a dramatic decline in numbers and territory.
A local conservation group is helping lead an effort to put more regulations on domestic bumblebee shipments.
The dramatic decline in the bumblebee population is causing concern because the rusty patched, and other bumblebees, are critical pollinators.
The Oregon Department of Agriculture has fined pesticide company Collier Arbor Care and four of its employees for the deaths of thousands of bumblebees.
The Oregon Department of Agriculture is restricting the use of two pesticide ingredients implicated in the deaths of more than 50,000 bumblebees earlier this year.
A group of Seattle gardeners are in the midst of a bee experiment that requires tomato plants and tuning forks. The results could shed light on what a future could look like without bumblebees.
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