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Xerces Society Receives Grant To Study Pollinators

July 15, 2009 3:04 p.m.

The Xerces Society has received some cash to study the interplay between pollinators, the plants they need, and farmland.

Urban Pollination Project

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

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.

News | Sports | local | OPB News Blog

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.

Flora and Fauna | Environment

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.

Flora and Fauna | World

Honeybee Heists New Reality Amid Colony Collapses

Sept. 6, 2015 4:44 p.m.

Thieves are hijacking hives and renting the bees and their queens out to farmers to pollinate their crops. With the global collapse of the bee population, the crime is becoming even more lucrative.

Food | Flora and Fauna | Environment | Science | Nation

Don't Worry, Honey, The Other Bees Have Your Back

Aug. 24, 2015 3:22 p.m.

Honeybees are major crop pollinators in the U.S., but they're in trouble. So researchers are now investigating how other bees could start picking up some of the slack.

News | Elections

A Voter's Guide To The Science Of GE Foods

Oct. 17, 2014 5 p.m.

Supporters and opponents of GE foods often disagree on their interpretation of the science. Finding a clear answer is a difficult slog in most cases because black-and-white answers simply aren't available.

Flora and Fauna | Environment

The Perilous Life Of A Professional Honeybee

Aug. 11, 2014 10:51 p.m.

Scientists say exposure to pesticides is just one of many hazards honeybees face, but they're working to find out just how big a role it plays in their overall decline.

Flora and Fauna | Environment

A Likely Exception To No-Pesticide Rule: Invasive Crazy Ants Attacking Baby Birds

July 16, 2014 9 p.m.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is eliminating the use of bee-harming pesticides on refuges in the Pacific region. One likely exception? Invasive crazy ants that attack nesting seabirds.

Flora and Fauna | Environment

Feds Phase Out Bee-Harming Pesticides In Northwest Wildlife Refuges

July 15, 2014 9:23 p.m.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to eliminate the use of bee-harming pesticides on wildlife refuges in the Pacific region by 2016.

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Flight Of The Pollinators

July 16, 2013 8:32 p.m.

A miniaturized Chris gets covered with pollen and ends up sticking to a bee.

Think Out Loud

Summer Recess Conversation: Earl Blumenauer

Aug. 21, 2013 7:06 p.m.

Representative Earl Blumenauer champions bicycle and transportation issues — he himself bikes to work and he's often seen wearing a bicycle pin, along with his signature bow-ties. Much of the 3rd district that he represents lies in Portland, in Multnomah and Clackamas counties.  He's been a solid supporter of President Obama's health care overhaul, and he continues to advocate for changing the health system, including funding end-of-life care conversations between doctors and patients. He supports renewable energy tax reform, wants to repeal Oregon's constitutional gay marriage ban, and has sponsored legislation in Congress on a range of issues from marijuana taxation to repealing tax breaks for big oil companies. One of the lastest issues he's focusing on now is protecting bees, after some high-profile bee die-offs this summer. Last month, he introduced legislation that would restrict the use of certain pesticides. "Pollinators are not only vital to a sustainable environment," he says, "but key to a stable food supply."

Music | Sessions

Black Prairie

Aug. 3, 2010 7:06 p.m.

Ahead of performances at this weekend's Pickathon festival, Black Prairie plays their particular brand of cross-pollinated Americana in our studios with songs coming from their Feast of the Hunter's Moon debut.

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."  


July 16, 2013 8:41 p.m.

Visit a rodeo riding school in Montana and a California farm working to save pollinating honeybees.

Bees For People, People For Bees

April 24, 2015 7:57 a.m.

By now almost everyone knows our pollinators-and with them, much of our basic food supply-are in serious trouble. But do you know what citizens across our region are doing about it, and how effective their collective efforts are? And how much enjoyment they're getting from gathering with their neighbors to expand and protect bee habitat? Neither did we, until we invited them in for this episode.

NW Life

Santiam Apple Tree Holds Many Mysteries

Oct. 17, 2012 2 p.m.

Near the top of Oregon's Santiam Pass sits a lone apple tree that has become a landmark for travelers. No one really knows how it got there, but there are many different stories. Oregon Field Guide producer Jule Gilfillan tells us more.

Oregon Field Guide

Native Bumblebees

Nov. 13, 2008 8:30 p.m.

Oregon’s native bumblebees are disappearing.

Think Out Loud

Hemp Farmer Celebrates Bill's Defeat

July 9, 2015 5:34 p.m.

A bill that would have put a temporary halt to industrial hemp production in Oregon failed in the final days of the legislature.

Think Out Loud

Will Recreational Pot Delay Legal Hemp?

June 2, 2015 4:45 p.m.

Rep. Peter Buckley has introduced a bill to put the brakes on Oregon's fledgling hemp industry.

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