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The Xerces Society has received some cash to study the interplay between pollinators, the plants they need, and farmland.
local | News | Sports | 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.
The dramatic decline in the bumblebee population is causing concern because the rusty patched, and other bumblebees, are critical pollinators.
local | News | OPB News BlogJuly 1, 2014 2:09 p.m.
Headlines for Tuesday, July 1: Investigators are still seeking information to determine who started the Two Bulls wildfire near Bend and a heatwave is expected to bring triple digit temperatures to many parts of the state.
The Xerces Society filed a petition Wednesday to put 'Franklin's Bumble Bee' on the endangered species list. Over the last 12 years, the bees’ numbers have declined precipitously.
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.
Typically, when insect females evolve to become larger than males, it's in order to produce more offspring. But female orchid mantises evolved to look like flowers for a sinister reason: to hunt prey.
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.
A miniaturized Chris gets covered with pollen and ends up sticking to a bee.
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."
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.