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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.

Science | local

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.

local | News | Sports | 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.

Science | Food | Flora and Fauna | Environment

Thanksgiving Buzz: What Would Pilgrims Say About The Plight Of Bees?

Nov. 26, 2015 1:21 p.m.

When you sit down for your holiday dinner, you may want to give thanks to bees and other pollinators. Their health is tied to your food. What's behind the bee declines? Watch our video investigation.

Science | Food | Flora and Fauna

Farmers Have Been Enjoying The Fruits Of Bee Labor For 9,000 Years

Nov. 20, 2015 11:01 p.m.

Bees play a vital role in pollinating the crops we eat. Turns out, that relationship with agriculture began shortly after the rise of settled farming, new research shows.

Nation | Science | Food | Flora and Fauna | Environment

As Beekeepers Lose More Hives, Time For New Rules On Pesticides?

Nov. 24, 2015 11:08 p.m.

Beekeepers lost 42 percent of their hives last year. NPR and PBS NewsHour investigate what's behind the plight of the pollinators. Some scientists say pesticides called neonics are being overused.

Nation | Science | Food | Flora and Fauna | Environment

Could A Mushroom Save The Honeybee?

Oct. 9, 2015 2:46 p.m.

The bees that pollinate crops are on the brink of collapse. One big reason why: a virus-carrying mite. Now, researchers think a rare fungi could boost bees' immune system and attack the mite itself.

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.

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.

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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

Could a Mushroom Save a Honeybee

Oct. 15, 2015 4:20 a.m.

Honeybees throughout the United States have been struggling for nearly a decade.

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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