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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.

Entertainment | Technology | Food | Science | Flora and Fauna

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.

News | Agriculture | Sustainability | Environment

Trees Or Bees: Fruit Growers' Dilemma Over Fungicides That Threaten Pollinators

April 10, 2017 6:45 a.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.

Sports | News | 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.

World | Food | Nation | Science | Flora and Fauna

Could A Bumblebee Learn To Play Fetch? Probably

Feb. 24, 2017 4:19 p.m.

Scientists found that bumblebees are nimble learners, especially when there's a sugary reward at the end. No wonder they're such good pollinators.

Stung By Pesticides And Disease, Rusty Patched Bumblebee Now Endangered

Jan. 13, 2017 5:29 p.m.

The dramatic decline in the bumblebee population is causing concern because the rusty patched, and other bumblebees, are critical pollinators.

News | local | OPB News Blog

Top Stories: Cause Of Two Bulls Fire Remains Unsolved, Heatwave To Hit State

July 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.

local | Environment

Groups Seeks To Add Franklin's Bumble Bee' To Endangered Species List

June 23, 2010 3:29 p.m.

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.

Nation | Flora and Fauna

US Puts Bumblebee On The Endangered Species List For 1st Time

Jan. 12, 2017 12:22 a.m.

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.

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.

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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."

Sex & Lies

April 24, 2017 7:26 p.m.

Revel in the beauty of orchids and examine their flowers, which are shaped to attract pollinators.

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.

Oregon Field Guide

Endangered Invertebrates

Feb. 2, 1996 3:30 a.m.

Meet an Oregon man working hard to save some beautiful bugs before they're gone.

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