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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.

local | Sports | News | 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.

local | News | Food

Oregon Growers See Fewer Hazelnuts This Year

Oct. 14, 2015 11:29 p.m.

Hazelnut harvest is wrapping up in Oregon, but farmers are gathering fewer nuts this year. Some farms saw 20 percent reductions in yields this season.

Animals | News | local | OPB News Blog

Animals Take On Jobs At PDX

April 14, 2015 8:30 p.m.

The Port of Portland is putting animals to work to take care of some general house keeping at Portland International Airport.

local | News | Environment | OPB News Blog

Just Call Ashland 'Bee City, USA'

Jan. 21, 2015 7:48 p.m.

Southern Oregon hopes to attract more than just tourists now that Ashland has held up its end of the deal in becoming the state's second Bee City USA.

Election | News

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

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

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.

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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.

local | History | Sports | NW Life

How A Locked Bathroom Helped Portland Get The Trail Blazers

Jan. 19, 2016 11:45 p.m.

At a meeting of NBA owners in 1970, a staunch supporter of Portland receiving an expansion team locked himself in a bathroom until a group led by Portlander Harry Glickman could secure a letter of credit.

State of Wonder

Radio Documentary: A Day In The Life Of Artists Repertory Theatre's New ArtsHub

March 20, 2015 11:38 p.m.

We send three producers to explore the buzzing creative nexus, where nine arts organizations share spaces, resources, and big dreams.

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.


Sasquatch 2012: Saturday Gold

May 28, 2012 8:10 a.m.

The first full day of festival action saw a dizzying array of performances from a current who's who of artists, all set against perfect weather and The Gorge's breath taking views.

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."

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.

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