Bumblebees (Photo: TimHill, pixabay)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently approved a pesticide which it calls “very highly toxic” to bees.1        This pesticide is deadly to bee colonies. This toxic pesticide called sulfoxaflor is one cause of plunging bee populations. One study found that sulfoxaflor impairs bees’ ability to reproduce — colonies exposed to sulfoxaflor produced 54 percent fewer male bees and no queens.2 That’s why we’re […]

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced it will resume data collection for its annual Honey Bee Colonies report.1 This news comes after the USDA cut honeybee research earlier this summer. While the temporary suspension will leave a gap in this year’s data, we are thrilled that the USDA has listened to our message and decided not to discount honeybees. Your […]
bee on a white flower (photo: Pixabay user leswhalley, No rights reserved)

Last year alone, there was a nearly 40 percent decline in the honeybee population.1       Bees need safe, healthy habitat to survive. Habitat loss, fragmentation and degradation are among the major causes of colony collapse disorder.2 As native vegetation is replaced by roadways, neighborhoods and crop fields, bees lose the food sources and nesting sites they rely on. That’s why we’re asking our governors […]
bee on a white flower (photo: Pixabay user leswhalley, No rights reserved)

You can’t have spring without buzzing bees. Their hum is harmony for singing birds, sniffing dogs, chirping crickets or cicadas. All of these things make up the sounds of spring — but bee-killing pesticides might change our familiar spring sounds forever.       Bees are in trouble. Beekeepers are reporting that they’ve lost up to 90 percent of their hives, and more than half […]
bee on a white flower (photo: Pixabay user leswhalley, No rights reserved)

Bee-killing pesticides shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near our wildlife refuges — especially those our wild bees need to survive. But on August 2, 2018, the Trump administration decided otherwise.       The Threat to Bees National wildlife refuges should be safe havens for wildlife — including wild bees. Yet on August 2, 2018, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lifted an Obama-era ban on bee-killing […]
Photo of giraffes (Pixabay user anujohanna)

Spread the word about key environmental issues with this week’s social shares. In the spotlight this week: giraffes, bad news for bees, an emotional plea from an Alaskan fisherman, grey wolves, and much, much more. Spread the Word on Facebook Spread the Word on Twitter Inaction and delay are unacceptable responses to climate change. We must speed the transition to cleaner power and […]
African Lion (Photo by Bhargava Srivari on Unsplash)

In this week’s social shares for Facebook and Twitter: Scott Pruitt, red wolves, bees, elephants and lions. Share any or all of these stories on social media, and remind your friends and family just how important it is to protect nature and the environment! Facebook Social Shares Twitter Already, more than 14,000 Environmental Action supporters have asked governors across the U.S. to ban […]

Rusty patched bumble bees are endangered One year ago, the rusty patched bumble bee was listed as endangered — the first bumble bee to be listed in the Continental United States under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). These bees have lost 87 percent of their population over the last 20 years.1 Among the causes? The widespread use of bee-killing pesticides. Rusty patched bumble bees are […]