Law360, New York (January 10, 2017, 6:43 PM EST) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday finalized protections for the rusty patched bumblebee under the Endangered Species Act, citing a plummeting population and drastically reduced habitat range.The endangered designation made by FWS is for species that are in danger of becoming extinct throughout all or a portion of their range. The service said on Tuesday that the bee was once common across 28 states and two Canadian provinces, but since the 1990s its colonies have collapsed by 87 percent, leaving “small, scattered” populations…
This is a success story for all those who petitioned and spread the word about the importance of this little bumble bee. Here’s a video that helped communicate the urgency of the situation:
Published on June 24, 2016
Everyone has heard about bee declines, but with so much attention focused on domesticated honeybees, someone has to speak up for the 4,000 species of native bees in North America. Natural history photographer Clay Bolt is on a multi-year quest to tell the stories of our native bees, and one elusive species – the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee – has become his ‘white whale.’
Traveling from state to state in search of the Rusty-patched, he meets the scientists and conservationists working tirelessly to preserve it. Clay’s journey finally brings him to Wisconsin, where he comes face to face with his fuzzy quarry and discovers an answer to the question that has been nagging him all along: why save a species?
A film by Day’s Edge Productions, produced in partnership with the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and Endangered Species Chocolate. With music by Dan Warren, New West Studios, and Cloud Cult.
When I was a child the sky was filled with birds especially during the migration seasons. Now the sky is not, the birds are not there anymore. When I was a child my world was full of bugs of all sorts. Now my world is not. Walking the fields they are dead of life all insect killed. The fields are saturated with chemicals to fertilize then they are saturated with chemicals to kill the insects. That process is repeated over and over again. Is it any wonder so many people have gut issues and there is such wide spread obesity? Our world and our bodies are degrading ever more rapidly. Great thanks to those to take the time and make the effort to save every little creature we share this planet with..