Save the Rusty Patched Bumblebee
The bumblebee is an integral part of our food system. Two-thirds of the world’s crops are pollinated by animals, with bees being the most prevalent and important pollinator. The rusty patched bumblebee is endemic to North America. In the midwest and north-east America, the rusty patched bumblebee population has declined by a staggering 90%! It was recently announced that the rusty patched bumblebee would be declared endangered, making it the first endangered bee in the continental U.S.
However, the new administration is delaying placing the rusty patched bumblebee on the endangered species list. This means the rusty patched bumblebee will not receive extra federal protections it desperately needs.
Action must be taken to save the rusty patched bumblebee and all other species of bumblebees. This means addressing the major threats to bumblebees, including habitat loss and pesticide use.
You can help. Click here to learn more.
by Jim Kober, February 24, 2017