Bee Informed: Wildfires, Public Lands, and Pesticides
Each month our Bee Informed Blog will highlight current news, science, and research related to solitary bee conservation, food insecurity, and sustainability.
1. What effect will the 2020 fires have on bees?
This article, published by Oregon State University Extension Service, discusses the effect of forest fires on bees, how bees respond to the land destroyed by fire, and how individuals can help bees while also protecting their property from future fires.
2. Will Putting Honey Bees on Public Lands Threaten Native Bees?
In this article, published at the Yale School of the Environment, scientists warn that the introduction of honey bees on public lands pose a threat to native bee species, outcompeting them for pollen and altering the landscape.
3. Pesticides and Food Scarcity Dramatically Reduce Wild Bee Populations
A new UC Davis study found that the combination of pesticide exposure and limited pollen resources reduced blue orchard bee reproduction by 57% and resulted in fewer female offspring.
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