Bee Informed: Fires, Public Lands, and Pesticides

Bee Informed: Fires, Public Lands, and Pesticides

Mason bee, Osmia lignaria. Photo by USGS Bee Inventory,

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?

In this article, published by Oregon State University Extension Service, they discuss what is known about 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. 

Forest Fire

Image by skeeze 

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. 

Honey Bees

Image by PollyDot 

3.  Pesticides and Food Scarcity Dramatically Reduce Wild Bee Population

A new UC Davis study found that the combination of pesticide exposure and limited pollen resources reduces blue orchard bee reproduction by 57% and resulted in fewer female offspring. 

Herbicide Application

Image by zefe wu