Tag: bees

Government Considering Monarch Butterfly for Endangered Species List

Monarch Butterflies Rapidly Disappearing from Western North America – More Than the East Something is causing monarch butterflies to disappear at a dramatically higher rate in western North America than in the eastern regions of the U.S. In the early 1990s, people in the coastal areas of California noticed a disconcerting decline of the monarch. It turns…

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Pesticides Can Block Colony Formation in Bumblebees, Could Lead to Extinction: Study

By Jason Erickson Regular readers of Natural Blaze are probably well aware of the threat that neonics present to the ecosystem. For this reason, it is essential that we continue to focus on each new study that reinforces what the alternative media seems willing to cover, but the mainstream not so much. The plight of…

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Bayer Accidentally Funds Study Showing Its Pesticide is Killing Bees, Promptly Denies Conclusions

By Justin Gardner A large-scale study on neonicotinoid pesticides is adding to the growing body of evidence that these agricultural chemicals are indeed harming bee populations. Carried out at 33 sites in the United Kingdom, Germany and Hungary, the study found that exposure to neonicotinoids “left honeybee hives less likely to survive over winter, while…

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Two New Studies Confirm Common Insecticide Weakens Honeybee Hives

By Derrick Broze Two new studies confirm the danger of neonicotinoid insecticides. After years of back and forth speculation and conflicting studies from countries around the world, it seems fair to say neonicotinoids insecticides are causing dramatic weakening of honeybee hives. The “neonics” are a class of pesticide that has previously been linked to declines…

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Pollinator Extinctions Alter Structure of Ecological Networks

By Carol Clark The absence of a single dominant bumblebee species from an ecosystem disrupts foraging patterns among a broad range of remaining pollinators in the system — from other bees to butterflies, beetles and more, field experiments show. Biology Letters published the research, which may have implications for the survival of both rare wild plants…

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Probiotics Could Help Bees Survive Pesticides

By Heather Callaghan, Editor Probiotics could improve survival rates in honey bees exposed to pesticide, study finds In yet another study, Canadian researchers were able to demonstrate the power of probiotics in fostering strength to bees who are unavoidably exposed to pesticides. This time it was Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University that sought to protect struggling honey…

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Grateful Dead Saves Bees and Butterflies Through Jerry Garcia’s Memory

By Heather Callaghan, Editor Hearts broke everywhere when the bright light of Jerry Garcia was extinguished in 1995. Chances are, he’d love that his legacy is living on through the Grateful Dead‘s new efforts to recharge the declining bee and monarch populations by gifting Deadheads. Garcia’s bandmates Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann, plus John Mayer, are touring the U.S. this summer…

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Homeless Men Are Reintegrating Through Urban Beekeeping

By Heather Callaghan, Editor Rumor has it that men hard are their luck in Montreal are finding purpose through mastery of urban, homeless beekeeping and are reintegrating back into society with their newfound skills. Accueil Bonneau describes itself as a shelter and homeless care center that has “discovered the rewarding effects of teaching their residents about urban beekeeping” in the Canadian…

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Landmark Report Shows Bee-killing Seed Coatings Aren’t Worth the Harm

Farmer and environmental friendly alternatives should replace toxic neonic seed coatings WASHINGTON – A new report, Alternatives to Neonicotinoid Insecticide-Coated Corn Seed: Agroecological Methods are better for Farmers and the Environment, released recently from Center for Food Safety, shows that environmentally harmful neonicotinoid (neonic) insecticide seed coatings are largely unnecessary and ineffective. The landmark report is…

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