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If you’re republishing a complete or partial Ensia story online, you must use our page view counter (included in the HTML code when you click “Republish”) and link to us at the top of your repost. December 19, 2013 — Over the last decade biologists, citizen scientists and others have fanned out across the United States and parts of Latin America to detect the presence of native bees in the landscape. This is a bright spot amid the dire news heard recently about domesticated honeybees — the demise of hives due to an onslaught of environmental and biological threats.
One part of the conservation effort is a database currently containing approximately 1,400 high-resolution images (though more are continually being added) of bees and other species they mix with in the wild that the biologists and scientists mentioned above have sent the USGS, which is only a tiny fraction of the 250,000 specimens in the agency’s vast collection. Determining the health and status of native bee populations depends on the ability to identify them in the first place.
Currently their domesticated counterparts, along with other pollinators, pollinate approximately 30 percent of the world’s food supply. A 2002 paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences noted that “native bee communities might provide an insurance policy” against honeybee shortages and therefore could be used to secure the future of food production.
Promoting a greater awareness of the environmental services native bees provide and creating bee-friendly habitats are necessary first steps. All of this is encouraging news for conservationists, and perhaps even better news for bees.
Check out “The Wild Ones” on Ensia, a photo slideshow of some of the species included in the Bee Monitoring and Inventory Lab’s database. Great article, would you give me permission to translate it to Spanish and hand it out to my students at Academia Apicultura Tropical, as part of the Reading assigments. Where honeybees hive making for ready containment, transporting, and placement, native bees are a nice back-up but lone workers may be more difficult to draw in and place in numbers where needed. We've developed MEADOWSCAPING FOR BIODIVERSITY, a three-season, project-based, outdoor environmental education program for middle school students.
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Please attribute the writer and Ensia as the original source and link to the Ensia article at the beginning of your piece. Though wild bees face adversity from the loss of habitat and exposure to pesticides, the phenomenon affecting domesticated bees known as colony collapse disorder does not affect native bee species. A lack of long-term population data or knowledge of native bee taxonomy makes it very difficult to determine with certainty if native bees are fading from the landscape. Department of Agriculture, bee pollinators add an estimated $15 billion to crop values per year to the U.S. Droege was asked to create long-range surveys of bee populations to determine whether native bees are in decline, and that depends on the ability to identify them in the first place.
The images were made using a macro lens at the bee lab in Maryland — capturing remarkable detail — and are used in guides and for identification purposes. That’s why Sam Droege created a database of bees and other species they mix with in the wild that biologists, citizen scientists and others have sent the USGS.
Some occupy nooks and crannies in the landscape, such as hollowed out logs, or burrow into the ground. Combined, they are more likely to withstand disease and climate change than the lone honeybee. Combined, they are more likely to withstand disease and climate change than the lone honeybee. Mace Vaughan, a pollinator specialist at the Xerces Society, stresses the advantages of promoting bee habitats — from increasing crop yields to boosting plant and animal diversity. The aim is to boost pollinator populations and protect native species to ensure the future of farming. With some human intervention in the right direction, native bees (at least) might be just fine. Thank you for spreading the word about the importance of native pollinators and the native plants they depend on. If we can steward wisely, we'll continue to witness subtle changes in the proper direction! I have long thought that the use of chemical herbicide and fertilizer could not be good for plants, insects, animals and people. You are also welcome to post just the beginning of an article with a link to Ensia to continue reading. Geological Survey to get a sense of the overall health and status of native bees, some 4,000 species of which are known to inhabit the U.S. While native bee numbers, ranges and interactions with honeybees are all pieces of a puzzle that conservationists and scientists have been trying to put together for a decade, there is a sudden sense of urgency with news of honeybees’ demise and the decline of bumblebees (which have been studied more than other native species, according to Droege).

In recent years, the society has partnered with the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service and universities to educate stakeholders on the benefits of native bees as pollinators.
Recent findings reported in the journal Ecology Letters support a move toward greater conservation. This year I purchased seeds from the Seed Savers Exchange, and am looking forward to growing, sharing and eating tomatoes that have flavor.
After visiting 100 parks and various wild lands (places that can serve as refuge to bees, away from the stressors that appear in cities and on farms), cataloging bees, wasps and other species they interact with, the group has evidence suggesting native species are surprisingly robust, despite the downward trend in pollinator populations on the whole.
Piecing together that puzzle will be key to developing comprehensive bee conservation strategies.
And since 2009, it has trained 26,000 farmers and land managers on ways to enhance native bee habitats, publishing evidence-based guidelines on various ways farmers can attract native bees and other beneficial insects to their land and, as a result, also mitigate or reduce pesticide use by attracting small predators, such as flies, wasps and beetles that consume pests known to infest farmers’ crops. In Europe, where bee species have been more closely studied for a longer time, the decades-long decline of pollinators has slowed, the study notes, and in some instances wild bee populations have been on the uptick due to changes in farming practices. I am 73 years old, people believe me when I say that the tomatoes we are purchasing in the markets do not taste anything like those I ate when I was younger.
Hardy native bees abound on public lands, while others continue to hang on in cities and farmlands altered by human activity. In addition, earlier this year the European Union voted for a two-year ban on three commonly used pesticides linked to bee deaths, which went into effect this month. Well, I had to definitely learn who the character was and when she was born and what it was like in that time era. I had to learn about the Civil Rights Movement, a lot of black history and American history and experience certain things. It just [explained] where we came from—like back into slavery all the way up to the year 2000. I'm not one for a whole lot of reading, but this book just grabbed me in and I loved everything about it.

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