Turkish bee survives 1,850-mile trip to Britain in suitcase – but could pose risk to local native bees

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(The Sun) Osmia avosetta bees, which are commonly found in the Middle East, are known for their unique nests made from flower petals. The family contacted the British Beekeepers Association which then alerted the UK’s environmental authority, Defra, and the National Bee Unit. A spokesperson from the association said, “Non-native species like this bee pose several problems and need to be controlled. They may carry viruses that will wipe out native species or they may simply out-compete similar species for food sources.”

Vote: New slogan for Endangered Species Condoms

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(Twitter, Center for Biological Diversity @CenterForBioDiv) “We need your help picking a new slogan for our Endangered Species Condoms! Reply to this tweet to let us know your fave. We’ll turn the one with the most votes into a condom package that gets people talking about the link between human population growth and the extinction crisis.” TBR Editor: Choice #5 is “Before you set your mojo free, think about the Franklin’s Bumble Bee.” Go to Twitter and vote!

RIT partners with Seneca Park Zoo to promote the conservation of pollinators

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(RIT) The Rochester Institute of Technology has partnered with the Seneca Park Zoo Society to work on several projects both on and off campus to promote the conservation of pollinating animals, including birds, bees, and butterflies. RIT planted a seed mix specially designed to conserve pollinators in Western New York along a main road on campus.