Aggressive bees close Joshua Tree campground

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(Los Angeles Times) Rangers at Joshua Tree National Park have shut down the popular Jumbo Rocks Campground “due to aggressive honey bee activity.” The bee situation is unusual, but not completely surprising. In fact, scientists have estimated that there are hundreds of bee species in the park and a swarm forced temporary closure of the park’s Keys View overlook a year ago.

Entomological Society of America renames student quiz competition

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(Entomological Society of America) The Governing Board of the ESA has voted to rename its student quiz bowl, previously known as the Linnaean Games, as the “Entomology Games.” In the past several years, the Governing Board has heard from an increasing number of members with concerns about ESA’s student games bearing Linnaeus’ name. The Entomology Games Committee will launch a call for designs for a new Games logo in the near future.

Is #PollinatorWeek just #beewashing?

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(Twitter, Charlotte de Keyzer @cwdekeyzer) “I’m hesitant to jump on #PollinatorWeek and provide my expertise & best bee pics for free. This week is supposed to bring greater awareness to the importance of pollinators but looking at the latest tweets, it’s mostly being used for advertising. I have some thoughts”

iNaturalist: Black Lives Matter

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(iNaturalist) “We believe that nature is for everyone. Biodiversity is for everyone. Curiosity and exploration are for everyone. Everyone should be able to be in nature without fear of discrimination. Unfortunately, recent events in the United States have reminded us that enjoying the outdoors carries much greater risks for Black people like Christian Cooper, who had the police called on him while birding, or Ahmaud Arbery, who was chased down and murdered while jogging. We stand for the safety and the right of Black people to be outdoors and in nature without being subject to suspicion, confrontation, or the threat of violence.”

Memoirs of Black Entomologists

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(Entomological Society of America) The Entomological Society of America has made “Memoirs of Black Entomologists: Reflections on Childhood, University, and Career Experiences” freely available to download. This collection brings together 20 black entomologists from the U.S. and around the world to share the stories of what drew them to the field, along with advice for black and minority students looking for a career in the entomological sciences. It also includes a tribute to Dr. Charles Turner.