New smartphone technology aimed at protecting bees during local almond bloom

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(The Bakersfield Californian) BeeWhere, a smartphone app introduced statewide in California last fall, lets beekeepers register their colonies’ location so that companies applying pesticides and fungicides know not to spray or fumigate nearby during daytime hours when honey bees tend to be outside their hives. According to California state law, chemicals deemed to be a threat to honey bees may not be applied within one mile of a bee colony.

California Wildlife Conservation Board funds environmental improvement and acquisition projects, including pollinator habitat

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(California Department of Fish and Wildlife) The California Wildlife Conservation Board approved approximately $10.7 million in grants to help restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat throughout California. Included is a $750,000 grant to implement monarch butterfly and pollinator habitat improvements on privately owned land in various counties.

California Fish and Game Commission adds four bumble bees to candidate list

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(JD Supra/Nossaman LLP) The Commission voted 3-1 that listing four subspecies of bumble bee may be warranted under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA).​ The decision was made after the Xerces Society, Center for Food Safety, and Defenders of Wildlife filed a petition to list the Crotch bumble bee, Franklin’s bumble bee, Suckley cuckoo bumble bee, and western bumble bee as endangered species.

Return of long-lost bees creating a lot of Presidio buzz

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(San Francisco Chronicle) Silver digger bees began to disappear as the vast coastal prairie on the western side of San Francisco was paved over for development and were all but gone by the mid-20th century. But their recent rediscovery is an example of how the removal of invasive plants and the restoration of dunes and grasses at a former military base have helped bring back this lost species that had thrived here for tens of thousands of years before the city was built.