(Twitter, Leif Richardson @leifr7) “Has the rusty-patched #bumblebee declined due to loss of food resources? Not according to this analysis of pollen loads from museum specimens.” The original paper.
(Center for Biological Diversity) Republicans on the Senate Appropriations Committee released a partisan funding bill for the U.S. Department of the Interior that continues to underfund endangered species conservation and ignores the wildlife extinction crisis happening around the world.
(OurQuadCities.com) Ross Smith earned his master’s degree in recreation, park and tourism administration in 2018. For his final project, Smith transformed two underutilized baseball diamonds in Hampton into a prairie area for Rock Island County Forest Preserve District. The Illiniwek Forest Preserve Project was created through this process and, in mid-August, the site became one of just a few nationwide to boast sightings of the endangered rusty patched bumble bee.
(Center for Biological Diversity) The Center for Biological Diversity and the city of Minnetonka have reached an agreement to protect the endangered rusty patched bumble bee at Lone Lake Park, the site of a planned multi-use mountain-bike trail. Under the agreement, the city will implement numerous conservation measures, including creation of habitat for the bees and other pollinators.
(AP) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it would not designate critical habitat for the first bee species in the continental U.S. to be listed as endangered, a move that environmentalists said would worsen its chances for recovery. The agency said it had determined the rusty patched bumble bee could survive without having specific areas managed for its protection, even though its population has plummeted 90% in the past couple of decades.
(ScienceNews) Endangered is a cooperative game for one to five players. Each person takes on a role — zoologist, philanthropist, lobbyist, environmental lawyer or TV wildlife show host — and players work together to convince at least four ambassadors to save a species. If you get too few “yes” votes, or let habitat destruction spread too much, or if your animal population dies out, everyone loses. The game starts with a set of animals in their habitat, either tigers or sea otters, depending on which of the game’s two story lines you play. A third story line, giant pandas, is available in an expansion pack, and a Kickstarter that began this month is raising funds for additional animal packs.
(Quad City Times) A park ranger at Illiniwek Forest Preserve spotted an endangered rusty patched bumble bee in the preserve. The sighting was confirmed by an assistant professor of biology at Black Hawk College. “This is the best possible indicator that the prairie restorations the Forest Preserve District has been working on are paying off. Finding this new sighting is really important in our efforts of staving off the extinction of this species.”
(Center for Biological Diversity) The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice today of its intent to sue the city of Minnetonka, Minnesota, for failing to protect endangered rusty patched bumble bees from a planned mountain-bike course in Lone Lake Park, home to one of the largest populations of the bee in the state. “The Endangered Species Act is 99% effective at protecting our most imperiled wildlife, but it can only work when its mandates are followed.”