This has been a bad week for bees

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The Trump administration weakened the Endangered Species Act. Franklin’s bumble bee is being considered for the Endangered Species List – but under the newly-weakened law. And the yellow-banded bumble bee won’t be considered for protection as an endangered or threatened species (despite the fact that it’s now found in only 14 of the 25 states it used to inhabit).

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes Endangered Species Act protection for Franklin’s bumble bee

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(Xerces Society) Responding to a petition from the Xerces Society and the late Dr. Robbin Thorp, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service will propose to list Franklin’s bumble bee as an endangered species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, making it the first bee in the western U.S. to be officially recognized under the ESA. The proposed rule by FWS can be found in the Federal Register.

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!

Dr. Robbin Thorp: 1933-2019

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(UC ANR) Dr. Robbin Thorp, a global and legendary authority on bees and a distinguished emeritus professor of entomology at the University of California, Davis, passed away Friday, June 7 at his home in Davis, surrounded by family. He was 85. A tireless advocate of pollinator species protection and conservation, Dr. Thorp was known for his expertise, dedication and passion in protecting native pollinators, especially bumble bees, and for his teaching, research and public service.