(Wicked Local Medford) Tufts University Medford-Somerville recently became the first urban educational institution in Massachusetts to be certified as an affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program. The university joins more than 200 other cities and campuses across the country united in improving their landscapes for pollinators. “In the same way that National Parks were a new idea in the early 1900′s, urban pollinator gardens are the next frontier for conserving insect diversity in the 21st century.”
(Boston University News Service) One key feature of the bill is more restrictions on neonicotinoid use, especially by those who are not professionals. The bill also considers land and foraging space for native pollinators.
(WBUR) This summer is turning out to be a particularly bad one for the mosquito-borne virus Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and Massachusetts has been conducting aerial spray operations in areas where mosquitoes have tested positive for the virus using a pesticide called Anvil 10+10. Officials don’t rule out the possibility that this pesticide could harm bees or other insects, but they say there’s no evidence that it has.
(WBUR) Massachusetts’ Division of Fisheries and Wildlife is proposing an update to its list of endangered, threatened and special concern species to include three bees. The American bumble bee and Walsh’s Anthopora would be listed as endangered, while the yellow-banded bumble bee would be listed as threatened. The state Fisheries and Wildlife Board plans an Aug. 28 public hearing at MassWildlife’s Westborough field headquarters to take feedback on the proposed changes.