It's nice to report good news for bees for a change! The White House created the Pollinator Health Task Force and on June 20 released Presidential Memorandum -- Creating a Federal Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators . (They also shared a helpful Fact Sheet.) We are hopeful this initiative will result in many meaningful public/private partnerships to help pollinators.
Salon.com shared this story on July 14: Fish and Wildlife Service to eliminate bee-killing pesticides from protected lands . This decision brings much needed attention to the pervasiveness of seeds treated with systemic neonicotinoid pesticides.
But that's not all! In March and June, Eugene, Oregon, and Spokane, Washington, restricted use of neonicotinoid pesticides on city-owned property to help the bees.
People in communities across the country are banding together to help the pollinators, and they may not even realize how much they may be helping people at the same time.
Header photo by: Nancy Lee Adamson
These are the opinions and events of interest to the Bee City USA coordinator and Xerces Society.