Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. I would like to say a prayer for the bees. Dear Lord, we love the bees.please help them, Mama Mia Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGSBeesEndangered Specuespbs.org Previous articleCounty Sheriff warns of police impersonatorsNext articleMatthew expected to produce “life-threatening flash floods and mudslides” Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here 2 COMMENTS Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Jennifer Anne Rankin November 30, 2020 at 11:32 am Just look here in Florida instead of Hawaii. The authorities are spraying heavily for the Zika mosquitoes, and that wipes out bees. The big box home improvement stores are selling landscape plants from growers who feed the plants neocartinoid (not spelled correctly sorry) systemic chemicals that stay in the plants the entire life cycle, so that if a bug eats from the plant the bug will die, or if a bee feeds from the plant’s nectar, the bee will die. The chemicals are sprayed on the plants at the nurseries and they absorb into the roots, the stems, leaves, flowers, all parts of the plant, and stay there forever unlike regular chemical sprays, that eventually wash away. This is why the growers like those kind of systemic chemicals, but it is wiping out the bees. Bees are needed for pollination of food crops for the world’s populations. These chemicals have been banned in the European Union, I believe, and should be banned in the US. The clear cutting of forests, and the destroying the meadows…..the constant setting of fires to prevent wildfires ????? All these things that are working against nature. Mother Nature is a very angry lady. One thing about it, my golden rain tree has bees in it like crazy, all over the yellow blooms right now! Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here October 3, 2016 at 8:59 am The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your comment! Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter From pbs.orgFor the first time in the United States, bees have been placed under the protection of the Endangered Species Act.Seven yellow-faced bee species that were once abundant in their native home of Hawaii, were declared endangered on Friday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Associated Press reported.Those species have been devastated by “habitat loss, wildfires and the invasion of non-native plants and insects,” according to The Guardian.The federal protection of the bees will “allow authorities to implement recovery programs, access funding and limit their harm from outside sources,” according to the AP.These species of bees are essential to the islands’ produce. In general, bees add billions of dollars to U.S. agriculture each year, according to Reuters. Many indigenous Hawaiian plant species could go extinct if the native species of bees were to totally disappear from the islands.Sarina Jepson, endangered species program director at Portland-based conservation organization the Xerces Society, told the AP that the bees are threatened by “feral pigs, invasive ants, loss of native habitat due to invasive plants, fire, as well as development, especially in some for the coastal areas.”Entomologist Karl Magnacca, who has worked with Xerces and operates chiefly in Hawaii, told the AP that the organization had worked on efforts to declare the bee species endangered for nearly 10 years.The placement of the Hawaiian bees on the endangered species list occurs just a week after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed adding the rusty patched bumble bee to the list, according to Reuters. The rusty patched bumble bee is a key pollinator that once swarmed the upper Midwest and Northeastern U.S. It is also the first wild bee species in the continental U.S. to be proposed for official federal protection.Officials also added three other native Hawaiian animal species to the list: the band-rumped storm-petrel, the orangeblack Hawaiian damselfly and the anchialine pool shrimp, according to the AP.