The Republic (Columbus, IN)
June 27, 2022
Developers of a proposed solar energy farm in northeastern Bartholomew County are pledging to incorporate what would be the largest “pollinator garden” in the county, providing vital habitat for butterflies and bees that are essential for food and vegetation.
The proposed Swallowtail Solar Farm, which developers Arevon Energy Inc. and Tenaska want to build on agricultural land leased from owners in Clay and Flat Rock Townships, would generate 200 megawatts of clean renewable energy, enough to power more than 30,000 homes.
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La Crosse Tribune (La Crosse, WI)
June 28, 2022
You may notice more lush greenery along state highways in La Crosse County this summer, and if you’re lucky you may also spot the fluttering wings of a monarch butterfly.
The reason for the longer foliage is a new Wisconsin Department of Transportation program to increase habitat enjoyed by monarchs along state highways. The state program will pause mowing along highways until October, when the butterfly season is over. Previously, all mowing had to be completed by July 1.
July 3, 2022
A new garden on the state Capitol campus in Olympia is attracting visitors by foot and by wing.
The Capitol Campus Pollinator Garden opened last week with colorful stands of golden yarrow, blue salvia, sweet-smelling alyssum and other flowers that winged critters find delectable.
Read more at the Tacoma News-Tribune website.
U.S. Department of the Interior
June 23, 2022
WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Shannon Estenoz, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Martha Williams and Senator Jeff Merkley joined science experts and policymakers at the first-ever Monarch Butterfly Summit in Washington, DC, on June 22-23, 2022.
The two-day summit was organized to share the latest science and conservation actions being taken to address the long-term population decline of the western monarch butterfly, bringing together key stakeholders from across the science and policy communities to identify priority actions to conserve the western monarch butterfly. Leading experts provided the current state of the science, natural history, population status, habitats and barriers to conservation success.
Read the rest of the press release here.
KDRV.com (Medford, OR)
June 26, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Monarch butterflies seem to have many supporters, including an Oregon senator who’s getting $1-million on their behalf.
Senator Jeff Merkley and Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced the $1-million investment during their two-day monarch butterfly summit in Washington, D.C. this month to review protections for the species.
They announced the funding Thursday to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s (NFWF) Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Conservation Fund and the establishment of a Pollinator Conservation Center at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). Both projects are supported by the western monarch conservation funding Senator Merkley secured as Chairman of the Interior, Environment & Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee in the fiscal year 2022 appropriations bill.
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June 24, 2022
Temperature changes have negatively impacted most species of bumble bees over the past 120 years, according to new research published this week in Biology Letters. The researchers note that changes in temperature had more of a negative impact than other factors — such as precipitation or floral resources.
“Bumble bees are important pollinators for wild plants and for the crops humans rely on for food. That’s why we need to develop conservation strategies that account for the future impacts of climate change on bee populations,” says study lead Hanna Jackson, a Masters student in the M’Gonigle Lab in biological sciences at Simon Fraser University.
Jackson and her colleagues analyzed an existing dataset containing records on 46 bumble bee species across North America between 1900 — 2020. They created two occupancy models — one focused on time and the other on environmental factors — to estimate effects of climate and land-use variables on species’ occupancy, a measure of where species are found. They found that six bumble bee species decreased through time, 22 increased and the remaining 18 were stable.
Continue reading this article at ScienceDaily.
KSAT.com (San Antonio, TX)
June 20, 2022
This is Pollinator Week — a time to celebrate birds, bats, bees, beetles and butterflies.
Even if you’re not a bat or bug person, your life is still directly affected by pollinators every single day.
Love margaritas? The agave plant, which produces an essential ingredient in tequila, depends on bats for pollination.
“Pollinators play an important role in our ecosystems and food systems,” said Luke Metzger, Executive Director of Environment Texas. “This Pollinator Week, we’re doubling down on our pledge to do all we can to protect our precious pollinators that help make our flowers bloom and trees bear fruit.”
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June 20, 2022
A year after coming together to help make the agricultural landscape more friendly to pollinators, members of the California Pollinator Coalition say they’re gaining momentum, building stronger relationships between agriculture and conservation groups that are already increasing habitat on the ground.
The coalition – created in April 2021 and including more than 20 agriculture, conservation and government organizations – says it’s building a stronger network among these groups that has already led to new projects to expand on the success of the efforts of its individual member organizations.
Read the rest of the article at the Markets Insider website.
May 27, 2022
Minnesota pollinators have it tough right now. The Department of Natural Resources says habitat loss, pesticides and climate change, have contributed to the drastic decline in population.
But now that spring is in full bloom and our gardens are picking up steam, some people are turning their backyards into bee havens.
Read more on the CBS Minnesota website.
Columbia Missourian (Columbia, MO)
June 5, 2022
The air was filled with a slight breeze, bees and neighborly spirit on Sunday during the Plemmons Pollinator Day in the West Ash Neighborhood in Columbia. Columbia residents gathered to exchange native plants, tour seven different gardens, paint faces, make watering dishes for bees and listen to live music.
The event started in 2018 when a group of neighbors decided to share their passion for pollinators and native plants with the rest of their community. It was renamed the Gail Plemmons Memorial Pollinator Event last year to honor a neighbor who passed away.
The garden tours included native plants, greenhouses, vegetables, chickens, rain barrels, composting, pollinators, lessons about watersheds and much more. “I like the fact that it’s kind of cheesy,” Christine Gardener said, one of the original organizers of the event.
Continue reading this article at the Columbia Missourian website.