They were once common across North America, floating above grasslands and city parks from the Pacific to the Atlantic. But today, the American bumblebee is in steep decline — and the species could be in danger of disappearing for good.1    Neonicotinoid pesticides kill bees. In the past few decades, American bumblebee populations across the United States have dropped by around 90%, with […]

There’s a simple way that Amazon can help save the bees.    Amazon shouldn’t sell pesticides that decimate bee populations. Currently, Amazon allows the sale of products containing neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides known to threaten bees. Neonicotinoids poison bees, damaging their nervous systems, causing memory loss, and making it harder for them to navigate and forage for food.1,2 Amazon can take bee-saving action […]

Spring is here — and that means life is blooming once again.     Pollinators need our protection. As temperatures warm, flowers are poking up from the thawed ground, and bees are stirring to pollinate them. But between pesticides and global warming, our best pollinators are still in trouble. We’ve put together a list of some small things you can do to help our bees […]

Almost every delicious bite of fresh produce you had this summer was made possible by hardworking bees eagerly pollinating summer fields and gardens.       We depend on bees. We depend on bees for so much. But this year has seen massive losses in native and honey bee populations — some of the worst in decades — fueled in large part by neonicotinoid pesticides, […]
Bumblebees (Photo: TimHill, pixabay)

Enjoy honey, chocolate and coffee? With bee populations in freefall, some of your favorite foods might start to vanish alongside your favorite pollinator.     It’s time to save the bees. A summer day just wouldn’t be complete without the buzzing of bees. That’s why Representatives Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) and Jim McGovern (Mass.) put together a plan to protect bees by suspending the use of […]

Forty-seven states have yet to ban the most dangerous uses of bee-killing pesticides called neonicotinoids.     States can do more to protect bees. This was one of the main conclusions of our recently released Beeport Card. Despite a growing body of research linking neonicotinoids to mass bee die-offs, an overwhelming majority of governors have yet to take action. You have a platform — and […]
Bumblebees (Photo: TimHill, pixabay)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently approved a pesticide which it calls “very highly toxic” to bees.1        This pesticide is deadly to bee colonies. This toxic pesticide called sulfoxaflor is one cause of plunging bee populations. One study found that sulfoxaflor impairs bees’ ability to reproduce — colonies exposed to sulfoxaflor produced 54 percent fewer male bees and no queens.2 That’s why we’re […]

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced it will resume data collection for its annual Honey Bee Colonies report.1 This news comes after the USDA cut honeybee research earlier this summer. While the temporary suspension will leave a gap in this year’s data, we are thrilled that the USDA has listened to our message and decided not to discount honeybees. Your […]
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Last year alone, there was a nearly 40 percent decline in the honeybee population.1       Bees need safe, healthy habitat to survive. Habitat loss, fragmentation and degradation are among the major causes of colony collapse disorder.2 As native vegetation is replaced by roadways, neighborhoods and crop fields, bees lose the food sources and nesting sites they rely on. That’s why we’re asking our governors […]