The Salisbury Conservation Commission Presents:
Vermont Bumble Bees: Natural History and Conservation
Free Zoom Webinar
When: Jul 29, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Wild bees pollinate wildflowers and most crops in Vermont, including blueberries, tomatoes, squash, and one of the state’s essential commodities: apples. But about half of Vermont’s bumble bee species have either vanished or are in serious decline. After conducting the state’s most extensive search for bumble bees, and combing through historical records from museum collections, the Vermont Bumble Bee Atlas concluded that four of Vermont’s 17 bumble bee species appear to have gone extinct. While the researchers cannot pinpoint what may have caused these sudden bumble bee population declines– habitat loss, parasites, pesticides, and climate change have all been implicated by recent bee studies in North America. Now, conservationists here in Vermont and across the continent are sounding alarms. Join Vermont Center for Ecostudies biologist and Outdoor Radio co-host Kent McFarland as he shares the amazing world of Bumble Bees and their conservation.