Save Yellow-Banded Bumblebees

  • by: Lynn Hamilton
  • recipient: United States Fish and Wildlife Service

I was astonished to learn that no bees have yet made it onto the Endangered Species List despite worldwide concern about the decline of bee populations. The continued loss of bees is potentially cataclysmic. Honey is nice, but bees provide a lot more than that. They pollinate many food crops, even food that is grown on corporate lands. Without bees, we could be looking at failed apple crops. Almonds, pears, and peaches could also be things of the past, along with other fruit.

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service recently proposed the Western and yellow-banded bumblebees for inclusion on the Endangered Species List, and they need to hear from you that you want this positive change. Listing yellow-banded and western bumblebees as endangered would limit the use of dangerous pesticides which are currently killing off these important pollinators. It would also require bee breeders to ensure that their colonies are not carrying disease before transporting bees across state lines. If you like to eat, please join me in asking the USFWS to list the yellow-banded and western bumblebees for species protection.

To the United States Fish and Wildlife Service:

I was extremely sad when my neighbor lost his entire bee hive in one fell swoop due to a common disease that is killing bees across the world. I was even sadder to learn that so little is being done to save bees at the federal level. I do want to thank you for proposing the yellow-banded and western bumblebees for listing on the Endangered Species list. Such protection will safeguard our plant food and prevent famine and chaos. Please proceed with this listing.

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