I got an email recently from the Xerces Society about some senatorial action:

“Please contact your Senators and ask them to sign on to a letter by Senator Boxer in support of vital research on agricultural pollinators. …The deadline for Senators to sign on to this letter is Wednesday, May 6. Providing funding for research into the causes and remedies of honey bee and native bee declines is a critical step in pollinator conservation….

Senator Boxer has written a letter requesting that the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee allocate $20 million in Fiscal Year 2010 for pollinator research projects as authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill….to promote the health of honey bees and native pollinators through habitat conservation and best management practices.”

There is some additional coverage of Boxer’s actions here; including blurbs from May Berenbaum!

You can download a free PDF of “Using Farm Bill Programs for Pollinator Conservation” at the Xerces site; it’s a joint USDA-NRCS-Xerces publication.  It discusses how existing farm programs (Conservation reserve, etc) can be used to promote native bee populations.

There’s also a PDF on building next boxes for native bees.  And, make sure you check out Anna’s new posts on her spring bees!  Pretty pictures! 

[Anna may or may not endorse the contents of this post; but had to link to Shiny! ]

Posted by Gwen Pearson

Writer. Nerd. Insect Evangelist. Have you heard the good news? BUGS!


  1. I think the farm bill is a very good start. I hope that farmers use the money that is available to them to make native vegetation reserves.

  2. Actually, much of is encouraging use of conservation reserve for supplemental pollinator forage on native plants :)

  3. I just blew in. Do you have any thoughts on GM crops, restricted gene pool, crop sprays, electromagnetic pollution or other cause on Colony Collapse Disorder ? Not to be rude but I’m trying to blog past a rotten connection at the moment.

  4. Quite a few thoughts, actually! Much of what has gotten the press excited is either flat wrong or bad reporting.

    You can click the “bees” tag on the right menu, or check out this post for a recent summary of research, and links to additional posts covering EMF and some other issues.

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