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Guideline - Conserving Bumble Bees

Bumble bees, key pollinators of crops and wildflowers across the country and essential for a healthy environment, are declining at an alarming rate. Bee biologists discovered that several previously common species are now absent from much of their former territory.

From www.xerces.org:

Bumble bees, key pollinators of crops and wildflowers across the country and essential for a healthy environment, are declining at an alarming rate. Bee biologists discovered that several previously common species are now absent from much of their former territory. Creating, protecting and restoring habitat is a very important way to conserve the populations of bees that remain. To help landowners and managers achieve this, the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation has released Conserving Bumble Bees. Guidelines for Creating and Managing Habitat for America's Declining Pollinators.
 
"These guidelines provide the information that land managers need, along with a set of straightforward strategies to guide the creation and management of good quality bumble bee habitat," said Rich Hatfield, lead author and Xerces Society Conservation Associate. "By following these practices we can help to slow, stop or, potentially, reverse recent population trends and help to maintain bumble bees as a productive part of our environment."

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