Project Peril Bee Recovery Fund
Scientific Name: Bombus affinis
The magnificent bumblebee is an integral part of our food system, pollinating a large percentage of our world’s crops. Bombus affinis, commonly known as the rusty patched bumblebee, is one such bumblebee species endemic to North America. The rusty-patched was common across a vast tract of land from Minnesota to Maine and south to Georgia. But in the last twenty years it has disappeared from state after state – an estimated decline by over 95%. It is now largely restricted to parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois. The rusty-patched bumble bee has been impacted by habitat loss, pesticide use, and the spread of pathogens from commercial bumble bees.
Northern Yellow Bumblebee
Scientific Name: Bombus distinguendus
The Northern Yellow Bumblebee, or Great Yellow Bumblebee, is a widely distributed species known from Alaska, Europe, and Asia. In Europe, this bumblebee is facing a dire situation. The population has declined by over 30% in the last ten years and is now only found in the northern Highlands and islands of Scotland. The principle causes of bumblebee declines are the loss of flower-rich meadows and the intensification of farming and grazing practices, but other factors may have an effect to a greater or lesser extent – the extent to which the impacts of pests and disease, climate change and even predation are all poorly known.
Our Projects (2017)
Habitat Loss in Scotland
Bumblebee Conservation Trust is working with farmers and rangers in key regions to better manage agricultural habitats for bumblebees, track population trends, and direct conservation work. RPUs monitor threatened wildlife, de-activate traps and snares, identify and apprehend illegal intruders, and investigate crime scenes, thus preventing or reducing the loss of wildlife.
Colony Collapse in the U.S.
After Hurricane Michael decimated Florida’s flowering plant life, billions of honey bees were in threat of colony collapse. These bees are essential to sustain Florida's citrus crops. Through our partnership with the Florida State Beekeepers Association, we have been aiding in ongoing disaster recovery in Florida, including providing emergency sugar syrup to feed the bees.
Bumblebee Conservation Trust
The Bumblebee Conservation Trust protects bumblebees and their habitats through conservation and education. They focus on building evidence by gathering bumblebee population data, influencing bumblebee policy in the UK, raising awareness about the plight of bumblebees, and fostering habitat protection by working with land owners, schools, and homeowners to increase flower-rich habitat.
Florida State Beekeepers Association
The Florida State Beekeepers Association is dedicated to keeping Florida apiculture strong and healthy now and for future generations. The Association is the major voice for the state's beekeeping industry. They focus on promoting the development of practical beekeeping methods and carrying on statewide beekeeping affairs in Florida.