Project Peril Bumblebee 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.
Habitat Loss in the United States
The Xerces Society is providing expert identification and verification of citizen scientists’ bumble bee observations, essential to make progress on bumble bee conservation and recovery efforts.
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.
Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
The Xerces Society is an international nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats. One of the Xerces Society’s central goals is to conserve bumble bees, which are important pollinators of wild flowering plants and agricultural crops. In addition to conducting research, creating guidelines for managing habitat for bumble bees, and providing training about these animals, the Xerces Society is a founding partner of Bumble Bee Watch, a citizen science project to track and conserve North America’s bumble bees. The Xerces Society also authored the petition that resulted in the rusty-patched bumble bee’s protection under the Endangered Species Act, the first bumble bee species to be listed as endangered.