AN URBAN LAND INSTITUTE – MINNESOTA PERIODIC NEWSLETTER
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ENDANGERED: RUSTY PATCHED BUMBLE BEE
On January 10th, the US Fish and Wildlife Service listed the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee (Bombus affinis) as an endangered species. Once common and abundant across the northeast US, this bumble bee’s range has shrunk by 87%. More information found HERE.
LET US BE LEADERS:
FOLLOW THE 4-POINT POLLINATOR PLEDGE
1. Convert under-utilized land to habitat for increased ecological function & support of pollinator populations.
Bumble bees are one of the first pollinators to leave their winter nests in the spring Be sure to include early blooming species to support this endangered species. Then KEEP IT BLOOMING! The Rusty Patched Bumble Bee remains active through October.
2. Strengthen the public approval process
Make pollinator habitat part of city landscaping requirements. Urban pollinator habitat is CRITICAL.
3. Enlist private support
Homeowners and businesses contribute SIGNIFICANT HABITAT.
4. Limit pesticide use
Pesticide overuse has been LINKED to the decline of many pollinators.