Bring Back the Pollinators
MS, CSU, Chico
The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
The importance of conserving pollinators is underscored by the fact that the value of pollinator-dependent crops in California is $11.7 billion. Most of these crops are pollinated by a single species, the European honey bee. Ms. Guisse points out that the numbers of honey bees have declined precipitously, making conservation and restoration vital to the State’s economy as well as to the environment. She notes that honey bee decline has been caused by disease, pests, pesticides, honey prices, and Colony Collapse disorder. She is working with the Xerces Society to restore natural habitat. Ms. Guisse also outlines other conservation practices that support pollinators, including how to reduce bee poisoning from pesticides.
Recorded: September 13, 2013