Bumblebees Have Been Listed!

February 12, 2017

Picture this: You’re enjoying a day in the park with a nice popsicle in hand when all of a sudden something comes chasing you down. A bumblebee! “There are so many of them!” you think to yourself. But hold that thought. Are there really that many bumblebees in the world? There aren’t actually. In fact, since the mid-1990s, there have been fewer and fewer bumblebees in North America — approximately 90% less. Just think, if there were 100 bumblebees back then, there would only be 10 now. Shocking, right? According to bee experts, bumblebees are disappearing because of things like disease, pesticides (chemicals that farmers spray on crops to keep bugs away), and climate change. It’s been a rough two decades for the bumblebee and for the first time ever, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has added these buzzing working bees to its endangered species list. But why should we care you might ask? Bumblebees help pollinate things like plants and fruits like tomatoes and blueberries. In other words, they’re an important part of the plant and fruit- growing process.