Bumblebees are large, fuzzy insects that play an integral role in our food system. They are responsible for pollinating a large percentage of the world’s crops and wild plants all over the world.
However, certain bumblebee populations are in rapid decline, threatened by pests and diseases from the commercial bumble bee industry, habitat loss, pesticides, invasive species, and climate change. In fact, 28% of all North American bumble bees are threatened with extinction.
Fun Fact: bumblebee wings beat 130 times or more per second
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.