Hello Bee Friends,
I’m very excited today! I think I saw a BEE flying around my crab apple tree. Well… it could have been a wasp, or … maybe a fly, I couldn’t really see what it was … BUT it was a flying creature!! 🙂 Spring still seems like a tease because there are no flowers yet, but so far this week I’ve seen one other creature – a tiny Jumping Spider.
The other really super exciting news lately is that Portland, Oregon has banned the use of neonicotinoids!
According to many news sources – this quote below from (which you can read in full here from Reuters):
“Despite protests from farmers who argued the insecticide was crucial for crop production, the Portland City Commission voted unanimously to immediately suspend use of products that contain neonicotinoids.”
Unanimous!! That’s so good to hear. Yay for the Bees!!! 😀
There are now eight cities in United States that ban these insecticides.
- Eugene, Oregon
- Spokane, Washington
- Seattle, Washington
- Shorewood, Minnesota
- Skagway, Alaska
Does anyone know the other three?
There is one municipality that bans them in Canada, so far:
- Prince Edward county, Ontario
Hamilton, Ontario is thinking about it. Is your city working on banning these insecticides?
Neonicotinoids disrupt the central nervous system of bees (and potentially many other organisms including birds, bats, dogs and humans) and in bees have caused toxicity including tremors, disruption in hive activity, contaminated pollen in hives, susceptibility to viruses, and death.
Your task this week: Find out what your own city is doing to ban neonicotinoids.
and… Bee Nice to Bees! 😀