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2014-09-23 23:07:32

Monarch Butterflies Have Declined by More Than 90 Percent, According to a New Report by the Endangered Species Coalition Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) September 23, 2014 Our children are less likely to see monarch butterflies, a bumblebee, and a host of other once-common wildlife species due to farm pesticides, declining ocean health, climate change and dirty energy production, according to a new report by the Endangered Species Coalition. The report, Vanishing: Ten American Species Our...

2014-06-16 08:30:41

In Honor of National Pollinator Week, Cascadian Farm(TM) Pledges its Support to Protect Pollinators SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash., June 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- One out of every three bites of food is made possible by bees and other pollinators. Pollinator populations are declining worldwide and could have a great impact on the food supply. To help raise awareness of this critical issue, Cascadian Farm partnered with The Xerces Society, a nonprofit leader in pollinator conservation and research....

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2010-06-24 12:40:00

On Wednesday, a conservation group filed a petition to add a bumblebee from Southern Oregon and Northern California to the endangered species list. The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and University of California at Davis entomologist Robbin Thorp formally petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the inset under the Endangered Species Act. Executive director of the Xerces Society in Portland, Scott Hoffman Black, told the Associated Press (AP) the petition is...

2010-05-07 09:00:00

DAVIS, Calif., May 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- If USDA and the Xerces Society have their way, long rows of native wildflowers, clovers and blooming shrubs could border agricultural fields all across California. Currently the concept is in full bloom at USDA's Plant Materials Center (PMC) near Lockeford, Calif., where the partners hope to demonstrate to farmers and the public both the beauty and the practical benefits of planting forbs such as California poppies, lupines, baby blue eyes,...

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2005-08-04 08:20:58

VAIL, Colo. -- The mountain views along Red Stone Road suggest early autumn, with splashes of red, orange and rusty brown dotting the green hillsides above the homes and condominiums of this Colorado resort town. But this is summer and the colors represent dead pine needles on hundreds of pine trees that have been killed by beetles. The tree mortality rate around Vail is striking, but it's even worse in other parts of the West. According to U.S. Forest Service figures compiled for The...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'