As National Pollinator Week approaches (June 20-26), University of Vermont researchers say urgent action is needed to protect U.S. bees.

According to scientists, nearly one-third of North American bumblebee species are in decline, with several threatened by extinction. UVM research suggests wild bees face declines across 23 per cent of the country.

UVM experts are available to discuss bee declines, including leading causes, adverse effects, at-risk species, and bee-friendly practices.

Prof. Taylor Ricketts
Gund Institute at UVM, Director
Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
Email: (arrange interviews via Basil Waugh)
Tel: 802-656-8369

“Bees are critical to our food supply, our economy and our health,” says Taylor Ricketts, who has identified the regions most at risk for wild bee declines. “Wild bees help pollinate two-thirds of our most important – and nutritious – crops, and contribute over $3 billion to the U.S. economy each year.”

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Leif Richardson
Postdoctoral Researcher
Gund Institute at UVM
Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
Tel: 802-793-6446

“Bee declines could produce a troubling mismatch between bees and the important crops that need pollination to grow,” says Leif Richardson. “That would mean higher food prices, reduced biodiversity and other troubles.”

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Photos and video of bees available upon request. 


Basil D.N. Waugh
Leif Richardson is available to discuss bee declines for National Pollinators Week
"Climate change is putting the squeeze on bumblebees," says UVM's Leif Richardson. Photo: Adrian Carper.