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2017 News

 

Students Plant Milkweed at

Chicago State University

Chicago State University students plant milkweed seeds.

Photo Credit: Adriana Fernandez: USFWS

 

April 13, 2017

 

On April 13th, Adriana Fernandez of the FWS Chicago Field Office helped manage an Earth Day event at Chicago State University that was sponsored by The Field Museum. Iza Redlinski, conservation ecologist, along with Robb Telfer, Calumet Outreach Coordinator, did an amazing job at making this event a success. Iza had previously contacted two professors at CSU about having an event at CSU where the students could help transplant milkweed seeds and plugs that would then be housed in CSU’s greenhouse until they were ready to be planted in prairies and gardens around the community. Professor Noe de la Sancha loved the idea of having this event because he hopes it can help spark an interest in the students to start a Biology Club at CSU.

 

Iza and Robb asked the students what they knew about monarch butterflies and what makes them so special. They went on to give more detailed information on milkweed, the monarch’s migration phenomenon and explained what the students were going to do that day. The students’ job was to transplant milkweed seeds and milkweed plugs to small plastic pots that fit inside a tray. Afterwards, they watered the pots and took the trays to the greenhouse.

 

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In a race against extinction,

rusty patched bumble is

listed as endangered

rusty patched bumble bee

Photo courtesy of Sarah Foltz-Jordan; Xerces Society

 

January 10, 2017

 

Just 20 years ago, the rusty patched bumble bee was a common sight, so ordinary that it went almost unnoticed as it moved from flower to flower, collecting nectar and pollen. But the species, now balancing precariously on the brink of extinction, has become the first-ever bumble bee in the United States -- and the first bee of any kind in the contiguous 48 states -- to be declared endangered.

 

The endangered designation is made by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under the Endangered Species Act for species that are in danger of becoming extinct throughout all or a portion of their range. Service Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius said, “Our top priority is to act quickly to prevent extinction of the rusty patched bumble bee. Listing the bee as endangered will help us mobilize partners and focus resources on finding ways right now to stop the decline.”

 

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