It's the end of National Pollinator Week, and things are looking poorly for our bees. An article of mine from 2013 dealt with Colony Collapse Disorder and tied our vanishing honeybee populations to a group of pesticides called neonicotinoids, a kind of nerve gas that apparently acts as the final nail to hives already stressed by disease, exotic mites, habitat loss and our fervent application (and reapplication) of all manner of biocides to our food chain. Here's a recent and somewhat amusing look at what bees are facing, and here's the online story I did for Grit magazine.
William H. Funk
I'm a freelance writer focusing on natural history, conservation, and environmental law, policy and politics.