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Hive Five! Bees Now Protected on the Endangered Species List

Major efforts being made to save them from extinction.

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Photography by: Paul Costello

Bee colonies have been dying off and struggling to reproduce, NPR reported. Considering"about 75 percent of the world's food crops ... depend at least partly on pollination," the demise of these bees can have major impact on our quality of life.

 

These poor bees have been facing a bunch of enemies -- including urbanization, nonnative plant species, nonnative predators, and natural disasters – on their own but they are finally getting some help!

 

 

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For the first time in history, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has added bees (seven species of yellow-faced bees native to Hawaii, to be exact) to the endangered list.

 

This distinction is important because it “will allow authorities to implement recovery programs, access funding and limit their harm from outside sources," as Gregory Koob of the Fish and Wildlife Service told The Associated Press.

 

 

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This might not be anywhere near saving all of them but it’s a start.

 

Martha has long preached the importance of bees. Watch her discuss what would happen if bees went away.

 

 

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