Category Archives: Policy

Rusty Patch Bumblebee Update

The USFWS published a revised decision on the Rusty Patch Bumblebee. The rule placing it on the Endangered Species List was scheduled to be in effect today, February 10, 2017. However, that rule along with all other rules published but … Continue reading

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Rusty Patch Bumblebee Redux

Last month. I posted about the Rusty Patch Bumblebee being added to the endangered species list with a recovery plan from the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). The FWS finalized the plan before the Trump administration took office. However, … Continue reading

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Monarch Milkweed Math

John Pleasants* estimates the numbers of milkweed plants lost to changes in agricultural practices and the extent of the conservation effort required to replace them. Almost 900 million milkweed plants have been lost from corn and soybean fields (mostly) and … Continue reading

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Living With Apple Maggot

Apple maggots are pests of apples in the Eastern United States where active control measures are necessary. ¬†Apple maggots overwinter as pupae, lay eggs on apples in summer and pupate in the soil in fall. The apple maggot can develop … Continue reading

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Do Not Mow or Spray

The State of Indiana has announced a new conservation program called CORRIDORS (Conservation On Rivers and Roadways Intended to Develop Opportunities for Resources and Species). The Indiana¬†Department of Natural Resources has 3 partner agencies, Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), USDA … Continue reading

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Living With Protected Pollinators

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has added the Rusty Patch Bumble Bee, Bombus affinis, to the endangered species list. The species is reduced to small populations in 13 northern states including Indiana. Its habitat is tallgrass prairie and grasslands … Continue reading

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Insects As Fish Food

Many fish are predators and naturally consume insects as part of their diet. Thus, it may seem strange that the European Union in its oversight of food production does not currently allow the use of commercially reared insects in feed … Continue reading

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