Federal authorities on Friday added seven yellow-faced bee species, Hawaii’s only native bees, for protection under the Endangered Species Act, a first for any bees in the United States.
Source: Feds list 7 Hawaii bee species as endangered, a first in US – Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL (http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/33291502/feds-list-7-hawaii-bee-species-as-endangered-a-first-in-us).
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released the list of endangered Hawaiian bee species after years of study by the nonprofit Xerces Society, independent researchers, and state officials.
Serena Jepson, director of the Portland, Oregon-based Xerces Society, said the bees are being threatened by “feral pigs, invasive ants, loss of natural habitat, fire, and development…in coastal areas.”
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