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Monday, July 1, 2013

Dead bees memorial for 50,000 Oregon bees...



A Portland resident is creating quite the buzz by hosting a memorial ceremony dedicated to the 50,000 bumblebees that died in an Oregon parking lot last week.
Just days before National Pollinator Week, tens of thousands of bees fell from the trees and werefound dead at a Target parking lot in Wilsonville, Ore. A state investigation found that an insecticide coined “Safari” was to blame, and Oregon now has a 180-day ban of 18 pesticides containing the chemical dinotefuran.
More than 50 poisoned European linden trees have been covered with netting to prevent further bee deaths, and the Oregon State Agricultural Department is still investigating whether or not there was a violation of state or federal pesticide laws.
Meanwhile, Portland resident Rozzell Medina is hosting a memorial to commemorate the bumblebees. The July 30 event will take place in the Target parking lot to “memorialize these fallen lifeforms and talk about the plight of the bees and their importance to life on Earth,” Medina wrote on the event’s Facebook page. There will be food available for attendees.
“I thought it would be a good opportunity for people to see that this is not just a news item,” Medina told The Oregonian“With a lot of these ecological catastrophes, they become so abstract that people become scared to feel them.”

http://rt.com/usa/oregon-dead-bees-memorial-403/
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