Climate Change and Local Pollinators

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Screen Shot 2017-05-03 at 9.44.11 AM It’s not something that crosses our minds everyday, but without the presence of pollinators, the human species is bound to suffer. A study was recently conducted by the University of Colorado, Boulder Researchers that found a stable population of over twenty species just here in Boulder County and climate change could be a factor.

According to a CU Biology professor and author of the study, Diana Oliveras, Boulder is appealing to bees because of its vast open spaces, and elevation gradients. Although there was no specific pattern in the population of bees over the five year study, Professor Oliveras and Professor Carol Kearns, found one species that appeared much earlier than usual. Professor Oliveras quoted,“What we found in this study is that males were coming out in late May, and you know, they should be coming out in August. We were trying to figure out why – climate change is a possibility”. The male species that typically appears in late May found early was called the Bombus Nevadenis species.

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The affects of climate change can cause plants to bloom early along with bees escaping from their hives. This eventually can cause a discrepancy between the the twos relationship. This discrepancy can cause a bee to see a state of starvation. If climate change continues to disrupt the life cycle of plants and bees, the distinction of these powerful pollinators could easily affect lives of the people.

Many residents are very passionate about the preservation of the bee population. What they do not know is other than pollinating flowers and creating honey, bees are imperative for human survival. Vital for agriculture and food production, bumblebees take on the role of crop pollinators.

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