Positive buzz: One bumblebee species makes a comeback


Grist

A once-common bumblebee species that all but disappeared over the past 20 years has been glimpsed in Washington state for the first time since the mid-90s, getting local bee fans as excited as if they’d spotted Sasquatch. Though it doesn’t quite make up for the 50,000 bumblebees that met their demise in an Oregon parking lot last month, positive bee news is rare enough these days that we’ll take any excuse to celebrate.

The Western bumblebee, or Bombus occidentalis, an accomplished pollinator of greenhouse tomatoes and cranberries, is distinguishable by its “white butt,” says Will Peterman, a self-described “bee nerd” who caught the elusive insect on camera in a park north of Seattle.

The Seattle Times reports:

The first sighting in more than a decade came from Brier resident Megan O’Donald, who spotted one of the bees in her mother’s garden last summer and reported it to the Xerces…

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Peregrine Falcons


The link below is to an article reporting on the comeback of the Peregrine Falcon all around the world.

For more visit:
http://blog.pe.com/environment/2013/05/31/peregrine-falcon-a-world-wide-comeback/

Largest Group of Beck’s Petrel Ever Recorded


Though only rediscovered in 2007, Beck’s Petrel appears to have made a significant comeback. The largest group ever recorded was recently found in southern New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

For more visit:
http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/becks-petrel-2012.html

United Kingdom: The Return of European Bison


The link below is to an article that is a great good news story for wildlife in Europe. The European Bison is making a comeback in Great Britain through a captive breeding and reintroduction programme.

For more visit:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2103529/Wild-woolly-bison-thriving-New-Forest-introduced-Britain.html