Last week brought big news in the conservation world: For the first time, a bee species — seven of them, actually — were declared endangered.
The seven types of yellow-faced bees native to Hawaii received the designation from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The move offers the creatures some newfound protection, even if the agency failed to designate a critical habitat.
From EcoWatch: The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) has added seven bee species to the endangered species list, a first for bees. Native to Hawaii, these yellow-faced bees are facing extinction due to habitat loss, wildfires and...
(Reuters) - Seven types of bees once found in abundance in Hawaii but now facing extinction on Friday became the first bees to be added to the federal list of endangered and threatened species, according to U.S. wildlife managers.
Federal authorities added seven yellow-faced bee species, Hawaii's only native bees, for protection under the Endangered Species Act Friday, a first for any bees in the United States.
Seven species of the yellow-faced bee, which is the only bee native to Hawaii, have been designated as endangered. They're known for their yellow-to-white facial markings.