We’ve got a NEW member added to the endangered species list. It makes me wonder because I know climate change is part of the problem. But after doing much research, I also found out there’s more to it, so I want to share what I found out, with you right now.

According to the New York Times, “The rusty patched bumblebee has been added to the endangered species list, becoming the first bee listed in the continental United States.

This variety of bumblebee, which used to be common on the East Coast and through parts of the Midwest, played a vital role in pollinating crops and wild plants.

However, a combination of disease, pesticide exposure, climate change and habitat loss have led to the rusty patched bumblebee’s decline”.

So what does that mean? What do bumblebees actually do?

They pollinate the crops. And my research supports ‘a third of the crops’ are pollinated by bumble bees.

So, while they may not be the ‘rock stars’ making the honey, they are worth quite a lot in terms of pollination. What would happen if they go extinct, what would the impact be?

I read a ton of information on the internet and companies send me info when they want to get it out to the public. Of course I always have to research everything and get more than 3 sources telling me the same thing, but as far as I can tell, less pollination certainly does mean less food. (And there have been story after story about how honey bees are losing their population as well).