Save America’s Wildlife

During National Wildlife Refuge Week, a simple thing to save the bees

The Biden administration can help save the bees by restoring an Obama-era policy to limit bee-killing pesticides.

Deer and egrets at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Two administrations ago, the Obama administration blocked the use of bee-killing neonicotinoids or “neonics” in our nation’s wildlife refuges. The idea was simple: a wildlife refuge should be a safe haven for wild bees. 

One administration back, the Trump administration repealed the Obama-era policy. 

This week it’s National Wildlife Refuge Week, which leads to two thoughts (only one of which relates to bees). 

One, if you can get away, please get out and enjoy one of America’s nearly 570 wildlife refuges. If you live in a city or the suburbs, don’t despair. About 100 of the wildlife refuges are a short drive from an urban core. 

Two, the Biden administration should act to once again block the use of neonics in wildlife refuges. Restoring this would be a simple enough policy, and it would restore the concept that bee-killing pesticides have no place in America’s wildlife refuges. 

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