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For Christmas, my sweet and compassionate eight year old daughter gave me a poster of the attached drawing that you see here. She wanted to do her part to help save this species - and give me hope for its future.
Today that hope was realized at least one step further. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed a document on the Federal Register that will finalize the decision to list the rusty patched bumble bee as an endangered species on February 10, 2017. This is tremendous news for pollinating insects throughout the upper midwest and northeastern United States as the USFWS now has the authority to help regulate factors that threaten the continued existence of this species (and many others).
There are so many people to thank that I will not do it here. But I will say that this decision and this poster truly do give me hope. The biggest hope I have is that this decision will elevate this conversation to dinner tables throughout the country, and help inspire the next generation of scientists, artists, gardeners, and professionals to protect all species - no matter their size. I'm also hopeful that our Federal agencies will continue to realize their mission and continue to enact policies and regulations that will truly lead to meaningful change in line with the spirit and law of the Endangered Species Act.
Today we celebrate - tomorrow we get to work conserving this and many other species! To all of you that read this - you have had a part in making this happen! THANK YOU!
You can read more about the decision here: www.nytimes.com/2017/01/10/science/endangered-bee.html?_r=0

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