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Pollinators in Decline

Pollinator populations are in decline throughout North America and Europe. There are 49 native bee species declining in the Northeast US, with 7 of these listed as rare or endangered. More details on the conservation statuses of wild bees can be found on the 'Wild Bees of New York' page. The beekeeping industry, which manages the non-native honey bee, is also struggling globally. Last year, New York beekeepers lost an estimated 54% of their hives [7]. The factors that cause honey bee colony declines and native bee declines are being identified and are reviewed in detail below. The scientific consensus is that there is no single factor that is contributing to these declines, but rather multiple stress factors are interacting and causing stress.


7. Steinhauer, N., et al. Colony loss 2014-2015: Preliminary results. Bee Informed Partnership 2015   [accessed on November 23, 2015]; Available from: