Save the Rusty Patched Bumblebee
Rusty patched bumblebees and other pollinators are vital to our food supply -- and they are fast disappearing.
Pollinators like the rusty patched bumblebee contribute to more than a third of the world’s food production, with these bees pollinating tomatoes, squash, melons, and many of our favorite foods.
Tragically, these amazing creatures may soon go extinct, threatening our food and our environment.
Rusty patched bumblebees once ranged from the Upper Midwest to the Eastern seaboard, but scientists estimate that they have disappeared from more than three-quarters of the places they were once found. In fact, in recent years rusty patched bumblebee numbers have declined by an astonishing 95 percent.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service is now considering an emergency proposal to protect these bees under the Endangered Species Act -- but officials need to hear from you before November 7th.
Sign this petition today to urge US Fish and Wildlife Director Dan Ashe to take action to save these bees from extinction. Your signature will help demonstrate the vital public support we need to secure species-saving protections for the rusty patched bumblebee.