rusty patched bee

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[DIGEST: NBC, Washington Post, Mother Jones, Christian Science Monitor]

In February, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service delayed listing the rusty patched bumble bee as endangered. The Obama administration had placed the bee on the endangered species list on January 11, making it the first species of bee to be put on the list. Once ubiquitous, these key pollinators’ numbers have dropped 87 percent since the mid-1990s.

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