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Bumblebee pollinates rhododendrons #0207

A bumblebee pollinates rhododendrons at Coopers Rock State Forest near Bruceton Mills, W.Va., on May 22, 2020. According to Environment America, "eight states — Idaho, Maine, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wyoming — have lost the American bumblebee entirely. The species has declined by 99% in New York and by more than 50% in the Midwest and the Southeast. The Endangered Species Act can protect this bee."

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A bumblebee pollinates rhododendrons at Coopers Rock State Forest near Bruceton Mills, W.Va., on May 22, 2020. According to Environment America, "eight states — Idaho, Maine, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wyoming — have lost the American bumblebee entirely. The species has declined by 99% in New York and by more than 50% in the Midwest and the Southeast. The Endangered Species Act can protect this bee."