From coast to coast, the American bumblebee is part of the fabric of America’s grasslands and open spaces. Described before the United States won its independence, this fuzzy bee was once the most commonly observed bee in the United States. Its powers of pollination have nourished our ecosystems and sustained our crops.

American bumblebee
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Over the past few decades, as our open spaces have become filled and degraded from agriculture and urban expansion, the American bumblebee has started to disappear — entirely lost from at least eight states in the northern part of its range in the past 20 years. According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, this once-abundant species has declined 89% in relative abundance across its range. Pesticide use, along with the introduction of disease from honeybees and domesticated bumblebees, has remade much of the country into hostile territory for this beleaguered little creature.


In 2021 the Center for Biological Diversity — working with the Bombus Pollinators Association of Law Students, a group of law students from Albany Law School — petitioned the Fish and Wildlife Service to reverse the loss of habitat and protect this important pollinator from pesticides and disease. We hope that by protecting this bee we can also improve habitat for many other species.

American bumblebee by Matthew Beziat/Flickr