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VWL's Alex Newhart (pictured) collected a single rusty patched bumblebee (Bombus affinis) this summer at Sky Meadows State Park.  

 The rusty-patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis), which has not been seen in the eastern United States in five years, has been found by a Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute research team at Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane, Va. This formerly common bee has disappeared from 87 percent of its range in the Upper Midwest and Eastern Seaboard and is feared headed for extinction.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology released the State of the Birds report for 2014.  Many of the grassland and scrubland dependent species surveyed on the VWL Grassland Biodiversity Surveys are in decline throughout their ranges.  Our local landowners hold fantastic habitat for both grassland and scrubland birds.  Eight out of the ten most common species detected on the Grassland Bird Surveys are grassland or scrubland species which are in decline.  

Read the report  or visit the State of the Birds website.  

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