Every week we share interesting stories about the environment. This is our first edition πŸ₯³.

Tees for Beesβ„’ on Instagram: β€œNature Buzz Week 13 2021”
Every week we share interesting stories about the environment πŸ’šπŸŒŽ.
You can also check out our Nature Buzz on Insta 😊

Bees Use Poop πŸ’© Against Asian Giant Hornets

Researchers in Vietnam have discovered honeybees coating their hive entrance with animal feces ("fecal spotting") to ward off predators.

Fecal spotting is the first example scientists have found where bees use 'tools.' Researchers have discovered that feces is an effective repellant for the Asian Giant Hornet or Asian Murder Hornet.

Endangered Bald Eagle πŸ¦… Shows Significant Population Growth

via GIPHY

A report from the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) finds American Bald Eagle populations have quadrupled to 316,700 individual birds since 2009.

Bald Eagle populations reached as low as 417 breeding pairs in the 1960s but have recovered to approximately 71,400 breeding pairs. This recovery is a massive achievement for conservation efforts from USFWS and other organizations.

Brazilian Cross-Breeding Hawksbill & Loggerhead Turtles 🐒

Close-up of Hawksbill Turtle underwater
Hawksbill turtle

Genetic studies in Brazil have revealed around 30-40% of female Hawksbill turtles are a first-generation hybrid species cross-bred from Loggerhead turtles.

This cross-breeding is rare in the animal kingdom, especially since Hawsbills and Loggerhead turtles diverged genetically around 30 million years ago.

"There's evolutionarily an interesting question there: what happens when these genomes meet again?" Dr Sibelle Torres Vilaça, University of Ferrara in Italy.

Montana Introduces New Bill to Help Save the Bees 🐝

Two bees pollinating a thistle flower
Bees pollinating a thistle

Montana's new Pollinator Protection Act seeks to prohibit the use of neonicotinoid insecticides. Neonicotinoids are toxic for bees and other pollinators.

The pollinator Protection Act will also encourage the "seeding or planting of native plants friendly to animal pollinators."

Bees & Drones Help Locate Landmines πŸ’£ in Eastern Europe

Sign in multiple languages warning of landmines

Researchers in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia are testing the use of bees to locate landmines left behind from wars decades ago.

The bees are trained to associate the smell of TNT with food. When the bees are released into the wild, they cluster or swarm around buried mines.

The researchers deploy drones to survey the area and then review the footage using "bee-spotting technology" to locate bee clusters.

The program is still in its testing phase, but initial reports suggest a correlation between where bees cluster and landmine locations.

Our Commitment

As a 1% for the Planet Member, Tees for Bees donates a portion of our annual revenue to environmental causes we love πŸŒŽπŸ’š. We're proud of the small impact we make with our contributions.

Check out our Spring 2021 collection under our new brand Honeycomb Hippie. 100% organic cotton tees made in New York, USA! We eco-friendly dyes and inks to ensure our apparel has a minimal impact on the environment 😊.