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GREENIES GONE GONZO: Memorial Scheduled for Dead Bumblebees

Screen Shot 2013-06-28 at 10.01.25 AMFifty thousand bumblebees will be honored in a memorial this weekend at the Wilsonville Target where a majority of the insects died. State officials directly linked the die-off to trees that had been sprayed with the insecticide Safari.

Rozzell Medina, of Portland, said on the Facebook page that the event will “memorialize these fallen lifeforms and talk about the plight of the bees and their importance to life on Earth.”

Bumblebees are native to North America and play an important role in pollinating various crops, including berries and clover.

“I thought it would be a good opportunity for people to see that this is not just a news item,” Medina said.”With a lot of these ecological catastrophes, they become so abstract that people become scared to feel them.”

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