Concerns Rise Over Pesticide Use, Birds, and Bees

16:54 minutes

Research published this week in the journal Nature links the use of neonicotinoid pesticides to declining populations of some insect-eating birds. The same pesticides, which have been banned in the European Union, have come under fire for possible connections to struggling bee colonies. Cynthia Palmer of the American Bird Conservancy and bee expert Dennis vanEngelsdorp talk about the birds, bees, and environmental protection.

Segment Guests

Cynthia Palmer

Cynthia Palmer is director of Pesticides Science and Regulation at the American Bird Conservancy in Washington, D.C.

Dennis vanEngelsdorp

Dennis vanEngelsdorp is project director at BeeInformed, and assistant professor in the department of entomology at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland.

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About Charles Bergquist

As Science Friday’s director, Charles Bergquist channels the chaos of a live production studio into something sounding like a radio program. Favorite topics include planetary sciences, chemistry, materials, and shiny things with blinking lights.