Memorial held for dead bees

Memorial held for dead bees

Memorial held for dead bees

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by SARA ROTH, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on June 25, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 25 at 10:43 AM

WILSONVILLE, Ore. – A memorial for the estimated 50,000 bees that died last week was held on Sunday, June 30 in Wilsonville.

According to the event’s Facebook page, the Wilsonville Bees Memorial, organized by Portland resident Rozzell Medina, was scheduled to “memorialize these fallen lifeforms and talk about the plight of the bees and their importance to life on Earth.”

The two large bee die-offs that the memorial honored occurred last week in Hillsboro and Wilsonville.

On Monday, the conservation group Xerces Society pushed lawmakers to ban the pesticide Safari that was used in the trees where the die-offs occurred.

Investigators confirmed the Wilsonville bees died as a direct result of the pesticide.

More than 100 people attended the memorial, according to the organizers.

Background: Conservation group pushes to ban bee-killing pesticide

State investigating death of 25,000 bumble bees

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