07 – What can pollinators teach us about the future of conservation
What we don't know about pollinators may kill them. Journey with us as we look at the future of conservation through the compound eyes, specialized for seeing patterns, of these crucial but often overlooked denizens of the West.


Throughout this season, we’ve explored landowner- and community-led efforts to support imperiled species, from bears and birds to ferrets and fish. In the final episode of this season, we’re looking ahead to the future of imperiled pollinators on working lands.  

Across the country, there is a growing crisis when it comes to pollinators. What happens when wide-ranging species that reside across vast expanses of public, private and Tribal lands, like the western bumblebee and monarch butterfly, are listed under the Endangered Species Act, as appears likely in the coming years? And what role will land stewards and working lands play in this next chapter of conservation? 

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Scientific American: Can we save every species from extinction? by Robert Kunzig

Data on the distribution and abundance of most of the world’s 20,000 bee species is lacking, write Mary Jamieson, et al. in Frontiers of Ecology.

North Bridger Bison

Bee Girl’s Buzz on the Range project


Working Wild U is a production of Montana State University Extension and Western Landowners Alliance with support from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and you, our listeners.  

This episode was written and produced by Zach Altman with support from our hosts, Jared Beaver and Hallie Mahowald.  

Louis Wertz and Jared Beaver are our Executive Producers. Music is from Artlist and Blue Dot Sessions.   

Special thanks to Lesli Allison, Matt Skoglund, Laura Burkle, Erik Kalsta, Sarah Red-Laird, Leo Miranda-Castro, Lucas Cooksey and Jaime June. 

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