March 8, 2015: Bee Stings, Tiger Farms, Deadly Sugarcane and More

A thistle long-horned bee begins to stir after spending the evening on a cluster of asters. Many native North American bees are more solitary than their hive-minded honeybee relatives. (photo by Clay Bolt)
A thistle long-horned bee begins to stir after spending the evening on a cluster of asters. Many native North American bees are more solitary than their hive-minded honeybee relatives. (photo by Clay Bolt)

HOUR 1

– Freezing temperatures and exhaustion are two of the more mundane threats that face long distance dog sled racers, but Brent Sass had a less common encounter during this year’s Yukon Quest race. Sass and his team surprised a moose on a road. The moose stomped his hooves right in front of the team, and passed by Sass so close, he “could have given him a high-5″. After the moose encounter, Sass slept late, turning a 10-hour lead into a nap. His well rested team were able to pull Sass to an hour and 12 minute victory after trailing heading into the race’s last leg.

– Last summer, National Geographic photographer Joe Riis got wild and lived outside in the Wyoming wilderness for 8 months. The photographer who prefers to sleep on the ground, studied the migrations of all of the wild animals that lived around him. Riis specializes in photographing migrations and how they interact with each other, and with humans. He tells about how bears and moths have a migration collision. The grizzlies feed on moths during the late summer as they fatten up for winter. Riis explained that the greatest threats to pronghorn and other animals that migrate throughout the year are housing developments, roads, fences and energy projects.

– Photographer Clay Bolt has been studying bees for years. The bee educator wants the public to know that the honeybee is considered an invasive species, and that despite their colony collapse, there are plenty of native North American bees who are just as effective —> Read More

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