The White House has taken an interest in saving honeybees, monarch butterflies and other pollinators. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Will President Barack Obama save the honeybees and monarch butterflies? He — and First Lady Michelle Obama — apparently want to try.
The White House convened a group of bee and butterfly experts in April for thoughts on saving the creatures critical to the environment — and advocates expect the Obama administration to announce an action plan for pollinators this month, timed to coincide with National Pollinator Week, which begins next Monday.
Michelle Obama has also warned about the impact of shrinking bee and butterfly populations as she planted the first-ever Pollinator Garden this year at the White House.
Marla Spivak of the University of Minnesota, a leading bee researchers who attended the White House summit, told CQ Roll Call she wants more funding for bee research, labeling requirements for urban pesticides and funding for bee corridors along roads and utility lines, among other items.