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Discussing the Birds and Bees Protection Act

Matt Kelly on "Connections with Evan Dawson" on Thursday, February 9, 2023
Megan Mack
Matt Kelly on "Connections with Evan Dawson" on Thursday, February 9, 2023

A bill in the New York State Legislature would limit the use of neonic pesticides in the state, if passed. The neurotoxic pesticides have been linked to mass losses of bees, birds, and other wildlife. Experts say there’s a growing body of research that shows the chemicals also impact human health. Neonics are used on crops and on lawns, gardens, and golf courses. Last summer, when the EPA released a report finding that the pesticides likely adversely affect a majority of America’s endangered species, agricultural groups challenged the findings, saying they are “overly conservative and in some instances fail to use important data.”

This hour, we explore the Birds and the Bees Protection Act and what the research says about neonics. Our guests:

  • Matt Kelly, independent storyteller, creator and editor of The Bee Report, producer of "Bees of Grand Staircase Escalante," and co-owner of Hunt Country Vineyards
  • Daniel Raichel, acting director of the Pollinator Initiative in the Wildlife Division at the Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Kathleen Nolan, M.D., pediatrician, president of the New York Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, member of the Ulster County Legislature, and senior research director at Catskill Mountainkeeper
  • Rich Hatfield, senior conservation biologist at the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.