Beneficial & Endangered Species
BENEFICIAL & ENDANGERED SPECIES
When pesticide use becomes necessary to protect the quality and yield of a crop, care must be taken to keep applications on target without risking harm to nontarget organisms.
- Honey bees are pollinating almond orchards at the same time bloom sprays are being made. By following best management practices, growers can restrict applications to trees to times when bees would not be present.
- Endangered species are also at risk from harm by pesticides. At present, there are more than 350 species in California that either have been formally listed or have been proposed for endangered or threatened status. Growers should regularly check the county bulletins supplied by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) or their county agricultural commissioner’s office to determine if their preferred choice of pesticide has any limitations on it due to the proximity to an endangered species or its habitat. The list of pesticides with restrictions will grow as both EPA and CDPR undertake review of pesticides with an increased focus on the potential effects on endangered species.