Bees declared an endangered species for the first time in the U.S.

The bee is now officially an endangered species.

This is a first for bees in the United States – a total of 7 bee species native to Hawaii are now protected under the Endangered Species Act.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it added the yellow-faced bee to the list after years of research.

Bees have declined sharply in recent years due to various factors including habitat loss, pesticides, wildfires and loss of genetic diversity.

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