Bees-Hive-Honey-CombA class of pesticides widely blamed for a worldwide collapse in pollinator populations is also devastating populations of birds, according to a new study conducted by researchers from Radboud University in the Netherlands and the Centre for Field Ornithology and Birdlife Netherlands, and published in the journal Nature on July 16. The chemicals, known as neonicotinoids, have increasingly come under fire for widespread destruction of organisms other than agricultural pests. “I think we are the first to show that this insecticide may have wide-scale, significant effects on our environment,” researcher Hans de Kroon said. More