Pollinator News Dec. 12, 2014
Beekeepers Partner with Corporations to Create Pollinator Habitat
The Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF) has awarded a grant “Beekeepers Collaborating to Create Pollinator Habitats” to beekeeping groups. The project is a partnership of Medina County Beekeepers Association, The Ohio State Beekeepers Association, and the Pollinator Stewardship Council. The project had to secure land partners for the habitat development prior to applying for the grant. The grant will fund the development of pollinator habitat on a combined total of 36 acres of corporate land in northeast Ohio and southwest Ohio. Four corporate land partners have committed to creating and maintaining the habitat for a minimum of five years. The land partners are CEMEX, Inc., Remington Products Company, the Department of Veterans Affairs in Dayton, and Professional Services Providers of Wadsworth, LLC. The grant will act as a catalyst to educate corporations, their employees, and customers about the need for pollinator habitat, connect beekeeping groups with local corporations, enhance public/private collaborations, and inspire land use changes in support of pollinator habitat.
“Lawns around corporate facilities are a grass desert for pollinators. The land maintenance costs add to the expenses of corporations in weekly mowing, add to carbon emissions, and have increased lawn chemical use that can cause concerns in the watershed.” stated Michele Colopy, Program Director of the Pollinator Stewardship Council. All of the land partners’ land is currently planted in grass and surrounds their corporate offices. The land will remain the private property of the land owner, and will be transformed into pollinator habitat across 2015.
“This grant is a wonderful opportunity for our local beekeeping clubs to build collaborative relationships with local businesses in order to support the health of our community. Additional forage for pollinators will increase honey production, and support the pollinators so important to the floral success of our community gardens.” commented Terry Lieberman-Smith, Vice President of the Ohio State Beekeepers Association.
The pollinator habitat will be created on private land, however beekeepers will have access to it. The land partners will contract with local beekeepers to place bee hives on the property. The grant will also provide nesting areas for native pollinators. Citizen Scientists will survey the land twice a year for five years noting the diversity of insects, and other animal life that are utilizing the habitat. This data will be available in a public database. Educational materials will be provided to the corporate partners to share with their employees and customers. The local bee clubs will provide scholarships to four 4-H students within the land partner areas, with the 4-H students writing articles for the corporate newsletters about honey bees and their beekeeping experience. The beekeeping partners will encourage other corporations to convert their grassy lawns into pollinator habitat through presentations about the project.
Peggy Garnes, President of the Medina County Beekeepers Association expressed excitement at the connections made by this program. “This is a wonderful partnership of beekeepers and corporations coming together to support honey bees and native pollinators so important to our local beekeepers, gardeners, and farmers.”
As the program had to secure land partners prior to applying for the grant, the project cannot accept any other land partners at this time. The Pollinator Stewardship Council, who wrote the grant, expects this project will serve as a pilot program adaptable in other states. If your State Beekeeping organization is interested in a similar program in your state, contact the Pollinator Stewardship Council directly at email@example.com or 832-727-9492. (as reported in Bee Culture’s Catch the Buzz 12-10-14)
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It is the time when we think of those year-end donations. But how to decide what nonprofit to support? A number of sources are available to help you make an informed decision:
1. a friend’s impression or experience with a nonprofit
2. your own experience with a nonprofit
3. verifying if the charity is a registered nonprofit (you can check that at the Economic Research Institute http://www.eri-nonprofit-salaries.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=NPO.Search )
Finally, ask yourself the question, “does the work of the nonprofit benefit you and your interests?”
The Pollinator Stewardship Council are beekeepers working for beekeepers, beekeeping, honey bees, and native pollinators. That is all we do. And it keeps us busy! For more information about our accomplishments this year visit our ANNUAL REPORT page on our website.
Your tax deductible donation supports our work which supports efforts to protect your honey bees, and our native pollinators, from the adverse impact of pesticides. Please consider making a donation this “Giving December” to the Pollinator Stewardship Council or mail your donation to Pollinator Stewardship Council, P.O. Box 304, Perkinston, MS 39573.
Save the Honey Bee: Ohio license plate
The Pollinator Stewardship Council worked with the Ohio State Beekeepers Association to rally beekeeper support for the Save the Honey Bee license plate. State Representatives Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) and Dorothy Pelanda (R-Marysville) announced on March 18th, 2014 the introduction of House Bill 474, legislation designed to support Ohio’s beekeepers through the creation of the Ohio State Beekeepers Association license plate fund. H.B. 474 creates the “Save the Honey Bee” license plate. This license plate will bring the honeybee plight to the forefront of public awareness, promote beekeeping, provide educational information about beekeeping, and support state and local beekeeping programs and research. The bill was reviewed Dec. 9th by the Senate Transportation Committee. Four hundred and forty-seven emails were sent to Ohio Senators and the Chairperson of the Transportation Committee in support of the H.B. 474 with the help of Pollinator Stewardship Council. The Committee approved the legislation, then sent it to the Senate floor for a vote. H.B. 474 was scheduled for a floor vote Dec. 11, 2014, the last day the Senate was to be in session. To check the status of this bill visit http://openstates.org/oh/bills/130/HB474/#actions or http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=130_HB_474 .
The Pollinator Stewardship Council has assisted two other beekeeping groups with advocacy this year: Santa Barbara Beekeepers (AB 1789 “Pesticides: neonicotinoids: reevaluation: determination;” bill passed), and People Protecting Pollinators in Massachusetts (Text of Bill S. 2159, “An Act Relative to Pesticide Applications,” introduced, and currently in the Ways and Means Committee). Partnering with the Pollinator Stewardship Council to ensure the beekeeper’s voice is heard is important to protecting honey bees, native pollinators, and beekeeping. The Pollinator Stewardship Council wants to help beekeepers solve local problems with local solutions. We can help you communicate your message, and garner support from within the local beekeeping community for your local solutions. For more information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 832-727-9492.
Hive tracking Research with Pesticide Research Institute
submitted by Dr. Susan Kegley
I suspect you may have heard of the plight of the bees in the last few years. Managed honey bee populations are declining every year and some native bees are being considered for listing as endangered species. Because we depend on pollinators for the fruits and vegetables in our food supply, the declines also affect humanity.
Several factors are implicated as primary causes of bee declines, most notably pesticides (insecticides, fungicides and herbicides) and pathogens (viruses, mites, bacteria, fungi). The non-profit Pollinator Stewardship Council (PSC) and Pesticide Research Institute (PRI) are working together to better understand how these different stressors (pesticides, pathogens) compromise the health of bees.
I would like to ask for your support of the PSC/PRI research project. An IndieGoGo campaign page was just launched with the details about the work. A quick summary is given below. The site also provides a way to donate at whatever level you can afford. Donations go directly to the non-profit Pollinator Stewardship Council and are tax deductible. If you can’t donate now, please do share the link to the campaign through Facebook or other social media, or by forwarding this email.
Quick summary of the research project:
Scientists from Pesticide Research Institute and commercial beekeepers from the Pollinator Stewardship Council are working together to track 60 beehives, making measurements of:
* Pesticide residues in pollen, wax, and honey (180 different pesticides)
* Pathogen levels (in collaboration with Montana State University scientists)
* Varroa mite numbers
* Hive strength, queen performance, disease, bee mortality, and any abnormal bee behavior
We started the work in January, 2014, and 4 out of 5 sample sets have been collected. We have made hive strength measurements and observations at regular intervals over the course of the year. The preliminary results are tantalizing. We now must finish analyzing the samples for pesticide residues and pathogen levels and then do the statistical analysis. We need your help to finish this project!
Visit the project page to find out more and see how you can support the work.
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