Pesticide Policy Proposal; Bee & Butterfly Habitat; 4-H MP3 Essay

Pollinator News                Feb. 3, 2017

Pesticide Policy Proposal for Pollinators

The Board members of the Pollinator Stewardship Council serve in many capacities within the bee industry, including on the National Honey Bee Advisory Board (NHBAB).  Last summer the NHBAB developed a pesticide policy for the U.S. beekeeping industry. The key points are listed here; for their full policy paper go to this link.  

Pollinator poisoning can occur whenever toxins are present in the floral resources that the pollinators are relying on for nutrition, or when encountered in seeking water, as well as from direct exposure from applications when bees are present. Poisoning events with honey bees may result in immediate death of the colony, but more often they result in weakening and diminishing the functioning of the colony. Chemical poisoning of a colony of honey bees manifests itself in many ways throughout a season, including: reproductive issues with both male and female bees, depleted field force populations, diminished cognitive capacity, and reduced immune responses which can open the door to a host of viral and pathogenic ailments, as well as exacerbating Varroa mite loads. All of these effects contribute to both lower over-winter survival rates and colony failures throughout the year.    READ MORE


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4-H Essay Project: Managed Pollinator Protection Plans

Pollinator Stewardship Council sent this information to State Beekeeping Associations, and created information on our website to help 4-H students with their essay.  Sponsored by The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc.  the 2017 essay contest topic is: How Can MP3 (Managed Pollinator Protection Plan) More Effectively Protect Honey Bees from Pesticide Exposure?”

Foundation for preservation of honey bees logoBeekeeping has had is five minutes of fame for the past five years. Now more than ever, people are asking “What will happen if the bees are gone?” Your paper should research and help answer this question. Survey your community to see what is being done. Include your state in your survey to see if there are any programs they are using for pollination or any other program that could aid the honey bee. The scope of the research is an essential judging criterion, accounting for 40% of your score. The number of sources consulted, the authority of the sources, and the variety of the sources are all evaluated. Personal interviews with beekeepers and others familiar with the subject are valued sources of information and should be documented. Sources, which are not cited in the endnotes, should be listed in a “Resources” or “Bibliography” list. Note that “honey bee” is properly spelled as two words, even though many otherwise authoritative references spell it as one word.  Each state 4-H office is responsible for selecting the state’s winner and should set its deadline so state judging can be completed in time for the winning essay to be submitted to the ABF office before March 3, 2017.  For more details about the contest go to




Bee and Butterfly Habitat

Bee and butterfly fund picThe Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund identifies opportunities to establish critical pollinator habitat to help honey bee and monarch butterfly populations thrive. Guided by the mission to increase and improve pollinator forage and habitat, the organization develops affordable, pollinator-focused seed mixes, including native plants through NextGen Habitat Projects. The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund is a collaboration of founding partners Pheasants Forever, Project Apis m. and Browning’s Honey Co. and brings together a very diverse group with similar goals.

The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund combines landowners, conservationists, scientists and beekeepers to precisely target pollinators’ needs like never before. Using funds donated by generous corporate sponsors and individual donors, the team works together to build healthy, sustainable pollinator habitat through science-based, proven results. The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund has created a diverse mix of grasses and flowers that helps provide the ideal habitat for pollinators and wildlife – bees, butterflies, pheasant, quail, waterfowl, upland birds, deer and more.


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We are a member of the Honey Bee Health Coalition

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HBHC Varroa videos:
Varroa mite PSA
Video 1 – IPM
Video 2, 3 – Sampling methods

Video 4 – Essential oils 
Video 5 – Using Apivar 
Video 6 – Using Apistan or Checkmite+ 
Video 7 – Formic acid 
Video 8 – Using HopGuard 
Video 9 – Using Oxalic Acid 
Video 10 – Using sanitation, screen bottoms
Video 11 – Using drone brood removal
Video 12 – Using requeening 

Tools for Honey Bee Health
    Tools for Varroa Management  
    Quick Guide to Reporting A Bee Kill 
    Beekeeper Guide 
    Grower Guide 
    Bee Healthy Roadmap
The Bee Understanding Project


Plant for Pollinators

Products made by beekeepers and their honey bees, and natural food sources for  honey bees and native pollinators support beekeepers, honey bees, and the work of the Pollinator Stewardship Council. 

Seeds for honey bees EAST of the Mississippi!

OPN pic for PSc websitePlant pollinator forage for your bees. Pollinator Stewardship Council has partnered with Ohio Prairie Nursery in support of pollinator habitat.  You can get native seeds for the eastern U.S. planting zones here.  Select “Support our Cause”  to view featured seed selections to benefit pollinators.  A portion of sales generated from our website will help support our work.


Seeds for honey bees WEST of the Mississippi

To increase plant biodiversity, improve gardens yields, and make a positive difference for the future, plant for pollinators WEST of the Mississippi with bbbseed.  Go to their website, today and Plant For Pollinators!

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Bring Us To Your State

The Pollinator Stewardship Council is available to speak at your State Beekeeping Association Conference, Beekeeping School, local bee club, and community group.  In 2013 and 2014, the Program Director gave presentations at eleven events; during 2015 at thirty events; and during 2016 the Program Director gave presentations at thirty-four events across the US, and Canada!  Bring the Pollinator Stewardship Council to your group for 2017. The speaker’s honorarium is just $100 for one or two presentations across a one or two day conference, plus travel expenses.  The Program Director works from Ohio and will drive within a ten hour radius: beyond that radius airplane travel will be required.

•    State Pollinator Protection Plans: What Beekeepers Need to Know
•    Understanding the Pollinator Crisis and How You Can Help
•    Pollinator Stewardship Council Collaborations: Education, Advocacy, Action  
•    Migratory beekeeping: why keeping them alive is so difficult.
•    Pesticides wintering in your hives
•    Mosquito Abatement Programs Can Damage Honey Bees and Native Pollinators
•    Creating your own pesticide-free pollinator habitat
•    Pesticide risk assessment, label, and enforcement
•    Should you become a nonprofit beekeeping club?
•    Fundraising for Bee Clubs
•    How Beekeepers Can Take Action for Local, State, and National Beekeeping Issues

For information and to schedule a presentation contact Michele Colopy, Program Director, or call 832-727-9492.



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Beekeepers Working for Beekeepers

The Board and Program Director are all beekeepers.   
We work to:

•    Raise awareness about the adverse impact of pesticides on pollinators critical to the supply of food and the ecosystem.

•    Provide advocacy, guidance, and tools to document the detrimental effect of pesticides on pollinators.

•    Affect regulatory processes of pesticide risk assessment, label, and enforcement.