Pollinator News March 3, 2017
Landmark Report: Hundreds of Native Bee Species Sliding Toward Extinction
PORTLAND, Ore.— In the first comprehensive review of the more than 4,000 native bee species in North America and Hawaii, the Center for Biological Diversity has found that more than half the species with sufficient data to assess are declining. Nearly 1 in 4 is imperiled and at increasing risk of extinction.
The new analysis, Pollinators in Peril: A systematic status review of North American and Hawaiian native bees, revealed that more than 700 species are in trouble from a range of serious threats, including severe habitat loss and escalating pesticide use.
The Pollinator Stewardship Council has attended the national bee conference, the Georgia Beekeepers Assn. Conference, the Indiana Bee School, gave a local bee school presentation, and worked with a state bee association on their strategic planning, all since January. Working an average of 58.66 hours per week the Program Director spoke with 870 people total at those events. Serving as a resource, the Program Director provided referrals:
o as a reference for a beekeeper member to care for bees at a local school
o State Pollinator Protection Plans
o pollinator habitat information and referrals to 3 people in Wisconsin, Ohio, Missouri
o bee kill info/reports to TN and CA beekeepers
o provide nonprofit information to 3 groups
o create MP3 essay information pages for website; create a presentation to students; reply to 4 student questions online and via telephone
o provide resource information about the MP3 essay contest to State Beekeeping leaders to share with their 4-H students
o Create power pt. slides and secure research links and info for a member’s presentation on “noxious weeds”
o provide information about our work to Holden Arboretum for program
o refer Wisconsin advocate to Creative Discovery Museum in TN for children’s activities and pollinators.
We are here for our members. Join us, collaborate with us,
together we will make a difference!
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Honey Bee Health Coalition: Invests in Areas of Agreement
By Julie Shapiro
The Honey Bee Health Coalition is a broad coalition of more than 40 North American companies and organizations — including beekeepers, farmers, researchers, conservation organizations, agribusinesses and government agencies — developing and implementing science-based strategies to support honey bee health.
The Coalition has been hard at work since mid-2014. In that time, the Coalition has developed a series of invaluable tools and informational resources to help beekeepers and others confront the primary drivers of recent colony losses: incidental pesticide exposure, pests and disease and a lack of forage and nutrition.
Keystone Policy Center, a nationally recognized nonprofit, has guided the Coalition and helped its members focus on collaborative, action-oriented solutions. Keystone has worked with diverse coalitions in a variety of policy areas over its more than four decades of work, including climate change, agricultural sustainability, chemical weapons disposal, public health, and energy development. Keystone has brought its dedication to independence and collaboration to the Coalition.
The Coalition’s charter borrows from Keystone’s work with numerous coalitions, including a dedication to science-based decision making and deliberation. The charter underscores the Coalition’s commitment to represent all of its members, which range from small associations to large companies working in beekeeping, agriculture, farming, and conservation. The Coalition’s charter is emphatic that members’ voices are not weighted based on their financial contributions to support its work; rather, the Coalition values each member for their substantive input and collaborative steps to support honey bee health. Regardless of level of financial or in-kind support, each member organization has an equal voice in the Coalition’s consensus-based decision-making process. It is through this consensus process that members identify priorities and initiatives to work on together.
The Coalition’s members might not agree on everything — in fact, they may disagree on particular issues — but they understand that investing in areas of agreement can yield tremendous progress and support honey bee and pollinator health. To learn more about the Coalition visit honeybeehealthcoalition.org.
Shapiro is the facilitator of the Honey Bee Health Coalition and a senior policy director at the Keystone Policy Center, a nationally recognized nonprofit working to find collaborative, actionable solutions to public policy challenges. Keystone operates under a statement of independence to serve all of its project participants.
We are a member of the Honey Bee Health Coalition
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
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!
Plant 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!
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 832-727-9492.
Become a member!
Go online today and let’s work together
A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE APPLICABLE REGULATORY DEPARTMENT/ DIVISION WITHIN EACH STATE (LISTED BELOW) BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. For more information go to http://pollinatorstewardship.org/?page_id=5048
Pollinator Stewardship Council
1624 Idlewood Ave., Akron, OH 44313
We are member supported! The Pollinator Stewardship Council is a nonprofit organization; donations are tax deductible.
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.