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Pollinator News                March 24, 2017

An Historic Day: Protection for the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee

First bee in the continental United States to become an endangered species

Rusty Patch BB by Dan Mullen of FWS.govXERCES SOCIETY—March 21 protection of the rusty patched bumble bee under the Endangered Species Act took effect, making this the first bee in the continental United States to be federally protected. This historic moment comes as a result of a listing petition filed by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Steps can now be taken to work toward the recovery of this species, which previously was common from Minnesota to the Atlantic.
“We are thrilled to see one of North America’s most endangered species receive the protection it needs,” said Sarina Jepsen, director of endangered species at the Xerces Society. “Now that the Fish and Wildlife Service has listed the rusty patched bumble bee as endangered, it stands a chance of surviving the many threats it faces—from the use of neonicotinoid pesticides to diseases.”  READ MORE
Rusty patch bumble bee photo by Dan Mullen at www.fws.gov


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Honey Nut Cheerios and Free Wildflower Seeds

vesey seed pic for cheeriosGeneral Mills (a Honey Bee Health Coalition member) has partnered with Vesey Seeds of Canada to provide free 2 gram packets of wildflower seeds. The seeds are not coated with pesticides, not glyphosate resistant, and not GMO seeds. None of the seeds are invasive species for the U.S.. Ten million free 2 gram seed packets have been distributed so far, with a 100 million seed goal. To order your 2 gram seed packet go to http://www.cheerios.com/bringbackthebees To learn about the seed partner go to http://www.veseys.com/us/en

The 2 gram seed packet will contain a mix of the following: READ MORE


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We Can Protect Pollinators and Protect Public Health

Beekeepers are encouraged to contact their local mosquito control districts to learn what pesticides they use for mosquito control, how they educate the public to eliminate mosquito habitat, and how they do /can work with beekeepers to protect pollinators and protect public health.  Mosquito control must include beekeeper input, and beekeepers need to work with their local mosquito control districts.  Beekeepers can work to educate others to eliminate mosquito habitat and plant pollinator habitat.  Beekeepers can work with the mosquito control officers to choose short residual toxicity products and spray after d-a-r-k.  For mosquito control and the diseases the mosquitoes carry work with your community to ensure they are trapping and testing mosquitoes for disease.  If no disease is found, prophylactic spray applications will simply increase resistance to the pesticides.  Find your mosquito control district on the internet by entering “mosquito control district for YOUR CITY” in a browser search.

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FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel Releases Report of the Evaluation of the Carcinogenic Potential of Glyphosate

“US EPA presented a set of charge questions to the FIFRA SAP covering five broad aspects
of the Agency’s evaluation of the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate. The questions centered
1) the completeness, transparency, and appropriateness of the Agency’s methods to collect references for the evaluation;
2) the epidemiological studies investigating the potential for associations between glyphosate exposure and cancer outcomes;
3) the laboratory rodent carcinogenicity studies for glyphosate;
4) assays investigating the genotoxic potential of glyphosate; and
5) the completeness, transparency, and scientific quality of the Agency’s characterization of the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate for humans.”



Cover Crop Plant Research Needs Farmers

Blue dasher farm logoEcdysis Foundation (Blue Dasher Farm) is interested in conducting a farmer-participatory research project of how cover crops affect insect communities. From a scientific standpoint, this project will be a game-changer. All results of the project will be anonymous, but publicly available. We have never had such a comprehensive dataset of information regarding plant diversity and the function of agroecosystems. And this is just the start. This type of research project (with strong farmer involvement, scale of the project, real-world farming systems) has not really been conducted before, so we will all learn together as we go.  READ MORE



A recent webinar by Dr. May Berenbaum cited this 2013 article.  It is prudent to review past research to determine questions, answers, or progress.  The Berenbaum webinar link will be shared in the next Pollinator News.
Acaricide, Fungicide and Drug Interactions in Honey Bees (Apis mellifera)
Johnson RM, Dahlgren L, Siegfried BD, Ellis MD. Acaricide, Fungicide and Drug Interactions in Honey Bees (Apis mellifera). Raine NE, ed. PLoS ONE. 2013;8(1):e54092. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0054092. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3558502/
Chemical analysis shows that honey bees (Apis mellifera) and hive products contain many pesticides derived from various sources. The most abundant pesticides are acaricides applied by beekeepers to control Varroa destructor. Beekeepers also apply antimicrobial drugs to control bacterial and microsporidial diseases. Fungicides may enter the hive when applied to nearby flowering crops. Acaricides, antimicrobial drugs and fungicides are not highly toxic to bees alone, but in combination there is potential for heightened toxicity due to interactive effects.  READ MORE


Heartland  Apicultural Society (HAS)

Regional Conference

July 13 – 15th, 2017, University of Southern Indiana (USI) will be the host location of theHAS 2017 16th Annual Heartland Apicultural Society Conference.  There will be three full days of breakout sessions, a queen rearing class, a children’s program, a honey show, an art show, some great speakers and many vendor booths.

Our Keynote speakers will include Dr. Ernesto Guzman a professor at the University of Guelph in Ontario Canada, Dr. Jeff Harris an assistant professor at Mississippi State University and Judge Dan O’Hanlon who led the effort to pass a bill in West Virginia granting immunity to beekeepers, the first in the nation.  Along with all the great bee classes, on Thursday night there will be an ice-cream social and Friday night will be a good old BBQ.  Registration for vendors and attendees is online at registration for both attendees and vendors is online: http://www.heartlandbees.org./



Coalition Works on Honey Bee Challenges

By Julie Shapiro

HBHC Logo-Revised jpg-smallThe 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’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.  READ MORE


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


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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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.