Bee Audacious, Bee Highway, Bee Safe

Pollinator News                April 28, 2017

Audacious: “A willingness to take surprisingly bold risks; bold, daring, fearless, intrepid, brave, courageous, valiant, heroic, plucky.”

Guest submission by Wendy Mather

I volunteered as a note taker at the “Bee Audacious” conference in Marshall, California from December 11 – 13, 2016.   The impressive line-up of thought leaderBee audacious logos and the prospect of “audacious thinking about the future of bees and beekeeping” was something I couldn’t miss.  Inspired and led by Mark Winston, from Simon Fraser University’s “Centre for Dialogue,” participants across the beekeeping industry gathered for “a collaborative working conference using dialogue to envision bold evidence-based ideas through which honey bees, other bees, beekeepers and pollination managers can prosper”.

Winston set clear boundaries for the conference.  We were asked to “be open to other perspectives,” and respectfully and tactfully use disagreement as an opportunity to clarify and reflect on new ideas. We were invited to “be inquisitive” and to get curious, not furious, in asking thoughtful questions. We were asked to “speak personally” and share stories, experiences and personal values instead of pervasive opinions.  Most importantly, we were asked to practice moderation and consideration by being “brief, focused, and on topic,” so everyone had a chance to participate.    READ MORE

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Colorado Pollinator Highway

colorado poll hwy mapPollinator advocates, including one of our members, People and Pollinators Action Network, are taking action for their bees and native pollinators in Colorado through the HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 17-1029 CONCERNING THE DESIGNATION OF INTERSTATE HIGHWAY 76  AS THE “COLORADO POLLINATOR HIGHWAY.”    READ MORE


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Balancing Control and Complexity in Field Studies of Neonicotinoids and Honey Bee Health
By Sainath Suryanarayanan

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Amidst ongoing declines in honey bee health, the contributory role of the newer systemic insecticides continues to be intensely debated. Scores of toxicological field experiments, which bee scientists and regulators in the United States have looked to for definitive causal evidence, indicate a lack of support. This paper analyzes the methodological norms that shape the design and interpretation of field toxicological studies. I argue that contemporary field studies of honey bees and pesticides are underpinned by a “control-oriented” approach, which precludes a serious investigation of the indirect and multifactorial ways in which pesticides could drive declines in honey bee health. I trace the historical rise to prominence of this approach in honey bee toxicology to the development of entomology as a science of insecticide development in the United States. Drawing on “complexity-oriented” knowledge practices in ecology, epidemiology, beekeeping and sociology, I suggest an alternative socio-ecological systems approach, which would entail in situ studies that are less concerned with isolating individual factors and more attentive to the interactive and place-based mix of factors affecting honey bee health.  READ MORE


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Bee Safe In Your Bee Travels

car crash in IndianaWhile driving to a Honey Bee Health Coalition meeting on Sunday I witnessed a two car accident.  (  As I saw one car roll over, and two dogs came flying out of the car, I ran to help.  After nearly an hour the local Humane Society came on the scene to assist the two dogs who had suffered broken bones.  One of the dogs was a service dog which was so terrified it dragged itself about 500 feet from the accident before someone could help it.  The dog owners were not wearing their seat belts, they had to be cut out of their car, and were flown to area hospitals where they are recovering.  The family in the truck were all wearing their seatbelts, and were able to walk-away from the accident.  In your bee travels, please wear your seat belt; and if you are traveling with your pets, put name tags on the pet’s collar and leash, and get pet seat-belts for them as well.



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Video 4 – Essential oils 
Video 5 – Using Apivar 
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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
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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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Betterbee was at the Massachusetts Beekeepers Assn. Spring Meeting offering a variety of seed mixes for beekeepers to plant.   You can find seven seed mix varieties at their website

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