Congressional Briefing; Harvest Nectar; Film Showings; Outreach, and more

Pollinator News          Aug. 4, 2017

Congressional briefing on pesticides toxic to bees, birds, and other wildlife

Members of Congress, scientific experts, beekeepers, farmers and environmental advocates to document the devastating impacts of pollinator population decline

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A coalition of environmental, beekeeping, and farming organizations held a Congressional briefing on Thursday, July 27th to discuss neonicotinoid insecticides’ devastating impacts on wildlife and people. Growing scientific evidence points to neonics as a leading cause of drastic pollinator population decline. It was a packed room at Thursday’s briefing featured scientific experts, beekeepers, and farmers, as well as eight Representatives, all cosponsors of H.R. 3040-Saving America’s Pollinators Act, and one Senator. Beekeepers and advocates from Maryland that came to DC for lobby meetings after the briefing. Thanks to them, many of the previous cosponsors of SAPA said we can count on them to cosponsor the bill again this year!  Beekeepers can take action and make a difference!

Featured Speakers at the Briefing: Cleo Braver, Owner of Cottington Farm
Ruth Berlin, Executive Director, Maryland Pesticide Education Network
Harmut Doebel, Professor of Biology, George Washington University
Luke Goembel, Chemist and Legislative Vice Chair, Central Maryland Beekeepers Association
Carys Mitchelmore, Professor, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Bonnie Raindrop, Legislative Chair, Central Maryland Beekeepers Association

The Congressional Briefing Coalition: American Bird Conservancy, Beyond Pesticides, Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Food Safety, Central Maryland Beekeepers Association, Endangered Species Coalition, Environment America, Friends of the Earth, Maryland Pesticide Education Network, National Family Farm Coalition, Natural Resources Defense Council, Pesticide Action Network North America, and Pollinator Stewardship Council

Watch a video of the briefing here


“Harvest Nectar” Privateer Rum Supports Our Work

During May “Harvest Nectar” was created in support of Pollinator Stewardship Council.  Privateer Rum donated $1 from the sale of each bottle to our work.  “The Distiller’s Drawer series are our distiller’s favorite barrels – so good that she would keep a bottle hidden in her desk drawer too, but thought it better to share with you. Each release is bottles straight from the cask unfiltered and at cask proof.  Our rum is never sweetened and each label is hand inked.”

“Harvest Nectar is a single barrel experiment, this is the kind of rum our distilling crew loves.  The gentle oak aroma from the third use cask allows the honey, dried nectarine, white rose, and marmalade aromas of the mature rum to come through. This is an exemplary barrel that would be used to add elegance and top note aromas to a blend, but our crew found so impressive they decided to bottle it in the raw. Age: 2 years 9 months; Matured In: 3rd use cask (Four Roses Cask).”  For more information about Privateer Rum go to this link 
Thank you Privateer Rum, for your support of our work!


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Keep the Hives Alive Films Showing Near You!

Screenings of the Keep the Hives Alive films are happening at either end of the country.
Follow the link to learn how you can host a screening of the primer or documentary film.

Person County Beekeepers Assn., Roxboro, NC presents

KBOO and  The Clinton Street Theater in Portland, OR

Follow the link to learn how you can host a screening of the film in your community and to your beekeeping association!


Our Outreach- January- July 2017

Our work for beekeepers across the US and beyond is reflected in our Outreach activities. On average our Program Director works 60 hours per week conducting outreach, advocacy, and education to our members and the public. Your membership, your donations support the Program Director’s work in serving you!
Please support our work through a donation or by becoming a member today!


Learn More Here




Surveys in German nature reserves point to a dramatic decline in insect biomass. READ MORE

Temporal dynamics of whole body residues of the neonicotinoid insecticide imidacloprid in live or dead honeybees  READ MORE

Gene Expression changes in honey bees induced by sublethal imidacloprid exposure during the larval stage  READ MORE

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 

We are a member of the Honey Bee Health Coalition

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 Varroa Management
Quick Guide to Reporting A Bee Kill
Beekeeper Guide
Grower Guide
Bee Healthy Roadmap
The Bee Understanding Project-.  View the first film at this link

Why does bee health matter? The science surrounding honey bee health concerns and what we can do about it, Read the paper

“Beekeeper Insights on Honey Bee Nutrition Supplements” report

Competition to find the most innovative ideas to tackle honey bee nutrition challenges. Learn more

Bees MatterLearn more

Academic collaboration
In an effort to track this problem and gather better data, the Bee Informed Partnership, Michigan State University, and the University of Maryland – College Park have launched MiteCheck. The program allows beekeepers to report mite counts and infestations — and to track geographic trends in mite populations.


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 MississippiBBB Seed Plant for Pollinators Proj logo

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!

Betterbee Has Seeds for Pollinator Habitat betterbee logo

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

Planting forage for our bees is important; and beekeepers can lead by example!


Pollinator Stewardship Council
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We are member supported!  The Pollinator Stewardship Council is a nonprofit organization; donations are tax deductible.

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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.