Pollinator News Sept. 15, 2017
Contradictions in City Ordinances Put Pollinators (and homeowners) At Risk- a personal story
by Michele Colopy
As a beekeeper, I work to be an example for others that we all need to support our pollinators. Planting pollinator supportive plants is key to supporting the health and nutrition of the 4,000 native pollinators, and honey bees that pollinate our city parks, backyard gardens, and community gardens. Pollinators add to our quality of life in our cities. Without pollinators we would not have the beautiful floral-scapes, parks, and gardens we all enjoy. A pollinator habitat is a biodiverse habitat providing food for bees, birds (the seeds from the flowers), and insect predators of pests. The soil of pollinator habitat absorbs rain water, reducing storm water run-off. Flowers can adapt to times of drought, and still flourish, when your lawn is turning brown. The root systems of diverse flowers in pollinator habitats support soil quality and health. Pollinator habitats reseed themselves, so plants and their habitats are fully self-sufficient. READ MORE
Beekeeper’s Pollinator Habitat Mowed Down by Neighbor
By Beth Conrey
On September 13, 2013 (yes, this was a Friday), devastating floods ravaged Northern Colorado. I live along the banks of the Little Thompson River. “River” is a nomenclature stretch for a 4 foot wide, 3 inch deep flow of water that tops at 4cfs. But a mighty river it turned into on that day indeed! The Little T capped at 17,200cfs and was nearly a quarter mile wide before it began its return to its banks. Left in its wake was previously unimaginable damage and destruction. My home had 5 feet of water in it. My land had soil deposition of between 8 inches and 5 feet! And this soil was not the beautiful bottomland soil I once had, it was sterile and contaminated soil. Bee hives were gone, too—washed away with the rest of the landscape. READ MORE
Will This Effort Help Ban Neonicotinoids In The USA?
Pollinator Stewardship Council Program Director, Michele Colopy was interviewed by The Organic View Radio host, June Stoyer about our support of state beekeeping associations through services, education, and action. GO TO THE INTERVIEW
Effects of an insect growth regulator and a solvent on honeybee (Apis mellifera L.) brood development and queen viability. Milchreit K, Ruhnke H, Wegener J, Bienefeld K., Ecotoxicology. 2016 Apr;25(3):530-7. doi: 10.1007/s10646-016-1611-4. Epub 2016 Jan 28. READ THE ABSTRACT
Are bee diseases linked to pesticides? – A brief review.
Sánchez-Bayo F1, Goulson D2, Pennacchio F3, Nazzi F4, Goka K5, Desneux N6. Environ Int. 2016 Apr-May;89-90:7-11. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2016.01.009. Epub 2016 Jan 27. READ THE ABSTRACT
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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
Why does bee health matter? The science surrounding honey bee health concerns and what we can do about it, Read the paper
Competition to find the most innovative ideas to tackle honey bee nutrition challenges. Learn more
Bees Matter— Learn more
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!
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.
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 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
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.