Pollinator News Nov. 24, 2017
Tell Your Congressional Delegation to Support the Food and Farm Act!
From Beyond Pesticides
As we approach 2018, Congress is working on the next Farm Bill, which will determine how $956 billion of our tax money will be spent over the coming years in shaping our food system. This year, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) has introduced a bill that, if passed, will implement many of the food policy reforms that sustainable agriculture policy advocates have long supported.
Take Action: Oppose Legislation Weakening Endangered Species Protection from Pesticides
(Beyond Pesticides, November 20, 2017)
The pesticide industry is drafting legislation that threatens to remove provisions of the Endangered Species Act that protect species from pesticides.
Tell your Congressional delegation to oppose all efforts to reduce endangered species protections from pesticides.
The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is one of America’s most effective and important environmental laws. It represents a commitment to protect and restore those species most at risk of extinction. Recent polling shows 84 percent of Americans support the Endangered Species Act, and 87 percent agree that it is a successful safety net for protecting wildlife, plants, insects, and fish from extinction. Although many species –including the bald eagle, Florida manatee, and California condor— have been protected and brought back from the brink of extinction under the ESA, an estimated 500 species have disappeared in the past 200 years. READ MORE
Chronic exposure to neonicotinoids reduces honey bee health near corn crops
N. Tsvetkov,1 O. Samson-Robert,2 K. Sood,1 H. S. Patel,1 D. A. Malena,1 P. H. Gajiwala,1 P. Maciukiewicz,1 V. Fournier,2 A. Zayed1*
Experiments linking neonicotinoids and declining bee health have been criticized for not simulating realistic exposure. Here we quantified the duration and magnitude of neonicotinoid exposure in Canada’s corn-growing regions and used these data to design realistic experiments to investigate the effect of such insecticides on honey bees. Colonies near corn were naturally exposed to neonicotinoids for up to 4 months—the majority of the honey bee’s active season. Realistic experiments showed that neonicotinoids increased worker mortality and were associated with declines in social immunity and increased queenlessness over time. We also discovered that the acute toxicity of neonicotinoids to honey bees doubles in the presence of a commonly encountered fungicide. Our work demonstrates that field-realistic exposure to neonicotinoids can reduce honey bee health in corn-growing regions.
READ THE FULL PAPER HERE
Landscape predictors of pathogen prevalence and range contractions in U.S. Bumble bees
S. McArt, C. Urbanowicz, S. McCoshum, R. Irwin, L. Adler
Several species of bumble bees have recently experienced range contractions and possible extinctions. While threats to bees are numerous, few analyses have attempted to understand the relative importance of multiple stressors. Such analyses are critical for prioritizing conservation strategies. Here, we describe a landscape analysis of factors predicted to cause bumble bee declines in the USA. We quantified 24 habitat, land-use, and pesticide usage variables across 284 sampling locations, assessing which variables predicted pathogen prevalence and range contraction via machine learning model selection techniques. We found that greater usage of the fungicide chlorothalonil was the best predictor of pathogen (Nosema bombi) prevalence in four declining species of bumble bees. Nosema bombi has previously been found in greater prevalence in some declining US bumble bee species compared to stable species. Greater usage of total fungicides was the strongest predictor of range contractions in declining species, with bumble bees in the northern USA experiencing greater likelihood of loss from previously occupied areas. These results extend several recent laboratory and semi-field studies that have found surprising links between fungicide exposure and bee health. Specifically, our data suggest landscape-scale connections between fungicide usage, pathogen prevalence, and declines of threatened and endangered bumble bees. READ THE FULL PAPER HERE
New Bee Club Leaders: Making Your Mark
It is the end of one year and soon the beginning of a new one, and beekeeping associations may be transitioning leaders. New leaders bring new ideas, new experiences with organizational management and service to members that can refresh a local, state, or national beekeeping association. The “brave and hardy souls” leading the county, state, regional, and national beekeeping associations want to ensure healthy, strong, and sustainable beekeeping organizations across the U.S. Club leaders want to learn from their predecessors, yet put their own mark on the organization. Continuity of leadership is good for history and context of what works and what does not. Leaders need to be forward looking, creative, passionate about the mission, enthusiastic, mature, honest, and competent. Leaders want their fellow board members input, ideas, and volunteer time and energy. Being on the board of a beekeeping association is a collaboration solely focused upon fulfilling the mission of the bee club. READ MORE
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Annual 2018 Convention & Trade Show
Our trade show is one of the largest beekeeping trade shows in the country and it’s a highlight for the convention attendees to come and meet new companies and see new products.
We will have conference sessions on new research and hot topics within the beekeeping industry such as legislative changes, new science information, honey trade & adulteration issues, and honey market & pollination reports. Our key note speaker is Dr. Michael Roberts, Executive Director of the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy.
The group activity this year will be a Fiesta in Old Town San Diego! Don’t miss out on the fun!
Convention & Trade Show information and registration can be found on www.ahpanet.com
American Beekeeping Federation 2018 Conference and Trade Show
Celebrate the 75th Diamond Anniversary of the ABF at the 2018 American Beekeeping Federation Conference & Tradeshow, January 9-13, at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. Discover the many facets of the ABF with four days of spectacular educational sessions, networking and fun.
-Hear from experts, trendsetters & influencers.
-Learn best practices.
-Shop a tradeshow full of the latest beekeeping innovations.
-Showcase your skills in the 2018 Honey Show.
-Have next-generation fun at the Kids and Bees program.
-Network with 900+ fellow beekeepers
75-YEARS STRONG! Make your plans today to join us in Reno for a brilliant conference and a celebration of the association’s 75 years of accomplishments. More information go to http://abfconference.com/
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.