Reported Bee Kills

States with reported bee kills to Pollinator Stewardship Council in “yellow.”

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Video of honey bees dying in Florida 2016

Video 1  https://youtu.be/YKf6TCRXBwY

Video 2 https://youtu.be/mzi72xO1E64

 

Story links for Oregon Bee kill in 2013:

http://www.xerces.org/2013/06/21/pesticide-causes-largest-mass-bumble-bee-death-on-record/

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/06/28/memorial-to-honor-50000-bumble-bees-that-died-in-oregon-parking-lot/

http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2013/06/insecticide_safari_confirmed_i.html#/0

Pollinator Stewardship Council Eulogy for the memorial for the bumble bees of Oregon

It was a beautiful day to fly, a beautiful Oregon day to gather nectar and pollen.  I had been flying since spring visiting the early flowering willows, and then found some delicious blueberries to pollinate.  Tomatoes were not in bloom yet, but I could hardly wait to buzz them making the musical sound of middle C.    I came across some lovely linden trees, they were so inviting, many of us were feasting on the nectar, gathering pollen . . . being bumble bees and enjoying life.  I was flying from tasty treat to tasty treat . . . and then it was not so tasty . . .  then I realized I would not buzz the tomatoes,  I would not taste the goldenrod,  I would not fly on the warm breeze.  I was not alone, but this should not be, I have more work to do, more flowers to visit.  My life was over as were the lives of thousands of others.   But my life will have meaning beyond willows, and goldenrod, and lindens, and blueberries.  The lives of bumble bees lost here will live on, we will be remembered, and our sacrifice will help to save other bumble bees.  Our deaths will show we have a right to live, to collect food, to pollinate plants which in turn provide food for animals and humans.  Our deaths will unite others to take up our cause, to speak for us, to fight to protect us.  We will not have died in vain for I am Bombus, the first bee of the spring, and the last bee in the fall; gentle and friendly.

 

Bee kill in Florida, Nov. 2014

Bee kill in Florida, Nov. 2014