News from the world of beekeeping
Rosanna Mattingly Editor, Western Apicultural Society Journal Editor, The Bee Line, Oregon State Beekeepers Association
Items of potential interest 18 January 2020
IN THIS ISSUE . . .
California Almond Community Announces Five-Point Pollinator Protection Plan
MODESTO, Calif., Jan. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Preceding the start of the annual almond pollination season in February, the California almond community is launching a new five-point Pollinator Protection Plan. A collection of important initiatives aimed at protecting bees during almond bloom and beyond, this new plan reaffirms the industry’s long-standing commitment to researching, protecting and improving honey bee health. . . .
To continue reading: https://www.streetinsider.com/PRNewswire/California+Almond+Community+Announces+Five-Point+Pollinator+Protection+Plan/16334609.html ❀ Miles of Lines, Miles of Monarch Habitat
There is a new and urgent focus among electric and gas utilities to reconsider their land management practices in light of declining insect populations worldwide. This includes the iconic orange-and-black monarch butterfly, which may be listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as soon as next year. Given its extensive range across the entire lower 48 states, a protected status for the monarch butterfly could lead to new restrictions, project delays, and increased costs from regulatory consultations. However, it also represents an opportunity . . .
|Pollinator Partnership’s Bee Friendly Farming to Work with the Almond Board of California Sustainability Program
❀ Bees’ Movements May Lead To New Swimming, Flying Robots
NSF Public Affairs
Walking on Caltech’s campus, engineer Chris Roh happened to see a bee stuck in the water of Millikan Pond. Although it was a common sight, it led Roh and his colleague Mory Gharib to a discovery about the unique way bees navigate the interface between water and air.
The incident occurred around noon, so the overhead sun cast the shadows of the bee — and, more importantly, the waves churned by the flailing bee’s efforts — directly onto the bottom of the pool.
As the bee struggled to . . .
To continue reading: https://scienceblog.com/513351/bees-movements-may-lead-to-new-swimming-flying-robots/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+scienceblogrssfeed+%28ScienceBlog.com%29
|Healthy Hives 2020 Hosts Symposium at American Beekeeping Federation Conference|
- LOUIS, Jan. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Healthy Hives 2020, a multi-year, $1.3 million research initiative of Bayer and Project Apis m. to improve honey bee health, today conducted a symposium at the annual American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) conferencein Chicago.
The symposium, moderated by well-known pollinator researcher Dr. Steve Sheppard of Washington State University, featured presentations on Healthy Hives 2020 projects, a panel discussion exploring ways to help solve problems facing commercial beekeepers, and interactive project demonstrations for ABF attendees.
“The Healthy Hives 2020 research program has made significant progress toward finding new and innovative ways to improve honey bee health,” said Danielle Downey, executive director of Project Apis m., which . . .
To continue reading: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/healthy-hives-2020-hosts-symposium-210000377.html
A hive of knowledge Robin FitzClemen
Entomologist Judith Maxwell can’t seem to stay away from insects. Although technically retired, she still collects and studies them. More specifically, she collects bees. Her season begins in March, at which point she gathers her things and heads for eastern Oregon’s Siskiyou Mountains, near the California border.
“Bumblebees are the earliest bees to emerge. They’re really hairy, it’s like they’ve got on a fur coat,” Maxwell said.
As a volunteer for the Oregon Bee Project, Maxwell is part of a group dedicated to studying Oregon’s busiest pollinators. She devotes her time to them because, in spite of the vastness of human knowledge, we know little about wild bees—and the ways humans may be driving them to extinction.
Armed with insect nets and jars, Maxwell and . . .
Gardening: Now’s the time to research plant seeds for your garden
f you’re jumping on the pollinator gardening bandwagon, you may want to try your hand at growing plants from seed. I will be giving tips from time to time to help you along, but now is a good time to do some research on what and how to grow, and seed catalogs are a great place to start
Here are some of the seed catalogs on my fave list: . . .
AG Criticizes EPA Over Pesticide Approval
SACRAMENTO — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed comments today criticizing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its inadequate risk assessment of the pesticide flonicamid despite evidence that the pesticide would cause significant harm to pollinators, such as bees.
Flonicamid, manufactured by the Japanese corporation ISK Biosciences (ISK), is currently . . .
To continue reading: https://patch.com/california/orange-county/ag-criticizes-epa-over-pesticide-approval
WHAT ROBBING LOOKS LIKE
Most new beekeepers find out about robbing the hard way when they either spend a little too long poking around in colonies at the wrong time of year, arrive in a bee yard already to find a frenzy of activity around hive entrances, or encounter the aftermath in the form of dead colonies and empty hives. Robbing can be particularly bad in the late summer and fall when several conditions align, leading to high potential for robbing. These triggering conditions include . . .
To continue reading: https://beeinformed.org/2020/01/15/what-robbing-looks-like/
The temporal dimension of the ‘alien attack’ in plant-pollinator communities
British Ecological Society Press Office
A new study, published in Journal of Ecology, shows for the first time that both alien plants and alien pollinators influence the organisation of ecological networks over time; yet the causes and consequences for the local communities are widely dependent on the trophic level of the invasion. . . .
Pollinator resolutions for 2020
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Pollinator conservation can seem like a daunting task at first, but everyone can take small steps to create a positive impact for these beneficial insects, birds, and mammals. By taking intentional actions towards safeguarding pollinators, in addition to continued learning- we can create a more inviting and pollinator friendly landscape. We hope you will join us in our pollinator conservation and outreach efforts for 2020.
Pick and choose from the following list of Pollinator Resolutions: . . .
To continue reading: https://www.morningagclips.com/pollinator-resolutions-for-2020/
Farmers Plant Milkweed for Native Pollinator Habitat
Farmers rely on pollinating insects to help produce our food. Some conservation groups are working with California farmers to bring back native pollinator habitat. Cannon Michael is one of those farmers, and the President of Bowles Farming Company.
Michael…”By working with some biologists, I came to realize that some of those areas had degraded and didn’t have as much of the native plant species that we would have liked to have seen. And at the same time, we had been obviously aware of issues with pollinators . . .
Aussie scientists need your help keeping track of bees (please)
Bees get a lot of good press. They pollinate our crops and in some cases, make delicious honey. But bees around the world face serious threats, and the public can help protect them.
Of more than 20,400 known bee species in the world, about 1,650 are native to Australia. But not all bees found in Australia are native. A few species have been introduced: some on purpose and others secretly hitchhiking, usually through international trade routes.
As bee researchers, we’ve all experienced seeing a beautiful, fuzzy striped bee buzzing about our gardens, only to realise it’s an exotic species far from home.
We need the public’s help to identify the bees in Australian backyards. There’s a good chance some are not native, but are . . .
One Of The Rarest Honeys In The World Comes From This Hawaiian Island
If you’ve taken a stroll through the honey section at any gourmet store, chances are you’ve seen a variety of expensive honeys ranging in taste, flavor, texture and color. It’s crazy to think that there are over 300 types of honey worldwide, each produced by the incredible honeybees that play an enormous role in the pollination of our ecosystem.
One of the rarest honeys in the world hails from the Big Island, more specifically a 1000-acre forest named Puako which doubles down as a natural bee habitat. The forest is home to Kiawe, a desert mesquite tree that is native to Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, which was introduced . . .
Can science replace the bee?
Some plants, like Conifers and many deciduous trees, are pollinated by wind. Members of the grass family, including rice, corn, wheat, oats and barley, also rely on wind to carry pollen from one plant to another. Other plants require the assistance of animals, such as birds, bats, butterflies, beetles, wasps, flies and bees.
By far, bees (native or honey bee) do the majority of moving pollen from one flower to another. Bees are hairy little critters and pollen is attracted by electrostatic forces to the bee’s body. Bees are after pollen (high in protein) and nectar as food sources, but by going from one flower to another pollen is inadvertently transferred from flower to flower.
This relationship between insect and plant has been perfected over billions of years. Although most . . .
by Kristina Lefever
I was in Los Angeles for a few days recently, and how different it is from where we live! Different is an understatement, right?
Granted, my wandering consisted of a 15 minute Uber ride for a few (organic) items for my hotel refrigerator, but I saw enough to know that few places — and far between — provide support for native pollinators and birds in that huge metropolis. Maybe all the gardens are up with honey bee hives on rooftops?
I was quite happy to leave the City of Angels behind and return to our beautiful valley, with people who care about preserving our open spaces before they are gone. Because that’s the conundrum, is it not? People move to a place because of how it is … and it ends up how it was. . . .
To continue reading: https://ashlandtidings.com/lifestyle/ashland-pollinator-connection-bee-native
Georgia Beekeepers Association’s efforts lead to ‘Save the Honeybee’ license plate
Denise M Hatcher
“Save the Honeybee” license plates are now available for Georgia drivers to purchase, thanks to the efforts of the Georgia Beekeepers Association (GBA).
“The idea of the honey bee tag had been tossed around for over a decade among members of the Georgia Beekeepers Association, but due to the cost and amount of work it would require, the idea was tabled numerous times,” said Jennifer Berry, an apiculture research professional and lab manager for the University of Georgia Honeybee Program.
Finally, a group of enthusiastic members of the GBA decided it was time . . .
The signal of human-caused climate change has emerged in everyday weather, study finds
For the first time, scientists have detected the “fingerprint” of human-induced climate change on daily weather patterns at the global scale. If verified by subsequent work, the findings, published Thursday in Nature Climate Change, would upend the long-established narrative that daily weather is distinct from long-term climate change.
The study’s results also imply that research aimed at assessing the human role in contributing to extreme weather events such as heat waves and floods may be underestimating the contribution.
The new study, which was in part motivated by . . .
To continue reading: https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/01/02/signal-human-caused-climate-change-has-emerged-every-day-weather-study-finds/?et_cid=3149408&et_rid=79887736&utm_campaign=SoT-23734&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Science_on_Tap
❀ FROM CATCH THE BUZZ:
Helping Honey Bees Survive Richmond County Daily Journal By: Paige Burns – CED, Horticulture It’s widely known that honey bees and other pollinating insects… Read on » 3. Couple Wins Beekeeper of the Year!
Couple Wins W.Va. Beekeeper of the Year Award By Eric Hrin | Times West Virginian Otto and Amy Kaiser display their plaque they were awarded… Read on » 4. Without Honey Bee Pollination Produce Sales Can’t Grow
With Sales Soaring, Kroger & Walmart Focus on Produce US grocers are freshening up their produce sections to draw in more health-conscious shoppers, as… Read on » 5. Beekeeping Safari in the Caribbean
Asian Giant Hornets That Eat Honeybees and Have ‘Powerful Sting’ Discovered In Washington For First Time! By: Kashmira Gander Officials in Washington have advised… Read on » 9. EPA Approves Fungicide Delivered by Honey Bees
‘This is Total Devastation’ Magic Valley Bees Dying in Droves “It’s devastating,” Tony Kaneaster of Kaneaster Apiary said. “This is just totally devastating. They… Read on » 11. Pesticides- Cannot Eliminate Short Term Hazards
Study Finds EU Moratorium of Persistent Bee-Toxic Pesticides Cannot Eliminate Short-Term Hazards (Beyond Pesticides) Five years after three neonicotinoids were banned for use on bee-attractive crops… Read on » ❀ FROM ABJ EXTRA:
- Honey Bee Researchers Target Grooming Gene in the Indiana Mite-biter Strain With virus vectoring Varroa mites in about 90% of US honey bee colonies most beekeepers, especially commercial, rely on some form chemical compound or miticide like amitraz to eradicate them. This recent publication demonstrates that Indiana mite-biting bees have decreased winter mortality compared to some commercially available stocks many commercial and hobbyist beekeepers rely on. The mite-biter colonies survived three times higher than the Italians in this study conducted at Purdue University. Beekeepers can help reduce the population of varroa with the mite-biter bee that researchers are breeding to resist them. But even more significant was Nerexin-1 gene expression correlated with the proportion of mutilated mites from the mite-biting bees’ mandibles. Some say “breeding for resistance to varroa mites is like breeding sheep to resist wolves,” but sheep cannot kill wolves – bees can certainly kill mites. . . . To continue reading: https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s13592-019-00710-y.pdf?utm_source=American+Bee+Journal 2. Asian Hornet Found in Washington State
Chris McGann This month, WSDA entomologists identified a large hornet found near the Canadian border as an Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia), an invasive species not previously found in Washington State. . . . To continue reading: https://mailchi.mp/dadant.com/abj-extra-december-23-2019-asian-hornet-found-in-washington-state?e=d476a0d684