Moms deserve our love and appreciation every day of the year, but this Mother’s Day, join people across the country as we show our moms, Mother Nature and the bees some love.
Mother’s Day accounts for 25 percent of U.S. annual flower sales. That’s a whole lot of flowers that could potentially be produced using harmful pesticides, including neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides — a key contributor to bee declines around the globe.
For Mother’s Day, please send a message to Lowe’s that they need to show bees some love and stop selling bee-killing pesticides. It’s simple and easy!
Spring is springing and swarm season has begun. Swarm season appears to be “on pattern” and I would expect the season to go into full swing by the week of the 13th. For those of you who are on swarm catching lists, good luck and bee ready! All of the information on the CSBA Summer Bee College, including the agenda, speaker information, pre-registration form and maps can be found on the CSBA Summer Bee College 2014 page. Beekeepers Ball information to follow.
80,000 colonies killed or damaged during almond pollination. The ramifications are deep and wide. If this isn’t a call to action I don’t know what is. // As we enter into the growing season, I remind you that the PSC offers a bee kill reporting service that you should utilize if you incur bee damage. Reporting is free and confidential. // Recently, I have heard an ad on multiple radio stations for “Spectracide”. An MSDS and a Product Label can be found here. Kills 260 insects listed on contact! Bees, too…
April is National Volunteer Month. CSBA needs Liaisons for Pollinator Week, State Fair, WAS Conference is being hosted by CO next year. Talk about a lot of effort needed to get this event pulled off successfully! Contact me at 970-213-3099 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Got a project you would like us to help with? Call or email me and we will try to “git ‘er done”! Colorado Queen Honey Bee Testing Project for Increased Sustainability | Check out the website for Colorado reaered queens | CSBA Summer Meeting | Ross Conrad Early Bird Pre-Registration Extended | Tis the Pesticide season | Point/Counterpoint on Feeding: if you ask 10 beekeepers how to tend bees you’ll get 11 answers | 19 Crops that would disappear without bees | “Heavy Costs: Weighing the Value of Neonicotinoid Insecticides in Agriculture”.