Mid-April Update

April 16, 2014 Beth Conrey blog

There is so much going on in the bee world this time of year that I need to send you some of the latest news.

80,000 Colonies Killed and Damaged during Almond Pollination

I am, quite frankly, stupefied by this number.  80,000 is a lot.  In fact, it is 3 times the number of colonies totaled for all of Colorado in the latest agricultural statistics (see page 38)!  Three times the entire number of colonies in the state and I have seen NOTHING outside of the industry publications.  The ramifications of this will continue for a long time.  Those affected will be unable to meet upcoming pollination contracts.  There will be problems with package and queen production.  In short, if this is not a call to action, I do not know what is.

The worst part of this particular incident is that this was a legal application.  The products in question, a fungicide and an insect growth regulator (IGR), did NOT have any bee hazard warnings on them.  They were “tank-mixed” into this toxic stew and the results have been catastrophic.  The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) cannot investigate as there has been no label violation.  The EPA met with affected beekeepers and made no promises to act. For a more detailed write-up, including shocking estimates of even greater numbers, see the Pollinator Stewardship Council webpage.

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.  Have you sustained economic injury from pesticides but did not file a report?  We know all the reasons why and want to make sure that this practice STOPS NOW.  No one is working on this issue because the lack of reporting means there is no issue.  Without the data, no progress will be made.  Please report!!!  Remember, you may remain anonymous if you choose.

Marla Spivak Webinar

Sounds like a “must do” to me! http://ncrcrd.msu.edu/ncrcrd/innovations_in_agriculture_and_rural_development

Bee Informed Partnership Survey NOW OPEN!

This is the single most important survey on bee health of the year.  Please make the time to complete this survey.  The data is very important.

Please go to the online survey at http://10.selectsurvey.net/beeinformed/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=BIP2014  and complete the survey there.  It will be live on April 1st and close on April 30th.

Bayer Bee Care 2014 Community Leadership Award

$5000 is $5000.  Bayer is Bayer.


Home Depot and Spectracide Ad:

I know that some of you were kind enough to deliver petitions to Home Depot on Valentine’s Day asking them to cease selling neonicotinoid treated plants.  Thank you for that.  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…

Of Interest:

I have a CSU student looking for a summer internship with bees.  His name is Taylor Janecek and he can be reached at:  tjayman33@gmail.com or 303-519-4940.

My friend Mary Sherman has a commercial kitchen property located in Wheat Ridge on 44th Avenue with easy access to I70 via Kipling and Ward Streets. It would allow a renter access to an office /indoor space and also has land to the back in case it would be possible to keep bees and/or store equipment in the shed. Mary can be reached at enjoy biscotti@me.com.

Clark Sloan still has 2 pound packages of bees available.  http://coloradobeekeepers.org/forumpg/for-sale/

No neonicotinoids in the White House Pollinator garden campaign

Program looks to give bees a leg (or six) up

Voracious Worm Evolves to Eat Biotech Corn Engineered to Kill It–You knew that was going to happen…

As always, thank you for being a member!

Beth Conrey





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