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 email@example.com. 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”.
March is finally here and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. March is a tough month in the bee business. It is the month of many losses. | Michael Bush is coming to Durango courtesy of the 4 Corners Beekeeping Club | CSBA Summer Meeting featuring Dr. Jim Tew: June 14th at Western CO Honey in Silt. Rumor has it Jerry Hayes of Monsanto will be here in the summer, too. | Agritourism | Bee Kill Info | Bee People |The National Honey Board cookbook, “Delicious Dishes and Tasty Treats: Honey Recipes for Every Occasion”, in limited quantities for $5. Contact the NHB at 800-553-7162 | Bumble Bee Watch | Urban Bees using plastic to build hives | High fructose corn syrup implicated in bee losses | For Sale: Forest Hill Woodworking | More!
I am at the point in my beekeeping career where I am absolutely aware of what the problem is with honey bee health. I want to discuss the solutions and I have shifted my focus to this phase. One of the reasons I was in Baton Rouge was to deliver a presentation on one of my solutions–“Making the City Pretty–a comprehensive guide to urban forage based upon land use”. It was well received and I am happy to spread the message to any groups that you think might be interested in hearing it–as well as yourselves. It is a rather long talk–75-80 minutes–but contains a tremendous amount of data! Any interested parties can contact me at 970-213-3099 or firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to try to work you in to my schedule. | Bee Safe Neighborhood Campaign | Pollination Planet | Diana Sammataro retired yesterday from the USDA-ARS after a lengthy career with the Carl Hayden Research Center in Tucson. | Michael Bush | Dr. Jim Tew | Don Studinski of Honeybee Keep | For Sale page.
Cheers to the end of 2013 which has been an especially difficult year for me, personally, and not too great… Continue reading »