pollinator garden, honeybees

Making a Pollinator Garden in Honor of National Honeybee Day

During this past week, specifically August 19, National Honey Bee Day was welcomed, serving as a chance to educate the general public regarding the various concerns honeybees face in their everyday survival. Such education included the factors influencing the decline of honeybee populations, such as pesticides, lack of habitat and forage, and varroa mites. Officially started…

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Bee Colonies Shown to Be Increasing

After studying the considerable losses in honeybee colonies in recent years, authorities, including the Department of Agriculture, had stipulated that the causes behind the decline were disease and parasites, leading to the mysterious phenomenon colony collapse disorder (CCD). The average loss in 2016 reported by beekeepers among their commercial hives, per the U.S. Agriculture Department,…

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Biologist Monitoring “Bee Talk” to Improve Honeybee Health

Given the importance of honeybees to the environment and agriculture in general, biologists have been working for years to try and understand the enigmatic colony collapse disorder (CCD), which is the leading suspected cause of honeybee decline in recent decades. Oldooz Pooyanfar, a graduate student with Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, is among those…

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Detroit , honeybees, urban beekeeping

Detroit: The Place for Urban Farming and Beekeeping

Given its losses in manufacturing, Detroit has seen significantly lower population numbers every year, with many people emigrating from the city and moving on. Even if Detroit is a “shrinking city,” dropping to a population level it can handle, there are a few positive attributes of this phenomenon, and one involves bees. Specifically, backyard beekeeping…

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Veteran Beekeepers: Novices Pose Greatest Threat to Bees

The decline of reported honeybee colonies has been widely publicized for several years, leading to many organizations and individuals to contribute in some way to the fight to bring those numbers back up. Some people simply plant bee-friendly flowers and cut down on pesticides, some companies hold fundraisers for research, and some very dedicated individuals…

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New York State Becoming Aware of Varroa Mites

Because of their significance to pollination and the national food supply, it’s crucial that honeybees and other pollinating species receive more attention from the average person, especially attention toward the things contributing to their declining numbers. Whether it’s colony collapse disorder (CCD), diseases, malnutrition, pesticides, or lack of habitat, there is much hindering bees all…

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Israel Scientists Encouraging Government to Save Wild Bees

With the current threats facing bees and other pollinators, including pesticides, diseases, and habitat loss, various nations and leaders are doing what they can to help increase population numbers. At the same time, however, some initiatives can be helpful while others may have unforeseen consequences. For example, the government of Israel intends to pass a…

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Urban Beekeepers Saving Bees and Making Beer

Without honeybees and other pollinating species, human beings’ survival situation would become much more precarious. Given their irreplaceable role in agriculture, bees are, without a doubt, fundamental. Whether it’s vegetables, fruits, nuts, or dairy and meat from cows and other livestock, who rely on bee-dependent grasses like alfalfa, bees are responsible for much of what we…

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Second Lady Karen Pence Promotes Honeybees

On Tuesday June 6, the White House released a statement regarding a new initiative started by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Second Lady Karen Pence. The pair unveiled a recently-installed bee colony on the vice president’s residential property, inspiring awareness of the struggle pollinators currently face, given their numbers decline further in each state…

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Survey Says: Fewer Winter Bee Losses

As many well know, honeybee populations in the United States have been declining over the past 20 years. Many factors have been considered as possible causes, including pesticides, diseases, varroa mites, lack of land and resources, malnutrition, and the ever-mysterious colony collapse disorder (CCD). With so many variables working against honeybees, any positive step forward…

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Researchers Trying to Make Blue Orchard Bees Stay

Blue orchard bees, unlike their European honeybee cousins, are solitary bees that nest in cavities found in stems, wood, and even synthetic materials like paper tubes or cardboard. While a relatively unknown species, blue orchard bees may present an opportunity for farmers and orchard growers who are seeking an alternative for pollination services involving honeybees.…

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Stingless Bees – A Honeybee Alternative?

With the world’s global honeybee populations seeing various levels of decline and potentially further decreases in the future, scientists and entire governments are researching and seeking ways to improve not only honeybee numbers but also those of native wild bee species like bumblebees. Their importance to crop production is critical, as wild and “domesticated” pollinators…

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A Free Ice Cream Cone Day by Häagen-Dazs – for Honeybees

By its own account, the Häagen-Dazs ice cream brand started in 1961 under Reuben and Rose Mattus. Innovators of their time, they sought to improve their industry by using the best ingredients to create better products. Beginning with only three flavors, chocolate, vanilla, and coffee, Häagen-Dazs opened its first retail store in 1976. Growing into…

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