Beneficial Pollinator Programs and Banning of Honey Bees on Local Lands

By Mike Thomas National Director, National Honey Bee Day

There is a slow yet methodical attack on honey bees and those who keep them, hidden in the very words used to garner support for pollinators in this country. And this attack, is from some of the very same environmental groups, entomologists, and agriculture extension personnel, […]

Policy Fight Looms As Agencies Treat Honeybees — a 17th-Century Import — As Exotic Invader

A bitter feud between beekeepers and federal land managers is coming to a head as the Obama administration prepares plans for stemming a steep decline in pollinators.

Under President Obama’s June executive order, federal agencies must submit reports to the White House by Dec. 20 defining how they will address insects and animals that spread […]

37 Million Bees Die After GMO Corn Field Planting

Millions of bees dropped dead after GMO corn was planted few weeks ago in Ontario, Canada. The local bee keeper, Dave Schuit who produces honey in Elmwood lost about 37 million bees which are about 600 hives.

“Once the corn started to get planted our bees died by the millions,” Schuit said. While many […]

Midstate Beekeeper Teaches Locals the Buzz About Bees

There is a growing interest in beekeeping that may mean even city dwellers could see some hives in their neighbors’ backyards.

Jonathan Daniels, a beekeeper from Gardners and member of the Capital Area Beekeepers’ Association out of Harrisburg, made a presentation to a group of about 20 gardeners and bee hobbyists who braved the Saturday […]

Beekeepers Victory! Fish and Wildlife Service to Phase Out Neonicotinoids!

[While this represents only a small victory, the ball is definitely moving toward broader prohibition over all – Ed.]

Late last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) quietly announced plans to phase out neonicotinoid insecticides in wildlife refuges in the Pacific Region, including Hawaii and other Pacific Islands, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. According […]

Finding Wild Honey & Feral Colonies

For centuries hunters have followed the bees for tasty honey…

For many centuries man has hunted or followed the bees taking painstaking efforts to find active bee hives, and collect wild honey. Hunting for honey was actually an ancient sport, just as was as hunting and fishing. The hunt would lead them to hives that […]

Joint Study Finds Common Crop Pesticides Kill Honeybee Larvae

Four pesticides commonly used on crops to kill insects and fungi also kill honeybee larvae within their hives, according to Penn State and University of Florida researchers. The team also found that N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) — an inert, or inactive, chemical commonly used as a pesticide additive — is highly toxic to honeybee larvae.

“We found […]

How Do I Legally Start an Urban Bee Hive?

Many would be beekeepers live in pretty dense urban areas. Before starting a beehive many people want to know, is this legal? Do they need to register their beehive somewhere? What do they need to tell neighbors? And, if, in the unlikely chance, someone gets stung are they legally liable?

These are all of the […]

5 Ways Kids Can “Save Our Bees”

With bees in decline around the world, it’s not just adults who can make a difference. There are simple things kids can do to help bees.

All interactions between kids and bees don’t end up like Macaulay Culkin in My Girl. Allergic reactions to bee stings are actually fairly rare, and getting stung happens less […]

House of Representatives Proposes Ban on Bee-Killing Pesticides

Capitol Hill is buzzing about a new bill that aims to provide long overdue protections for America’s imperiled pollinators. Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) will be introducing the Save America’s Pollinators Act, calling for the suspension of neonicotinoids, a class of systemic pesticides that are killing bees.

The U.S. is lagging […]