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Pollinator decline & how to help

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John’s story of the ‘Bee that Stayed’

Reader John first wrote to me in reply to my post about how to revive a cold, wet, or exhausted bee. We ended up having quite a conversation about the bee he’d found, and he shared some photos and a video with me. This story is best told in John’s own words: I can’t believe … Continued

Eric Venturini of Grow Wild Bees

Eric Venturini is an Assistant Research Scientist at the University of Maine, where he studies wild bees. In one recent project, he managed bumble bee health and diversity surveys across the state. He also provides pollinator outreach and education to farmers and the public throughout the state, speaking at events throughout New England. This winter, he … Continued

Update on the many threats to bees

First off, let me say that I try to maintain a hopeful outlook because otherwise, there’s little point in doing anything. Anyone can help save bees, be it by planting wildflowers (and flowering trees and shrubs), selecting organic and locally-produced foods (and growing one’s own food), sharing information with neighbors and communities, putting out bee … Continued

Implications of Zika on pesticide use

One of the most alarming recent developments is that individuals and governments, understandably fearful of mosquito-borne viruses such as zika, dengue, and chikungunya, are turning to pesticides for solutions. The GOP have just tried to relax vital pesticide restrictions for waterways, when the two Aedes mosquito species (the ones that serve as vectors for these … Continued

Pesticides and neonicotinoids (neonics)

A certain class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids (neonics for short) are known to be particularly detrimental to bee health. At this point, the science is strong showing the field-realistic effects (both acute and chronic) of these insecticides on a variety of bees including honey bees, bumble bees, and other wild bees. We are losing many valuable … Continued

Spring planning for a pollinator garden

It’s that time of year again! We’re all looking forward to spring, and so are our buzzing pollinator friends. Now is the time to begin planning your bee garden (or adding to your existing bee garden!) Many wildflower seeds may be sown in early spring, when frequent rain showers (depending on your area) will help your seeds along. Depending … Continued

How to help revive a cold or wet bee

I’m often asked by folks what to do when one finds a cold, wet, or sluggish bee. Sometimes people rescue bees from water (tip: use a leaf to scoop them up!) Other times they see a bee that seems unusually sluggish and in need of a helping hand (often in early spring, when bumble bee queens have … Continued

Good bee books for young and old

I read a tremendous amount of depressing environmental news (just follow who I follow on Twitter and you’ll soon see what I mean). All of that depressing stuff is important, but it’s nice once in a while to take a break and read something uplifting. One such bee book stands out particularly, and it’s about bumblebees 😊 … Continued

Think of bees as intelligent creatures

Consider the kind of chemical warfare we’re waging on these creatures, upon whom we depend for so much of our food, and who enrich our environment with countless wildflowers and other beauty… even if they did not, they still deserve a life worth living! Think for a second about the effects of the nerve toxins … Continued