The Plight of the Honeybee: Time Magazine

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The Plight of the Honeybee -- Time Magazine By Bryan Walsh You can thank the Apis Mellifera, better known as the Western honey bee, for 1 in every 3 mouthfuls of food you'll eat today. From the almond orchards of central California--where each spring billions of honeybees from across the U.S. arrive to pollinate a multibillion-dollar crop--to the blueberry bogs of Maine, the bees are the … [Read more...]

Legislative Update – August 2013

The Washington State Legislature had a fractious year, with two special sessions required to get the budget ironed out. Spending and taxes were at the top of everyone's agenda, for or against. There were very few tax exemptions enacted into law this year, but we beekeepers successfully made our case. Due to the work of WSBA President Mark Emrich and other dedicated beekeepers who took the time to … [Read more...]

First Place 4-H Essay – Elise Dunning, Washington

This year's first place 4-H essay sponsored by The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees was Elise Dunning, Washington. The topic for the 2013 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest was: 4-H Essayists Look to Reducing Bee-Killing Pesticide Usage. Here is the first place winner and her essay: First Place – Elise Dunning; Enumclaw, Washington [ read the essay ] … [Read more...]

Honeycombs’ Surprising Secret Revealed

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Honeycombs' Surprising Secret Revealed - from livescience.com By Laura Poppick, Staff Writer The perfect hexagonal shape of honeycomb cells — once thought to be an incredible feat of math-savvy insects — has now been explained by simple mechanics. Scientists have marveled at the angular perfection of honeycomb for centuries, but none have been able to clearly describe how it forms. … [Read more...]

EPA fails to protect Honey bees – again

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Fresh from Kim Flottum's CATCH THE BUZZ here: CATCH THE BUZZ - The Other (Sulfoxaflor) Shoe Drops Unified Beekeeping Industry organizations file appeal against EPA for the full registration of the pesticide Sulfoxaflor. Beekeeping Industry not satisfied their submitted concerns were properly addressed by EPA before registration was granted. San Francisco — National Beekeeping … [Read more...]

Saving America’s Pollinators Act of 2013

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Representatives Conyers and Blumenauer Introduce Legislation Protecting Pollinators and America’s Food System Center For Food Safety Pollinator Protection Resources (WASHINGTON) – Today, Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) and Representative Earl Bluemenauer (D-OR) introduced the “Saving America’s Pollinators Act of 2013,” which requires the Administrator of the … [Read more...]

Parasitic Phorid flies confirmed in Washington

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The first Apocephalus borealis of the season emerged over the weekend from honey bees collected in the Lynnwood Washington area.  Larvae are still emerging as of today. It is unknown if this native parasitoid is going to be a serious problem for beekeepers.  A. borealis is ordinarily a parasitoid of yellowjackets and bumble bees but, apparently, has just recently made the jump to the … [Read more...]

2013 Beekeeper of the Year

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Beginning in 1987, The Washington State Beekeepers Association wanted to recognize the importance of Washington State beekeepers who make a significant impact on the industry. Each year Local Associations are asked to submit a candidate of their choice to receive the WSBA Beekeeper of the Year Award, to be voted on by the WSBA Executive Board prior to the annual meeting. The selections are … [Read more...]

Honey bees to share SeaTac flight path

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by GARY CHITTIM / KING 5 News SeaTac Airport has agreed to use some of its immense safety buffer to help a local food group try to bolster declining honey bee numbers. The group Common Acre is now tending to hives at three locations in the open meadows surrounding Sea-Tac’s runways. Keeper Bob Redmond said he got the idea from a similar program in Chicago and took it to the Port of … [Read more...]

Celebrate National Pollinator Week!

Pollinator Week is June 17-23, 2013! Six years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week has now grown to be an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats … [Read more...]