A World Without Bees

Bee Pollinating Flower

A world without bees is unimaginable! Nearly one-third of U.S. crops – including many vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds – depend on bees for pollination. But despite the vital role that bees play, the Environmental Protection Agency continues to approve pesticides that are linked to a bee die-off of historic proportions. This last year, one-third of our honeybee colonies died or disappeared. This massive die-off of these vital pollinators threatens to unravel agricultural production across the country. Yet the Environmental Protection Agency sided with Dow AgroSciences to approve a new pesticide, called sulfoxaflor, that is highly toxic to bees. And now the EPA is considering expanding the number of crops this pesticide can be sprayed on to include corn, alfalfa, oats, and several other significant and widely grown crops.

Honey Bees

Honey Bees
Honey Bees shared a link.1 day ago
Honey Bees
Honey Bees shared a link.3 days ago
Honey Bees
Honey Bees shared a link.1 week ago
Glenn Cheney
Glenn Cheney1 week ago
Here's a couple of paragraphs from a fascinating book, "Dr. Jamoke's Little Book of Hitherto Uncompiled Facts and Curiosities about Bees":

"Honey bees are excellent pollinators, but since they evolved in Europe, they aren’t especially adept at pollinating many North American food crops. Pumpkins, cherries, blueberries, and cranberries are all better pollinated by native bees.

"Three-quarters of the fruits, nuts, and vegetables in North America are pollinated by bees. Corn is not one of them. Corn is pollinated by the wind, which is why planting just one row of corn won’t lead to much of a crop."
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This book is only 8 bucks at Amazon. It definitely has more than 8 bucks'-worth of stuff not even beekeepers know. It's like a little course in history, mythology, religion, biology, botany, agriculture, chemistry, anatomy, climatology, geography, paleontology, ethnicity, ecology, entomology, economics, psychology, sociology, homeopathy, and a wee-bit about beekeeping.

April Pendleton
April Pendleton1 week ago
Is this normal behavior during hot days?
Le Cornelia
Le Cornelia1 week ago
Had a swarm in our tree

BeeSpotter

BeeSpotter is a partnership between citizen-scientists and the professional science community designed to educate the public about pollinators by engaging them in a data collection effort of importance to the nation. It is a web-based portal at the University of Illinois for learning about honey bees and bumble bees and for contributing data to a nationwide effort to baseline information on population status of these insects.
BeeSpotter
BeeSpotter shared Webster University's video.5 days ago
Thanks to all the St. Louis Bee Brigade #BeeBlitz participants at Forest Park Forever last weekend! Your spottings have been rolling in, and we've been enjoying IDing them!
BeeSpotter
Webster University
What's all the buzz about? Over the weekend, more than 60 members of the public came out to Forest Park to help with a photographic survey of bees. The event was the first STL BeeBlitz, and was organized by Biology Professor Nicole Miller-Struttmann, with help from the St. Louis Zoo, Forest Park Forever, Saint Louis University, Academy of Science – St. Louis, BeeSpotter and the STL Bee Brigade. #PollinatorWeek http://bit.ly/2sSzPC5
Glenn Cheney
Glenn Cheney1 week ago
Here's a couple of paragraphs from a fascinating book, "Dr. Jamoke's Little Book of Hitherto Uncompiled Facts and Curiosities about Bees":

"Honey bees are excellent pollinators, but since they evolved in Europe, they aren’t especially adept at pollinating many North American food crops. Pumpkins, cherries, blueberries, and cranberries are all better pollinated by native bees.

"Three-quarters of the fruits, nuts, and vegetables in North America are pollinated by bees. Corn is not one of them. Corn is pollinated by the wind, which is why planting just one row of corn won’t lead to much of a crop."
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This book is only 8 bucks at Amazon. It definitely has more than 8 bucks'-worth of stuff not even beekeepers know. It's like a little course in history, mythology, religion, biology, botany, agriculture, chemistry, anatomy, climatology, geography, paleontology, ethnicity, ecology, entomology, economics, psychology, sociology, homeopathy, and a wee-bit about beekeeping.

BeeSpotter
BeeSpotter added 3 new photos.2 weeks ago
Thanks to everyone who went out and participated in the #BeeBlitz today! We had beautiful weather today in the Champaign-Urbana area for our expeditions to the University of Illinois Pollinatarium and Urbana Park District's #MeadowbrookPark, and hope you did in your area as well!

Don't forget to upload your spottings when you get a chance. If you don't get to it today, don't worry -- you can specify the date the photos were taken when you upload your spottings.

You can submit those spottings at:
http://beespotter.org/beedata/enter
BeeSpotter
BeeSpotter at Meadowbrook Park.2 weeks ago
BeeSpotter
BeeSpotter at Forest Park Forever.2 weeks ago
#BeeBlitz is here! You can find the St. Louis Bee Brigade at Forest Park Forever from 10:30a-12:30p!

#PollinatorWeek #NPW17

http://beespotter.org/beeblitz#events
BeeSpotter
BeeSpotter at University of Illinois Pollinatarium.2 weeks ago
#BeeBlitz is here! You can find us at the University of Illinois Pollinatarium this morning from 10AM - Noon!

#PollinatorWeek #NPW17

http://beespotter.org/beeblitz#events

Bee the Change

Group for Sacramento area folks to share recipes, non-gmo alternatives, grocery store locations, planting and seeding tips, seed exchange. Please keep on topic. As of September 19, 2015, existing posts regarding vaccinations, chem trails, and other information not related to the topics above will be refuted with prejudice; posts after this date will be deleted. Religious posts and those of an esoteric/occult nature are also off-topic and will be deleted. If a member repeatedly posts off-topic, s(he) will be removed from the group after warning where possible.
James Cartmill
James Cartmill shared Occupy Veterans San Francisco's post to the group: Bee the Change.2 weeks ago
Friends, Activists, Humanitarians, Environmentalists, Peace Warriors, and Rebels! We finally have an online donation link for those of you who have requested a way to support #OVSF FldOps and our team of 5 living on the streets of America. We help elderly, disabled, women, and other homeless American Refugees, and Veterans with basic needs like water or food, clothes, and even medical assistance. It's always a struggle just to survive day to day out here and any assistance from YOU is greatly appreciated!!! If you can't help with a donation PLEASE don't forget to SHARE..... Because sharing is caring! THANKS!

Save the Children..... End the WARS!
PEACE!
Kevin Hard
Kevin Hard shared a link to the group: Bee the Change.1 month ago
Or this?
Kevin Hard
Kevin Hard shared a link to the group: Bee the Change.1 month ago
Is this a good thing?

James Cartmill
James Cartmill7 months ago
PLEASE HELP! Donations support elderly, disabled, and disenfranchised by helping us replace winter gear the police stole and destroyed. Items such as tents and sleeping bags are essential during cold and rainy winter months. THANK YOU!

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