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Honey bees and other pollinators are vanishing across the world at alarming rates. We can help save them by informing ourselves and others, stopping the use of pesticides, planting pollinator-friendly gardens and buying organic foods!
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Although this group focuses on honey bees, feel free to submit tips on helping all pollinators! All of them are vitally important and most of them are in decline! "Nearly 80% of our world's crop plants require pollination. Birds, bees, butterflies, but also beetles, mosquitoes, and even bats transfer pollen between seed plants. This function is vital for plant reproduction." -- The Pollinator Partnership


Tips for Attracting Bees!

http://kcgardens.kansascity.com/node/1437
http://www.shelsgarden.com/birdsnbees.html

http://gardening.about.com/od/attractingwildlife/a/Bee_Plants_2.htm


Good News!

Beelogics To Save Honeybees With New Anti-Viral Medicine--Have a Colony To Share?
http://www.beeologics.com/

Organic Beekeepers Report No Losses While Conventional Operations Report Massive Colony Losses
http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_5094.cfm


Courses

The Bee Lab offers an Online Public Course: Healthy Bees
http://www.extension.umn.edu/honeybees/components/healthybeesonline.htm

Organic Beekeeping Society - Classes
http://thehealingpath.com/OrganicBeekeeping/OBS/OrganicBeekeepingClasses.shtml


Getting Started


Some of these references are not 100% organic. If you are going to help save bees, go organic with all of your supplements, avoid all pesticides and genetically modified crops.

BeekeepingStarterKit.com--Everything you'll need to know to start BeeKeeping!
http://www.beginner-beekeeping.com/?hop=rjells

Bee Briefs
http://entomology.ucdavis.edu/faculty/Mussen/beebriefs/index.cfm

Pollinator Partnership Useful Resources
http://www.pollinator.org/resources.htm

Hive Mind: Beekeepers Reference --FANTASTIC PORTAL!
http://www.hive-mind.com/bee/

Urban Bee Garden
http://nature.berkeley.edu/urbanbeegardens/general_guidelines.html

Creating a Wild Backyard--Bees
http://www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/wabees.asp
http://www.outdoorplace.org/beekeeping/citybees.htm

Bee shelters and condos
http://www.birdcentral.com/bee_houses_page.htm


Videos

Attract Native Honey Bees to your Garden!
http://www.kqed.org/quest/television/attract-native-bees-to-your-garden-web-only

2008 Organic Beekeeping Conference Recordings
http://www.beeuntoothers.com/2008organicconference.html


Books

Beekeeping For Dummies
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0764554190?tag=christopherpe-20

Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture
http://www.amazon.com/Natural-Beekeeping-Organic-Approaches-Apiculture/dp/1933392088


Beekeeper Associations

American Beekeeping Federation
http://www.abfnet.org/

International Bee Research Association (IBRA)
http://www.ibra.org.uk/

International Federation of Beekeepers' Association (APIMONDIA)
http://www.apimondia.org/

Join the Pollinator Action Team, Help Bees and Other Pollinators!
http://www.pollinator.org/involved.htm

 


 

"Honeybees have been on this earth for about 25 million years and are ideally adapted to their natural environment. Without honeybees the environment would be dramatically diminished."

--Dr Ivor Davis, master beekeeper

 

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