Uncontrollable Forest Fire, how to/Wild Bee News

Before discussing the bee news I want people to understand how easy it is to create a forest fire that can’t be controlled.
Being at the age of 61, besides a cancer survivor, I have spent the last few years researching different types of alternative medicines. It started out with nano silver going into ORMES continuing further into other bio/geosciences. Free energy has also been one of my interests and while researching that, nano technology appeared correlating with the other health research. I learned that metals, reduced to a microscopic level (nano particle), maintain their basic atomic structure however acquire new different properties. Meaning, an aluminum bar can’t be lit on fire like a piece of wood. However if the bar is reduced to its nanostructure, and that powder is released into a cloud, you don’t want to be in that cloud when you light the match! It turns out its real easy to turn metals into their nano structure. You can do it at home!! You only need common products available from Walmart and other convenience stores. Why am I talking about this? Everyone is familiar with the catastrophic fire phenomenon’s not only going on the west coast but other areas of the world as well. Old experienced fire fighters will tell you, as they have me, that fires behave much differently now than before. Of course everyone blames drought and higher temperatures.
But look up in the sky, what are they spraying up there? Any airline pilot will tell you that contrails disappear quickly. What we are seeing not only does not disappear, but turns blue skys into complete haze!! Saturating forests with nano metals is the same as covering them with gasoline!! Those particles don’t dissipate like gas though. They wait for the spark to be lit and we all now know the result, but not the true reason…nanotechnology.
I‘ve added info to the geoengineering page in the hopes that our local community will at least make one step towards finding the truth about Geoengineering.
Wild Bee News
Well Well Well. Our beloved wild pollinators finally get their turn in the news. And of course it’s not good …
More millions plugged into looking at the problem, but I haven’t seen significant new projects coming out to deal with it. No phone call yet to discuss the U.R.P.P…
Following Obama’s call for pollinator assessment, first-ever national bee map shows much farmland at risk
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Wild Bee map

A new study of wild bees identifies 139 counties in key agricultural regions of California, the Pacific Northwest, the upper Midwest and Great Plains, west Texas, and the southern Mississippi River valley that have the most worrisome mismatch between falling wild bee supply and rising crop pollination demand. The study and map were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and led by scientists at the University of Vermont.
Credit: PNAS
The first national study to map U.S. wild bees suggests they’re disappearing in many of the country’s most important farmlands–including California’s Central Valley, the Midwest’s corn belt, and the Mississippi River valley.
If losses of these crucial pollinators continue, the new nationwide assessment indicates that farmers will face increasing costs–and that the problem may even destabilize the nation’s crop production.
The findings were published December 21 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The research team, led by Insu Koh at the University of Vermont, estimates that wild bee abundance between 2008 and 2013 declined in 23% of the contiguous U.S. The study also shows that 39% of US croplands that depend on pollinators–from apple orchards to pumpkin patches–face a threatening mismatch between rising demand for pollination and a falling supply of wild bees.
In June of 2014, the White House issued a presidential memorandum warning that “over the past few decades, there has been a significant loss of pollinators, including honey bees, native bees, birds, bats, and butterflies.” The memo noted the multi-billion dollar contribution of pollinators to the US economy–and called for a national assessment of wild pollinators and their habitats.
“Until this study, we didn’t have a national mapped picture about the status of wild bees and their impacts on pollination,” says Koh, a researcher at UVM’s Gund Institute for Ecological Economics–even though each year more than $3 billion of the US agricultural economy depends on the pollination services of native pollinators like wild bees.
The report that followed the White House memo called for seven million acres of land to be protected as pollinator habitat over the next five years. “It’s clear that pollinators are in trouble,” says Taylor Ricketts, the senior author on the new study and director of UVM’s Gund Institute. “But what’s been less clear is where they are in the most trouble–and where their decline will have the most consequence for farms and food.”
“Now we have a map of the hotspots,” adds Koh. “It’s the first spatial portrait of pollinator status and impacts in the U.S.,”–and a tool that the researchers hope will help protect wild bees and pinpoint habitat restoration efforts.
The new study identifies 139 counties in key agricultural regions of California, the Pacific Northwest, the upper Midwest and Great Plains, west Texas, and the southern Mississippi River valley that have the most worrisome mismatch between falling wild bee supply and rising crop pollination demand. These counties tend to be places that grow specialty crops–like almonds, blueberries and apples–that are highly dependent on pollinators. Or they are counties that grow less dependent crops–like soybeans, canola and cotton–in very large quantities.
Of particular concern, the study shows that some of the crops most dependent on pollinators–including pumpkins, watermelons, pears, peaches, plums, apples and blueberries–have the strongest pollination mismatch, with a simultaneous drop in wild bee supply and increase in pollination demand. “These are the crops most likely to run into pollination trouble,” says Taylor Ricketts, “whether that’s increased costs for managed pollinators, or even destabilized yields.”
Pesticides, climate change, and diseases threaten wild bees–but the new study also shows that their decline may be caused by the conversion of bee habitat into cropland. In eleven key states where the new study shows bees in decline, the amount of land tilled to grow corn spiked by two hundred percent in five years–replacing grasslands and pastures that once supported bee populations. “These results reinforce recent evidence that increased demand for corn in biofuel production has intensified threats to natural habitats in corn-growing regions,” the new study notes.
“By highlighting regions with loss of habitat for wild bees, government agencies and private organizations can focus their efforts at the national, regional, and state scales to support these important pollinators for more sustainable agricultural and natural landscapes,” says Michigan State University’s Rufus Isaacs, one of the co-authors on the study and leader of the Integrated Crop Pollination Project, a USDA-funded effort that supported the new research.
Over the last decade, honeybee keepers have lost many colonies and have struggled to keep up with rising demand for commercial pollination services, pushing up costs for farmers. “When sufficient habitat exists, wild bees are already contributing the majority of pollination for some crops. Even around managed pollinators, wild bees complement pollination in ways that can increase crop yields,” says Neal Williams, a co-author on the study from the University of California, Davis.
“Most people can think of one or two types of bee, but there are 4,000 species in the U.S. alone,” says Taylor Ricketts, Gund Professor in UVM’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. “Wild bees are a precious natural resource we should celebrate and protect. If managed with care, they can help us continue to produce billions of dollars in agricultural income and a wonderful diversity of nutritious food.”
The team of seven researchers–from UVM, Franklin and Marshall College, University of California at Davis, and Michigan State University–created the new maps by first identifying forty-five land-use types from two federal land databases, including both croplands and natural habitats. Then they gathered detailed input from fourteen experts on bee ecology about each type of land–and how suitable it was for providing wild bees with nesting and food resources.
Averaging the experts’ input and levels of certainty, the scientists built a bee habitat model that predicts the relative abundance of wild bees for every area of the contiguous United States, based on their quality for nesting and feeding from flowers. Finally, the team checked and validated their model against bee collections and field observations in many actual landscapes.
The model’s confidence is greatest in agricultural areas with declining bees, matching both the consensus of the experts’ opinion and available field data. However, the study also outlines several regions with greater uncertainty about bee populations. This knowledge can direct future research, especially in farming areas where need for pollination is high.
“We can now predict which areas are suffering the biggest declines of wild bee abundance,” Insu Koh says, “and identify those areas, with low bee supply and high bee demand, that are the top priority for conservation.”
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Story Source:
The above post is reprinted from materials provided by University of Vermont. The original item was written by Joshua E. Brown. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.
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Journal Reference:
1. Insu Koh, Eric Lonsdorf, Neal Williams, Claire Brittain, Rufus Isaacs, Jason Gibbs and Taylor Ricketts. Modeling the Status, Trends, and Impacts of Wild Bee Abundance in the United States. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, December 2015 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1517685113

Environments

Situations beyond my control have pulled me away for a while.
During this time however, it has been wonderful to see some awakening and desire to deal with what we are going to leave our children as an environmental inheritance.
I recently attended, and look forward to continue the engagement,a Rogue Valley event presented by SOCAN concerning climate and environmental issues forseen by climate change affecting our valley. Most importantly, ideas and concepts that could B applied/utilized to combat oncoming climate change. Great gathering. Beautiful to see a large group together with the same thing in mind. Trying to save/build our own local environmental community and economy.
I submitted the Upper Rogue Pollinator Project to the Agricultural group at the summit meeting.
Repeatedly, different issues we are trying to deal with came up that the project addresses. The project has yet to be engaged in and of itself with this group or SOCAN as a whole. However aspects of it have been acknowledged. I am looking forward to the hoped for group discussion of it.
Recently I was recontacted from one of the world leaders of Entomology. He sent me another success story about Sainfoin. He has been in the background since I developed the project and is very familiar with it.
This last year over 60 million dollars has been invested into solving issues our pollinators are having. To date, there is only one major national project focused on the environmental side of restoring pollinator habitat. This is a ZERCES project backed by different sectors of our government.
Responding to the Sainfoin story, I asked the professor the following 2 questions concerning the ZERCES project.
1. Is this project creating new long term jobs?
2. Is it creating a positive economic impact for the communities where it is currently being applied?
We have already discussed that their project is not self-sustaining with its own economic engine…
The response was ‘no’, ‘however its good for the environment’.

ZERCES was one of the first I approached searching financial/intellectual backing on the U.R.P.P. They received a copy of the project well before they came out with their current one…
They have never responded to communicate with me.

Although the thanks and appreciation can found elsewhere on this site, I wish to give them again for the information I received from Dr. Irene Mueller Harvey, Director of the department involved with Sainfoin, at the University of Reading UK. To my knowledge the worlds leader of knowledge concerning Sainfoin. Who contacted me after recieving another version of the U.R.P.P.(in france).
In regards to the SOCAN initiative I hope that effort will be applied to learn about this plant. More importantly the vast benefits it provides.
In addition, though not directly tied into the U.R.P.P., that the SOCAN group will research Viktor Shauberger and the knowledge he brought to humanity concerning water. The Germans have made wondrous advances utilizing his technology. Water is out of my personal expertise, however I feel there is a lot to be learned that can be applied and utilized in regards to our local valleys water issues.

I have been invited by Dr. Bradbear, Director of Bees for Development, to submit a 600 word article on my project in their world journal. I hope to submit it soon, once back in France.

Meanwhile, my interest in truth has led me to a once in a life time event/opportunity. In Egypt. A special tour being put on by the Esoteric School of Khemtology. Many at the forefront of knowledge concerning ancient Civilization/Technology will be there. I will ‘B’ researching different aspects of the ancients reverence/knowledge/utilization of, the Honey Bee. Besides the other stuff!!!

On the B side of things. The complex nature of our universe continues. Below, my thanks again to ABJ for permission to share their info, a recent article on this fact.

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October 21, 2015

Bees to Scientists: ‘We’re More Complicated Than You Think’

Penn State

The researchers demonstrated that social insects, including bees, ants and wasps, are
more complex than previously was thought. Credit: Nick Sloff, Penn State

Chemical signaling among social insects, such as bees, ants and wasps, is more complex than previously thought, according to researchers at Penn State and Tel Aviv University, whose results refute the idea that a single group of chemicals controls reproduction across numerous species.
“While the hypothesis that many social insect lineages all use the same chemical signals — known as pheromones — was fascinating, we were skeptical that such complex behaviors could be regulated by a simple, common mechanism across such very different species,” said Etya Amsalem, postdoctoral fellow in entomology, Penn State. “It seems more likely that pheromones evolved uniquely in different species, as these species experienced different environments and different social pressures.”
The results appear in today’s (Oct 21) issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
According to Amsalem, in January 2014, a study was published suggesting that the chemical signals produced by queens from a variety of species, including bumblebees, ants and wasps, are very similar. The paper posited that this common group of chemicals is responsible for inhibiting reproduction in workers across these different species.
“One of the most fascinating behaviors in social insects is that most of the females in a colony (the workers) do not lay their own eggs, and instead help rear the eggs produced by their mother (the queen),” said Amsalem. “In some species, it is known that the queen produces pheromones, to inhibit the workers from reproducing.”
The previous study examined the ovaries of worker bumblebees in the presence of putative queen pheromones to see if they were active — producing eggs — inactive, or regressed. Regressed ovaries are those in which the developing eggs have absorbed back into the tissue.
The researchers found that exposure to a putative queen pheromone, c25, caused increased levels of ovary regression, but had no other effects,” said Amsalem.
Amsalem and her colleagues — which include Christina Grozinger, professor and director of the Center for Pollinator Research, Penn State — decided to conduct their own study to see if c25 and two closely related chemicals, c23 and c27, inhibit worker reproduction using a North American species of bumblebee — Bombus impatiens. They examined the workers’ ovaries, evaluated the size of the developing eggs in the ovaries to determine if they were mature and ready to lay, and monitored the numbers of eggs laid by the workers and how long it took for workers to lay eggs.
“We found no effect of exposure to any of the chemicals on the size of the developing eggs, the number of eggs laid or how long it took for the bees to lay eggs,” Grozinger said. “Interestingly, we did find that all three chemicals increased the rates of ovary regression. However, ovary regression was positively correlated with time to egg laying. The earlier the workers laid eggs, the more bees showed ovary regression by the end of the experiment. We conclude that ovary regression is likely more a measure of active egg production than evidence for inhibition of egg production.” According to Grozinger, overall the results demonstrate that these chemicals do not inhibit ovarian activation in workers.
The researchers said that their team’s study contributes to a larger debate concerning how pheromonal signals might evolve and how social behavior is maintained. It also contributes to the debate about which measures should be used to investigate queen bee effects on worker reproduction.
“We have learned that pheromone biology is not as simple as was once believed,” Grozinger said. “It is not accurate to conclude that worker reproduction is regulated by a simple, common mechanism across different species. Instead, these pheromones likely evolved uniquely in different species. Beyond these chemicals, there may be many more complex and species-specific signals being used by social insects that are yet to be discovered.”
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Earth being turned into a moon

For years I, as other beekeepers, have gotten the same question, “whats happening to the bee’s?”. And of course we then respond with the established scenarios. However I’ve been perplexed, since the mid 90’s, over what I’ve been witnessing between ‘Mother Nature’ and our bee’s. For some time now I have had an ugly suspicion, that with continued research has grown more and more foreboding. Last week, in Shasta County, irrefutable proof was presented concerning off the grid levels of aluminum and other (non-native/natural) chemicals in/ on our lands, snow, and waters, pointing to Chemtrails as the culprit. Experts gave witness to the effects, besides proof of the government/corporate  involvement of the Geo-engineering cover-up, for what is the potential death of us all. On one side are the direct effects of these metals with life, starting with our micro-organisms and working up the chain to us. The other side is the effects that the elevated UV is playing on all plant life. I’m not aware of any real research thats been done on the effects UV does to plant life, however its been a nagging question in my mind if/how much it could be playing a role on pollen and nectar production besides affecting their nutritional value.

SHASTA, CA Hearing on Covert Chemtrail Operation

Below is one of the expert witnesses who was at the Shasta meeting. I had the honor of having a great discussion with him, and look forward to more. Staying within his own realm of expertise, he none the less has many questions and viewpoints of valid concern for the current state of our environment and the possible roles Geo Engineering  (chemtrails) are playing.

Bee Eden

Here is a beautiful example of Dearth season, pollinator friendly habitat.

1-IMG_0575 (click on pic to enlarge) There are only two trees here. Covered in pollinators of all types. Can you imagine what a quarter mile of roadside with these type of trees would do for the pollinators besides the honey bees?! Go one step further, a five acre field of sainfoin surrounded with these and other drought resistant trees and plants? How about 100 acres of sainfoin, which would be in full bloom now, surrounded and sectioned with hedge rows of Dearth/ Drought resistant pollinator foliage like what you see here. That’s not Eden for a Pollinator?!!! This is what the Upper Rogue Pollinator Project is all about. With one enormous difference from what is currently being done.

Economics, is what separates the project from all the rest.

SAMSUNG Sainfoin is not harvested like alfalfa.  To achieve the highest nutritional benefit Alfalfa is harvested when it just begins full bloom. Sainfoin is harvested later more towards the end of the bloom, supplying nectar and pollen to most native bees besides honey bees for a much longer period. Sainfoin is tremendously better than hay, for all foraging animals besides its seed for birds. Sainfoin has an economic impact that hay does not! Look at those fields!! See anything there that grass won’t give you? Check out this U-Tube segment on Sainfoin.

Our government is now (finally) investing in a big way towards trying to find ways to turn around our pollinator decline. With good reason, they’re falling like flies. Even here on the farm the Bombas bumble bees have disappeared, our farm has always been a pollinator friendly refuge. I miss my bumble bees…besides the butterflies and pollinator moths.

We are now entering summer. Our area was much luckier than most of the states in having what was a promising spring. And although build up went well for the hives, there was no excessive nectar buildup. No measurable amounts of honey were made, right up to now. Hives have already been working on themselves (robbing), which typically doesn’t happen till the end of July in our area. So if your considering taking advantage of that bit of honey in your hive for yourself, you may want to rethink about it. Except for star thistle, the Dearth season has started and will probably go until fall…  Most of all the commercial guys have been feeding right up to now. Mites have been pretty heavy this year also. The up side of no honey production allows stronger means to fight the mites. Sadly, its all money going out for the beekeeper, little coming in… Our last (family) hopes are on the Clover in Wyoming for a honey crop. Word coming in that the clover crop in Willamette was marginal.

sure wish our valley was covered in Sainfoin, and the other trees (besides many others) you seen up above…

VICTORY over GMO, Beekeepers getting stung, Ooopps

Yes!!  The people of Jackson county voted overwhelmingly to keep GMO’s out of our region. My thanks to all those who worked so hard to fight this first battle. We the people, as a community, can overcome invasive outside forces and solve our own issues.  I know many people who voted the other way on this measure. Many of these people I grew up with, or are old family friends of the family. I understand, and care about, their worries towards their financial future. Also how true information regarding GMO’s is limited here in the USA. I am one of those who believes our area can create our own high quality brand of products, that can’t be achieved with gmo’s being grown here. In the new June issue of American Bee Journal, the best article I’ve seen concerning GMO chemicals and neonics can (finally) be found in the magazine (or online) in “The Curious Beekeeper” section. It hits the nail on the head, concerning the “Side Effects” of all the chemicals being used today. Its a ‘must read’ for everyone, I’ve got it on the site here as GMO-Truth (click on each pic to enlarge).

So, you want to B a Beekeeper? 80,000+ Hives damaged or dead!! Back in the day when you stole a horse or damaged someones livestock you could be hung or put away for a long time. Beekeepers have never had the same consideration. Also in Junes  ABJ, in ‘News Note’s’ (funny how it wasn’t front line…), is the article about this springs almond disaster that I’d already received last month. Hives (and businesses) wiped out! EPA not taking any responsibility, or the chemical companies involved (that I’ve heard todate). The govmnt jumped in to give some help, but my own experience tells me it ain’t enough… Chemical companies need to be held “RESPONSIBLE”!!!, not just the farmer.

Ooops, last month I caught a swarm in a bucket. Rather than shaking them into their new home, I just put a feeder board on the bucket top, turned it upside down and put it on top of the supers of their new home. I figured they would descend down through the hole into the drawn comb waiting for them, right?1-oops11-oops2I was wrong, they decided they liked the bucket better…1-oops3 another project…

Honey production was limited to non-existent in our area. Everything looked right, seemed right, but it didn’t happen for early spring nectar. Currently there appears to be some ‘vetch’ that’s been made, and now the ‘blackberries’ are blooming. Fingers crossed something will come in…

‘B’ class and the “B’ Buzz

Beginner Beekeeping classes finally start this Saturday 17th. 10:00am – 12:00noon at the farm (Oregon Bee Store). Cost $20.00. 10-11 Beeginner Basics 11-12 live hive participation (your own bee suit required). 14370 Hwy. 62, E.P.

IMG_0537 instructional hives. The theory part will be in the picnic area of the yard past the store. We ask all participants to park down by the driveway entrance, unless handicapped. There will  ‘B’ another class the 31st, same time frame..

Theory; Super Organism, its requirements, equipment, I.P.M., how to work with the ‘girls’.                  Instructional Hives; Observation- See, Smell, Listen. Entry. Monitoring- frames, bees, queen, food reserves.

 

‘B’ Buzz

Bad news                                                                                                                                              80,000+ Hives wiped out with a new chemical mixture in the California Almonds…  No official count but two departments in the south of France had massive hive kills (complete operations wiped out) due to the government spraying for an agricultural pest, beekeepers not   notified in  advance…                                                                                                                       World honey shortage, climactic changes playing serious role, prices due to rise.                                 More condemning research out on ‘sub-lethal’ effects to bees from neonics/gmo. (humans?)

Good news                                                                                                                                      Lower winter kills nationally.                                                                                                     Although much of the weather has made things difficult for the rest of the states we here in Oregon have had a pretty good spring even though there was limited honey production. Conditions have been better for the Vetch and we have our fingers crossed we will get a ‘vetch’ crop.                                 Blackberries will be starting soon. Although some areas the plants got hit hard by last year cold the rains up till now have set things up good for honey production.                                                         We  are voting now to ban GMO from Jackson County.                                                                 Josephine county is setting up to do the same.                                                                                        A petition is starting to allow Oregonians to vote  on forcing ‘GMO labeling’.

 

 

 

Survivor II, SOBA ‘B’ Day, Fukashima

I blogged earlier about Survivor I.

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Late last summer brother Mike asked me if I wanted a project. He’d got a swarm call and brought them home. Not short of projects I simply added them to the list, at the bottom… It was only a fist size of a swarm, doomed for the winter I figured. It was quickly forgotten about. I was surprised the other day, while checking out some other things on the project list, to see that little ball of bees had survived the winter. Obviously the insulation had to help, but we did have a long stretch of MINUS 0 weather! Talking with Mike about them, it was decided they’re to ‘B’ the new residents in the ‘pollinator Garden’ stump hive. The ones from last year in it didn’t survive.

IMG_0535 I’ll B volunteering this Monday at the monthly SOBA meeting to bring it for the SOBA B Day as an expo piece. (the chair).

SOBA B Day is April 19, please log onto their site for more details.www.southernoregonbeekeepers.org      One of the highlights of this event is guest speaker Emeritus Professor Dewey Caron. I’ve listened to many speakers over the years, Dewey has always been my favorite. Whether you are a beekeeper or someone who has an interest about pollinators and our environment ‘DON’T MISS’ this opportunity to hear him! This is his latest book, which our family considers the ‘new’ Beekeepers Bible.IMG_0351‘Honey Bee Biology’, he will have them available at the event or you will find it out here on the farm at the Oregon Bee Store. If I can find it, I’ll B bringing our 1948 edition of the old beekeepers bible to the SOBA event,  Dadants, ‘ABC-XYZ of Beekeeping’.

Shoud’ve taken a picture of the two steelhead I brought home yesterday to add with the pictures.IMG_0526Oregon 2009 023Morels go good with just about anything. Never ate a bad one, no matter how they were prepared. To my great sorrow, I have to question, not only eating these, but the fresh steelhead I got also. Fukashima has disappeared from the public lime light. Worlds worst nightmare puking into our ocean every day (STILL), besides the air. Its now confirmed the first ‘waves’ of the radiation have reached our pacific shores. Mushrooms, like the Asparagus I’ll be picking this next week, are known as big sponges for radioactive materials. Those thoughts can curb an appetite… and then someone high up in Washington says “it would be too confusing for people if they could read a label showing everything in their food”… hum, don’t wait on help from those guys.

Yes everything is blooming now. Bee’s should B fine all by themselves right. (wrong) Our temperatures and rain have not allowed the bee’s to collect excess stores. The reason is because of their  high growth mode now. They can easily be consuming more than they can bring into the hive. tip of the week, check they have the food stores they need.

 

 

 

Bee’s, Bug’s, Bud’s and Sainfoin

 

BEE’S Sugar Roll 2.a

Spring is springing into action and the girls are busy taking advantage of it. Locally the word is that winter losses are similar to last year.  30-60% losses. Some more some less.  Across the pond, the bees in Europe have fared about as well as here, other than England where statistics aren’t out yet but their hundred year(or longer) flooding had to have severe impacts on their hives.  I got word of a  major die off in Southern Italy, 500 + hives in an area known to be an area low on pesticides. Wasn’t able to get any specifics but it happened quick like CCD.  (in Europe, 200-300 hives is the average size of a commercial beekeeping business).  Two departments over from where I was in France, major losses were reported, whole outfits losing everything. Apparently they believe this situation is tied in with pesticides being used to fight some other critter. The battle continues… France is following suit to other European efforts to elevating people’s awareness and sensitivity to pollinators  by introducing its new “Bee Friendly” program.  www.certifiedbeefriendly.org

SOBA Bee School is April 19th for those interested being involved with the Bee’s. Info at www.southernoregonbeekeepers.org

If you haven’t already taken advantage of the warmer weather we’ve been having, now is the time to check out your winged friends. For those with winter survivors, the following is a few things you should attend to, to help the girls along as much as possible.

1. Its typical for the hive to move up to the upper supers over the winter. When taking the lid off the hive you may see that the super is completely full of bees and brood. The first thought people make is, (oh, I need to add a super already). However when we take the top super off to check out the lower one we will find that the bees may actually only be occupying the upper fringes of that lower super. Bees have a natural tendency to work upwards. Rather than adding another super above them, switch the full super to the bottom, and the more empty super to the top. With our current conditions they will fill that box up in a hurry. In a couple weeks ‘B ready’ to add another super, ‘BEFORE’ its full,  to avoid swarming. It will be during this time while adding the third super that you can ‘manipulate frames’ in the hive to further decrease the swarming tendencies of the bee’s.

2. Feeding time. Even though there is a lot of good bloom now, one should still verify the hive has plenty of food. It is not uncommon for the queens to get over excited this time of year and lay more eggs than what the bees can safely protect from cold nights and mornings. Its for this reason I suggest waiting to do any frame manipulations until the second box starts to get full. In addition all this new brood needs to be fed. And they need a lot. Don’t forget, there is a difference between a ‘skinny bee’ and a ‘fat bee’. Things are drying out pretty good now so its safe to switch from dry feed over to a 2/1 syrup. Also suggested is keeping your pollen and nutrient sub’s going. Rule of thumb, if they’re eating it, keep feeding it. Unless you know there is a good necter flow going (yes, bees can be lazy and get used to feeding at the ‘trough’ rather than getting outside and working as they should be) reduce the syrup but keep the pollen sub going.

2. If you had any winter losses, now is the time to dismantle and clean those hives. If you have frames that still have honey and pollen, add them to the surviving hives. If you have more frames like this available and are planning on starting more nucs this spring, save those frames to add with them when you get them. Babies always need all the help they can get.

3. If you failed to get your first mite treatments done back in January, its time to decide what (if anything, poor things) you’re going to do. As the bees build up, the mites are there to follow.  

BUG’S predatory mite2Last summer I’d posted about Beneficial Bugs. A friend had gotten his hands on whats called a predatory mite. These bugs are reputed to focus strictly on the varroa mites in the hive and not the bee brood or bees.We never got any proven results, my one winter survivor which had received the treatment got lost in the California almond shuffle so we’re not able to follow up on it. Meanwhile though Dr. Sagili with OSU received a grant to do a full study on the predatory mites. It will be interesting to hear the results. Would be great to have a good mite that kills the bad ones.

Over the winter more bad news about our bee problems. ABJ put out news of new research finding that pathogens are being spread across the pollinator board from the flowers they are all visiting/sharing. There will be a lot more to follow on this new discovery, but apparently they feel its having particular bad effects on our Bubble bees.

Haven’t heard anymore on the predatory fly that switched from Bumble bees to honey bees. There was a lot of talk last spring about it, it was being found particularly around the bay area.

Chemical bugs. More and more coming out how what was once considered ‘benign’ is now being found to be toxic. And water is a carrier… Not aware of any research being done on the possible effects our radioactive fallout from Fukashima may be having on our pollinators. Disappointing there isn’t more world focus on getting something done over there to stem the continuing ‘tides’ of air/water radiation/pollution we’re receiving…

As it becomes more and more apparent we need to be focusing on our environment, unfortunately the valiant and noble individuals that are, continue to be oppressed by the ‘chemical oligarchs’. Stateside we have an organic grower who’s taken the battle on against them to try and save his organic farm. While in France I became involved with doing my part by voting to save an organic grape producer from going to jail. His crime, not using the pesticides the state ordered all grape growers(organic or not) to use whether they were having problems or not. This guy has been an organic farmer for years and has all the (organic) answers to fight any of the problems his vines could face. Even though he has the science validating his methods, the state is condemning him (to prison) because he refused to contaminate his soils as they ordered him and all others to do. The state sent people out to verify everyone had done it…if you would like to ‘B involved’ in helping this guy out, here is the website (in French but you can still fill in the lines).Emmanuel Giboulot is his name  The site is l’Institut pour la Protection de la Santé Naturelle http,www.ipsn.eu/  or go direct to the page here, fill out name and email and click the the green ‘soutien’ button.                                              http://ipsn.eu/petition/viticulteur/index.php

I’m happy to say there are a half million already on his side, but he needs a million to stay out of jail…

BUD’S Almnds 2007 004Word is the weather was great in the almonds and the bee’s are doing well. Good mating season been going on so the first nuc’s and queens are soon to arrive. Much earlier than previous years, in principle should have better early queens also. Got bloom going on everywhere here now and hopefully all the current plums blooming are loaded with nectar besides their needed pollen. Pears are starting and even seen some apples and peaches getting an early start. Our wild brush and trees will be starting soon now.

Sainfoin sainfoin bDrought resistant, meaning ‘Climatic Change’ resistant, this plant truly has within it the values attributed to it by its name. Translation for Sainfoin is “Holy Hay” or “Healthy Hay”. Believing I was already fairly well versed with the plant from all the information the universities stateside have, across the pond I found out much more about it. More importantly, scientific info further substantiating its wonderful qualities. Europe is recognizing these qualities at a large scale now and the European Union is financing many research projects around it in different countries there. It is recognized as a plant with qualities that are needed to resist climate change not just as a forage product but directly assisting in reducing green house gases, water conservation, besides soil conservation. It is a fantastic food source for pollinators, birds besides animals.  England has two major projects going.    http://sainfoin.eu/  and  ‎  http://legumeplus.eu/ both within departments of the University of Reading, coordinated by Dr Irene Mueller-Harvey who has graciously sent and consented to me using their materials. Dr. Islam with the University of Wyoming has also contributed their material concerning Sainfoin Please go to the Sainfoin section of the website for all the detailed information.  I’m unable to put all the information I have, at present, up on the site. More can be furnished by email. Checkout this Utube link to listen to one sainfoin grower whose family has been growing it for generations. –    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6J7CWuK3R4

Chemtrail Revelation?

I’ve returned to France and am excited to meet the head of an organization Mm. Gombault. She is who founded Mulifolia which is a collaboration of different state and private entities focused on growing Sainfoin. Sainfoin had been forgotten about with the onset of the industrial revolution. It is now being rediscovered due to its many benefits for animals,birds, and pollinators besides being drought resistant and greatly reduces Methane release from the animals eating it thereby reducing negative impact to our ozone layer. Multifolia resembles WBI’s advocated project, the Upper Rogue Pollinator Project.

During the winter the website is going to be redesigned. As such much of the previous material has been removed for the moment. Sainfoin has been planted on the farm and is now sprouting. We have a farmer who is an organic forage specialist who is going to plant a larger (1-3 acre) plot. Advances have also been made on building the “Pollinator Garden” on the farm at the Oregon Bee Store. Our valley had one of the best seasons for the bees over the last few years. Unfortunately, there have been some unsettling hive losses reported within our valley by a couple of beekeepers who I consider Master Beekeepers.

Over the years everyone from all walks of life have asked me what is destroying our bees and Pollinators besides our environment. And although there are many condemning factors, it has been an ongoing enigma for me as well as my brother and all those connected to the Beekeeping world. All my studying and readings of all the different scientists and researchers have led me to two basic requirements to over come the problems. Environment and Genetics. And that is the reason I’m advocating the Upper Rogue Pollinator Project. Unfortunately, this project as well with any others mankind is currently involved in are not going to succeed due to what I’ve just come across. The apparent truth about  ‘Chemtrails’. This makes ‘horrific’ sense,  and easily proven by anyone who wishes to verify it on their own. TEST, your hair, your soil, your local open lakes or ponds for Aluminum!

http://www.democratic-republicans.us/english/english-chemtrails-are-as-real-as-a-heart-attack

Learning to ‘B’, a Beekeeper

There are many great books on the market teaching Beekeeping. I was raised with the ABC-XYZ  of Beekeeping, known as the Beekeepers bible, in the 50’s and later. Dewey Caron’s new book with Lawrence Connor, Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping, is in my mind one of the most concise and understandable books for the beginning Beekeeper, besides a great resource for any Beekeeper at any level. I was surprised to hear my father tell me, after he read it, how good it is and how much better it is than the old ‘Beekeeper bible’ to teach people about the Bees and what is involved to understand and  take care of them today.

IMG_0351Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping, (click on photo to enlarge)

is available to purchase from the American Bee Journal.com or Wicwas Press.com.

‘B’ informed, ‘B’ educated…