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Honeybees, Home, and the Holidays

Will Rogers | Posted 02.17.2014 | Green
Will Rogers

Moving my bees got me to thinking about the idea of "home" and how different the reality of home is for bees and for people. Having my own house loaded onto the back of a truck and dropped off in the middle of the night in some strange zip code wouldn't work for me at all.

Support the 'Save America's Pollinators Act' -- Why We Must Work Together to Save the Bees

Laura Turner Seydel | Posted 02.10.2014 | World
Laura Turner Seydel

Why is the decline of pollinators one of our most critical environmental issues? Pollinators provide a crucial ecosystem service valued annually at $125 billion globally ($15-$20 billion in the U.S) in the pollination of our food crops.

Zombie Bees Are Very Real

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 11.01.2013 | Science

A parasitic fly is creating what San Francisco State University researchers are calling zombie bees -- and the details of infection are straight out o...

Jack Hildreth: Master Beekeeper

Sharon Kitchens | Posted 11.17.2013 | Green
Sharon Kitchens

The days are cooling off and getting shorter, farmers are bringing in crops, wood is being stacked, and beekeepers are looking inside their hives for evidence of Varroa mites, one of the largest threats to honey bees in the United States.

"Bee-friendly" Plants? Think Again

Paul Towers | Posted 10.16.2013 | Green
Paul Towers

Here in the U.S., we're still waiting for EPA to step up and take the kind of swift action that is needed to protect bees. But as pressure mounts on the agency, retailers have a chance to get ahead of the curve and begin to phase out neonicotinoids now.

Pollination of Maine's Wild Blueberry Crop

Sharon Kitchens | Posted 08.12.2013 | Green
Sharon Kitchens

Early May is a very important time for wild blueberry farmers in Maine. This is when migratory beekeepers move tens of thousands of bee hives into farmers' fields to perform the invaluable service of pollinating their crop just as it is flowering.

America Is One Bad Winter Away From A Food Disaster

Quartz | Todd Woody | Posted 05.07.2013 | Business

Quartz: Forget the plight of the polar bear for a moment and consider the coming collapse of the $30 billion honey bee economy in the US. Since ...

A Win For Europe's Bees?

Reuters | Posted 06.29.2013 | Green

* Majority of EU states favour ban, but no agreement * Commission says it will impose ban anyway in coming weeks * Pesti...

Wild Pollinators Are Critical to Keeping Our Picnic Baskets Full

Christina Kennedy | Posted 04.18.2013 | Green
Christina Kennedy

Bees may seem like uninvited guests at your picnic -- but before you shoo them away from the fruit salad, think twice, as they play a critical role in making your picnic possible.

Designing a Pollinator-friendly Garden

Sharon Kitchens | Posted 03.30.2013 | Green
Sharon Kitchens

Whether your garden is a floral retreat or a source of food, you will need pollinators to ensure long-term productivity.

Erin MacGregor-Forbes: Master Beekeeper

Sharon Kitchens | Posted 01.12.2013 | Green
Sharon Kitchens

From her base in Portland, Maine Forbes is most likely to be found tending to the sustainable beekeeping operation Overland Apiaries, demonstrating how to install a package of honey bees, and enthusiastically sharing information with other beekeepers.

Bees Among Victims of Hurricane Sandy

Sharon Kitchens | Posted 01.05.2013 | Green
Sharon Kitchens

Hurricane Sandy's exacted a heavy toll on New York City, claiming lives, plunging hundreds of thousands of homes into darkness, and devastating small businesses. The damage extended to Brooklyn Grange Bees, New York City's first commercial apiary.

Bee Deviled: Scientists No Longer Bumbling Over Cause Of Colony Collapse Disorder

Annie Spiegelman | Posted 11.19.2012 | Green
Annie Spiegelman

If you're not a huge fan of the bee, why should their rapidly reducing population matter to you? Well, if you like to eat food, you should be concerned. Besides gathering nectar to produce honey, bees pollinate agricultural crops, home gardens, orchards and wildlife habitat.

What Bees and a Boat Taught Me about Pain (and Footwear)

Susan McCorkindale | Posted 11.17.2012 | Women
Susan McCorkindale

I learned the hard way that platform wedges and all manner of open-toed sexiness look sexier if the toes peeping out aren't blue and bleeding, especially the showcase toe. The VIP of the peep-toed pump toe. The toe that, as it turns out, bleeds like a head wound when hit by a hatch door.

Once Banned as a Dangerous Animal, NYC Bees Now Popular Pet (VIDEO)

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 11.04.2012 | New York
Kirsten Dirksen

Because he lives in a 21-story building and "bees don't like high rises too much" (too windy), Guillermo Fernandez keeps bees in a tiny public garden below Wall Street, next to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal.

Help Honey Bees Survive This Winter

Maria Rodale | Posted 10.28.2012 | Green
Maria Rodale

By guest blogger Heather Mattila, assistant professor of natural sciences at Wellesley College Honeybees are far and away the most important pollin...

Serendipity, ZomBees and Citizen Science

John Hafernik | Posted 10.03.2012 | Science
John Hafernik

When the early colonists brought honey bees to North America in the 1600s, the bees thrived in their new land becoming our most important pollinator of agricultural crops. But recently, their future has darkened.

Don't Read This If You Hate Bees

AP | Posted 07.25.2012 | Los Angeles

INDIO, Calif. -- Killer bees have swarmed a gardener and homeowner in the Southern California desert, stinging them dozens of times. The man and woma...

What's the Buzz?

Betty Londergan | Posted 09.05.2012 | Impact
Betty Londergan

Claudia started her hives with some intense training and 1,000 bees from Heifer (supplemented by Google notes from her university-going daughters), and she now has five hives but is aiming to cultivate 30.

Bee Kills in the Corn Belt: What's GE Got to Do With It?

Heather Pilatic | Posted 07.16.2012 | Green
Heather Pilatic

In the last few weeks beekeepers have reported staggering losses in Minnesota, Nebraska and Ohio after their hives foraged on pesticide-treated corn fields. Indiana too, two years ago. What's going on in the Corn Belt?

Bee Study Showing Bugs' 'Personalities' Has Biologists Buzzing

Posted 03.09.2012 | Science

By: Jennifer Welsh, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 03/08/2012 02:09 PM EST on LiveScience Like humans and other vertebrates, some bees are ...

WATCH: Epic Bee Battle

Posted 01.10.2012 | Green

Anyone who says "there's power in numbers" has clearly never been on the bad side of a Japanese hornet. These poor, unsuspecting European honey bees w...

Zombies!

AP | GOSIA WOZNIACKA | Posted 03.05.2012 | Green

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Northern California scientists say they have found a possible explanation for a honey bee die-off that has decimated hives aro...

The Collapse of the Honey Bees

Wendy Strgar | Posted 01.16.2012 | Green
Wendy Strgar

The plight of the honeybees is our plight. In much the same way as the bees are lost on their way home, we have also lost our way.

Beekeepers Ask EPA to Remove Bayer Pesticide Linked to Colony Collapse Disorder

Annie Spiegelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Annie Spiegelman

Beekeepers and environmentalists today called on EPA to remove the pesticide Clothianidin, citing a leaked EPA memo that discloses a critically flawed scientific support study.