Tag Archives: Bees

The Search Is On For Every Bee Species In Oregon

No one knows just what bee species live in Oregon, which means we can’t even begin to track if they’re declining. A statewide project wants to change that. The European honey bee might suck up all the attention, but a true bee connoisseur will point you to the native species. From fuzzy bumble bees to […]
Read More »

Study: Roundup Weed Killer Could Be Linked To Widespread Bee Deaths

The controversial herbicide Roundup has been accused of causing cancer in humans and now scientists in Texas argue that the world’s most popular weed killer could be partly responsible for killing off bee populations around the world. A new study by scientists at the University of Texas at Austin posit that glyphosate — the active ingredient […]
Read More »

This bumblebee still absent from Mount Ashland

The bee has a black back but is without a yellow face. Could it be a Franklin’s bumblebee, which hasn’t been seen in these parts since 2006? A college student quickly nets the bee and channels her two days of bee-wrangling experience to get the little bugger into a plastic canister. “Nope, I can tell […]
Read More »

The Super Bowl of Beekeeping

Every February, white petals blanket first the almond trees, then the floor of the central valley, an 18,000-square-mile expanse of California that begins at the stretch of highway known as the Grapevine just south of Bakersfield and reaches north to the foothills of the Cascades. The blooms represent the beginning of the valley’s growing season […]
Read More »

Wild Bees May Benefit From Cleaning Up After Clearcuts

After cutting down trees in a section of forest, logging crews can do their local bees a favor by sticking around to clear the debris and flatten the ground. A recent study from Oregon State University suggests that removing timber harvest residue — also known as “slash” — could help wild bee populations thrive in […]
Read More »

Franklin’s still missing

Sabrina Vladu sees a fluffy little buzzer land, and for a minute she thinks it’s possible that little bumblebee is the reason two dozen people armed with bug nets are here stalking Mount Ashland’s wildflower meadows. The bee has a black back but is without a yellow face. Could it be a Franklin’s bumblebee, which […]
Read More »

Wild bees are attracted to blue fluorescent light, Oregon State University research finds

Researchers at Oregon State University are all abuzz. They’ve discovered that wild bees are attracted to a specific wavelength of blue fluorescent light. That could potentially improve pollination rates for the 100 food crops that depend on bees to the tune of $15 billion a year. Source: Wild bees are attracted to blue fluorescent light, […]
Read More »

Column: It’s time to understand and embrace neonicotinoid insecticides

Neonicotinoids, because of lesser toxicity than other insecticides, became widely used in urban landscapes and on farms. Neonicotinoid insecticides aren’t the problem for bees that activists have made them out to be. In fact, years of monitoring show proper use of neonicotinoids doesn’t harm bees. But a combination of issues do negatively impact bee health, […]
Read More »

Native Bees And Alfalfa Seed Farmers, A NW Love Story

Walla Walla Valley farmers have cultivated some 18 million Northwest native pollinators called alkali bees to help their alfalfa grow. It’s one of the most unusual partnerships in agriculture. Walla Walla County might just be the only place on Earth where you have to brake for bees. “You can see the signs here,” says Mike Ingham, […]
Read More »

Bumblebee Blues: Pacific Northwest Pollinator In Trouble

Hundreds of citizen scientists have begun buzzing through locations across the Pacific Northeast seeking a better understanding about nearly 30 bumblebee species. Bumblebees, experts say, are important pollinators for both wild and agricultural plants, but some species have disappeared from places where they were once common, possibly because of the same factors that have been killing honeybees […]
Read More »