Tag Archives: Bees

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 […]
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Nation’s largest solar apiary a sweet collaboration in Eagle Point

A cross-country collaboration between a Rogue River beekeeper and other sustainable energy companies broke a sweet record this past week. John Jacob, owner and founder of Old Sol Apiaries, moved 48 honeybee hives onto the Eagle Point property owned by Pine Gate Renewables, where the bees will take up residence in a carefully planned neighborhood of […]
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Pacific Northwest bumblebees in trouble

Hundreds of citizen scientists have begun buzzing through locations across the Pacific Northwest 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 […]
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Editorial: Solar power, honeybees and saving farmland

There is no doubt that keeping bees is an agricultural pursuit, but in this scenario it seems marginal compared to the potential of what could be produced on 73 acres of farm ground. It looks to us that officials in Oregon’s Clackamas County have stretched an exception in land-use laws to approve a large solar […]
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What’s the buzz? Next week is all about the bees

As National Pollinator Week approaches, the Oregon Bee Project is ramping up efforts to educate people throughout the state to help with bee health and conservation. Source: What’s the buzz? Next week is all about the bees

Beehive solar project draws new opposition

A solar project featuring honeybees in Oregon’s Clackamas County is being appealed by farmland conservationists. A farmland conservation group is appealing a 73-acre solar project in Oregon’s Clackamas County which won land use approval because beehives will be raised on the property. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Beehive solar project draws new opposition

Bees, farms a natural fit, researchers say

McIntyre Farms diversified its hay-heavy operations a few years back, planting some organic alfalfa and adding pasture pigs, grass-fed cattle and free-range chickens. But the pollinators showed up on their own. Source: Bees, farms a natural fit, researchers say – Innovations – Capital Press

EU To ‘Completely Ban’ Outdoor Use Of Pesticides Blamed For Devastating Bees

Citing concerns for food production, the environment and biodiversity, the European Union is set to “completely ban” the outdoor use of neonicotinoid insecticides that have been blamed for killing bees, and for keeping other bees from laying eggs. “All outdoor use of the three substances will be banned and the neonicotinoids in question will only be […]
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Want to help track bumble bee population?

Citizens can join project to monitor and help improve fate of Northwest bumble bees. Scientists launched a tri-state project on April 18, to use citizens to map the loss of bumble bees in the Pacific Northwest. The region is home to nearly 30 species of bumble bees, many of them facing an uncertain future. Source: […]
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The State of the Bee

For the last decade Oregon’s bees – both native bees and the introduced European honeybee used in agriculture – have been in decline. But researchers like Andony Melathopoulos of the Oregon Bee Project say there are many reasons to hope for a better bee future in the state. Source: The State of the Bee – […]
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