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GOOD NEWS FOR BEES! and us too ;)


The White House released today, National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/documents/politics/national-strategy-to-promote-the-health-of-honey-bees-and-other-pollinators/1554/

(see accompanying story by the Washington Post at http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/whats-all-the-obama-buzz-about-bees/2015/05/18/5ebd1580-fd6a-11e4-805c-c3f407e5a9e9_story.html)

How timely!  It’s Wildflower Week this week, and Pollinator Week is just around the corner (June 15-21; http://pollinator.org/pollinator_week_2014.htm)

It’s time to engage, Colleagues and Partners!  We are on the hook for progress in pollinator conservation from this day forward.  Here are some of the measurable activities we at the USDA/FS have committed to as part of our participation in this unprecedented effort for pollinators in the U.S.:

–          Host pollinator themed events around nationally recognized days (Wildflower Week, Pollinator Week, Earth Day, Public Lands Day)

–          Add events to Pollinator Partnership website (and NICE database!) for tracking nationally

–          Help promote 1,000 new registered pollinator gardens on Pollinator Partnership (http://www.pollinator.org/SHARE.htm) and/or Greater Atlanta Poll. Partnership (http://gapp.org/) websites.

–          Educate gardeners with zip code-searchable Ecoregional Guides to Pollinator Friendly Plantings (FS-produced!): http://www.pollinator.org/guides.htm

–          Develop partnerships with non-traditional entities (Zumba Fitness) to connect pollinators, food, fitness, health, and the outdoors.

–          Reach out to media partners with messages about how USDA/FS is working to help pollinators

–          Continue with and expand USDA/FS restoration efforts using native plants and pollinator habitat.

–          Include K-12 pollinator education materials in 4-H Youth Science Day, Ag. In the Classroom, school gardens, GreenSchools!, and other opportunities to share with academic networks.

–          Share newly developed NACD Pollinator Heroes K-12 publications (http://www.nacdnet.org/education/resources/local-heroes)

–          Develop Pollinator Youth Ambassador Program

–          Create pollinator health presentations for national education conferences, as webinars, and distance learning events.

–          Fund & develop Pollinator Public Service Announcements







Reno Nv Bees

Reno Garden Shops : Selling Poisonous Flowers?

Bad Buzz: Studies Say Neonic Pesticides Hurt Wild Bees

A common type of pesticide is dramatically harming wild bees, according to a new in-the-field study that outside experts say may help shift the way the U.S. government looks at a controversial class of chemicals.

But in the study published by the journal Nature on Wednesday, managed honeybees — which get trucked from place to place to pollinate major crops like almonds — didn’t show the significant ill effects that wild cousins like bumblebees did.

A second study published in the same journal showed that in lab tests bees are not repelled by the pesticides, and may even prefer pesticide-coated crops, making the problem worse.



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reno save the bees walk

Nevadas top bug guy says pesticides are a little problem for our bees, but, he wants us to use the “greener” pesticides or do not use them at all, but use predator insects.  We wish Washoe County Health Department would follow his advice.

Please sign our petition here.


Bee Habitats

Did you know that most flowers and plants at your local garden shop have been contaminated by bee killing neonics?

Most garden shops and nursuries treat their plants with a form of systemic herbicide or pesticide that stays with the plants for up to 4 years.

You cannot wash this chemical off.

When a bee, lady bug, dragonfly or other native pollinator visits the plant in your yard, you are damaging their ability to remember how to get back home.

Some times killing them out right.

Use organic or natural plants, seeds and flowers only!

Search for local organic, heirloom and bee safe plants, seeds and flowers.

BeeHabitat.com is putting together a world wide list of garden shops that label bee safe and/or sell bee friendly plants and garden supplies.

Please contact us to bee added to the free list.

save the bees

1. Plant NEONIC Free plants only.

2. Never use Round Up or any other pollinator killing chemical in your yard.

3. Call your local garden shops and ask that they label Bee Safe plants.

4. Share this information with everyone you can.

5. Organize a local BeeHabitat zone. We would love to help.

6. Hold a Save the Bees party at your house!

7. Read a childrens book at a local libary educating our young (and their parents) about the plight of the bee.