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  • Feed the bees? | Honey Bee Haven
    any at all is a decision you get to make and a responsibility you must bear Feeding through the seasons First consider carbohydrates In spring the motivation would be to stimulate wax glands to ensure the girls are able to expand comb as they wish Therefore I would use 1 1 sugar syrup with a bit of Honey B Healthy TM used according to label directions Nectar is or soon will be abundant so most of the syrup will be consumed by the now living bees and if they choose to store some they have plenty of time to fan it down to reduce the moisture content In fall the motivation is to finish over wintering preparations Therefore I would use 2 1 sugar syrup again with a bit of HBH Nectar is getting scarce and most of the syrup will likely be stored in cells Time is short to reduce the moisture content and using a thicker syrup gives them a bit of help In both cases the ratio is sugar water You can measure by weight or by volume this is not an exact science and your choice is not significant to the bees Dearth in summer may also be a motivation for feeding Adjust your recipe according to heat and humidity during this time High heat or low humidity calls for more water Feeding protein pollen paddies or equivalent is motivated by a desire to stimulate brood rearing As winter wanes bees should be building up their population such that they have a large workforce ready when the day comes to harvest spring s abundant nectar flow Not so in fall A declining population in fall is normal because the colony needs to limit the number of mouths to feed during the cold weather That said there is a limit where declining population may be a bad thing Whenever the cluster size falls below the population necessary to maintain temperature and this will vary as ambient temperature varies the entire colony will perish This motivates some beekeepers to feed pollen paddies in fall This is especially true when the bees will be traveling to Southern California for almond pollination Winter feeding presents temperature challenges Liquids can freeze and at a minimum they act as a thermal mass that retains cold This can actually be a detriment to the honeybees when the liquid is inside the hive Liquids outside the hive have a reputation for stimulating robbing behavior and cold weather season is a time when the colony is least able to defend against robbing This is one good reason beekeepers frequently reduce entrances when the weather starts to turn and leave them reduced until nectar is again abundant My alternative for winter feeding is hard candy My recipe includes protein therefore it is not recommended for before the solstice However after solstice I want to stimulate brood rearing and I have been pleased with the results using this technique Placing a brick of hard candy over the

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  • Bees get their day in Oregon | Honey Bee Haven
    pollinated by bees pumpkin pie figs apples and more to legislators At 2 00 pm people packed the hearing room for the Bee Health and Pesticide Use public hearing in the House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources The highpoints I took away from the hearing give me hope that Oregon will soon take meaningful action to protect bees and other pollinators from the threat of extinction by pesticide poisoning All testimony acknowledged that the bee die offs in Wilsonville and Hillsboro were due to exposure to neonicotinoids Dr Paul Jepson from Oregon State University reminded the members of the House Committee that neonics pose risks to birds and aquatic species in addition to bees Katy Coba from the ODA confirmed that yes ODA has the authority to place restrictions on pesticide products that are more protective than the federal government Everyone agreed that both the general public and licensed pesticide users need more education about the risks of neonicotinoids The State will soon require special training about neonicotinoids before someone can get a pesticide license There was agreement that pesticide users can and must do more to communicate with bee keepers about their plans to spray chemicals and be proactive neighbors and partners to protect bees Calling it an unprecedented step Katy Coba announced that ODA would restrict two neonicotinoid products from being sprayed on linden trees Was anyone impressed with this drop in the bucket for bees Highly doubtful because the legislators peppered the panelists with many questions about finding alternatives to neonics Some members of the House Agriculture Committee as well as other panelists asked about using regulatory curbs with significant restrictions to reduce the risks from neonics It is good to know that some lawmakers are focused on real solutions and not merely joining in lock

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  • Will California save the bees? | Honey Bee Haven
    the whole industry The way to have bees for California is that they have to leave California healthier than they came in Nationwide we are at the edge of not being able to restock our bees Beekeeper after beekeeper I ve talked to this year has less bees than last year no matter all his efforts to restock Legislators didn t seem to be getting the message though it wasn t for lack of trying As Assemblymembers Susan Eggman Luis Alejo and Mariko Yamada probed the state officials at the hearing failed to share meaningful information There isn t a safe place for bees to be in California without exposure to pesticides There isn t a safe place for bees to be in California without exposure to pesticides Susan Kegley PhD CEO of Pesticide Research Institute and a consulting scientist for PAN told the legislators What seemed remarkable to me from state officials who testified was the lack of urgency and any clear plan of action on pesticides especially given the scientific evidence on neonicotinoids Just as Europe has done California has an opportunity to immediately take steps to protect bees Yet officials seem to be skirting the issue passing the buck to an intransigent EPA Confusing the issue Pesticide industry lobbyists and allies tried to divert attention to issues like the pesky Varroa mite and the lack of food or forage for bees As I ve mentioned before it s a common industry tactic to redirect attention away from pesticides to issues that face less opposition In doing so they further confuse the problem and limit opportunities for action The confusion is largely driven by industrial agriculture lobbyists like Kahn Soares and Conway you might remember them from methyl iodide and AMVAC a pesticide company known for buying patents

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