This just in: pesticides are good for honeybees!

I’ll just let that sink in for a moment. That’s right: everything that we think we know about honeybees and pesticides are wrong. Believe it. No, I haven’t lost my mind. A journalist tried to feed me that line this morning. Bear with me, it will take a minute to explain. I was perusing the Beekeepers of Eastern Ontario and Western …

Bee Heroic, Canada!

I just came across this illustration on Twitter. It’s time for everyone to stand up and let your voices be heard. Much to the obvious chagrin of the pesticide companies, not only are neonicotinoid pesticides killing bees by the millions, a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health has strengthened the link between exposure to two widely used neonicotinoids …

Cub Scouts and Beekeeping

Cub Scouts have two “Specialty” badges: Individual and Pack. What that means is the requirements aren’t set out by Scouts Canada. The individual specialty is a badge designed by the Cub. They figure out a topic, set some requirements, have the leaders approve it then go to work. Pack specialty is designed by the leaders for the whole Pack. Greg …

One-time compensation for hive losses coming to Ontario

There’s word from the Ontario Beekeeper’s Association this morning that the next Ontario budget will include provisions for a one-time compensation payment to beekeepers suffering large losses in 2014. It’s $105 per hive and available to beekeepers with 10 or more hives who have lost more than 40% of their hives between January 1 and October 31, 2014. It won’t …

Using bees to apply pesticides? Unfortunately yes.

I had hoped that this article was a spoof when I saw it linked on Google+ this morning, but it’s all too real: While bees pollinate crops, Canadian researchers have found they can also be used to control pest insects and manage disease by dropping off pest control agents while they work. “We thought we can give added value to …

Time to Bee Worried | OnEarth Magazine

Time Magazine is covering the bee “apocalypse” and OnEarth is ticked off that it’s taken so long: TIME magazine fronts the global bee crisis, a story OnEarth first covered in 2006—and we’re still no closer to a solution. I’d take issue with the end of that sentence. Scientists and the government are no closer to a solution. Beekeepers have been …

CAPA releases Annual Winter Loss Report

The Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists has been tallying winter losses across Canada since 2007. Their 2013 Statement on Winter Losses (covering the winter of 2012/2013) has been released and it’s ugly out there: Province Number of Colonies Wintered Fall 2012 Number of Dead or Unproductive Colonies Spring 2013 Percent Wintering Loss (%) British Columbia 46,746 8,414 18.0 Alberta 282,000 …

No pesticide moratorium for Ontario

It’s been a hard couple of years for pesticides kills in Ontario. David Schuitt in Elmwood estimates he lost 37 million bees in 2012 and he’s not alone. The spring planting season saw a number of apiaries in Southwestern Ontario wiped out by residue from a synthetic nicotine-based pesticide that’s applied to corn seed before it’s sold. The planting machinery …