A group of UVM researchers are collaborating with a local beekeeper to study the role of migratory beekeeping in bee disease. Crop pollination by migratory beekeeping operations presents a highly concentrated convergence of bees where diseases may be transmitted and spread as hives are transported throughout the US. To test if migratory operations contribute to the spread of disease, they are planning to conduct an experiment and need your help! They are crowdfunding to raise money for this important project.
The Vermont Beekeepers Association has committed to helping fund this important and valuable research with a $500.00 donation. If you would be interested to find out more information about their proposal and help support this effort, please click the link below.
Seven Days Article and recap of the conference: How to Solve the Pollinator Problem
"Vermont has just held its first ever conference on beetles, bees and butterflies, to consider the threats that all pollinators face in Vermont. The conference was a response to President Obama’s directive to create a national strategy to promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators." VPR
Listen to Bill Mares commentary on VPR: http://digital.vpr.net/post/mares-pollinators#stream/0
It was a great conference put on by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. There were great presentations by the guest speakers who highlighted research and data about the challenges facing our native pollinators. During the round table discussions there were wonderful ideas brought forward on ways to address the challenges our pollinators are facing. The goal of the round table discussions were to develop a list of action items ANR could consider moving forward. There were many galvanizing themes that came from these round table discussions. One of the common discussion topics was promoting greater diversity of forage area, which helps promote pollinator health.
We are hopeful this was just the first step in a collaborative effort in the state for meaningful action to help our pollinators. There is surely more to come and we expect VBA will be helping lead the way around this dicussion.
Thank you to Bill Mares, Paul Yanus and Michael Willard for attending the conference and representing VBA with an educational booth.