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Our ‘She Who Watches’ Log hive and Japanese style ‘Hachi’ hive under Dawn Redwood

She Who Watches Under Redwood

Restoring Eden- Help Honey Bees and Pollinators in Your Home Garden or Landscape Resource List

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Plants for Pollinators

Pollinator Partnership Cascade Mixed Forest Planting Guide: https://pollinator.org/PDFs/Guides/CascadeMixedrx8FINAL.pdf

Attracting Native Pollinators: Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies: http://www.xerces.org/announcing-the-publication-of-attracting-native-pollinators/

Pollinator ID

Attracting Native Pollinators: Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies: http://www.xerces.org/announcing-the-publication-of-attracting-native-pollinators/

Bee Smart’ Pollinator ID App: http://pollinator.org/beesmartapp.htm

Neonicotinoids

The Organic View Radio Show -June Stoyer and Thom Theobald interview international bee experts: http://www.theorganicview.com/category/bees/

Boulder Co. Beekeepers. Thom Theobald’s Corner- Thom speaks out about Clothianidin and neonics. Links to research: http://www.bouldercountybeekeepers.org/toms-corner/

Neonicotinoid Research/Publications

Systemic Pesticides: A Disaster in the Making.  Dutch toxicologist Dr. Hank Tennekes discusses carcinogenic effect of neonicotinoids: http://www.disasterinthemaking.com/about_the_author.html

Sub-lethal exposure to neonicotinoids impaired honey bees winterization before proceeding to colony collapse disorder. Bulletin of Insectology: http://www.bulletinofinsectology.org/pdfarticles/vol67-2014-125-130lu.pdf
The Task Force on Systemic Pesticides: http://www.tfsp.info/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/WIA-MB.pdf

 

Interview with Dr. Alex Lu, Associate Professor of Environmental Exposure Biology at Harvard talking about his latest research on honeybees and neonicotinoids titled Sub-lethal Exposure To Neonicotinoids Impaired Honeybees Winterization Before Proceeding To Colony Collapse Disorder: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KGPR2qkKmY

Local Pollinator Gardens/Organic Resources

Whitson Elementary School, Columbia High School Pollinator Gardens

Humbleroots Nursery- Native Plants: Humbleroots nursery.com

Dirt Hugger- Organic Compost: Dirthugger.com

Grow Organic- Plants, Amendments, Classes: Groworganics.org

Melissa Bees- Landscape Design/Build/Maintenance: Melissabees.com

Take Action

Pollinator Defense Council: http://pollinatorstewardship.org/?page_id=2538

Center for Food Safety: http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/take-action

Xerces Society: http://www.xerces.org/take-action-to-protect-pollinators/

 

 

 

 

City of Eugene Receives Melissa Bee Good Award

Melissa Elliott presents the Eugene City Council and Mayor Piercy with the Melissa Bee Good Award, For Making Life Sweeter for Bees.  The Council voted to ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides on City property this spring, becoming the first municipality in the United States to do so.  Eugene has set the gold standard for land stewardship and honeybee and pollinator protection. May cities and towns across the United States and world follow their example!

 

Columbia Gorge Beekeeping Resource List 2014

Hives and Equipment

For group orders: Melissabees.com

Local Retail Store: Grow Organic

Portland: Ruhl Bee Supply

Bees

Nucs, Shakes, Kona Queens: John Kraus  kraus@gorge.net 509.493.3632

Ol Sol Apiary Nucs via Grow Organic

Packages, Nucs, Queens (Italian & Carniolan): Ruhl Bee Supply

Treatment-free hive nucs, with or without raised queens: Melissabees.com

Swarms and Swarm Capture

Melissabees.com

Bee Groups

White Salmon Bee Club: : wsbeeclub@googlegroups.com

Hood River Bee Club: Contact Grow Organic

A Few Fun Videos & Pages for Your Enjoyment!

Hiving Package Bees for Langstroth:

Zen and the Art of Package Bees

http://www.thebeeyard.org/?p=389

Package Hiving for Top Bar (Family Style):

‘Thwomp!’ Top Bar Hiving Technique:

‘Skirt’ Top Bar Hiving Technique:

Representative Reardon Accepts Melissa Bee Good Award

Melissa Bee Good Award Reardon Accepts Melissa Bee Good Award ReardonRep. Reardon (D-OR) accepts the Melissa Bee Good Award for ‘Making Life Sweeter for Bees’ by proposing legislation, HB 4139, to restrict non-licensed use of neonicotinoid pesticides in Portland. The bill was amended and passed the Senate 27-2 yesterday and will create a work group to find solutions for pollinator health. 

Melissa gave a talk about the importance of healthy landscape practices to the Oregon league of Conservation Voters ‘Thirsty Thursdays’ event and presented Rep. Reardon with his award of a jar of  honey from treatment-free hives kept in pesticide free gardens at the Waypost Bar in Portland, Oregon.

Way to go Rep. Reardon! You’re an inspiring example for representatives across the nation and globe.

Show your support, post a thank you to Rep. Reardon on his FB page: https://www.facebook.com/reardonfororegon

Or write to him here:https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/reardon

Get involved with the Oregon League of Conservation Voters: http://www.olcv.org/

Join the Xerces Society today: http://www.xerces.org/

Beginning Beekeeping Class Series 2014

We’ve added hands-on field days in the apiary this year!

Want to get started beekeeping? Interested in treatment-free bees and beekeeping? Have some beekeeping experience but would like to know more? Want to know more about Langstroth, ToBee Academyp-bar and Warre hives? These classes are for you! Children welcome.

Join Melissa Elliott of Melissa Bees, a local landscape designer, beekeeper and apitherapist for an inspiring, informative and practical look into the life and times of the honeybee and beekeeper.

Class 1: ‘History of Beekeeping and Life-Cycle of the Bee‘-  Learn about humanity’s primeval relationship with the bee, her medicine and honey. Peer into the mysterious inner workings of the hive. Discover the miraculous abilities of our most ancient ally, the honeybee. Practical matters will be covered: the how, where, when, cost, etc. of starting beekeeping.  Tues. Feb 25th, 6:30 pm  1 1/2 hrs. $35


Class 2: ‘The First Year of Keeping‘- Subjects include hive placement and protection, sourcing bees, hiving bees (putting them in the hive), handling the bees, swarming (bees’ natural increase), supering and related topics.  Resource materials will be available to take home. Tues. Mar 4th, 6:30 pm 2 hrs. $40


Early April TBA:

Class 3: ‘Hiving Bees’ field day in our apiary, where you’ll have a chance to see a few techniques for putting bees in a hive and ask questions.  Full beekeeping gear required for IMG_1278participants. 1 hr. $15

Class 4: ‘Hands-on Hive Inspection’  field day in our apiary where you’ll learn how to manipulate frames, identify eggs, brood and find the queen.  Discussion will cover when and how to super your hive.  We’ll have a look at top-bar and Warre hives as well.  Full beekeeping gear required for participants. 1 hr. $15

Late April/Early May TBA:

Class 5: ‘Swarms and Splits’:  We’ll discuss swarming in more depth and basic techniques for splitting hives to increase your apiary.  Hive inspection and re-queening issues will be covered.  1 1/2 hr. $35

Aug TBA:

Class 6: ‘Honey House’: Join us in a sticky kitchen and learn how to uncap, spin and bottle honey.  Learn how to recover remnant wax. $15

ALL SIX CLASSES:  $150 paid in advance.


Payment: (Cash or Check) or by Paypal incl. taxes and fees.  Payment address: PO Box 62, White Salmon, WA 98672.  Please submit payment at least one week before class.

Where: Private residence, White Salmon WA. On sign-up you will receive location info.

Violet Hive

 

A Message of Hope From Colombia

Hi everybody my name is Daniel Felipe, I’m from Colombia and i am a farmer , I produce tomatoes and different kind of vegetables, but my principal concern is to transfer knowledge to the future of our planet: children.
I work in a school of my town, and I have the opportunity of being near of children’s from 2 years until sixteen years old.
Well, the first point is what kind of knowledge?
I really believe that bees have our life in them sweetie and beauty hives, because they give to us life example; her life is synonym of hard, work, and cooperation, and they get a big responsibility pollinizing plants for our food, and seeds.
That’s the principal idea that children’s of world need to get; life can be really sweet but we need to work for it.
Secondly but not less important is that we need to keep safe some space for the life of these beauty bees, how? Planting different plants that bees really love to live. in our country we have a lot species (big biodiversity) and we can plant along the year so it’s really nice see flower, bees and smiling faces of innocence’s kids.
The third thing is teach them that food grow from they are setting or sitting, and the most important is to respect that form of life, and show them how importance had the land in our life.
Basically is really easy, they are unruly happy and curious, and the seed in Colombia have been planted; we all for bees !
I <<Heart>>Apis.
Thanks a lot!

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Bee Friendly Landscapes

ExtraordinaryGardensTestConsultation, Design/Build and Maintenance. Serving the Portland/Vancouver Metro area and Columbia River Gorge  503-313-0378  Email here.

Melissa Bees at Gorge Food Forum: ‘Landscaping for Bee Health’ Oct. 12th, Skamania, WA

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Melissa Bees at ‘UnBeelievable Bees’ at the World Forestry Center in Portland Sept. 8th

Melissa Elliott of Melissa Bees presents ‘Hive Medicine: How the Bees Keep Us and How We Can Better Keep Them’.  Honeybees are tiny agents of civilization, whose work underlies human agriculture and medicine.  Our very existence on the planet is tied to the presence of honeybees and we have a sacred responsibility to keep them well.  The bees are ailing from unhealthy landscape practices.  Learn how you- as a homeowner, renter, businessperson or caretaker, can participate in keeping bees healthy- whether you have a hive or not!

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