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Bee Aware!

Bee Aware!

Jen Bulava, Lead Park Naturalist from Burlington County Park System, delivered a fascinating (but worrisome) talk on the decline of honeybees and other pollinators. Sixty people listened as she presented and answered questions about how pollinator die offs are increasing, primarily due to pesticides, habitat loss, and climate change. Her talk focused on honeybees, which US agriculture relies heavily upon for crop pollination. Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), where worker bees leave their hives and do not return, leaving the queen bee and young to die, has been recognized in the US and Europe for about 11 years. Scientists’ most recent studies have tied CCD to the use of neonicotinoids, a new class of pesticides used globally in agricultural and ornamental settings. Many countries, states, and cities (e.g., France, Maryland, Seattle, Portland) are imposing bans on neonicotinoids. To help save bees and other pollinators, you can stop using pesticides, especially those classified as neonicotinoids (which are rarely labeled as detrimental to pollinators). Neonicotinoids can last for up to 10 years in the soil, are infused throughout the plant, and soluble in water.  Seedlings and plants purchased from larger plant stores often do not carry a label that warns consumers that they have been pre-treated with neonicotinoids.

More information about neonicatinoids can be found HERE.

Neonicotinoid trade names     Pollinator Garden Handout    Resources for learning more


 

Local Beekeeper Joel Sternin from Spring Valley Honey provided free honey tasting and advice before the talk.  Joel can be reached at sterninj@gmail.com.  856-248-0233

The article in the Mt Laurel Sun described the event well.