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Take a look at the first article on the new Great Lakes, Great Bees Blog!

We have a blog, and we're blogging! The Great Lakes - Great Bees Blog was set up by Kelsey Graham, and here's the first article by Logan Rowe.

Interest in pollinator conservation is growing. Not only within academia, but also in a number of disciplines that deal with land management in one way or anoth...
greatlakesgreatbees.com

Fight the winter blues by dreaming up your pollinator garden for this spring! MSU has so many resources to get you started.
For a list of resources, go to: https://pollinators.msu.edu/resources/pollinator-planting/
For the best plants to attract pollinators in your area, go to: http://www.canr.msu.edu/nativeplants/plant_facts/

Gardening for pollinators
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A little bit about how bees are moved around this country to pollinate crops and support our agricultural production.

https://beeinformed.org/2018/02/08/the-long-haul/

The Long Haul February 8, 2018 • Blog Beekeepers prepare a load of bees for migration which is an integral part of modern beekeeping and the agricultural systems bees and beekeepers support. Photo: Ben Sallman The changing agricultural landscape and current economic conditions of the bee industry ...
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You don't have to have honey bees to be a beekeeper! Come to this event to learn aboutMason Bee species, and how to care for them in your own backyards!
Event cost includes your own take home Mason Bee House supplies.https://events.anr.msu.edu/event.cfm…

Come to this event to learn about Mason Bee species, and how to care for them in your own backyards!
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Landowners can get financial assistance to enhance monarch butterfly habitat in Michigan. Monarchs are under consideration for listing as a threatened or endangered species, so habitat is important. Check out this article to learn more:

http://msue.anr.msu.edu/…/new_eqip_initiative_to_enhance_mo…

Landscapers, nursery owners and gardeners can receive financial assistance for creating or improving monarch butterfly habitat.
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Thanks to everyone who participated in the yearly Michigan Pollinator Initiative Meeting yesterday! We brainstormed many great strategies to help pollinators, beekeepers, and growers in Michigan.

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Berry Crops Entomology at MSU

Michigan Pollinator Initiative's annual gathering is underway in campus today. Learning about all the good information at www.pollinators.msu.edu

Did you know that Michigan has a Managed Pollinator Protection Plan? The plan outlines strategies for reducing pesticide risk for pollinators. New ideas are in development for this living document!
https://pollinators.msu.edu/programs/protection-plan/

This podcast is packed full of bee expert interviews! Learn more about bee decline and some of the common misconceptions that come along with it.

https://www.flashforwardpod.com/2017/10/17/buzz-off/

In this episode we travel to a world without bees. And not just honey bees, all bees. You’ve probably heard a lot of doom and gloom predictions about what might…
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Heroes to Hives is getting ready for the 2018 beekeeping season! Check out the video below for updates.

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Updates on the 2018 Heroes to Hives program! More to come! Stay tuned!

Do you love bees and wasps like we do, but have trouble convincing friends and family to love them too? Check out this beautifully illustrated infographic for some inspiration!
https://www.fix.com/blog/living-with-bees-and-wasps/

Bees and wasps have a bad reputation for stinging innocent bystanders, and we are on a mission to debunk it. Learn more about the different species of bees and wasps and how you can avoid being stung.
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When given the choice, honey bee foragers prefer to collect sugar syrup laced with the fungicide chlorothalonil over sugar syrup alone, researchers report.
sciencedaily.com

Grand Valley State University has a team developing technologies for hive scales to help track honey bee population dynamics and nectar flows. Here is the Environment Report on the subject:
http://michiganradio.org/post/tracking-honey-bees-big-data

You can thank a honey bee for pollinating about one of every three bites of food we eat. But as you’ve likely heard, bees are in trouble. They’re getting
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Is one of your New Years' Resolutions to become better at bee identification? Then perhaps The Bee Course is what you've been searching for! Several Xerces' staff are alumni - applications for the 2018 course are being accepted through Mar 1st.

The Bee Course in a nine day intensive workshop offered for biologists who want to gain greater knowledge of the systematics and biology of bees.
thebeecourse.org
Bob Kreese shared a link to the group: Beekeeping.

https://www.theguardian.com/…/alarming-link-between-fungici…

Focus is on bumble bees, but also a strong probability for the honey bees....?

Fungicides are found to be the strongest factor linked to steep bumblebee declines, surprising scientists and adding to the threats to vital pollinators
theguardian.com