(Twitter, iBartomeus @ibartomeus) “New Bee Icons -> Along with Jose Luis Ordóñez, we decided to make available under CC-BY-NC the collection of bee icons we used to make our video. I am sure this will be useful to the academic community #OpenScience” The icon collection.
(Excalibur) Researchers at York recently found that the majority of Canadians lack significant knowledge about bees. Native pollinators in Canada are essential to sustain the many species that rely on them, and the ecosystem as a whole. Experts say that increasing and improving the Canadian public’s knowledge of bees is a key step in increasing their legal protection and supporting conservation efforts.
(New York Times) The beekeeping traditions of the Hemshin people, an ethnic minority originating from Armenia, are both evolving and at risk of vanishing.
(ABC News) Noosa Shire Council has backflipped on banning new beehives in the suburbs in response to an outpouring of opposition from beekeepers and the public.
(ABC News) Noosa Shire Council’s internationally renowned green credentials are taking a battering as beekeepers face a ban on new beehives in the suburbs. The New Noosa Plan, introduced in July, permits only existing, registered beekeepers to keep a maximum of three hives. The plan does not distinguish between stingless native bees and European honey bees.
(Twitter, Kelsey K. Graham, PhD @kelsey_k_graham) “New paper out showing benefits of wildflower plantings on fruit farms for stem-nesting #bees. Nesting almost exclusively at farms with plantings, though bees often used ‘volunteer’ species for pollen collection (not seeded species!).” The original paper.
(Center for Biological Diversity) Republicans on the Senate Appropriations Committee released a partisan funding bill for the U.S. Department of the Interior that continues to underfund endangered species conservation and ignores the wildlife extinction crisis happening around the world.
(ABC News) The bee population in New South Wales has bounced back after heavy losses during the drought and bushfires. Widespread rain to date in 2020 has led to a bumper spring, with winter crops, trees and plants all blossoming for the first time in years. “This is probably the best start to a bee season in at last 20 years in the southern half of the state and it’s greatly improved in the northern part of the state.”