Research finds that Canadians need to ‘bee’ more curious

Image of orange-belted bumble bee on flower.

(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.

Local Australian council bans new beehives in suburbia regardless of whether they’re native stingless bees

Image of native stingless beehives.

(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.

Wildflower plantings on fruit farms provide pollen resources and increase nesting by stem nesting bees

Image of bee making nest in tubes.

(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.

Australian hives recover after heavy toll of drought and bushfire

Image of honey bee frame being lifted out of hive.

(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.”