The OSU Pollinator Health Program focuses on designing, developing, implanting, and evaluating a state-wide pollinator health strategy; The Oregon Bee Project. The focus of the Oregon Bee Project is not restricted to the Oregon’s four managed pollinator species (honey bees, alfalfa leafcutter bees, orchard mason bees and alkali bees) but also to the state’s rich endowment of wild species. Over the coming months we will be working with partners to develop the Oregon Bee Project website with other state agency partners to provide a round-up of tools for pollinators in Oregon.
The program is currently working on:
Thank you, Oregon for taking these steps to protect pollinators!
See calendar events. Post your own educational events focused on pollinator health.
Link to OSU Entomology Program.
What is infectious, poorly understand and set to ramp up during the months of April and May? The honey bee disease European foulbrood has been a tremendous problem in Oregon over the last few springs. As we get set for the disease again this year we checked in with Dr. Meghan Milbrath with the Department… Continue reading
Livestock grazing can be very expansive. Take for instance the ‘fescue belt’ in the southeastern US, which spans 1,000 miles across. This week we hear from a Dr. Megan O’Rourke who is looking to incorporate pollinator plants into pastures, potentially providing benefits to pollinators and increasing the grazing efficiency of cattle at the same time. … Continue reading
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There has been an explosion in people keeping bees for a hobby. But for many, beekeeping is a bigger commitment than they expected. This week we are joined by Carolyn Breece who will help you figure out if beekeeping for you and what’s involved in getting started. Carolyn Breece supports the field research of the… Continue reading
Idaho and Oregon’s Treasure Valley have a deep connection to bee management for alfalfa seed, but in this episode we hear about how that tradition is being transferred to pollinator management in vineyards. Ron Bitner is the newest board member of Pollinator Partnership. He received his Ph.D. in Entomology from Utah State University in 1976,… Continue reading
Some of the best plants for long-tongued bees like bumble bees and honey bees are grown for livestock. This week we dive deep into these livestock plants with Dr. Serkan Ates. Dr. Ates is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences. His research focuses on pasture and grazing management for improved… Continue reading
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