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Honeybees are at risk nationwide. Learn more about the value of honeybees to our everyday lives and what we can do to help preserve these precious pollinators. (All audiences)

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  1. 1. Share the BuzzCoach Mark SmallwoodExecutive Director, Rodale Institutecoach@rodaleinstitute.org610-683-1400 ©2012 Rodale Institute
  2. 2. Coach Mark Smallwood There is no AWAY. ©2012 Rodale Institute
  3. 3. Honeybee Facts Bees are the only insects that produce food eaten by humans. Honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and water. The average American eats about one pound of honey a year. To make one pound of honey, worker bees have to fly 55,000 miles and tap two million flowers. The honeybees wings make about 200 beats per second, creating their infamous buzzing. ©2012 Rodale Institute
  4. 4. Precious Pollinators Cougle’s delivers More than 70 of the 100 crops that provide 90% of the worlds food are pollinated by bees. U.S. honeybees’ economic contribution has valued at nearly $15 billion. Blueberries and cherries are 90-percent dependent on honeybee pollination. Almonds depend entirely on the honeybee for pollination. ©2012 Rodale Institute
  5. 5. Precious Pollinators Disappearing Colonies The number of honeybee colonies in the U.S. has been steadily declining for the last seventy years. 1940s Today 7.5 million colonies 2.5 million colonies Photo © Colorado State University ©2012 Rodale Institute
  6. 6. Precious Pollinators 250,000,000,000250 billion fewer honeybees today than in the 1940s ©2012 Rodale Institute
  7. 7. Buzz Kill CCD = Colony Collapse Disorder Prior to 2006… In 2006, beekeepers began reporting unexplained losses of 30 to 90%of their hives. Since then, winter colony losses have hovered around 30% each year. This is three times more than what beekeepers consider “acceptable” winter losses. (USDA ARS statistics) ©2012 Rodale Institute
  8. 8. Buzz Kill The Usual Suspects Pesticides Pathogens Parasites Migratory life Monoculture GMOs UFOs (unidentified pest or disease) ©2012 Rodale Institute
  9. 9. Buzz Kill Researchers are no closer to identifying a definite cause, much less a solution. ©2012 Rodale Institute
  10. 10. A Sweet SolutionThe Honeybee Conservancy at Rodale Institute was startedin 2012 in response to the major health problems that have decimated the honeybee population in North America. We believe that individual honeybee stewards are one of the solutions to this problem. ©2012 Rodale Institute
  11. 11. A Sweet Solution  Classes in sustainable beekeeping practices  Locally-bred bees from a very calm Italian line  Hive hosting on our 333-acre organic farm  Support for beginners through the network ©2012 Rodale Institute
  12. 12. A Sweet SolutionAward-winning instructor Meme Thomas Director of Baltimore Honey, is a member of the AFB-American Federation of Beekeepers, EAS- Eastern Apiculture Society, BUMBA Bowie Upper Marlboro Beekeepers Association, and HCBA - Howard County Beekeepers Association. Meme received the Maryland State Beekeepers Association 2010 George Imirie Award for excellence in beekeeping education. ©2012 Rodale Institute
  13. 13. A Sweet SolutionHumane HiveParticipants in our program receive a unique hive that class instructor MemeThomas developed: Thomas Hybrid Hive (TH2). This hive is a combination ofa top bar hive and the traditional Langstroth hive, proving a great habitat for thebees and easy access for honeybee stewards. ©2012 Rodale Institute
  14. 14. A Sweet Solution Best for the Bees Clean, natural comb No smoke No toxic chemicalsPreservation -vs- production ©2012 Rodale Institute
  15. 15. A Sweet Solution Sharing a sip of water Providing easily- accessible, clean, fresh water at all times is essential to keeping honeybees healthy. ©2012 Rodale Institute
  16. 16. A Sweet Solution Males -vs- Females The larger bee in the center is one of the few male members of the colony. Male drones have a larger body and squared-off rear-end. They have no stinger and their only job is to mate with a queen. In the fall, they are kicked out of the hive. ©2012 Rodale Institute
  17. 17. A Sweet Solution Bowing to the Queen The worker bees welcome the queen back to the hive following her mating flight. ©2012 Rodale Institute
  18. 18. “Historical Native Americans, still clairvoyant, ‘saw’ that spiritual entity that governs the animal’s life instincts with complete wisdom. They called this spiritual being the ‘Great Bear’ or ‘Great Buffalo.’ We would suggest that when the ‘Great Bee’ experiences all these destructive forces, she withdraws from the physical entity. When the spiritual center of the colony is thus weakened, the individual bee flies out and does not come back…The Great Bee, which might also be called the group soul, cannot maintain the integrity of the colony.” ~ Gunther Hauk©2012 Rodale Institute
  19. 19. What is our sacrifice? ©2012 Rodale Institute
  20. 20. Share the Buzz… Rodale Institute Honeybee ConservancyThe sweet rewards of humane hive-stewardship. ©2012 Rodale Institute