Bee Informed: Help Bees With No-Mow May, Stingless Bees Make Medicinal Honey, and Honey Bees Threaten Endangered Seabirds

Bee Informed: Help Bees With No-Mow May, Stingless Bees Make Medicinal Honey, and Honey Bees Threaten Endangered Seabirds

Each month our Bee Informed Blog highlights current news, science, and research related to solitary bee conservation, food insecurity, and sustainability.

1. What you need to know about No-Mow May, the bee-boosting trend sweeping Wisconsin — and the country

( Two years ago, Appleton became the first city in the U.S. to adopt "No-Mow May," an initiative designed to boost the population of bees and other pollinators.

The idea is to give homeowners the option of letting their lawns get a bit overgrown for a few weeks to ensure that bees that are coming out of hibernation have plenty of options for the nectar and pollen they need.

The initiative, which is optional everywhere it's been implemented, requires cities to temporarily waive enforcement of ordinances that require homeowners to maintain their lawns. Continue reading...

2. These stingless bees make medicinal honey. Some call it a 'miracle liquid'

(National Geographic) They come in many colors: golden, solid onyx, or striped dandelion and cinnamon. Their eyes can be beady black, slate gray, or even bluish-green. Their bodies may be as small as lentils or big as wine grapes. But the most amazing thing about stingless bees are the honeys they produce, which are increasingly being sought after for food and medicine.

In the Peruvian Amazon, people are just beginning to raise a few of the area’s 175 different species of stingless bees, which promise to help beekeepers and their communities. Historically, such honey has typically been harvested from the wild, which destroys the hives. Continue reading...

3. Feral Honey Bees Pose a New Threat to Endangered Seabirds

(Audubon) If only seabirds could catch a break from the gauntlet of threats they face worldwide. Across the globe, the birds are imperiled by everything from power lines and light pollution to plastics and longlines on fishing trawlers. In many cases, their important fish prey are being depleted or moving due to warming waters. Meanwhile, feral rodents, pigs, and cats have decimated their populations. And now, according to new research, there is another threat to add to the list: honey bees. Continue reading...

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