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Pollenation: All about Honey and Bees  Honeybees are involved in the pollination of about three-quarters of the flowering crops in the United States. This service amounts to the pollination of about $14 billion worth of crops every year in the United States. Honey Bees Are Dying and We Don't Know Why  Article from Time Magazine May 7, 2013 Colony-collapse disorder is still killing honeybees around the world. If scientists can't pinpoint the cause, the economic and environmental damage could be immense. Heightened Worry on Farms  Article from Time Magazine March 28, 2013 In the San Joaquin valley CA, where 1.6 million commercial hives of bees just finished pollinating an endless expanse of almond groves, commercial beekeepers who only recently were losing a third of their bees to the disorder say the past year has brought far greater losses of fourty to fifty percent. Bee Observer Cards  In collaboration with the Encyclopedia of Life (eol.org), we've developed a set of "Bee Observer Cards" that are intended to teach naturalists, teachers, resource managers and other interested public something about the diverse anatomies, natural history, and behaviors of bees. The cards are not a guide to taxonomic identification, but more a tool to help people observe the remarkable diversity of body structures, nesting habits etc. when they are out in the field. They are freely available to anyone as a pdf on the EOL website: http://eol.org/info/disc_observer USDA Releases Report on Honey Bee Health Summarized by Crop Life ,USDA and EPA developed the comprehensive "Report on the National Stakeholders Conference on Honey Bee Health." The report summarizes findings from the National Stakeholders Conference held in October 2012, which brought together beekeepers, scientists, representatives of conservation groups, beekeeping supply manufacturers, commodity groups, pesticide manufacturers and government representatives to discuss potential solutions for improving honey bee health. Zombie Bee Research News USA Today reports the first documentation that the phorid fly Apocephalus borealis, previously known to parasitize bumble bees, also infects and eventually kills honey bees and may pose an emerging threat to North American apiculture.Parasitized honey bees show hive abandonment behavior, leaving their hives at night and dying shortly thereafter. Honey from Mankua Flowers Destroy Strep Bacteria  The featured study, and many others, confirm the soundness of using raw honey for the treatment of bacterial and fungal infections. Grocery store grade-A honey may actually worsen infection and should never be applied to wounds. Honey Bee Decline Linked to Parasite and Virus  Scientists have discovered that the varroa mite has increased the prevalence of deformed wing virus (DWV). The varroa mite's role means the virus is now one of the "most widely distributed and contagious insect viruses on the planet". Furthermore, the virus is an ongoing threat to colonies even after beekeepers have eradicated the mites from hives. Best Nectar Producing Plants Honey Bee Forage Map What’s the buzz about bees? Wisconsin Wisconsn Honey Producers Association Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection Wolf Honey Farm Other Sites National Honey Board  Bee Culture University of Minnesota Bee Lab Minnesota Bee Keepers Brown County Beekeepers The Pollinator Partnership The Bee Informed Organization Natures Nectar Blog Spot Bee Supplier Links Betterbees BrushyMountian Dadant MannLake Maxant MillerBees Natures Nectar Videos Bee identification Honey Bee Life Cycle