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182 EpisodesProduced by Andony Melathopoulos | Pollinator Health Extension Specialist | Oregon State UniversityWebsite

PolliNation is a podcast from Oregon State University Extension Service that tells the stories of researchers, land managers and concerned citizens who are making bold strides to improve the health of pollinators.

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181- Jim Cane - Pollination of raspberries and other caneberries

May 9th, 2021


Raspberries are not nearly as difficult to pollinate as self-incompatible tree fruit or blueberries. But getting consistent fruit quality still …

180- Glyn Stephens - Splitting your booming colonies

May 2nd, 2021


Your honey bees have expanded many fold this spring. Now is the opportunity to split your colonies in half and get two colonies. In this episode we …

179- Michael Branstetter - The deep history of the mason bees

April 25th, 2021


Mason bees in the subgenus Osmia emerged sometime before the ice-age, likely in Europe and Asia, but they radiated into North America early on in …

178- Anna Ashby and Amber Reece - 10 beekeeping questions you were too afraid to ask

April 18th, 2021


Starting to keep bees can be overwhelming. To help you get started we have two Oregon Master Beekeepers answer the 10 most common questions that beginners ask. 

177- Olivia Messinger Carril - A field guide to the common bees of North America?

April 11th, 2021


Michael O’Loughlin and his family farm a total of 200 acres in Yamhill County. The O'Loughlin Farms and garden is a private research station tracking …

176- Fred Weisensee - The pollinator plants you need!

April 4th, 2021


With people either reving up to start or spruce up their pollinator garden, we sat down with a local nursery owner about some of the plants he most …

175 - Marie Vicksta and Michael O'Loughlin - Pollinator Habitat on County Roadsides

March 28th, 2021


This week we hear how Soil and Water Conservation Districts are working to establish cost-effective and pollinator habitat on County roadsides. 

174 -Veronica Wignall - Whacking bees for science: Competitive exclusion between honey bees and bumblebees in the UK

March 21st, 2021


Honey bees and native social bees are important crop pollinators and key parts of healthy native plant ecology. However, it’s very difficult to …

173 - Jessica Rendon - Japanese beetle (is no friend of pollinators)

March 14th, 2021


Japanese beetle is a devastating exotic pest. Eradication efforts are underway across the US, including in Oregon. We hear about what is involved …

172 - Theresa Pitts-Singer - Where next for managed solitary bees

March 7th, 2021


Managed solitary bees have been a part of crop pollination in the Western US for decades, particularly in alfalfa seed production. But over the last …

171 - Brittany Goodrich - How pollinator markets work

February 28th, 2021


Renting a honey bee colony for pollination seems simple enough, but frequently colonies are contracted months before pollination and a lot can go …

170 - Halie Cousineau - School gardens and pollinators

February 21st, 2021


Gardens are increasingly appearing in schools. In this episode we learn about strategies to use these gardens to introduce pollinators into school …

169 - Al Shay - Moving your pollinator garden up a notch

February 14th, 2021


There is an almost inexhaustible amount of options for pollinator gardens. But this can not only be a cause for invigoration, but also confusion. …

168 - Carolyn Breece and Ellen Topitzhofer - Late Winter Hive Management

February 7th, 2021


Carolyn Breece and Ellen Topitzhofer support the field research of the OSU Honey Bee Lab. Together they manage the lab’s 80 research and educational …

167 - Linda Hardison - Oregon Flora… reloaded

January 31st, 2021


There have been two exciting developments with Oregon Flora. The first is vol 2 of the flora, which includes an amazing section on Oregon …

166 - Alison McAfee - Queens don’t like it too hot or cold

January 24th, 2021


Honey bee queens are durable insects, but new research shows that the sperm they store can become quickly degraded by temperature extremes.

165 - Zach Portman - When pan traps might not pan out (for bee surveys).

January 17th, 2021


Pan traps are one of the key methods for surveying for native bees. They are cheap and easy to use, and they aren’t subject to the collector bias of …

164 - Chris Looney - Hornets and invasive bumble bees in Washington

January 10th, 2021


Washington contended with two invasive insects in 2020. The first is well-known, Asian Giant Hornet, but the second less so, the common eastern …

163 - Ian Tait - 2020 Year in Review

January 3rd, 2021


It was hard to keep track of developments in bee health in 2020 because so much else was going on. In this episode we catch-you-up with a guest who wrote a post per day for since January showcasing what was new in bee …

162 - Katie Buckley - Washington’s Pollinator Health Task Force

December 6th, 2020


The Washington State Legislature just received a set of ground-breaking recommendations on pollinator health from the state’s Pollinator Health Task …

161 - Kate LeCroy- Exotic Mason Bees

December 2nd, 2020


Stem nesting bees like mason bees are particularly amenable to being introduced to distant lands. In this episode we hear about research looking into …

160 - Jim Cane - Bees and fire

November 22nd, 2020


Devastating wildfires ravaged Western states this summer. In this episode we find out what is known about the effect of forest fires on bees, how bees respond to the land ravaged by fire and how you can help bees while …

159 - Jamie Ellis - Turning the corner with varroa?

November 15th, 2020


US beekeepers have been struggling to manage varroa mites for over 30 years. Our guest discusses why a solution to varroa has been so elusive and …

158 - Kara Maddox - Pollinators for the Masses

November 8th, 2020


In this episode we learn about an initiative in Texas that engages thousands of families in education around pollinators, headed by the National …

157 - Katie Arstingstall - Bees collect pollen from more plants than you think

October 18th, 2020


We have a very dim picture of the flowers bees collect pollen from. In this episode we hear about how lab techniques can be combined with field …

156 - Shelley Hoover - Preparing hives for winter

October 11th, 2020


The highest period of honey bee colony mortality is during the winter. But there are a number of tricks to ensure high colony survival. In this …

155 - Brian Speisman - Bee Machine

September 27th, 2020


Identifying bees is notoriously difficult and often is an obstacle to beginners interested in contributing to native bee surveys. In this episode we …

Episode 154 - Josh Vlach - Invasive pests and pollinators

September 20th, 2020


We have all heard about Asian Giant Hornet, but what are some of the other invasive pests that threaten pollinators? We hear about species of concern …

153 - Miles Dakin - Bee Friendly Farming

September 13th, 2020


Pollinator Partnership’s Bee Friendly Farming programs encourages and rewards growers for taking steps to improve pollinator health on farms. We hear …

151 - Sarah Peebles - Resonating Bodies

August 30th, 2020


Native bees have secret and mysterious lives. Beyond their visits to flowers, they spend most of their lives beyond our experience. This week we hear from a sound artist whose work places us deep in the lives of our …

150 - Master Melittologists

August 23rd, 2020


The OSU Pollinator Health Program and Oregon Bee Project have worked together to develop a first of a kind Extension certificate program, the Master …

149 - Caydee Savinelli - BeSure

August 16th, 2020


Growers and applicators learn about pollinator health from a wide range of sources. In this episode we hear about an initiative by a coalition led by …

148 - John Ascher - 10 Oregon Bees

August 9th, 2020


There is some great information being collected about Oregon bees by non-experts use phone apps like iNaturalist. In this episode we hear about how …

147 - Christina Groziner - BeeScape

August 2nd, 2020


Do you ever wonder how good the area around you is for pollinators? This week we learn about a new tool that allows you to assess your landscape for …

146 - Shelby Kilpatrick - Checklist of Pennsylvania Bees

July 26th, 2020


How do you figure out what bees are in a state, both in the present and historically. You build a checklist! In this episode we learn about how checklists are made from a recent effort in Pennsylvania.

145 - Native Bee Society of British Columbia - Connecting bee enthusiasts together

July 19th, 2020


There are a growing number of people interested in native bees, but not many regional organizations you can belong to. Today we hear about an example of building such organizations in the Canadian province of British …

144 - Mike Burgett - The “other” honey bees

July 12th, 2020


The common European honey bee is not the only species of honey bee. The biodiversity of the species Apis is rich in SE Asia. In this episode we get to know each of the species in detail.

143 - Hailey Wallace - What makes a bee garden tick?

July 5th, 2020


Bee gardens involve matching plants that bloom at different times, to bees that emerge at different times. And not all bee species go to all flowers. …

142 Megan Asche - Social Wasps

June 28th, 2020


Social wasps are in the news these days. They are often confused with bees. This week we take a deep dive into the world of our most fascinating social wasps, the paper wasps.

141 - Neil Bell - The best pollinator shrubs and trees

June 21st, 2020


Shrubs and trees are key to any landscape designed for pollinators. This episode we tap OSU’s shrub and tree expert to list the top picks for spring, …

140 Rebecca Sweet - Pollinator cover crops in vineyards

June 14th, 2020


Creating pollinator habitat on farms is not as simple as it sounds. To be successful the habitat has to integrate into the cropping system and have …

139 Jay Evans - Beeoptimism: Reflections on the advances in bee research

June 9th, 2020


It’s been over 10 years since Colony Collapse Disorder beset the beekeeping industry. We catch up with an author who looks back at the advances made …

138 Ron Spendal - The secret lives of mason bees

May 31st, 2020


We’ve all heard that mason bees are amazing backyard pollinators, but did you know you can make ground-making discoveries about these bee’s biology …

137 John Ascher - The problem with measuring bee decline

May 25th, 2020


How are wild bees doing? On one hand we hear that they are in trouble and on the other we hear that surveying efforts are too small to detect differences. In this episode we explore issues associated with native bee …

136 Mandy Shaw - Bee Entrepreneurship

May 17th, 2020


The intense interest in beekeeping has created a new wave of beekeeping businesses. In this episode we hear about how these businesses are meeting the needs of a new generation of beekeepers. 


135 Suzie Savoie - Spring native pollinator plants

May 10th, 2020


Southern Oregon has some of the most amazing pollinator species, in large part because of the unique native plant communities. In this episode we …

134 Jim Cane - Spring Bees

April 29th, 2020


You are probably familiar with familiar spring bees like bumble bees and mason bees. In this episode we take a deep dive into the biology and ecology …

133 Kim Patten - Pollinator habitat on working farms

April 18th, 2020


Putting habitat into a working farm involves juggling operational constraints and pollinator biology. In this episode we hear about an innovative …

132 - Meghan Milbrath - European Foulbrood

March 31st, 2020


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 …

131 - Megan O'Rourke - Pasture for beef... and bees?

March 23rd, 2020


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 …

130 - Carolyn Breece - Should you keep bees?

March 2nd, 2020


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'll …

129 - Ron Bitner - Vineyards for Pollinators

February 26th, 2020


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 …

128 – Serkan Ates – Livestock forage plants and bees

February 16th, 2020


Some of the best plants for long-tongued bees like bumble bees and honey bees are grown for livestock. We dive deep into these livestock plants and discuss how they can be incorporated into a dual use system that feeds …

127 – Kirsten Traynor – 2 Million Blossoms

February 8th, 2020


There is nothing about browsing though a magazine. There are some great beekeeping magazines, but what's missing is a magazine devoted to pollinators …

126 – Casey Hale – Bees that are parasites on other bees

January 27th, 2020


When you think of a bee you probably think of an insect hard at work growing its nest and pollinating plants. But over 10% of bees are …

125 – Lila Westreich – The Secret Life of Mason Bees

January 20th, 2020


Many of us put mason bees out in our backyard or farm. But when they leave the nest, do you know where they are going to forage? In this episode we hear how a sleuthing graduate student in Seattle is beginning to piece …

124 – Lauren Ponisio – Pollinator Hedgerows

January 13th, 2020


Hedgerows can be great ways to attract pollinators in agriculture and forestry settings. But how can such relatively small plantings impact …

123 – Megan Swanson – Bees in the Classroom

January 6th, 2020


Literacy on pollinator biology and ecology in the US is poor. But schools can be skittish about insects, especially bees, and teachers lack resources …

122 – The End of 2019 Show

December 22nd, 2019


What happened in 2019 when it came to Apiculture? We visit the Apiculture unit at Agriculture and Forestry Alberta in Lethbridge to find out. Hear …

121 – Weston Miller – Solving Pest Problems

December 16th, 2019


People living in cities are confronted by a range of pest problems, some of which impact pollinator health. This week we hear about an initiative to …

120 – Claire Kremen and Corin Pease – New to the PNW

December 9th, 2019


The Pacific Northwest got not just one, but two great pollinator positions in 2019. Claire Kremen has moved her lab from Berkeley to the University …

119 – MR Pollination – Alfalfa leafcutter bees

December 2nd, 2019


Alfalfa leafcutting bees don't get the attention of honey bees, but they are also a remarkable example of how people have learned to manage a bee species. It's often hard to get details about this industry, but this …

118 - Rich Hatfield - Queen Quest

November 25th, 2019


Oregon's bumble bees are all hibernating. Mated bumble bee queen are known to winter in loose soil or leaf litter, but we don't know much more than …

117 - Gregory Lynch - Miel Montréal Co-op

November 19th, 2019


Ever heard the term "native beekeeper" before? Me neither, until I talked with Gregory Lynch from the Miel Montréal Co-op. In this episode he explains how the Co-op has developed a wide range of educational services …

116 - Highlights from Apimondia 2019

November 11th, 2019


In this episode we take a stroll through the tradeshow at the world's largest beekeeping conference, Apimondia, which was held in Montreal, Canada in …

115 - Robert Marshall - Roadside pollinator habitat

November 4th, 2019


Roads crisis-cross the state of Oregon, making roadsides an appealing focus for creating an interconnected network of pollinator habitat. But …

114 - John Jacob - Solar panels and pollinator habitat

October 14th, 2019


There is a lot of ground under solar panels that could be planted to pollinator habitat. In this episode guest host Maggie Graham talks with John …

113 - Kass Urban-Mead - Bees in trees?

October 7th, 2019


How important are trees to the health of bees? In many cases we don't know because trees are a lot bigger than us. That doesn't stop our next guest from scaling into the canopy for her research. This week we feature PhD …

112 - Bob Curtis - Improving bee health during pollination

September 30th, 2019


Pollinating crops can be difficult on honey bees. Since 2014, the California Almond Board has been working with beekeepers, pest control advisors and …

111 - August Jackson - Bees of the Willamette Valley

September 16th, 2019


Learning the bees of your local area can be a daunting task. Most guides and keys, for example, include bees that don't even exist where you live, …

110 - International Pollinator Conference Highlights (2019)

September 2nd, 2019


The Fourth International Pollinator Conference was held in Davis, CA. In this episode you will hear about some of the interesting new research …

109 - Shelley Hoover - Its all in the queen

August 26th, 2019


Honey bee queen quality is an often overlooked dimension of colony health. In this episode we catch up with Dr. Shelley Hoover who is the Apiculture …

108 - Rosalyn Johnson - Bio-diverse and drought-tolerant gardens

August 18th, 2019


In this episode we talk with Dr. Rosalyn Johnson from about how to establish local, native, and drought-tolerant species in backyards to …

107 - Bryan Danforth - The Solitary Bees

August 12th, 2019


Although solitary bees make up the bulk of bee diversity, there hasn't been a comprehensive biology book about them. That is until now. This week we …

106 - Jim Cane - Squash and Sunflower Bees

August 4th, 2019


Squash bees were discovered in Oregon last year. This week we talk to Dr. Jim Cane about this bee, as well as a bee that is widespread in Oregon gardens, the sunflower bee.  

105 - Tyson Wepprich - Insect Apocalypse?

July 29th, 2019


There has been a lot of attention lately to historic declines of insect abundance across the world. This week we catch up with Tyson Wepprich who recently reported on butterfly abundance declines in Ohio over the past …

104 - Bonnie Shoffner - The finer points of pollinator outreach

July 22nd, 2019


Public outreach may seem simple, but impactful and effective outreach is an art. Bonnie Shoffner from Portland Metro is a real pro at pulling off …

103 - Rachel Mallinger - Bees in blueberries, forests and gardens (in Florida)

July 15th, 2019


Oregon and Florida may seem miles apart, but the role of bees in both states has remarkable parallels. This week Dr. Rachel Mallinger University of …

102 - Jacob Pecenka - Watermelons, pests and pollination

July 1st, 2019


Watermelons are hard to pollinate. But they can also experience reduced yield from pest damage. This week we hear from Jacob Pecenka who tells us …

101 - Sharon Selvaggio - Labeling Pollinator Plants

June 17th, 2019


There has been a lot of demand for nursery plants that are good for pollinators, but also confusion on whether these plants have been grown using …

100 - THE Everything-You-wanted-to-know-about-pollinators-but-were-afraid- to-ask SHOW

June 10th, 2019


For the 100th Episode of PolliNation we assembled our crack team of OSU pollinator faculty together to answer your burning questions. 

99 – Adam Allington – The Business of Bees

June 4th, 2019


Commercial bee pollination is an integral part of food production in the US. In this episode we catch up with Adam Allington, a reporter with …

98 – Bob Falconer – Backyard Pollinator Strips Made Easy

May 27th, 2019


Pollinator strips are exceedingly tricky to establish. This week we drop by Washington County Master Gardener and Master Beekeeper Bob Falconer’s …

97 Hannah Levenson - Regional bee communities (and the plants they like)

May 20th, 2019


Not all bee communities across a region might use the same flowers. But how might gardeners be better informed about what local bees like? Also, do regional bee communities confront different disease pressures. Hear how …

96 Mia Park - Urban Prairie Restoration for Bees

May 13th, 2019


How do you measure the success of restoration projects for bees? Dr. Mia Park from North Dakota State University catches us up on work she is doing around urban prairie restoration. 

Learn more about this episode of …

95 Lincoln Best - The Oregon Bee Atlas

April 29th, 2019


Listen in to learn the role of the Oregon Bee Atlas, how it has grown in only a year, and which plants are best for pollinator biodiversity in Oregon.

94 Aaron Anderson - Which Native Plants Are Best For In Your Garden For Oregon Bees?

April 15th, 2019


Listen in to learn what native plants are best for your garden, both for increasing the health of local pollinators and adding beauty to your garden.

93 Dr. Elina L Niño - Pollinating California Almonds

April 8th, 2019


Listen in to learn how growers can improve their pollinator effectiveness, the benefits of certain overwintering solutions, and the key to great …

92 Jim Cane - The Weird And Wonderful World of Alfalfa Pollination

April 1st, 2019


Listen in to learn about the two key pollinators of alfalfa seed: the alfalfa leafcutter bee and alkali bee.

"If [alfalfa] bloomed in the spring, …

91 Pierre Lau - The Everything-You-Wanted-To-Know-About-Pollen Episode

March 25th, 2019


Listen in to learn all about pollen: how to collect and identify it, how it can be used in forensics, and the tools that researchers have developed …

90 Dr. Casey Delphia - The Bees of Montana

March 18th, 2019


Listen in to learn about Dr. Delphia's bee atlas projects, why Montana is a "black hole" of bee data, and where to find the coolest native bees of …

89 Kim Flottum - The Venerable Tradition of Getting the Word Out About Bees

March 11th, 2019


Learn how Kim Flottum is taking beekeeping education into the future, and how he is following in legendary beekeeping educator Amos Root's footsteps.

88 Rebecca Perry and Grace Cope - The Benefits of Golf Course Flower Patches Depends on Course Management

March 4th, 2019


Listen in to learn how golf courses can better serve pollinators and their habitats through curating their plants, flowers, and maintenance schedule.

87 Steve Peterson - How To Make Mason Bees Thrive?

February 25th, 2019


Listen in to learn Steve's experience in making and maintaining mason bee nesting blocks, and why he advocates using a wood laminate in its construction.

"I've always been interested in that you can raise these bees and …

86 Dr. Priyadarshini Chakrabarti - The Secret Life of Bee Nutrition

February 18th, 2019


Listen in to learn the importance of sterols in honeybee health, why they are so important, and the research Dr. Priyadarshini Chakrabarti has done …

85 Lynda Boyer - Producing Native Plants For Bees

February 4th, 2019


Listen in to learn how Heritage Seedlings aids in restoration sites and pollinator health as a Flagship Farm, and the best native plants for your …

84 Kathleen Baughman - Nurseries and Pollinators

January 28th, 2019


Learn how Iwasaki Bros. has reduced their environmental impact through Integrated Pest Management (IPM), bee monitoring, and the flagship farm program.

"The Iwasaki's have always been interested in sustainability, so …

83 Harry Vanderpool - Talking to Pesticide Applicators About Bees

January 21st, 2019


Listen in to learn Harry's effective communication methods, how he builds bridges with others in agriculture, and what he's done for pollinators in …

82 Sarah Kincaid - Promoting Bee-Friendly Farming

January 14th, 2019



Listen in to learn how Sarah and the Flagship Farms program work with farmers to create sustainable ecosystems for pollinators, and how you can …

81 Dr. Valerie Peters - Climate Change, Pollinators and Coffee

January 7th, 2019


Listen in to learn the intersection between changing tropical climates, pollinator habitats, and the coffee crop, and the impact of mines on …

80 Dr. Christina Mogren - Bees in Hawaii

December 31st, 2018


Listen in to learn the relationship of pollinators with native flora and fauna of Hawaii, and what is being done to aid local agriculture and …

79 Robyn Shephard - Hybrid Vegetable Seed Pollination

December 24th, 2018


Listen in to today's episode to learn how hybrid systems work and the steps vegetable seed growers are taking to keep bees healthy during pollination.

78 Emily Erickson - Breeding and The Attractiveness of Garden Plants

December 17th, 2018


Emily Erickson talks about the role of garden plants in bee conservation and how plant breeding may be changing the attractiveness of garden plants …

77 David Cantlin - More Clover In Your Turf? Lessons from the City of Fife

December 10th, 2018


In this episode, we hear about the City of Fife’s initiative to increase the amount of blooming clover available to bees on their city properties.

76 Dr. Chelsea Cook - Honey Bee Scouting and the Virtues of Being Easily Distracted

December 3rd, 2018


Listen in to learn how different bees divide up the responsibilities of finding and gathering food, and why they developed this method of foraging.

"I can only imagine if in my neighborhood, every couple of days the …

75 Amy Cox - Eco-lawns and Pollinators

November 26th, 2018


Listen in to learn more about eco-lawns, what brought Amy into this business, and what makes eco-lawns ideal for all different kinds of home owners.

"I think I've always wanted to something that helped other people, and …

74 Lila Westreich - Mason Bees and Landscapes

November 19th, 2018


Listen in to learn more about what drew Lila to Osmia lignaria, and how she is finding the effect of these bees on their landscape, and vice versa.

"[Osmia] are really easy to work with, they're easy to buy, which is …

73 Research Retinue - Is Glyphosate Harmful To Bees?

November 12th, 2018


Learn more about the recent research studying the effects of glyphosate on honeybees, and how glyphosate can indirectly affect their gut homogenate.

"Those lactobacillus bacteria are supposed to not be sensitive to the …

72 Garth Mulkey - Specialty seeds and bees

November 5th, 2018


Listen in to learn how Garth Mulkey helped develop the bee protection protocol for specialty seed growers, and why specialty seed growers need bees.

71 Courtney MacInnis and Dr. Steve Pernal - Honey Bee Nosema Disease: An Old Disease With New Twists

October 22nd, 2018


Listen in to learn how the small fungus Nosema affects bee colonies, how and where it thrives, and what is being done to stop it in the research …

70 Dr. Sara Galbraith - Measuring success: mason bees as an indicator of forest management quality

October 15th, 2018


Listen in to learn how forests are managed, how it affects pollinator habitat, and how bioassays gather essential insights into improving pollinator …

69 Michelle Flenniken - Bee viruses

October 8th, 2018


Listen in to learn how viruses affect pollinators, how virologists study them, and which ways beekeepers can best protect their colonies from …

68 Project Apis m. - Enhancing the Health of Honey Bees Through Research and Education

September 24th, 2018


Listen in to learn how Project Apis m. has accomplished sustained valuable research for both pollinators and the agriculture and beekeeping …

67 Rich Hatfield - PNW Bumble Bee Atlas

September 17th, 2018


Listen in to today's episode to learn how the PNW Bumble Bee Atlas is aiding in bee conservation, and how you can participate in pollinator habitat …

66 Dr. Sarah Lawson - The small carpenter bee and their Cinderella daughters

August 27th, 2018


In this episode, we learn about the life cycle of Ceratina, and its peculiar strategy of turning the firstborn female into the a nursemaid of the …

65 Robert Coffin and Josh Loy - Teeing off with Monarch Butterflies

August 20th, 2018


In this episode, we learn how to create certified monarch waystations, and how Stewart Meadows integrated the monarch waystations into their golf …

64 Mike Rodia - Residential Beekeeping and the Law

August 13th, 2018


Listen in as we talk about residential beekeeping, and the ways you can work with your local government to keep your local hives nuisance-free.

“Residential beekeeping didn't really exist 30 or 40 years ago, so the …

63 Lori Weidenhammer - Victory Gardens for Bees

August 6th, 2018


Listen in to learn more about victory gardens, the cultural importance of bees over time, and how artists and scientists work together to educate the …

62 Sam Droege and the Bee School

July 30th, 2018


Listen in to learn more about how to plant a garden for pollinators using non-native plants, and the complexities of pollinator research in the field.

61 Dale Mitchell - Oregon’s pesticide incidence reporting system

July 23rd, 2018


Listen in to this episode to learn how the Department of Agriculture handles suspected pesticide-related bee incidents, and what they do to prevent …

60 Dr. Bob Peterson - Alfalfa leafcutting bees and mosquitos.

July 16th, 2018


Listen in to today's episode to learn about the uniqueness of leafcutting bees, how they're managed, and how to keep your bees safe in using pesticides.

“When you look at an alfalfa field, if it has what looks like …

59 Dr. Hollis Woodard - Bees in dynamic and extreme environments

July 9th, 2018


Listen in to today's episode to learn about the bees that evolved in vastly different climates, and why Dr. Woodard's lab studies the way they have …

58 Pollinators and their People: The voices of Oregon Pollinator Week 2018

July 2nd, 2018


Listen in to this special episode to learn how young students can learn about pollinator science and health, and the way education is changing young …

57 Drs. Margaret Couvillon and Roger Schürch - Measuring bee habitat quality through honey bee dances

June 25th, 2018


Listen to today's episode to find out what we can learn from bee dances, and how home gardeners can make a difference creating their own pollinator …

56 Dr. Ramesh Sagili - How to make a lot of honey this year!

June 18th, 2018


On today's episode, learn how to keep your bees healthy and productive, what is most important in maintaining your bees, and how to prevent varroa mites.

“Close to 50% of the nectar that [honeybees] bring in around the …

55 Mimi Jenkins - Watermelon Pollination: How native bees affect watermelon crops

June 4th, 2018


Listen in to learn about Mimi's work studying the pollination of watermelon, and how farmers can improve their crop through cultivating pollinator …

54 Ron Miksha - Crop Pollination: Past, Present and Future

May 28th, 2018


Listen in to learn the evolution of migratory beekeepers since the 1970's, and why Ron believes that our current pollination system isn't sustainable.

53 Kelly Rourke - National Pollinator Week

May 21st, 2018


Listen in to learn about National Pollinator Week, how the Pollinator Partnership helps the world's pollinator populations, and how you can take part.

52 OSU Research Retinue - Mowing or mowing less: What helps the bees more?

May 15th, 2018


Listen in to learn about how the ways that we maintain our lawns can help or hinder the abundance and diversity of bees, and affect pollinator health.

51 Heather Higo - Rearing your Own Queens

May 7th, 2018


Listen in to learn more about how you can get started rearing your own queens, the many facets of it's preparation, and Heather's tips in getting …

50 Lincoln Best - Taxonomy with The Oregon Bee Atlas

April 30th, 2018


Listen in to learn about Lincoln Best's manifesto for native bees and plant communities, and his best practices for volunteers in the Oregon Bee …

49 A $7 million investment in pollinator health by the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR)

April 23rd, 2018


Listen in to today's episode to learn more about FFAR, the work FFAR is doing to help pollinator research, and how they are helping citizen …

48 Travis Owen - The Amateur Anthecologist

April 16th, 2018


Listen in to learn more about the science of anthecology, how you can develop resources for pollinators, and what makes the honeybee unique to other …

47 Briana Ezray - Mullerian mimicry and why telling bumble bee species apart by color can be hard.

April 9th, 2018


Listen in to this episode to learn more about Mullerian mimicry, it's role in the evolution of bumblebees, and why it is the subject of Briana's …

46 A Well-Curated Bee In A Museum Is Worth A Thousand Pictures

March 26th, 2018


Listen in to learn the role of a museum in biodiversity and pollinator research, how citizen scientists can help, and OSU's new grant-funded bee …

45 Practicing Good Mason Bee Stewardship... The Bee Buddy Way

March 19th, 2018


Listen in to learn how best to take care of your mason bees, when to place them outside, and how the Bee Buddy program helps the pollinator community.

44 John Gates - Making Nucleus Colonies

March 12th, 2018


Listen in to learn about how John got started with nucleus colonies, how he has influenced other beekeepers, and what he saw change in his bees over …

43 Mark L. Winston - Listening to Bees

March 5th, 2018


Listen in to learn about Mark’s work on bees and their communication, how his publications have impacted beekeepers everywhere, and his upcoming release.

“If I was going to hang out with beekeepers, I needed to learn …

42 OSU Bee Squad - Honey Bees and Conservation (Research Retinue)

February 26th, 2018


Listen in to learn more about how honeybees affect global regions, which pollinators are the most effective, and how studies could improve their …

41 Rose Kachadoorian - What States Are Doing For pollinator Health

February 19th, 2018


Listen in to learn how your local and country agencies have fought for pollinator health, and what changes are taking place with farmers and …

40 Tom Landis - Monarch Butterflies in Southwestern Oregon

February 12th, 2018


Listen in to learn more about the Monarch butterfly, what Monarch waystations are and why they exist, and their unique system of migration.

“The …

39 Jeff Reardon - Bees in the Legislature

February 5th, 2018


Listen in as we talk about Reardon’s landmark bill, what it has done for pollinators, and how he involved the bee-keeping community.

“[This bill] is …

38 Dr. Ramesh Sagili - The Elusive Secrets of Honey Bee Nutrition and Controlling Varroa Mites

January 29th, 2018


Listen in as we talk about honey bee nutrition, what beekeepers need to know about nutrition supplements and sterols, and what Ramesh has learned …

37 Alison Center - North American Butterfly Association

January 22nd, 2018


Listen in as we talk about butterflies, their fascinating relationship with nature, and how you can plant your garden to attract more butterflies.

“The first step is to be curious about butterflies and start noticing …

36 John Gruszka - Independence From Packaged Honey Bees: the Case of Saskatchewan, Canada

January 15th, 2018


Listen in to hear about the history of pollinators in Northern Canada, wintering techniques, and how packages of bees have changed the beekeeping …

35 BEEvent - Oregon’s Pollinator Conference

January 8th, 2018


Listen in to learn more about the BEEvent, Oregon’s pollinator conference, and what this event provides gardeners and pollinator enthusiasts of all …

34 Dr. Gail Langellotto - What Pollinators Need From Gardeners in Urban Habitats

January 1st, 2018


Listen in to learn about ground nesting bees, the potential problems of plant lists, and how to maximize the benefits of urban landscapes for …

33 Mehmet Ali Döke - How Honey Bees Survive The Winter

December 26th, 2017


Listen in to learn about the effect of the winter season on bee populations, how bees have adapted, and what beekeepers can do to protect their …

32 Matt Arrington - Highbush Blueberries and Honeybees

December 18th, 2017


Listen in to learn about highbush blueberries, and how honeybees can greatly benefit the pollination and harvest of your plants.

“[Blueberries] are …

31 Doug Sponsler - The Risk of Pesticides to Honey Bees and Ecotoxicology

December 4th, 2017


Listen in as we go over pesticide's effects on pollinators, the difficulties in testing, and the advantages certain insects have in fighting …

30 Steve Frank - Navigating Urban Environments For Pollinators

November 27th, 2017


Listen in to learn about how urban environments affect pollinators, what homeowners and civil planners can do to improve them, and which plants and …

29 Alan Turanski - Saving The Bee Through Pollinator Awareness

November 20th, 2017


Listen in as we talk about the Alan’s work with GloryBee, their raising of bee awareness, and how beginning beekeepers can get started.

“At the beginning those were the two tenets of what we’re still trying to achieve …

28 Al Shay - Urban Landscapes for People and Pollinators

November 13th, 2017


Find out more about what you can do for pollinators at your own home, and how Al blends aesthetic and functional aspects of landscaping and …

27 Sarah Johnson - On Bumblebee Watch with Citizen Scientists

November 6th, 2017


Listen in as we talk about the bee population of Canada, her new captive breeding project, and how citizen science positively impacts her research.

26 Skyler Burrows - Bringing Taxonomy to Citizen Scientists

October 30th, 2017


In today’s episode, we will learn about Skyler’s work with pollinators, his projects with citizen scientists, and how you can get started in taxonomy.

25 Dr. Dewey M. Caron - Managing and Preventing Varroa Mites

October 23rd, 2017


Listen in to this episode to learn about how you can keep your colonies safe from varroa mites, and what tools you can use to prevent and manage them.

24 Kristen Healy - Mosquito Abatement and Pollinators

October 16th, 2017


We will be talking about mosquito abatement techniques, their effect on pollinator health, and the research Kristen’s team has done to keep them safe.

23 George Hansen - Beekeeper Built Bee Habitat

October 9th, 2017


Listen in to learn George's experience as a land manager, good practice in cultivating pollinator habitats, and his work in the advocacy of …

22 Oregon Flora Project - Making A New Natural Resource

October 2nd, 2017


Listen in to learn more about the Oregon Flora Project, and the amazing benefits their research and data collection has on pollinators.

“The Oregon …

21 Dr. Jim Rivers - Seeing The Forest For The Bees

September 18th, 2017


Dr. Jim Rivers is a vertebrate ecologist and leader of the Forest Animal Ecology Lab at Oregon State University. With broad research interests that …

20 Erin Udal - Bringing Bees To The People

September 11th, 2017


Erin Udal leads community pollinator conservation projects out of Vancouver, BC and was formerly the Program Manager and Pollinator Specialist with …

19 David Phipps - Golf Courses as Pollinator Habitat

August 28th, 2017


David Phipps is considered one of the Northwest’s leaders in golf course environmental stewardship and innovation. While working as the …

18 Lynn Royce – Bees in The Trees

August 14th, 2017


Lynn A. Royce, Ph.D. did her doctoral research on tracheal mites of honey bees and has studied pollinators for over 30 years. She is a passionate …

17 Ellie Andrews – The Sociology of Pollinator Health

August 7th, 2017


Ellie Andrews is a PhD student in Development/Rural Sociology at Cornell University. As honey bees across the US face a range of challenges, keeping …

16 Ellen Topitzhofer – Honey Bee Parasite Spread in Pollination

July 31st, 2017


Ellen Topitzhofer works for the Bee Informed Partnership, an innovative organization across the U.S. that works with commercial bee keepers to tackle some of their most pressing pest management issues.

In this episode, …

15 Jen Holt - How to Become a Master Beekeeper

July 24th, 2017


Jen Holt is the brand new Coordinator for the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program at OSU. In this episode, we’ll learn about how Jen got interested in …

14 Jessa Kay Cruz - Creating Pollinator Habitat Around Farms

July 17th, 2017


Bee habitat in agricultural landscapes is key element in any good strategy for pollinator health. But farmers have a lot going on and may not have …

13 Ruth Marsh - Repairing Bees with Art

July 10th, 2017


Ruth Marsh is a multidisciplinary artist based out of Halifax, NS. Her work uses absurd and often comically deadpan narratives to address loss, …

12 Scott MacIvor - The Bees of Toronto

July 3rd, 2017


Scott is an Assistant Professor of Urban Ecology at the University of Toronto at Scarborough in the Department of Biological Sciences. Scott is also …

11 Laura Taylor - Pollinator Restoration in Soil and Water Conservation Districts

June 26th, 2017


Laura Taylor works for The West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District. In this episode, find what happens when a local government wants to …

10 Aimee Code - Using Pesticides around Bee Habitat

June 19th, 2017


Aimee Code is the Pesticide Program Director at the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. During her career she has worked in urban and …

09 Dr. Meghan Milbrath – Northern Bee Breeding Network

June 12th, 2017


Dr. Meghan Milbrath began working bees with her father as a child over 20 years ago, and now owns and manages The Sand Hill Apiary, a small livestock and queen rearing operation in Munith, Michigan. Meghan is active in …

08 Sujaya Rao - Contrary Perspective to Native Bee Declines in Agricultural Landscapes: The Willamette Valley Experience

June 5th, 2017


Today on the podcast talk about bumblebees in agriculture.

Dr. Sujaya Rao is a Professor in Entomology at Oregon State University. Her research …

07 Sarah Common – Hive for Humanity: Keeping People Healthy with Bees

May 30th, 2017


Today on the show we explore bees and their social impact. In 2012, Sarah Common co-founded Hives for Humanity Society, alongside her mother, Julia, …

06 Dr. Dave Smitley - Protecting Pollinators in Urban Landscapes

May 26th, 2017


Dr. Dave Smitley is a professor and researcher at Michigan State University. He works with the turf grass and nursery industries to deal with emerging pest problems, and the greenhouse industry to grow plants in ways …

05 Mike Burgett - Honeybee Pollination Markets

May 24th, 2017


Mike Burgett is the Emeritus Professor of Entomology at OSU, where he has taught since 1974. He has conducted a huge amount of work on apiculture …

04 Dr. David Lowenstein - Wild Pollinators in Urban Areas

May 21st, 2017


Dr. David Lowenstein is a post-doc researcher at Oregon State University’s Department of Horticulture. Today we talk about his fascinating research …

03 Dr. Joseph Wilson - The Bees in Your Backyard

May 12th, 2017


Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Utah, Dr. Joseph Wilson has coauthored a marvelous book called The Bees in Your Backyard. We …

02 Dr. Elaine Evans - Citizen Science and Surveying Bumblebees

May 12th, 2017


Today’s episode is all about getting the public involved in surveying and identifying different species of bees. Dr Elaine Evans is our guest. She’s …

01 Francis Ratnieks - The Benefits of Bees in Urban Areas

May 12th, 2017


“A hairy vegetarian wasp.” That’s how professor Francis Ratnieks of the University of Sussex describes the bee. Professor Ratnieks has done a lot of …

00 Welcome to PolliNation

February 24th, 2017


PolliNation is a podcast from Oregon State University Extension Service that tells the stories of researchers, land managers and concerned citizens …

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