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This is the official website for the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association, established in 1873. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

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Welcome to the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association!

For over 130 years the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association has been serving the Los Angeles Beekeeping Community. Our group membership is composed of commercial and small scale beekeepers, bee hobbyists, and bee enthusiasts. So whether you came upon our site by design or just 'happened' to find us - welcome! Our primary purpose is the care and welfare of the honeybee. We achieve this through education of ourselves and the general public, supporting honeybee research, and practicing responsible beekeeping in an urban environment. 

"The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others."  Saint John Chrysostom 



Next LACBA Meeting:
 
Monday, January 8, 2018.  Meeting: 7PM. Open Board Meeting: 6:30PM. On Monday, December 4, 2017 we celebrate the season with our LACBA Annual Holiday Banquet.

LACBA Beekeeping Class 101:
 We had our final LACBA Beekeeping Class 101 for the 2017 season. Please check back in January 2018 for info re our 2018 season. For info on our classes see: Beekeeping Class 101.

Check out our Facebook page for lots of info and updates on bees; and please remember to LIKE US: https://www.facebook.com/losangelesbeekeeping 

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Monday
Jul232012

Do You Have A Landscape To Share?

The Pollinator Partnership’s mission is to promote the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research. Signature initiatives include the NAPPC (North American Pollinator Protection Campaign), National Pollinator Week, and the Ecoregional Planting Guide 

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Farmland The Pollinator Partnership has been awarded two USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG). The purpose of these ongoing projects are to assess pollinator friendly plantings on rangelands and farms that are currently S.H.A.R.E-ing for their impact on pollinator populations, and to measure the success of educational outreach materials.

Utility Rights of Ways represent a vast landscape with potential to become pollinator habitat. P2 is working with local utilities in California to fine-tune Integraed Vegetation Management techniques to create truly pollinator-friendly systems.

Corporations We are always looking for ways to use our expertise and talented staff to help others S.H.A.R.E. P2 is a leader in protecting pollinators by improving landscape health on agricultural, urban, industrial, public, and private land. We provide technical assistance, program support, evaluation and monitoring to those who want to S.H.A.R.E.

Highways BEE Act Highway rights-of-way represent about 17 million acres of opportunity for S.H.A.R.E.-ing.  Reductions in roadside mowing, combined with enhanced plantings of native forbs and grasses, can provide economic benefits, reduced carbon emissions, and critical habitat for pollinators. This legislation supports and builds on innovative Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) efforts in a growing number of State Departments of Transportation by directing the Secretary of Transportation to use existing authorities, programs, and funding.

Farm Bill Congress included pollinator-beneficial provisions for native and managed pollinators in the conservation, research and specialty crops titles of the Food, Energy and Conservation Act of 2008 (Farm Bill).  For the first time ever, the Farm Bill specifically mentions pollinators and contains meaningful pollinator protection measures.  While the bill was a success, P2 recognizes the need to urge Congress and the Administration to continue working to find more ways to strengthen the pollinator protection measures for S.H.A.R.E.-d landscapes.

Sunday
Jul222012

Farm Bill: Don't Let Monsanto Sneak This Through

(Action Alert from the Pesticide Action Network North America July 19, 2012)

Several worrisome pro-industry riders, buried deep in the version of the Farm Bill now working its way through the House, would fast-track approval of genetically engineered crops. We need to stop them.

With 9 new GE crops pending approval — including Dow’s 2,4-D corn and Monsanto’s RoundUp Ready canola — the Big 6 pesticide corporations are hoping to quietly slip these damaging riders through, paving the way for expedited approval of their current and future GE products. 

Don't allow GE crops to be fast-tracked» As the Farm Bill moves towards a vote on the House floor, urge your Representative to reject the proposed biotech riders that would bypass scientific review and undermine oversight of GE crops.

Farmers across the country are already dealing with the fallout from pesticide-resistant crops, including superweeds resulting from Monsanto's RoundUp Ready product line. The strategy of stacking seeds with herbicide-resistant traits is fast falling apart.

But instead of abandoning a losing strategy, the pesticide/biotech industry is trying hard to get us all running faster on the same broken pesticide treadmill. The riders attached to the House Farm Bill would eliminate safeguards for farmers while allowing the Big 6 to push through even more GE crops, driving up pesticide use alongside their profit margin.

Protect farmers & communities» With more herbicide-resistant GE crops comes more use of antiquated, dangerous herbicides. Make sure your Representatives know what's at stake, and reject the riders that would give Monsanto & Co. a free pass.

For more info:
http://www.panna.org/blog/feds-ask-are-big-6-too-big
http://www.panna.org/

Saturday
Jul212012

Here Comes the Sun(flowers)

By Kathy Keatley Garvey (Bug Squad - Happenings in the Insect World - July 20, 2012) 

You can't drive by a sunflower field without smiling.

Their golden heads turned toward the sun, their fringed petals aglow, sunflowers set an amicable scene in a world sometimes darkened by strife and sorrow.

Take, for example, the sunflower fields along Pedrick Road in Dixon, Calif. They are spectacular. A Vincent Van Gogh painting come to life.

And, the bees make it happen.

The non-native honey bees (Apis mellifera), brought to America in 1622 by...

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Visit the Kathy Keatley Garvey Bug Squad blog at: http://ucanr.org/blogs/bugsquad/
Visit the Kathy Keatley Garvey website at: http://kathygarvey.com/

Friday
Jul202012

EPA Does Not Suspend Clothianidin & Releases Petition for Public Review

(The following is brought us by CATCH THE BUZZ (Kim Flottum) Bee Culture, The Magazine of American Beekeeping, published by A.I. Root Company.) 

The EPA is denying a petition requesting emergency suspension of clothianidin based on imminent hazard. The agency will, however, be taking comment  from the public for 60 days on the petition’s request for cancellation of clothianidin. The agency received the petition from a group of beekeepers, Beyond Pesticides, Pesticide Action Network of North America and others on March 20, 2012. The petition alleges that clothianidin poses an “imminent hazard,” requiring swift regulatory action to protect bees. After considering the petition and the supporting information, the EPA is denying the request to suspend clothianidin use because the petition fails to show that an imminent hazard to bees exists.  Under the FIFRA standard, suspension is appropriate only if there exists a substantial likelihood of serious, imminent harm. Having reviewed the peti tion and supporting information, the EPA does not believe there is a substantial likelihood of imminent serious harm from the use of clothianidin. Specifically, the EPA does not believe the petition demonstrates that the use of clothianidin is causing or will cause:

. significant reduction in populations of domestic bees or native pollinators,
. significant decreases in honey production,
. serious effects on other agricultural systems as a result of decreases in pollination services or
. a reduction in pollination of wild plants in a way that may alter ecosystems. 

EPA is continuing its comprehensive scientific evaluation on all the neonicotinoid pesticides, including clothianidin. This extensive review will determine if any restrictions are necessary to protect people, the environment, or pollinators.  Also, in September, EPA will seek independent scientific peer review on how to better assess the risks of pesticides to pollinators.  This effort will improve our understanding and strengthen the scientific and regulatory process to protect honey bees and other pollinators.  

The EPA's response denying the petition is available at regulations.gov <http://www.regulations.gov/#!home;tab=search>  under docket EPA HQ-OPP-2012-0334 <http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0334;dct=FR%252BPR%252BN%252BO%252BSR> .

A Federal Register notice next week will open a 60-day comment period on the remaining issues in the petition. The EPA will respond to the entirety of the petition at a later date after it has obtained and reviewed any public comments.

In the same Federal Register notice, the EPA will announce the availability of the final work plan for clothianidin’s re-evaluation under Registration Review and its response to comments received during the initial public comment period for the registration review of clothianidin.

 *For information about this pesticide and access to the documents being announced see:  http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/reregistration/status.htm

**For information about this pesticide and access to the documents being announced see: http://www.epa.gov/oppsrrd1/registration_review/reg_review_status.htm

Related article: Beyond Pesticides (July 20, 2012) On Thursday, July 18, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it had formally refused to recognize that honey bees face an “imminent hazard” and denied a request by beekeepers to immediately suspend the use of pesticides that pose harm to pollinators. The decision comes in response to a legal petition filed earlier this year by twenty-five beekeepers and environmental organizations, citing significant acute and chronic bee kills across the United States linked to neonicotinoid pesticides, particularly clothianidin...(Read more) 

For more info see:
EPA Sidesteps chance to protet bees: (Also read the Comment by Sky's Alive Apiary (Jacqueline Burns-Walters) http://www.panna.org/blog/epa-sidesteps-chance-protect-bees 
Watch Beyond Pesticides Executive Director Jay Feldman's interview on Link TV/Earth Focus discussing pesticides and the decline of bee populations. (June 22, 2012)

Thursday
Jul192012

Learning Impairment in Honey Bees Caused by Agricultural Spray Adjuvants

Published in PLoS ONE Timothy J. Ciarlo*, Christopher A. Mullin, James L. Frazier,Daniel R. Schmehl

Department of Entomology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Abstract:

Background:Spray adjuvants are often applied to crops in conjunction with agricultural pesticides in order to boost the efficacy of the active ingredient(s). The adjuvants themselves are largely assumed to be biologically inert and are therefore subject to minimal scrutiny and toxicological testing by regulatory agencies. Honey bees are exposed to a wide array of pesticides as they conduct normal foraging operations, meaning that they are likely exposed to spray adjuvants as well. It was previously unknown whether these agrochemicals have any deleterious effects on honey bee behavior.

Methodology/Principal Findings: An improved, automated version of the proboscis extension reflex (PER) assay with a high degree of trial-to-trial reproducibility was used to measure the olfactory learning ability of honey bees treated orally with sublethal doses of the most widely used spray adjuvants on almonds in the Central Valley of California. Three different adjuvant classes (nonionic surfactants, crop oil concentrates, and organosilicone s urfactants) were investigated in this study. Learning was impaired after ingestion of 20 µg organosilicone surfactant, indicating harmful effects on honey bees caused by agrochemicals previously believed to be innocuous. Organosilicones were more active than the nonionic adjuvants, while the crop oil concentrates were inactive. Ingestion was required for the tested adjuvant to have an effect on learning, as exposure via antennal contact only induced no level of impairment.

Conclusions/Significance: A decrease in percent conditioned response after ingestion of organosilicone surfactants has been demonstrated here for the first time. Olfactory learning is important for foraging honey bees because it allows them to exploit the most productive floral resources in an area at any given time. Impairment of this learning ability may have serious implications for foraging efficiency at the colony level, as well as potentially many social interactions. Organosilicone spray adjuvants may therefore contribute to the ongoing global decline in honey bee health.

Read the entire paper at: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0040848

(The above brought us by CATCH THE BUZZ (Kim Flottum) Bee Culture, The Magazine of American Beekeeping, published by A.I. Root Company.)