A Special Message from the Pollinator Stewardship Council

 

Pollinator Stewardship Council
P.O. Box 304, Perkinston, MS 39573

 


Dear Beekeepers,

One of the first crops pollinated this spring saw estimates of 80,000 honey bee colonies damaged due to an unregulated tank mix of pesticides. The pesticide label offered no protections to the honey bees. These damaged colonies had piles of dead bees in front of the hives, inside the hives, and the brood were “born” dead and dying.

dead bees in front of hivedying & dead brood

dead & dying brood

dead bees in front of hive

Visual evidence is not enough to prove these losses of honey bee colonies. Lab analysis of the “evidence of the bee kill” is needed to support beekeepers in their efforts to protect pollinators.

We are beekeepers, working to protect honey bees and native pollinators.We have been collecting reports of bee kills across the U.S. We need to do more! We received two donations of $5,000 each in support of our work to collect reports of bee kills, and to supply bee kill evidence kits to beekeepers and lab analysis of honey bees for pesticide exposureThis scientific proof of the level of pesticides bees are encountering in urban, suburban, and agricultural areas is important data of the real-world environment of pollinators.

State Agricultural and Environmental Agencies lack the budgets and staff to analyze bees for pesticide exposure.Help us help beekeepers.It will cost $150,000 to collect bee kill reports, provide 200 evidence kits and lab tests for pollen, pesticides, and pathogens. Two generous donors have already given $5,000 each.

Donate today to ensure beekeepers and honey bees can continue to pollinate our neighborhoods, community gardens, farms, and wild lands. Support our project to provide bee kill evidence kits and lab analysis for pesticide exposure. You can complete the form below and mail it with your donation; or go online and make your donation today at http://pollinatorstewardship.org/supportourwork.

Thank you for being beekeepers,
Michele Colopy, Program Director

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Thank you! Together we can make a difference for beekeeping operations, for pollinators, for a sustainable and affordable food supply

Bee evidence kits include:
Insulated shipping box
Disposable gloves
Pre-labeled sample vials
Pre-labeled PRI Sample Log Sheets
Pre-labeled Chain of Custody (COC) form
Evidence Collection Directions
Small Metal Spatula (for pollen and honey extraction)
Weighing dishes (for pollen extraction)
Trash bags to use as surface protectors to make a clean workspace
Rubbing alcohol wipes to clean sampling implements between samples

*kits developed by PRI (Pesticide Research Institute)

The Pollinator Stewardship Council’s mission is to defend managed and native pollinators vital to a sustainable and affordable food supply
from the adverse impact of pesticides.
a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; all donations are tax deductible