RCE Greater Burlington Information on Bee Research

Submitted by admin on Tue, 2017-02-21 10:50

Hi RCE colleagues:
Please let me add the warm welcome of RCE Greater Burlington to the three new RCEs in the Americas!


Related to Philip’s suggestion above, I call to your attention (1)  the work of several of my colleagues at the University of Vermont (UVM) ’s Gund Institute for Ecological Economics (email below is from last summer) related to bees and especially bumblebees,  and (2) The Wild for Pollinators initiative in Vermont, which I joined by including the pollinator gardens in my own yard (see the hotline to their website); I expect that many other states and provinces in the Americas have similar initiatives.:


Best regards, Tom


1.  Gund Media Advisory 


Bee Experts For U.S. Pollinator Week


As National Pollinator Week approaches (June 20-26), University of Vermont researchers say urgent action is needed to preserve U.S. bees, noting that nearly a third of North American bumblebee species are in decline, and several are threatened with extinction. 


UVM scientists are available to discuss bee declines, including the causes, impacts on food, agriculture and the economy, species at risk, and bee-friendly practices.


Prof. Taylor Ricketts

University of Vermont

Gund Institute, Director

Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Email: basil.waugh@uvm.edu (arrange interviews via Basil Waugh)

Tel: 802-656-8369


“Bees are critical to our food supply, our economy and our health,” says Taylor Ricketts, who helped map which U.S. regions are most at risk for wild bee declines. “Wild bees help pollinate two-thirds of our most important – and nutritious – crops, and contribute over $3 billion to the U.S. economy each year.”


Expert topics:

·         U.S. regions most at risk for wild bee losses

·         Bees’ importance to human nutrition and health

·         Bees value to the economy, food and nature

·         Causes of bee declines – and potential solutions

·         Foods (coffee, chocolate, key fruits and vegetables) that require pollination

·         How to promote healthy wild bees


Leif Richardson

Postdoctoral Researcher

University of Vermont

Gund Institute at UVM

Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Email: leif.richardson@uvm.edu

Tel: 802-793-6446


“Greater bee declines could produce a troubling mismatch between bees and the important crops that need pollination to grow,” saysLeif Richardson, who co-authored a study in Science Magazine on bee declines from climate change. “That would mean higher food prices, reduced biodiversity and other troubles.”


Expert Topics: 

·         How climate change is shrinking bumblebee habitats

·         Bees, such as Bombus affinis, being considered for the Endangered Species Act

·         Causes of bee declines, including neonicotinoid pesticides

·         How sick bumblebees “self-medicate” by seeking key plant chemicals

·         Food and plants that require pollination

·         How to promote healthy wild bees


Watch a video of UVM bee research in action.


Learn more about UVM efforts to stop global bee declines.


Follow the Gund Institute’s Twitter, Facebook and news alerts for National Pollinator Week research and experts.


Bee photos available upon request.



Basil Waugh
The Gund Institute
University of Vermont
Tel: 802.656.8369
Email: basil.waugh@uvm.edu
Website: uvm.edu/giee 
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2.  Wild for Pollinators

Hi Tom, 

Welcome to the Wild for Pollinators initiative! Thank you for joining the movement to conserve the pollinators. Thank you for including such a thorough description of pollinator garden. It seems like you're doing a lotof great work. Educating your neighbors about your pollinator gardens is exactly what needs to be done to increase awareness and habitat for pollinators. 

Wild for Pollinators is a community-based initiative that raises awareness of the importance of pollinators and encourages the creation of more pollinator and beneficial insect habitat across Vermont. Visit the www.wildforpollinators.org[1] website find more resources on pollinators.

By joining the movement, you are pledging to the following: *I will either leave an area wild, create a container bed with plants selected to benefit pollinators, or create a landscape designed to benefit pollinators.* My site is equal to or larger than 5' by 15’. *Pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides will not be applied to the site. *I will put up a Wild For Pollinator sign in front of my site.

We will be sending you a Wild for Pollinators sign to put up at your site to help spread awareness of the pollinator problem and proudly show that you have gone “Wild for Pollinators.” Please send us back a picture of you with the sign in front of your pollinator habitat!

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Best regards, Lily Myers www.vcgn.org

[1] http://www.wildforpollinators.org

Wild For Pollinators Intern 

Vermont Community Garden Network 

12 North Street #5 | Burlington, Vermont  05401

Office: 802-861-4769 | Cell: (802) 661-8609
Email: lily@vcgn.org



Thomas R. Hudspeth

Professor Emeritus of Environmental Studies and Natural Resources 
Fellow, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics
University of Vermont
Environmental Program and Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Co-coordinator, Greater Burlington Sustainability Education Network/Regional Center of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development
802-578-7792  FAX: 802-656-8015