A Cornell honey bee collects nectar from a purple loosestrife flower

Research @ Cornell: sampling honey bee pollen for pesticide analysis

Bumble bees pollinating a sunflower

Bees on Sunflower

Welcome to the Pollinator Network @ Cornell

Pollinators are essential for maintaining floral diversity and for producing many important agricultural crops that feed residents of New York and other areas of the world. 

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Online Course: Introduction to Beekeeping

During this 8-week course offered by the Northeast Beginning Farmers Project, develop a plan from A to Z, starting with the understanding of the difference between a drone, queen and nurse bee, siting your apiary, a plan for Varroa mites, and effective winterizing techniques that will help ensure your hive(s) make it through the winter to ensure a harvest the following season.
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Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Listing

Today the US Fish and Wildlife Service has officially listed the rusty patched bumble bee, Bombus affinis, as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. With its official listing, we can now outline a recovery plan to prevent the bees’ extinction and protect ecosystems where it is found.   Read more

XERCES Release Report on Neonicotinoids

The XERCES society released a report on the impacts of neonicotinoids on bees. It summarizes the scientific research on honey bees, bumble bees, and other native bees, and identifies key knowledge gaps to help direct future projects.
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Upcoming Honey Bee Workshop in Jefferson County

The Dyce Laboratory of Honey Bee Studies and Cornell Cooperative Extension Jefferson County are hosting the workshop: 
Parasites and pathogens of honey bees: the biology and management of Varroa mites and American foulbrood.
This workshop is targeted toward beekeepers with 0-3 years of experience, or for anyone who wants some refresher training. Topics will include Varroa mite biology and management, as well as American foulbrood identification, control, and new FDA regulations for antibiotics in the US.

Date: Monday, November 21, 2016
Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County Office, 203 North Hamilton Street, Watertown NY 13601 
Registration Cost: $30 pre-registration, $35 at the door, and free to veterans and active duty military

Click here to register, or email Emma Mullen (ekm75@cornell.edu) for more information.

Following the Wild Bees: The Craft and Science of Bee Hunting

Join Thomas D. Seeley, the Horace White Professor in Biology in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell, for a Chats in the Stacks book talk about Following the Wild Bees (Princeton University Press; May 3, 2016). This event is open to the public and will take place in Cornell University Mann Library, Room 160 at 4:00 pm.