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EDUCATE

Swarm Portland educates about the importance of bees and things we can do to help protect our pollinators. Together, we can create more pollinator habitat = urban bee sanctuaries.

Below are links to some educational resources, and please join the hive mind on Facebook: http://swarmportland.org/pages/education-resources.

ADVOCATE

As needed, we do advocacy work around city, state, and federal legislation that helps bees and reduces use of harmful pesticides and practices. Our very first activity was a Bee Die In to protest the use of neonic coated seeds.

 CREATE

Swarm Portland also works to create more urban bee habitat, which we do through partnerships and installations of our Hive Bee Beds.™ These are hand-crafted raised cedar and juniper garden beds can be planted with pollinator-friendly plants.  

Proceeds from sales of honey and other items support our education and habitat work.

Find us on Facebook:

Our Swarm Portland Facebook page provides seasonal and timely information including calls to action:  https://www.facebook.com/swarmportland

CROPS BEES POLLINATE

If you like these foods, you can thank a bee:

 

Almonds 

Apples

Apricots

Avocadoes

Blueberries

Boysenberries

Cherries

Oranges

Lemons

Limes

Cranberries

Grapes

Kiwifruit

Macadamia nuts

Nectarines

Peaches

Olives

 

Asparagus

Broccoli

Carrots

Cauliflower

Celery

Cucumbers

Cantaloupe

Honeydew

Onions

Pumpkins

Squash

Watermelons

Raspberries

Strawberries

Pears

Plums

Prunes

Coffee

Alfalfa Hay

Alfalfa Seed

Cotton Lint

Cotton Seed

Legume Seed

Peanuts

Rapeseed (Canola)

Soybeans

Sugar Beets

Sunflowers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Report a Bee Die Off

Here is information about what to do if you ever see a bee die off. Please be sure to collect about 3 cups of bees to use as the sample for lab work.

http://pollinatorstewardship.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Quick-Guide-to-Reporting-a-Bee-Kill-Incident-Final-03062015.pdf

 RESOURCES

We've collected some interesting facts and background on bees:

Bees Find Better Habitat in Urban Jungle than Farm Country

http://blog.nwf.org/2015/06/bees-find-better-habitat-in-urban-jungle-than-farm-country/

Intimate Portraits of Bees

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/features/140114-bee-native-macro-photography-insects-science/#.VYsML0uyzlB

Portland Bans Neonic Pesticide

http://portlandtribune.com/sl/255603-126048-portland-bans-neonicotinoid-pesticide-

You Have a Hive Mind - What we can learn from bees

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/you-have-a-hive-mind/

Winged: New Writing on Bees

http://wingedbook.com

Pollinator Congressional Taskforce Report on Pollinator Health

https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/Pollinator%20Health%20Strategy%202015.pdf

List of Crops Bees Pollinate

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_crop_plants_pollinated_by_bees

You're Worrying About the Wrong Bees

http://www.wired.com/2015/04/youre-worrying-wrong-bees/

Protecting Bees & Pollinators From Pesticides

http://www.beyondpesticides.org/pollinators/