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21 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
186 - Dean Herzfeld - Where do pesticide applicators get their training?
Pesticide applicators across the US needed to become certified and trained. In this episode we explore where this training requirement came from and how it applies to reducing exposure of pollinators to pesticides.
24 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
185 - Kathleen Law - Keeping Bees Safe During Blueberries
Highbush blueberry is the largest pollinated crop in Oregon and one of the top crops in the US as a whole. Beekeepers report that their colonies can sometimes experience difficulties when pollinating this crop. In this episode we hear about how to keep bees healthy in blueberry production systems.
52 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
184 - Steve Javorek - Bee Habitat in Lowbush Blueberry
Lowbush blueberry growers in Atlantic Canada have been increasing bee habitat around their fields by encouraging existing plant communities. In this episode we learn how they do this and the incredible bees that pollinate this crop.
46 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
183 - Pollinator Partnership - National Pollinator Week (and Beyond)
With National Pollinator week next week, we caught up with staff at Pollinator Partnership (P2) to learn about what’s happening to celebrate the week, but also to catch up on growing P2 initiatives; Bee Friendly Farming and the Pollinator Stewards program.
18 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
182 - Miranda Jones - The Great Oregon Squash Bee Hunt
Squash bees were never known to Oregon until a few years ago. This summer Oregonians may see the squash bee Peponapis pruinosa for the first time. Learn about these bees and how to track them in the state on this episode.
34 minutes | May 9, 2021
181- Jim Cane - Pollination of raspberries and other caneberries
Raspberries are not nearly as difficult to pollinate as self-incompatible tree fruit or blueberries. But getting consistent fruit quality still requires finesse. In this episode we cover the pollination requirements of these berries, some of the bees that visit (and nest) in these crops and how to ensure a consistent level of pollination.
42 minutes | May 2, 2021
180- Glyn Stephens - Splitting your booming colonies
Your honey bees have expanded many fold this spring. Now is the opportunity to split your colonies in half and get two colonies. In this episode we learn all the tricks associated with reliable and quick spring (and summer) and division of colonies.
56 minutes | Apr 25, 2021
179- Michael Branstetter - The deep history of the mason bees
Mason bees in the subgenus Osmia emerged sometime before the ice-age, likely in Europe and Asia, but they radiated into North America early on in their history, resulting in one of the most beloved solitary bees, the blue orchard bee. In this episode, we dive into the evolutionary history of this subgenus.
54 minutes | Apr 18, 2021
178- Anna Ashby and Amber Reece - 10 beekeeping questions you were too afraid to ask
Starting to keep bees can be overwhelming. To help you get started we have two Oregon Master Beekeepers answer the 10 most common questions that beginners ask.
42 minutes | Apr 11, 2021
177- Olivia Messinger Carril - A field guide to the common bees of North America?
Michael O’Loughlin and his family farm a total of 200 acres in Yamhill County. The O'Loughlin Farms and garden is a private research station tracking onsite precipitation, testing slug biocontrol, and studying beetle predation and Northwestern garter and ringneck populations. Michael has been a Master Gardener since 2014 and Oregon Bee Atlas since 2018. Since then, he has mentored new Master Gardener students, participated on the Yamhill County Master Gardener insect committee, taught classes in entomology and garden pollinators, served as a local expert for garden beetle or herpetology questions, and contributed articles to the Master Gardener newsletter. He is also on the Advisory Committee of the Oregon Bee Atlas and leads up the mighty Yamhill County Atlas team. He has also designed, consulted on, and/or built nine school gardens across the state, including a pollinator garden at Mary Wood Elementary School in Tigard. In the six years that O’Loughlin has been a Master Gardener, he has accomplished a tremendous amount of work that benefits gardeners across the state. Although many people may be familiar with his work, many do not know that O’Loughlin is the force behind them, and in 2020 he was awarded the statewide Statewide Behind the Scenes Award for the Master Gardeners.
64 minutes | Apr 4, 2021
176- Fred Weisensee - The pollinator plants you need!
With people either reving up to start or spruce up their pollinator garden, we sat down with a local nursery owner about some of the plants he most recommends for bloom across the year.
34 minutes | Mar 28, 2021
175 - Marie Vicksta and Michael O'Loughlin - Pollinator Habitat on County Roadsides
This week we hear how Soil and Water Conservation Districts are working to establish cost-effective and pollinator habitat on County roadsides.
31 minutes | Mar 21, 2021
174 -Veronica Wignall - Whacking bees for science: Competitive exclusion between honey bees and bumblebees in the UK
Honey bees and native social bees are important crop pollinators and key parts of healthy native plant ecology. However, it’s very difficult to examine how these groups of bees interact in the floral landscape. In this episode, we discuss competition between bumble bees and honey bees in an landscape where they are both native, the UK, to uncover what influences they have on each other and the floral resources they share.
25 minutes | Mar 14, 2021
173 - Jessica Rendon - Japanese beetle (is no friend of pollinators)
Japanese beetle is a devastating exotic pest. Eradication efforts are underway across the US, including in Oregon. We hear about what is involved with eradication and how it can be done in a way that minimizes impacts to pollinators.
52 minutes | Mar 7, 2021
172 - Theresa Pitts-Singer - Where next for managed solitary bees
Managed solitary bees have been a part of crop pollination in the Western US for decades, particularly in alfalfa seed production. But over the last decade, the use of these bees has expanded. We look at the recent expansion and where it might lead in this episode.
42 minutes | Feb 28, 2021
171 - Brittany Goodrich - How pollinator markets work
Renting a honey bee colony for pollination seems simple enough, but frequently colonies are contracted months before pollination and a lot can go wrong from the time a contract is inked to when bees are delivered. In this episode we take a deep dive into the fascinating world of beekeepers, growers and pollination brokers.
31 minutes | Feb 21, 2021
170 - Halie Cousineau - School gardens and pollinators
Gardens are increasingly appearing in schools. In this episode we learn about strategies to use these gardens to introduce pollinators into school curriculum.
60 minutes | Feb 14, 2021
169 - Al Shay - Moving your pollinator garden up a notch
There is an almost inexhaustible amount of options for pollinator gardens. But this can not only be a cause for invigoration, but also confusion. This episode will set you straight on how to take your pollinator garden to the next level.
39 minutes | Feb 7, 2021
168 - Carolyn Breece and Ellen Topitzhofer - Late Winter Hive Management
Carolyn Breece and Ellen Topitzhofer support the field research of the OSU Honey Bee Lab. Together they manage the lab’s 80 research and educational colonies, preparing them for experiments, and collecting data. They also teach classes and workshops to community beekeepers, OSU undergraduates, and Oregon Master Beekeeper participants.
28 minutes | Jan 31, 2021
167 - Linda Hardison - Oregon Flora… reloaded
There have been two exciting developments with Oregon Flora. The first is vol 2 of the flora, which includes an amazing section on Oregon pollinators. The second is there new website, which allows you to do amazing searches for Oregon plant communities.
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