PolliNation | A Pollinator Health Podcast

PolliNation is a podcast from Oregon State University Extension Service that tells the stories of researchers, land managers and concerned citizens who are making bold strides to improve the health of pollinators.

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PolliNation is a podcast from Oregon State University Extension Service that tells the stories of researchers, land managers and concerned citizens who are making bold strides to improve the health of pollinators.
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2019-06-17 23:51
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2019-06-17 04:28
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Andony Melathopoulos | Pollinator Health Extension Specialist | Oregon State University author  
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101 - Sharon Selvaggio - Labeling Pollinator Plants

There has been a lot of demand for nursery plants that are good for pollinators, but also confusion on whether these plants have been grown using practices that minimize impacts to pollinators. This week we hear from Sharon Selvaggio, Program Director ...

100 - THE Everything-You-wanted-to-know-about-pollinators-but-were-afraid- to-ask SHOW

For the 100th Episode of PolliNation we assembled our crack team of OSU pollinator faculty together to answer your burning questions. 

Episode 99 – Adam Allington – The Business of Bees

Commercial bee pollination is an integral part of food production in the US. In this episode we catch up with Adam Allington, a reporter with Bloomberg Environment, about a new podcast "The Business of Bees" that explores how the food system has evolve...

Episode 98 – Bob Falconer – Backyard Pollinator Strips Made Easy

Pollinator strips are exceedingly tricky to establish. This week we drop by Washington County Master Gardener and Master Beekeeper Bob Falconer’s house to see how he establish magnificent strips of Phacelia and clover.

97 Hannah Levenson - Regional bee communities (and the plants they like)

Not all bee communities across a region might use the same flowers. But how might gardeners be better informed about what local bees like? Also, do regional bee communities confront different disease pressures. Hear how Hannah Levenson is addressing th...

96 Mia Park - Urban Prairie Restoration for Bees

How do you measure the success of restoration projects for bees? Dr. Mia Park from North Dakota State University catches us up on work she is doing around urban prairie restoration.  Learn more about this episode of PolliNation at http://blogs.oregonst...

95 Lincoln Best - The Oregon Bee Atlas

Listen in to learn the role of the Oregon Bee Atlas, how it has grown in only a year, and which plants are best for pollinator biodiversity in Oregon. "It's easy to document common species; it's really difficult to assess the extreme biodiversity that ...

94 Aaron Anderson - Which Native Plants Are Best For In Your Garden For Oregon Bees?

Listen in to learn what native plants are best for your garden, both for increasing the health of local pollinators and adding beauty to your garden. "There have been very few studies that have been done on the relative attractiveness of different plan...

93 Dr. Elina L Niño - Pollinating California Almonds

Listen in to learn how growers can improve their pollinator effectiveness, the benefits of certain overwintering solutions, and the key to great queens. "I know there's a lot of talk about letting natural selection do it's thing, but we have to think a...

92 Jim Cane - The Weird And Wonderful World of Alfalfa Pollination

Listen in to learn about the two key pollinators of alfalfa seed: the alfalfa leafcutter bee and alkali bee. "If [alfalfa] bloomed in the spring, there would not be enough hours in the day for a female bee to complete a nest cell for one offspring." – ...

91 Pierre Lau - The Everything-You-Wanted-To-Know-About-Pollen Episode

Listen in to learn all about pollen: how to collect and identify it, how it can be used in forensics, and the tools that researchers have developed to source it from particular plants. “The fun thing about pollen and why palynology is a thing is that e...

90 Dr. Casey Delphia - The Bees of Montana

Listen in to learn about Dr. Delphia's bee atlas projects, why Montana is a "black hole" of bee data, and where to find the coolest native bees of Montana. “It’s really great to be working on bees in Montana and it’s also not so great. It’s great becau...

89 Kim Flottum - The Venerable Tradition of Getting the Word Out About Bees

Learn how Kim Flottum is taking beekeeping education into the future, and how he is following in legendary beekeeping educator Amos Root's footsteps. "We have gone from pencil-writing answers to letters, to the electronic age, and it has opened the doo...

88 Rebecca Perry and Grace Cope - The Benefits of Golf Course Flower Patches Depends on Course Management

Listen in to learn how golf courses can better serve pollinators and their habitats through curating their plants, flowers, and maintenance schedule. "Golf courses are these really unique islands of vegetation within these urban lands." - Rebecca Perry...

87 Steve Peterson - How To Make Mason Bees Thrive?

Listen in to learn Steve's experience in making and maintaining mason bee nesting blocks, and why he advocates using a wood laminate in its construction. "I've always been interested in that you can raise these bees and sort of have a lower input in te...

86 Dr. Priyadarshini Chakrabarti - The Secret Life of Bee Nutrition

Listen in to learn the importance of sterols in honeybee health, why they are so important, and the research Dr. Priyadarshini Chakrabarti has done on them. "[Sterols] are building blocks of cellular membranes. That is why we are trying to focus on the...

85 Lynda Boyer - Producing Native Plants For Bees

Listen in to learn how Heritage Seedlings aids in restoration sites and pollinator health as a Flagship Farm, and the best native plants for your garden. "We have around 560 native prairie plant species, and the majority of them also have pollinator sp...

84 Kathleen Baughman - Nurseries and Pollinators

Learn how Iwasaki Bros. has reduced their environmental impact through Integrated Pest Management (IPM), bee monitoring, and the flagship farm program. "The Iwasaki's have always been interested in sustainability, so [becoming a flagship farm] was some...

83 Harry Vanderpool - Talking to Pesticide Applicators About Bees

Listen in to learn Harry's effective communication methods, how he builds bridges with others in agriculture, and what he's done for pollinators in the PNW. "We're really all working hard and trying to make a living at the same time, and working togeth...

82 Sarah Kincaid - Promoting Bee-Friendly Farming

  Listen in to learn how Sarah and the Flagship Farms program work with farmers to create sustainable ecosystems for pollinators, and how you can participate.   "We're a specialty crop state and many of those depend on pollination, and if they depend o...

81 Dr. Valerie Peters - Climate Change, Pollinators and Coffee

Listen in to learn the intersection between changing tropical climates, pollinator habitats, and the coffee crop, and the impact of mines on pollinators. "For a lot of species, we don't know if they'll be able to successfully move fast enough northward...

80 Dr. Christina Mogren - Bees in Hawaii

Listen in to learn the relationship of pollinators with native flora and fauna of Hawaii, and what is being done to aid local agriculture and beekeeping. "A lot of the plants [in Hawaii] evolved with bird and beetle pollinators, there's only one native...

79 Robyn Shephard - Hybrid Vegetable Seed Pollination

Listen in to today's episode to learn how hybrid systems work and the steps vegetable seed growers are taking to keep bees healthy during pollination. "It's a labor intensive crop, especially if you're doing it transplanted." - Robyn Shephard. Learn mo...

78 Emily Erickson - Breeding and The Attractiveness of Garden Plants

Emily Erickson talks about the role of garden plants in bee conservation and how plant breeding may be changing the attractiveness of garden plants to bees. "This [data] gives us a really cool system where we can isolate these single traits in the cont...

77 David Cantlin - More Clover In Your Turf? Lessons from the City of Fife

In this episode, we hear about the City of Fife’s initiative to increase the amount of blooming clover available to bees on their city properties. "Clover attracts bees and other pollinators, so it benefits the ecology of the area." - David Cantlin. Le...

76 Dr. Chelsea Cook - Honey Bee Scouting and the Virtues of Being Easily Distracted

Listen in to learn how different bees divide up the responsibilities of finding and gathering food, and why they developed this method of foraging. "I can only imagine if in my neighborhood, every couple of days the grocery store closed and popped up s...

75 Amy Cox - Eco-lawns and Pollinators

Listen in to learn more about eco-lawns, what brought Amy into this business, and what makes eco-lawns ideal for all different kinds of home owners. "I think I've always wanted to something that helped other people, and that's turned into something tha...

74 Lila Westreich - Mason Bees and Landscapes

Listen in to learn more about what drew Lila to Osmia lignaria, and how she is finding the effect of these bees on their landscape, and vice versa. "[Osmia] are really easy to work with, they're easy to buy, which is rare for a native bee source, and t...

73 Research Retinue - Is Glyphosate Harmful To Bees?

Learn more about the recent research studying the effects of glyphosate on honeybees, and how glyphosate can indirectly affect their gut homogenate. "Those lactobacillus bacteria are supposed to not be sensitive to the glyphosate, so it's weird that th...

72 Garth Mulkey - Specialty seeds and bees

Listen in to learn how Garth Mulkey helped develop the bee protection protocol for specialty seed growers, and why specialty seed growers need bees. "[The bees] are even more critical in our hybrid productions, because the females in this production do...

71 Courtney MacInnis and Dr. Steve Pernal - Honey Bee Nosema Disease: An Old Disease With New Twists

Listen in to learn how the small fungus Nosema affects bee colonies, how and where it thrives, and what is being done to stop it in the research community. “Nosema is kind of a tough nut to crack. There have been many people besides ourselves that have...

70 Dr. Sara Galbraith - Measuring success: mason bees as an indicator of forest management quality

Listen in to learn how forests are managed, how it affects pollinator habitat, and how bioassays gather essential insights into improving pollinator health. “Out West in general, and especially in places like Oregon, because so much of our land has pot...

69 Michelle Flenniken - Bee viruses

Listen in to learn how viruses affect pollinators, how virologists study them, and which ways beekeepers can best protect their colonies from infection. “When you think about a bee colony, it's a great place for viral infections. They're really crowded...

68 Project Apis m. - Enhancing the Health of Honey Bees Through Research and Education

Listen in to learn how Project Apis m. has accomplished sustained valuable research for both pollinators and the agriculture and beekeeping industries. “What it takes to make the change on the ground is to show and prove what is happening, and then out...

67 Rich Hatfield - PNW Bumble Bee Atlas

Listen in to today's episode to learn how the PNW Bumble Bee Atlas is aiding in bee conservation, and how you can participate in pollinator habitat surveys. “I can tell you from the response that we've had that people are pretty excited. They've been h...

66 Dr. Sarah Lawson - The small carpenter bee and their Cinderella daughters

In this episode, we learn about the life cycle of Ceratina, and its peculiar strategy of turning the firstborn female into the a nursemaid of the nest. “We like to think of [Ceratina] as a bee on the brink of sociality.” - Dr. Sarah Lawson. Learn more ...

65 Robert Coffin and Josh Loy - Teeing off with Monarch Butterflies

In this episode, we learn how to create certified monarch waystations, and how Stewart Meadows integrated the monarch waystations into their golf course. “We want to put in more of these monarch waystations and pollinator habitats. To me, that is a won...

64 Mike Rodia - Residential Beekeeping and the Law

Listen in as we talk about residential beekeeping, and the ways you can work with your local government to keep your local hives nuisance-free. “Residential beekeeping didn't really exist 30 or 40 years ago, so the cities have had to address it as prob...

63 Lori Weidenhammer - Victory Gardens for Bees

Listen in to learn more about victory gardens, the cultural importance of bees over time, and how artists and scientists work together to educate the world. “If you want to grow food to feed yourself, you also need to feed the bees. We need to feed the...

62 Sam Droege and the Bee School

Listen in to learn more about how to plant a garden for pollinators using non-native plants, and the complexities of pollinator research in the field. “The bigger picture I focus on is to emphasize that [we all] have a role to play in the saving of bee...

61 Dale Mitchell - Oregon’s pesticide incidence reporting system

Listen in to this episode to learn how the Department of Agriculture handles suspected pesticide-related bee incidents, and what they do to prevent them. “I would like to encourage any citizens within the state of Oregon to report any suspected bee rel...

60 Dr. Bob Peterson - Alfalfa leafcutting bees and mosquitos.

Listen in to today's episode to learn about the uniqueness of leafcutting bees, how they're managed, and how to keep your bees safe in using pesticides. “When you look at an alfalfa field, if it has what looks like little metal or wooden sheds in the f...

59 Dr. Hollis Woodard - Bees in dynamic and extreme environments

Listen in to today's episode to learn about the bees that evolved in vastly different climates, and why Dr. Woodard's lab studies the way they have adapted. “In the bumblebee lineage, they have been social for so long now, that it's really difficult, i...

58 Pollinators and their People: The voices of Oregon Pollinator Week 2018

Listen in to this special episode to learn how young students can learn about pollinator science and health, and the way education is changing young minds. “It's so cool to see so many kids out here checking out pollinators, and how sophisticated they ...

57 Drs. Margaret Couvillon and Roger Schürch - Measuring bee habitat quality through honey bee dances

Listen to today's episode to find out what we can learn from bee dances, and how home gardeners can make a difference creating their own pollinator habitat. “The hypothesis would be that the hotspots the honeybees have indicated are good or bad will ma...

56 Dr. Ramesh Sagili - How to make a lot of honey this year!

On today's episode, learn how to keep your bees healthy and productive, what is most important in maintaining your bees, and how to prevent varroa mites. “Close to 50% of the nectar that [honeybees] bring in around the year is from blackberries.” - Dr....

55 Mimi Jenkins - Watermelon Pollination: How native bees affect watermelon crops

Listen in to learn about Mimi's work studying the pollination of watermelon, and how farmers can improve their crop through cultivating pollinator systems. “Watermelon is one of those crops that is entirely dependent on pollinators in order to set frui...

54 Ron Miksha - Crop Pollination: Past, Present and Future

Listen in to learn the evolution of migratory beekeepers since the 1970's, and why Ron believes that our current pollination system isn't sustainable. “We can do more with fewer acres by using the honeybees, and they're being provided by commercial bee...

53 Kelly Rourke - National Pollinator Week

Listen in to learn about National Pollinator Week, how the Pollinator Partnership helps the world's pollinator populations, and how you can take part. “Protect their lives, preserve ours.” - Kelly Rourke. Learn more about this episode of PolliNation at...

52 OSU Research Retinue - Mowing or mowing less: What helps the bees more?

Listen in to learn about how the ways that we maintain our lawns can help or hinder the abundance and diversity of bees, and affect pollinator health. “There are so many variables when you're considering lawns, like how big the lawn is, or where it is,...