* We have continued work with the California Urban Bee Survey, Brentwood and Ventura Farming for Native Bee Projects, sampling on Mt. Diablo, and our Costa Rica projects.
* With support from USDA-NRCS, we developed a series of video modules and an accompanying toolkit that synthesize our research on best practices for native bee farming.
* Dr. Frankie presented research from our Farming for Native Bees Project at the International Congress of Entomology in Orlando, Florida. We attended several other conferences as well, such as the annual North American Pollinator Protection Campaign Conference in Washington, DC.
* Dr. Frankie co-authored a paper, "The City as a Refuge for Insect Pollinators," to be published in the journal Conservation Biology.
* We have identified all of the bees collected from our Brentwood farm sites in 2015 thanks to the efforts of Jaime Pawelek, Allan Smith-Pardo, and Robbin Thorp.
* We have brought on several new undergraduate apprentices, all who have proven to be excellent additions to our team!
* We received a grant from the Clif Bar Family Foundation to fund our work.
* Our outreach efforts have reached nearly 3,000 people across the state and country.
Sara and Ingrid installing a line of bee plants between apple and cherry plantings.
Looking ahead to 2017...
* Recent UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources graduates Chris Jadallah '16 and Ingrid Feng '16 will be joining our Lab team full-time after having already worked with us as students.
* We are looking forward to a very busy field sampling season at our farm, urban, and wildland sites.
* We plan to be publishing early results from our work in Brentwood and elsewhere - keep your eyes peeled for updates on our website and Facebook page.
* Dr. Frankie will be coordinating the ongoing development of Costa Rica outreach program and bee garden installations.
* Pending grant funding, we plan to distribute our video modules to farmer agencies and NGOs with a focus on underrepresented groups, as well as initiate a new study that explores bee nesting behavior.
We would like to give a special thanks to YOU, our supporters, for making this work so meaningful. Please consider supporting our research and outreach efforts with a donation. We are excited to continue learning about how to best support native pollinators in complex landscapes. Here's to a happy, healthy 2017 for all!
A large portion of our Lab's research entails working with farmers in Contra Costa and Ventura Counties to install and monitor pollinator habitat plantings with the goal of increasing native bee populations. Recognizing the value of on-farm pollinator habitat, Pollinator Partnership established the Bee-Friendly Farming Program (BFF). BFF is an online program where beekeepers, farmers, and gardeners can self-certify their land as being bee-friendly to receive recognition from Pollinator Partnership and consumer support.
Learn more here, where you can register your farm or garden to support your local pollinators while also supporting the work of Pollinator Partnership. It's not too late to pursue a New Year's Resolution, and what better way to make a positive impact in 2017 than taking steps to help our troubled pollinators?
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Special thank you to all of those who currently fund our research and outreach work - none of this would be possible without their generous support!
USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (Nat'l and CA State)
Western Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (WSARE)
Mary A. Crocker Trust
Contra Costa County Fish & Wildlife Propagation Fund
University of California, Berkeley
Save Mt. Diablo
National Geographic Society
Change Happens Foundation
New Report from the Xerces Society
In this new comprehensive report, scientists with The Xerces Society overview the impacts that neonicotinoid pesticides have on bee health. Read more here.