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Bee Optimism with Dr. Jay Evans (S3, E10)

Aug. 3, 2020

Dr. Jay Evans is the Research Leader at the USDA Honey Bee Research Lab in Beltsville Maryland. He and the resident scientists there are involved in many projects, including mite studies, nutrition supplements for bees, quee…

Pests And Predators Research

Dr. Samuel Ramsey - Tracking The Tropilaelaps & More (S3, E8)

July 20, 2020

Dr. Sam Ramsey joins us again to share what he has found from his most recent work on Tropilaelaps mites in Thailand. He has been looking at the history of this mite’s movement around the world, the biology and its life cycl…

Beekeeper Profile Education

Heroes To Hives - Adam Ingrao with Kirsten Traynor (S3, E7)

July 13, 2020

This week, guest co-host Kirsten Traynor chats with Adam Ingrao, Ph.D, founder of Heroes to Hive.  Heroes To Hives is a veterans training program he started five years ago. They train veterans, especially those suffering fro…

Products & Devices Research

World Bee Count with James Wilkes and Joseph Cazier (S3, E6)

July 6, 2020

In this episode, we talk with James Wilkes and Joseph Cazier from , who spearheaded the World Bee Count program just completed this spring. Bee Count is an annual event that aims to identify pollinators around the world and …

Guest: James Wilkes
Author Pollination Science

Pollinator Week Series: Pollinator Gardens & Bumble Bees with Dr. David Goulson and Kirsten Traynor (S3, E5)

June 26, 2020

As part of the pollinator week special, guest host Kirsten Traynor chats with Dr. Dave Goulson, an expert on pollinator health from the University of Sussex. Dave Goulson has been fascinated with insects since he was a boy a…

Beekeeper Profile Pollination Science

Pollinator Week Series: Bee Friendly Farming with Ron Bitner (S3, E4)

June 25, 2020

Bee Friendly Farming has a good friend in Ron Bitner, Co-Chair of this Pollinator Partnership program. Ron runs Bitner Winery near Boise Idaho in Treasure Valley and for 40 some years was involved in non-apis bee management …

Pollination Science Research

Pollinator Week Series: The PolliNation Nation & More with Dr. Andony Melathopoulos (S3, E3)

June 24, 2020

Andony Melathopoulos is the Pollinator Health Extension Specialist for Oregon State University. He’s not just about honey bees, but every pollinator out there. But honey bees are a big part of what he does because of the mul…

Pollination Science

Pollinator Week Series: Chasing the Monarch Butterfly with Dr. Chip Taylor (S3, E2)

June 23, 2020

Dr. Orley, “Chip” Taylor started Monarch Watch about 30 years ago. So far, he and his group have managed to tag over two million monarchs so they can study the migration habits of this beautiful butterfly. His research has a…

Pollination Science

Pollinator Week Series: Pollinator Partnership with Laurie Adams & Kelly Rourke (S3, E1)

June 22, 2020

Welcome to the first of our Pollinator Week Special Episodes. Each day this week we’ll release new interviews with teams and individuals who are all working to protect, provide and propagate pollinators all over the globe! P…

Guest: Kelly Rourke
Beekeeper Profile Education Research

The BeeMD and More with Dr. Jamie Ellis (S2, E34)

June 15, 2020

This week, we talk with Dr. Jamie Ellis, from the University of Florida about The BEEMD website, the UoF Bee Lab, Coloss, research, teaching and his extension work! All his work is centered on honey bees, is beekeeper driven…

Pests And Predators

Dr. Meghan Milbrath - Honey Bees, Disease and More with Kirsten Traynor (S2, E33)

June 8, 2020

In this episode, guest co-host and 2 Million Blossoms editor Kirsten Traynor joins Jeff and Kim with her Dr. Meghan Milbrath interview. Meghan applies her epidemiology background in her work with honey bee diseases as an aca…

Honey Bee Behavior Honey Bee Biology

Talking Russian Honey Bees with Dr. Tom Rinderer and Steve Coy (S2, E32)

May 29, 2020

Ask beekeepers and you will hear many different opinions on Russian Honey Bees. Mostly, they either love them, hate them or know nothing about them.  In this episode, we go directly to the US source of these bees with Dr. To…

Guest: Steven Coy
Queens & Queen Management Research

Tucka Saville - Loving The Queen Bee with Kirsten Traynor (S2, E31)

May 22, 2020

Guest co-host and 2 Million Blossoms Editor, Kirsten Traynor and Tucka Saville chat this week, talking about treatment free beekeeping, having bees in Florida and Upstate New York, raising queens with Michael Palmer in Vermo…

Beekeeper Profile

World Bee Day - Remembering Ann Harmon (S2, E30)

May 20, 2020

On this day as the world is celebrating honey bees and all that they do, Dewey Caron, Kim Flottum and Kathy Summers share stories and memories of Ann Harman, a world bee celebrity who passed on May 1. Ann was an exceptional …


Regional Beekeeper Perspectives: East, Midwest and Mountain States (S2, E29)

May 15, 2020

This week, get out your traveling bee suits, because we are going to visit three different beekeepers in across the country. This time of the year, beekeepers in the US and northern hemisphere are all very busy, but are they…

Honey Bee Management

Bee Girl, Sarah Red-Laird with Guest CoHost Kirsten Traynor (S2, E28)

May 8, 2020

This episode is our first with guest co-host, 2 Million Blossoms editor, Kirsten Traynor. Kirsten will be our guest co-host on a regular basis bringing us interviews with young and upcoming personalities and researchers in t…

Queens & Queen Management Research

Queen and Drone Viability, Honey Fraud and Apimondia with Dr. Jeff Pettis (S2, E27)

May 1, 2020

Dr. Jeff Pettis left the USDA some time ago to pursue other avenues of research. His current work is studying issues with queens, primarily longevity, affect of pesticides, virus interactions, shipping problems and more. Rel…

Guest: Jeff Pettis
Habitat, Forage, Research

Earth Day Special with Jonathan Lundgren Ecdysis Foundation (S2, E26)

April 21, 2020

Fifty years ago today, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, there was a celebration of the very first Earth Day, sponsored by then Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, who had organized the event as a teach-in on campuses…

Habitat, Forage,

The Pollinator Victory Garden with Author Kim Eierman (S2, E25)

April 17, 2020

Sit back and listen while Jeff and Kim talk with Kim Eierman, founder of EcoBeneficial, and the author of The Pollinator Victory Garden, How To Win The War on Pollinator Decline with Ecological Gardening. If you’ve been thin…

Guest: Rich Morris
Honey Bee Biology Queens & Queen Management

Developing A Breeding Program with Sue Cobey, Dr. Tim Lawrence and Dr. Steve Sheppard (S2, E24)

April 10, 2020

Sue Cobey, Tim Lawrence and Steve Sheppard join the podcast this week to discuss their new three-part video series on how to develop an effective and productive honey bee breeding program. Topics discussed in the series incl…

Pests And Predators

Asian Giant Hornet with WSDA's Sven-Erik Spichiger (S2,E23)

April 3, 2020

The world’s largest hornet, The Asian Giant Hornet was discovered in the State of Washington in the fall of 2019. Also known as the Japanese Hornet, the Yak-Killer Hornet or the Giant Sparrow Bee, this ground nesting giant i…

Pests And Predators

Bonus Episode: New Giant Honey Bee Discovery

April 1, 2020

In this bonus episode, Jeff and Kim talk about the just announced discovery of a new race of honey bees, uncovered in the Solomon Islands, Apis gigantica-nordquist, on the smallest uninhabited island, Vangunu. Vangunu, the s…

Education Honey Bee Management

BIP Sentinel Apiary Program with Kelly Kulhanek (S2, E22)

March 27, 2020

This week we meet with Kelly Kulhanek, a BIP Sentinel Apiary Scientist. Since gearing up in 2015, this program monitors colonies in 30 states with over 100 beekeepers. Once enrolled, you’ll take samples from your hives and h…