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Upper Rogue Pollinator Project. Bees, Pollinators, and Livestock. When beekeepers can ’ t keep their bees alive inside the box, how does a colony like this - against all odds - survive OUTSIDE the box?. A Feral Colony Of Bees. Could the reason be genetics?.

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upper rogue pollinator project

Upper Rogue Pollinator Project

Bees, Pollinators, and Livestock

When beekeepers can’t keep their bees alive inside the box, how does a colony like this - against all odds - survive OUTSIDE the box?

A Feral Colony Of Bees

Could the reason be genetics?

the value of honey bees more than just honey
The Value of Honey Bees(more than just honey)
  • More than just honey
  • Pollinate more than 90 of the tastiest flowering crops we have – among them:
    • Apples, nuts, avocados, soybeans, asparagus, broccoli, celery, squash and cucumbers
    • Citrus fruit, peaches, kiwi, cherries, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, cantaloupe and other melons
  • One-third of the human diet comes from insect-pollinated plants.
    • The honeybee is responsible for 80 percent of that pollination.
    • Even CATTLE, which feed on alfalfa and clover, depend on bees
demise of the honey bee demise of humanity
Demise of the Honey Bee?(Demise of Humanity?)
  • Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and pollinator decline
  • Main causes of colony collapse disorder are (according to most scientists):
    • Nutritional stress
    • Pathogens (mites, viruses and fungus)
    • Pesticides and insecticides (especially neonicotinoids)
    • Herbicides (destroy habitat)
    • Fungicides have insecticidal toxic affects on pollinators (killing off important bee "gut" microbiota)
    • Even adjuvants (so-called inert ingredients) in above chemicals
the effects of pollinator decline
The Effects of Pollinator Decline
  • The success rate of beginning beekeepers is only 25%.
  • Even advanced beekeepers suffer between 30% - 65% hive loss.
  • Crops dependent on insect pollination are in decline (e.g., CA almonds).
who are we wild bee international
Who are we?Wild Bee International
  • Teaching –

Research –


    • Standardized teaching system for beginning beekeepers and youth.
    • Research stations to develop habitat and genetically superior bee stock while improving the sustainability of livestock production
    • Ultimate goal: An enhanced future for our children and grandchildren
  • Collaborate with OSU and SOBA.
a solution the upper rogue pollinator project
A Solution – The Upper Rogue Pollinator Project
  • All pollinators in Jackson County are in peril.
  • Farmers’ and cattle owners’ lifestyles are in danger.
  • Local solution – enhanced genetics and improved habitat
  • Uniqueness of Southern Oregon
upper rogue pollinator project the concept
Upper Rogue Pollinator Project - The Concept
  • Collaboration among local farmers, cattle owners, beekeepers, scientists and researchers
  • Promote improved livestock foraging within a self-sustaining ecosystem
  • Focused on Upper Rogue River Basin
  • Controlled honeybee environment
upper rogue pollinator project the mission
Upper Rogue Pollinator Project - The Mission
  • Establish a controlled beekeeping environment to . . .
  • Breed a predominant, locally adapted and genetically advanced honeybee population while . . .
  • Increasing the forage basis for livestock.
  • Benefits

Russian Queen Bee

good for bees good for livestock sainfoins onobrychis
Good For Bees - Good For Livestock:Sainfoins (Onobrychis)
  • Eurasian perennial herbs of the legume family
  • Extends throughout Europe as far north as southern Sweden
  • Grows on grassland, agricultural land and wasteland; non-invasive
  • Drought tolerant, winter-hardy and frost tolerant
  • Blooms between June and September and pollinated by honey bees and solitary bees
  • Superb forage for grazing animals - voluntary intake of sainfoin by cattle and sheep is 20% higher than for grass
  • Non-bloating, anthelmintic (extremely palatable & nutritious), increased protein absorption, very rapid liveweight gains
  • Excellent source of nectar for honey production as well as pollen for bee food


history and variety development of sainfoins in america
History and Variety Development of Sainfoins in America
  • Introduced into the Northern Great Plains in the 1800s.
  • Variety Development

Certified seed is available from seed producers in Wyoming, Montana.

U.R.P.P. Goal: Distribution to local beekeepers – over time – will establish a predominant, genetically advanced honeybee.
upper rogue pollinator project endorsed by
Upper Rogue Pollinator ProjectEndorsed by:
  • Ramesh Sagili – OSU Professor, Dept of Horticulture & Honey Bee Lab
  • Randy White - Jackson County Soil and Water Conservation District Manager
  • Paul Showalter - Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA) conservationist
  • Greg Grissom - President of Lake Creek Historical Society
  • Hugh Charley - President of the Stockmens Association
  • Ralph McKechnie - Owner of the Upper Rogue Independant
  • Ron Padgett – President of the Southern Oregon Beekeepers Association (SOBA)