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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.

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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English


Episodes

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

10/15/2018
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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 potential pollinator habitat, and if we manage it properly, I think we could really support pollinators like wild bees.” - Dr. Sara Galbraith. Learn more about this episode of PolliNation at http://bit.ly/PN-Dr-Sara-Galbraith

Duration:00:34:47

69 Michelle Flenniken - Bee viruses

10/8/2018
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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, if you think of honeybees, there's over 40,000 individuals crawling all over each other.” - Michelle Flenniken. Learn more about this episode of PolliNation at http://bit.ly/PN-Michelle-Flenniken

Duration:00:36:58

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

9/24/2018
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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 outreach to educate on the alternatives, and change those practices.” - Danielle Downey. Learn more about this episode of PolliNation at http://bit.ly/PN-Project-Apis-M

Duration:00:45:35

67 Rich Hatfield - PNW Bumble Bee Atlas

9/17/2018
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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 having a really good time doing this. I love it, too, and it's good to know that other people can join you on this.” - Rich Hatfield. Learn more about this episode of PolliNation at http://bit.ly/PN-Rich-Hatfield

Duration:00:47:13

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

8/27/2018
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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 about this episode of PolliNation at http://bit.ly/PN-Dr-Sarah-Lawson

Duration:00:31:36

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

8/20/2018
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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 wonderful next step, not only for the golf course, but for all the monarchs and our entire community.” - Robert Coffin. Learn more about this episode of PolliNation at http://bit.ly/PN-Coffin-Loy

Duration:00:42:33

64 Mike Rodia - Residential Beekeeping and the Law

8/13/2018
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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 problems have come up, so each [city] will vary each time it comes up with a problem.” - Mike Rodia. Learn more about this episode of PolliNation at http://bit.ly/PN-Mike-Rodia

Duration:00:44:33

63 Lori Weidenhammer - Victory Gardens for Bees

8/6/2018
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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 bees.” - Lori Weidenhammer. Learn more about this episode of PolliNation at http://bit.ly/PN-Lori-Weidenhammer

Duration:00:29:49

62 Sam Droege and the Bee School

7/30/2018
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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 bees, and that it's not really an issue about Monsanto or chemical companies or some far off entity.” - Sam Droege. Learn more about this episode of PolliNation at http://bit.ly/PN-Sam-Droege

Duration:00:22:22

61 Dale Mitchell - Oregon’s pesticide incidence reporting system

7/23/2018
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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 related incident. That information is valuable to the department and others involved in evaluating pollinator health.” - Dale Mitchell. Learn more about this episode of PolliNation at http://bit.ly/PN-Dale-Mitchell

Duration:00:34:22

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

7/16/2018
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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 field, that's where hundreds and hundreds of thousands of leafcutting bees are doing their jobs.” - Dr. Bob Peterson. Learn more about this episode of PolliNation at http://bit.ly/PN-Dr-Bob-Peterson

Duration:00:48:46

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

7/9/2018
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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, in fact impossible, to definitively answer the question of why they evolved socially.” - Dr. Hollis Woodard. Learn more about this episode of PolliNation at http://bit.ly/PN-Dr-Hollis-Woodard

Duration:00:42:08

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

7/2/2018
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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 are and how they really do know a lot about these insects already.” - Nicole Sanchez. Learn more about this episode of PolliNation at http://bit.ly/PN-OPW-2018

Duration:00:41:57

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

6/25/2018
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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 map very nicely with areas that either support abundant and diverse native bee communities and bumblebee colonies, or places and times that are hard for them.” - Dr. Margaret Couvillon. Learn more about this episode of PolliNation at...

Duration:00:50:39

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

6/18/2018
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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. Ramesh Sagili. Learn more about this episode of PolliNation at http://bit.ly/PN-Dr-Ramesh-Sagili

Duration:00:35:12

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

6/4/2018
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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 fruit.” - Mimi Jenkins. Learn more about this episode of PolliNation at http://bit.ly/PN-Mimi-Jenkins

Duration:00:37:25

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

5/28/2018
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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 beekeepers.” - Ron Miksha. Learn more about this episode of PolliNation at http://bit.ly/PN-Ron-Miksha

Duration:00:53:25

53 Kelly Rourke - National Pollinator Week

5/21/2018
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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 http://bit.ly/PN-Kelly-Rourke

Duration:00:30:12

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

5/15/2018
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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, and this study did an amazing job of trying to factor in all of the characteristics.” - Addison DeBoer. Learn more about this episode of PolliNation at http://bit.ly/PN-Research-Retinue-Lawns

Duration:00:25:55

51 Heather Higo - Rearing your Own Queens

5/7/2018
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Listen in to learn more about how you can get started rearing your own queens, the many facets of it's preparation, and Heather's tips in getting started. “Colonies aren't going to rear queens for you unless they're absolutely bursting with bees, and you won't be able to rear good quality queens unless there's a really high level of nutrition in that colony.” - Heather Higo. Learn more about this episode of PolliNation at http://bit.ly/PN-Heather-Higo

Duration:00:33:59