Hello! Thanks you for checking out this BeeAction Event!
This was a live event recorded on March 30, 2013. With Google Hangout as the medium, the panelists , spread across North America, shared their story on current needs and a solution that is simple.
This is a group of concerned “doers”; farmer, researcher, writer, owners, and organizers. Smile with us as we discuss an important future.
WHO WERE THE GUEST PANELISTS?
Dave Hunter, BeeAction host and owner of Crown Bees, has been raising mason bees for nearly 20 years, and frequent speaks on the benefits of solitary mason bees. In addition to developing and field testing bee-safe products, he is an active participant and advisor to scientific researchers focused on wild bee identification and developing pollination management practices and ethics. Dave is co-founder and the President of the Orchard Bee Association (OBA), and an advisor to the ASPIRE project, a new USDA Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) grant. He is also advisor and alliance partner with the Pollinator Support Movement.
Dr. Gordon Wardell, biologist for Paramount Farming Company in Bakersfield, CA, has more than 30 years experience as a professional apiculturist, and has worked with bees on three continents. Previously he was the extension apiculturist for the State of Maryland, and owned S.A.F.E. Research and Development in Tucson, AZ, a company dedicated to developing products for the bee industry. He is Board Chairman for Project Apis m.
Carole Sevilla Brown is a Conservation Biologist who firmly believes that wildlife conservation begins in your own back yard. Carole is an author, educator, speaker, and passionate birder, butterfly watcher, and naturalist who travels around the country teaching people to garden sustainably, conserve natural resources, and create welcoming habitat for wildlife so that you will attract more birds, butterflies, pollinators and other wildlife, a philosopy she has called Ecosystem Gardening. She gardens for wildlife in Philadelphia, zone 6b. Carole is managing editor of two multi-author websites Beautiful Wildlife Garden, and also Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens. Follow Carole on twitter @CB4wildlife, Facebook and on Google+
Joe Fahey, owner of Peck & Bushel Fruit Company near Milwaukee, WI, is an organic farmer with 7,000 dwarf apple and cherry trees. The unprecedented spring temperatures of 2012 prompted Joe to explore a solution to poor cold weather pollination. Teaming with Crown Bees, he will experiment with the hornfaced mason bee this spring.
Alisha M. Forrester Scott is founder of Pollinator Support Movement. To promote bee awareness, Alisha is producer and event designer for BeeS Week, June 2013, during the Albuquerque Film & Media Experience (AFME) in New Mexico. She is a prolific social media blogger on sustainable community culture, bees, and pollinator challenges, and hosts a YouTube channel.