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AUSSIE BEE EMAIL UPDATE
NEWS ON THE LATEST NATIVE BEE
ARTICLES, BOOKLETS, EVENTS AND RESEARCH

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Number 33 / April 2017

Topics in this Issue:

1. WILD POLLINATOR COUNT IS ON NEXT WEEK: 9-16 APRIL

2. MASSIVE BOOST FOR NATIVE BEE RESEARCH

3. GET A BEE B&B HOTEL FOR YOUR SCHOOL

4. WHAT'S HAPPENING AT AUSSIE BEE

5. UPCOMING NATIVE BEE EVENTS


1. WILD POLLINATOR COUNT IS ON NEXT WEEK: 9-16 APRIL

The Autumn Wild Pollinator Count is about to start. This is a great chance to learn more about your local pollinating insects and also contribute to pollinator conservation in Australia!

It only takes 10 minutes to do a count. Simply note down what kinds of insects you see visiting some flowers in your garden or local park. Then submit your observations online.

You don't need to be an expert or to have any fancy gear. The Wild Pollinator Count website provides useful fact sheets to help you identify the insects you spot.

Last autumn, over 200 observations were sent in from 86 localities across eastern and southern Australia. Then last spring, observers in Western Australia also joined in. Let's see how many observations Australia-wide can be done this autumn! Why not get your local school or community group involved? To get started, visit: https://wildpollinatorcount.com/count-pollinators/


2. MASSIVE BOOST FOR NATIVE BEE RESEARCH

Two multi-million dollar research programs will bring exciting new insights into Australian native bees! Native pollinators make an estimated $2.5 billion contribution to Australian agriculture, by helping to pollinate our crops. The new research aims to boost the number of pollinating insects on our farms Australia-wide.

Teams of researchers at four major universities will study the health of our insect pollinators and ways to increase the variety and number of native pollinators on our farms. We look forward to the new discoveries that will be made about bee diseases, the effects of climate change on our pollinators, and the best ways to support pollinators on farmland.

Australia has always been highly dependent on the European honeybee for crop pollination. However, honeybees are under threat from pests and diseases. This new research will help farmers make much better use of our thousands of native pollinators too.

Bronwen Roy is studying bee viruses as part of the research program at the University of Western Sydney. Listen to Bronwen's entertaining introduction to her project in this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNeZWs4wWvk

And Dr Katja Hogendoorn is one of the team leaders in the research program at the University of Adelaide. Read more about Katja's research in this Land Newspaper report: http://www.theland.com.au/story/4559938/hope-for-native-bees-blooms-as-varroa-mite-looms/


3. GET A BEE B&B HOTEL FOR YOUR SCHOOL

Having a Bee Hotel at school is a great way for kids to learn about our Australian native bees and other native pollinators. A generous program by Weleda Australia supplies primary schools with a free 'B&B' hotel in kit-form. Students help to construct and set up the hotel. Then local native bees can find a 'bed' in this hotel and 'breakfast' from the school garden!

To register for the Weleda Bee B&B Hotel program, visit: http://beehotel.weleda.com.au/registration-form/


4. WHAT'S HAPPENING AT AUSSIE BEE

Aussie Bee Website receives hundreds of thousands of visitors every year and has provided wide-ranging articles, photos and videos on Australian native bees for nearly two decades. We are now working on a major upgrade of our website's structure, to make it easier for people to view this information on mobile phones and tablets. We will also add new resources to our website, based on helpful suggestions from our visitors through the website survey on our homepage. Warm thanks to the many people who have completed our Aussie Bee Website Survey!

New editions of all of our native bee booklets are now available too, from our Aussie Bee Shop. We have updated the scientific names in these booklets and added recent research findings from the native bee scientists. In the new edition of Booklet 9, Russell and Janine Zabel have updated all of their advice and tips in this Do-It-Yourself Guide to Boxing and Splitting Hives. Visit the Aussie Bee Shop: http://www.aussiebee.com.au/abshop.html


5. UPCOMING NATIVE BEE EVENTS

Like to see some Australian native bees? See what's on in your area:

QUEENSLAND

WORKSHOPS ON STINGLESS BEEKEEPING
BY TIM HEARD and/or TOBIAS SMITH
http://www.sugarbag.net/events
Generally the workshops are a mix of a photographic slideshow showing
the biology of the bees with a practical session on keeping them. Tim
demonstrates how to split hives and extract honey, and use the bees
for pollinating your garden. Attendance price varies. Contact the
organisers directly for details and to register.

Wynnum Library, Queensland
29 April, 2017, 10am to 4pm
Six hour workshop on native bees and how to keep them
Presenter: Dr Tim Heard
Free workshop, bookings are essential, spaces limited.
Phone Wynnum Library on 07 3403 2199 to reserve your space.

Northey Street City Farm, Brisbane, Queensland
29 April 2017, 9am – 4pm,
Native Stingless Bees Sustainable Living Workshops
Northey Street City Farm,
16 Victoria Street, Windsor, Brisbane
Dr Tobias Smith presenting Tim Heard’s workshop
Cost: $85 / $65 Health Care Card Holder plus booking fee.
Bookings: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/native-stingless-bees-with-dr-tobias-smith-presenting-tim-heards-workshop-tickets-29842383372?aff=erelexpmlt

Mitchelton Library, Queensland
13 May, 2017, 10am to 4pm
Six hour workshop on native bees and how to keep them
Presenter: Dr Tim Heard
Free workshop, bookings are essential, spaces limited.
Phone Mitchelton Library on 07 3403 7410 to reserve your space.

Coopers Plains Library, Queensland
20 May, 2017, 10am to 4pm
Six hour workshop on native bees and how to keep them
Presenter: Dr Tobias Smith
Free workshop, bookings are essential, spaces limited.
Phone Coopers Plains Library on 07 3403 1530 to reserve your space.

See also Tim's upcoming NSW workshops listed below!


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NEW SOUTH WALES

WORKSHOPS ON STINGLESS BEEKEEPING
BY TIM HEARD and/or TOBIAS SMITH


The next three NSW workshops will be as follows.
Check the Sugarbag website soon for more details: www.sugarbag.net/events

Singleton Library, New South Wales
18 October 2017, 4 to 6pm
Singleton Library, 8 - 10 Queen Street, Singleton
Phone: 02 6578 7500
Email: library@singleton.nsw.gov.au
Cost: Free.
Numbers strictly limited. Bookings essential.

Heathcote, New South Wales
19 October 2017, 1 to 4 pm
Sydney Wildflower Nursery
9 Veno Street, Heathcote.
Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=238413

Willoughby Council, New South Wales
Saturday 21 October 2017, 9am to 1pm
Chatswood (address provided on booking)
Cost: $20, includes morning tea
Phone: Liz Powell on 0297777871
or email liz.powell@willoughby.nsw.gov.au
Bookings: https://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/EventDetails.aspx?PageID=1892&eventid=4570

Mount Annan, New South Wales
Sunday, 22 October, 2017, 10am to 1pm
Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living,
1 Mount Annan Drive, Mount Annan
Cost: $50 plus booking fee
Book at: http://www.ticketebo.com.au/beekeeping-native-honey/sugar-bag-bees-dr-tim-heard.html

Tocal College, Paterson, New South Wales
25 October 2017, 10am to 4pm
Tocal College, 815 Tocal Rd, Paterson
Cost: $190
Register at: http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/content/agriculture/profarm/courses/native-stingless-bees


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SEMINARS ON NATIVE BEES
BY MEGAN HALCROFT

www.beesbusiness.com.au/workshop.html
Megan presents seminars about Australia's stingless and solitary native bees and their importance for pollination.

Mount Annan, New South Wales
20 May 2017, 9-12.
Macarthur Sustainable Living Centre
Cost: $50 plus booking fee
Tickets: ticketebo.com.au/beekeepingnativeandhoney
or Luke: 0401 263 180

Check the Aussie Bee website for updates:
http://www.aussiebee.com.au/seminars.html


Also please let us know if you would like your native bee event
listed on Aussie Bee website.




Bye for now.

Anne Dollin
Aussie Bee


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