The Bee Report Podcast

The Bee Report Podcast
The Bee Report is a news source dedicated to helping bee experts, citizen scientists and the bee-curious stay connected to the wide world of bees. TBR covers bee-related science, conservation, politics, economics and technology with original reporting …

No Mow May: Count all the flowers and bees
Jun 26 • 47 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about mowing lawns - or rather not mowing lawns - and the impact it can have on urban bees.You may have heard about No Mow May, an initiative from Plantlife in the United Kingdom which encourages people to stop…
Flowers are like dirty doorknobs: Spreading disease among bees
Jun 5 • 30 min
Thank you very much for allowing me an additional week to work on the many projects I have going on right now, including today’s story for the podcast. Never a dull moment here.I promised you a story about flowers, pathogens and bees, and that’s exactly…
Last Resort: Captive breeding for bee conservation
May 15 • 32 min
This week on the podcast we have a story about a last resort in bee conservation. It’s a story about the steps we might need to take to prevent a bee species from winking out of existence for ever. It’s a story about the captive breeding and intentional…
Save the chimney bees! A true story about rescuing native bees
May 1 • 37 min
This week on the show I have a story about an effort to rescue a community of native bees in Pennsylvania: Anthophora abrupta. And this story of protection and conservation might seem a little strange to you – because everything seems to go just…
Zach Portman: Taxonomy is a living science. Taxonomists deserve a living wage.
Apr 17 • 59 min
This week on the podcast I’m joined by Zach Portman, a bee taxonomist at the University of Minnesota in the Cariveau Native Bee Lab. For a while now I’ve been wanting to talk with a bee taxonomist about the impending taxonomic bottleneck we’re facing….
Kristen Brochu: The noxious relationship between pumpkin pollen and bumble bees
Apr 10 • 47 min
This week on the podcast I’m joined by Kristen Brochu, a postdoctoral researcher at Penn State University. We discuss her recently published work about how harmful pumpkin and squash pollen is for bumble bees. But why is this? And what exactly can we…
Scott McArt: A discussion of recent news stories about pesticides and bee health
Apr 3 • 56 min
This week on the podcast I am joined by Scott McArt, assistant professor of pollinator health in the department of entomology at Cornell University. He and I discuss three recent news stories about pesticides and bee health. We break down the stories…
Joe Wilson: Creating a children’s book and effective science communication
Mar 27 • 40 min
This week on the podcast I’m talking with Joe Wilson, associate professor of biology at Utah State University. The very same Joe Wilson who you likely know from The Bees in Your Backyard – the book, the website and the prolific social media presence.He…
Karin Gastreich: The prairie bees of Kansas City
Mar 20 • 44 min
This week on the podcast I’m talking with Karin Gastreich, professor of biology at Avila University. Her recent work surveying the native bee communities in the remnant prairies around Kansas City was just published in the March issue of Ecological…
Sheila Colla: Planning for the future of the rusty patched bumble bee
Mar 13 • 35 min
This week on the podcast, I talk with Sheila Colla, assistant professor in Environmental Studies at York University. At the end of February, Sheila and other bee experts came together at the Minnesota Zoo to plan for the recovery and future of the rusty…
Hollis Woodard: Creating a national native bee monitoring network
Mar 6 • 41 min
This week on the podcast, I talk with Dr. Hollis Woodard, assistant professor in the Department of Entomology at the University of California, Riverside. In January, Hollis announced that she and eleven of her fellow bee experts are going to be creating…
Peter Soroye: Bumble bee declines and a new method for assessing the risk of local extinction
Feb 28 • 30 min
This week on the podcast I have a conversation with Peter Soroye, a Ph.D. student at the University of Ottawa and the lead author of a recent paper in Science Magazine that provides evidence of rapid and widespread declines in bumble bee populations…
Sarina Jepsen: Xerces Society seeks to join lawsuit to protect four California bumble bees
Feb 13 • 31 min
THIS WEEK ON THE SHOWThis past June, the California Fish and Game Commission decided to list four bumble bees as candidates for endangered species protection in the state. However, in September a coalition of agricultural interests sued to prevent the…
Welcome to the Bee Report Podcast!
Jan 20 • 1 min
A short introduction to the Bee Report Podcast.