The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue June 24, 2014

A Decline In Bees: What's Going On With Our Pollinators?

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Behind recent declines in bee populations are threats as diverse as pesticides, disease, and climate change.  And fewer bees could mean a widespread hit to many types of agriculture. We’ll talk with beekeepers and researchers about what they’re seeing,  also what the future might hold, and what could be done.


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NH News
10:28 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Bee Hotel In Durham Open To Pollinators Only

In UNH's new "bee hotel," Rehan's lab has placed dead broken stems between brick for small carpenter bees, and wood blocks with drill holes for trap-nesting bees.
Credit New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station / University of New Hampshire

Bee populations are in decline worldwide. At UNH, researchers are beginning the first major assessment of diversity in New Hampshire’s bee populations.  Part of that effort involves a "bee hotel" at Woodman Farm in Durham. 

UNH Biology professor Sandra Rehan says the hotel, made of bricks and wood, will provides a habitat for bees to nest and forage freely. The idea, she says, "is to create and maintain native bee habitats to improve healthy pollinator communities." 

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Word of Mouth
12:11 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

3.20.14: The Birds, The Bees, & The Birds And The Bees

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While the weather these days might not be an indicator, spring is officially here. Which got us thinking in the Word of Mouth pod...about the birds and the bees. And also birds and bees. On today's show a conversation about the most awkward talk a parent has to have: "the talk." Also, a bird expert tells us about this year's unusual snowy owl migration. We'll also hear about the next great frontier in self tracking apps: fertility apps. 

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5:25 am
Sat October 26, 2013

UNH Research: Bees Nearly Went The Way Of The Dinosaurs

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According to new research out of UNH, the same event that spelled the end of the dinosaurs nearly did in bees as well. An investigation into the genome of the small carpenter bee shows bee evolution ground to nearly a halt right around the time dinosaurs died out.

UNH professor Sandra Rehan was busy mapping out the ancestral trees of the four tribes of carpenter bees she studies when she noticed something funny: around 65 million years ago evolution paused.

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NH News
7:00 am
Sun October 13, 2013

Hollis Town Hall Unsuspecting Home For Huge Beehive

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Contractors renovating the old Hollis Town Hall met with a surprise recently—a huge beehive inside one of the walls.  Board of Selectmen Vice Chair Mark Le Doux says the bees were long gone.  But they got a pretty clear tip-off before they even saw the hive.

“We were told that there is honey that’s seeping out of the wall.  And rather incredulously, we went up and took a look, and sure enough, there were pools of honey on the floor up against the wall,” Le Doux says.

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4:24 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Hotel Beekeeper Takes To The Roof

The three hives on the Marriott's roof are a breed of Italian bees, common to commercial and hobbyist beekeepers.
Sam Evans-Brown NHPR

By all accounts, New Hampshire is in the midst of a bee-boom: bee classes and clubs are overflowing with new members. And a conference center in Concord that has caught the bug, but had to overcome a unique challenge to keep bees.

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Word of Mouth
10:59 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Beekeeping In New Hampshire

Ryan Lessard

Hundreds of first-time beekeepers across the state are anxiously awaiting their first shipment of honey bees this week. NHPR’s Ryan Lessard reports on the growing popularity of the hobby and what it could mean for the pollinating insects’ struggle for survival.

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All Things Considered
5:38 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Beekeeping's Costs Growing Along With Its Popularity

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As NHPR's Ryan Lessard recently reported, beekeeping is increasing in popularity in the Granite State - but the hobby is also getting more expensive. Joining us to explain why is Barbara Lawler, President of the New Hampshire Beekeepers Association.

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12:00 am
Sun March 10, 2013

Attracting Backyard Pollinators

Attracting bees and butterflies to a garden is a noble pursuit, given that we all depend on these species and others to pollinate the plants that provide us with so much of our food, shelter and other necessities of life.
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E - The Environmental Magazine

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