New Guide Documents How Commercial Beekeepers Keep Healthy Hives without Exclusive Use of Off-label Varroa Treatments
About Michele Colopy
Michele Colopy holds a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management/Arts Administration. She has more than twenty years of nonprofit experience at the national, state, and local level. She has worked with membership associations, pollinator advocacy, performing arts, housing and homelessness, foreclosure prevention, community development, and health and wellness. She was Treasurer of The Ohio State Beekeepers Association (OSBA) from 2016-2019 modernizing the accounting, co-managing a USDA grant, administering the Affiliate program, and managing two grant programs of OSBA. She was the Program Director for the Pollinator Stewardship Council from 2013-2019.
As more people become aware of the role of pollinators, legislators are facing citizen proposals to change the way they classify, and manage lawns and public spaces. Learn more from the former city council member, and beekeeper/gardener.
One person can make change to protect pollinators and our environment.
Leaders providing member association education will ensure the longevity of their local, state, and national association only if they embrace the “new normal.” Take your feedback from your audience and make the changes to protect, educate, inspire, and grow your audience.
You question, why do I need to join anything besides my local club? So let’s take a look at the different organizations, what the benefits are from each one and then you’ll have the information you need to make an informed decision.
Tropilaelaps is an emerging threat to honey bee health and beekeeping. Know your beekeeping goals, do your research and have a plan in place. Read, watch and listen to the science on Tropilaelaps. Understand its’ life cycle, why it parasitizes honey bees, when we can expect it, and how to mitigate for it before it arrives.
Intern Will Inspire & Educate Future Generations
Walmart’s new commitments will help to decrease the use of pollinator-toxic pesticides on millions of acres of farmland around the world.
“Regulatory impotence flows from the default assumption that industrial chemicals are safe, unless or until, unequivocally proven unsafe. Essentially human consumers are today’s guinea pigs of the chemical industry, just like the previous generation was for DDT, PCBs, asbestos, radiation and lead. Once a dangerous product is put on the market, it is only withdrawn after it has already caused large scale, undeniable damage and/or death.”
As the number of individuals receiving the Covid-19 vaccinations increases, the closer we are to gathering at member meetings, educational programs, conferences, and events. This past year of constrained in-person events and the rise of virtual activities to stay connected has shown us some changes we should retain from this experience.