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6775 Chardonnay Road
Paso Robles, CA 93446

Enjoying a Very Early Bloom

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to view early almond pollination season photos.


NO 30th Birthday for Varroa!

Click here for more information on Varroa's NO-Thirty Party.


Our Newest Beekeeper




Our Newest Beekeeper is: Paramount Farming! Paramount Farming has acquired Headwaters Farm, Dave Mendes' beekeeping operation. Click here for the press release.

Where to See Us Next...


      Almond Board's Pollination     Research Review

 Feb. 17, Modesto, CA


Honey Bee Health Coalition Steering Committee

 Mar. 12, Modesto, CA


Pacific Branch Entomological Society of America
Apr. 12-15, Coeur d'Alene, ID
All Star Status!

Project Apis m's enewsletter once again has received "All Star Status" for the high open rate of our enewsletters, low bounce rates, high "click-throughs," and good communication with our readers. This award is only given to 10% of Constant Contact customers, and we've received this award now two years in a row. Thank you subscribers for enjoying our enewsletter!


Supporter Spotlight



We appreciate each and every donation made to Project Apis m.  We work hard to put your donation to good use for honey bees.  Special thanks to those who donated $500 or more to PAm in the last three months:


2J Farms

Ag Wise

American AgCredit

Barkman Honey


Bogetti Brothers

Bob Brandi Honey and Farming

Browning's Honey Co.

California Bee Breeders

Central Valley Beekeepers

CKP Insurance


Favagrossa Farms

Harvest Honey

Hauke Honey Corp.

Headwaters Farm

Heitkam's Honey Bees

Hiatt Honey

Idaho Honey Industry

Indonesian Imports

J. O. Ranches

Kamprath Seeds

Miller's Honey Farms

New Hampshire Beekeepers Noyes Apiaries

John Paton

Laurie Peipenbrink

Scientific Ag Co.

St. Croix Beekeepers

Strachan Apiaries

Syngenta Crop Protection Vereschagin Farms

White Crane Ranch



February 2015
Anticipation Is in the Air!


Spend a couple days driving on county roads around I5 and Hwy 99 in the Central Valley of California, and you

can feel the excitement!  Semi-load trucks are

delivering over 400 hives each near orchards.  Here are

five February facts for you:  1) Commercially-managed

bees are just about ready for the biggest pollination

event ON EARTH, 2) Over 3,500 truckloads of bees have crossed the border into California for the event, 3)

Almonds will require 1.7 million colonies this season, 4)

If over-wintering losses for honey bees are hovering

about the same as previous years (30%), almond

pollination requires nearly ALL available commercially-managed colonies, and 5) Some lucky bees have

been able to forage on PAm's Mustard Mix and thus will not starve prior to bloom!  Last year, we sadly

reported that the drought had prevented or delayed emergence of much of our pre-almond bloom

flowering plants.  This year, though the drought continues, we can happily report we are on target in

many areas, with some rain falling at the right time so bees are enjoying planted forage during the usual

pre-almond dearth.  Enjoy this issue of the PAm enewsletter where we focus on the big event about to happen in California!


  Christi Heintz, Executive Director



Do You Recognize This?



Do you know a bee truck when you see one? 

Most motorists on California's roads don't realize they are following tens of thousands of "livestock" that create that critical link between flowers and fruit!

Project Apis m's most-watched video is "Transporting

Bees to California." Click here to watch the video.


Spray with Care

More growers of our pollinated crops realize bees are live animals and require care in order to do their job. Blooming flowers mean bees are needed, but for the grower, it often may mean bloom sprays are

required -  usually fungicides to protect their upcoming crops.  Be conscientious of spraying around bee hives.  Spray late afternoon or at night when bees are not flying and avoid direct contact on hives.  Why harm the very creature that produces your crop!  Healthier bees mean better pollination!

Brassica's for Pre-Bloom!

Project Apis m. enrolled 150 almond growers in our 'Seeds for Bees' Project in Fall, 2014.  Those growers planted 3,000 acres of forage for honey bees, targeting pre- and post- almond bloom flowers to cover those periods when bees have little to eat.  Over the years, we've found that members of the Brassica family are ideal for pre- almond bloom, producing many highly attractive flowers per square foot of planted ground.  After bloom, clovers work well as they feed bees and fix nitrogen in the soil.   We'll show our clover pictures in our April and May enewsletters.



We Hit the Target This Year!


A combination of distributing seeds earlier and a little rain at the right time has resulted in acres and acres of Brassica's blooming prior to almonds.  This is helping bees over that hump when little food is available prior to almond bloom.  There's nothing like natural sources of pollen and nectar.  Supplements can't possibly provide all that a bee needs.  If you are an almond grower and have some between-row or perimeter areas where you can plant PAm Mustard Mix, email, and we'll get your name on the list for Fall, 2015 plantings.  Get those bees to stick around your orchard for almond bloom rather than wearing out their wings looking for food or going to your neighbor's orchard!


Buds and Bloom


This is what we'd like to see more of - Brassica's blooming prior to almonds to begin building bees for almond pollination (background yellow).  The almond tree branch in the foreground has buds that will be ready for bees in a week or so.  This is a winning combination for healthy productive bees for crop pollination! 


Pollination Partnership - Almond Board of California
Honey Bee Best Management Practice Video | California Almonds

Protecting honey bees is vital to the success of almond pollination.  The Almond Board of California has spent decades supporting honey bee health through research and most recently in the development of BMPs.  They invite you to become pollination partners.  Check out all the information available through their website.  

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities

Do you like what PAm is doing? How can your corporation or business help the honey bee? You can become involved in the vital pursuit of improving honey bee health and productivity for improved crop pollination and in increasing U.S. honey production.
Project Apis m. has the experience in developing partnerships within your corporate environmental stewardship and sustainability program. A sustainable supply of bees equates to a sustainable food supply.
We can help you plant the seeds for a corporate responsibility program that involves honey bees. Contact Christi Heintz. To learn more, click here.

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6775 Chardonnay Road
Paso Robles, CA 93446