Save the Bee
Why Do We Need To Save The Bee?
Recently, honey bees have been dying by the tens of millions. These deaths are caused by colony collapse disorder (CCD), a phenomenon linked to the drastic rise in the number of disappearances of Western honeybee colonies in North America. Although there are many theories as to the cause of CCD, there is still no specific cause identified by researchers.
CCD has wiped out some 10 million bee hives over the past six years. The death rate for colonies has hit 30% annually in recent years, with nearly one-third the number of honey bee colonies in the U.S. as there were in 1947.
GloryBee and "Save the Bee"
In 2012, GloryBee® launched its social program to directly support organizations dedicated to saving the honey bee and combating colony collapse issues. Co-founder Richard Turanski started GloryBee Honey in 1975 due to his love of bees and his role as an active beekeeper. With the concern of declining bee populations throughout the world, GloryBee advances the SAVE THE BEE mission through fundraising and education.
Save The Bee Goals
Save the Bee will increase awareness on the role and impact honey bees have on a healthy food supply, as well as assist the OSU Honey Bee Lab procure $500,000 annually expanding research to improve honey bee health and nutrition resulting in increased survival rates.
OSU Honey Bee Lab
The honey bee research and extension program at Oregon State University is primarily focused on honey bee health, nutrition, and pollination with a goal of serving commercial beekeepers, backyard beekeepers, producers and all citizens that are interested in bees. Dr. Ramesh Sagili, Assistant Professor Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University, currently heads the program with the help of an excellent and dedicated team of research assistants, graduate and undergraduate students.
Ongoing research and extension projects:
• Comprehensive analysis of honey bee health in Oregon by state wide sampling and monitoring of honey bee colonies annually for honey bee pests and diseases.
• Investigating colony level and optimal nutrition prevalence and intensity of parasites in honey bees.
• Evaluating effects of nutrition (pollen diversity) on honey bee health, physiology and the ability to develop an immune response following exposure to an antigen.
• Enhancing pollination efficiency of honey bee colonies in hard to pollinate crops using brood pheromone technology.
• Oregon Master Beekeeper Program: Goal of this extension program is to improve honey bee colony health throughout Oregon through education and service.
HOW WE SAVE THE BEE
Through a portion of our sales and local events, we raised nearly $45,000 in 2014 for the Oregon State Honey Bee Lab.
- Read our Report
One hundred percent of funds raised go directly to the Save The Bee fund
No money raised is spent on administration costs.
- 8 Million
Each year we introduce eight million bees to our local environment through our annual bee weekend event.
- 1007 Hours
GloryBee Employees volunteered 1007 hours to administer the Save The Bee program. This equals one part time employee.