SAVE the BEE is focused in Oregon, Washington, and Northern California where many of GloryBee’s producers and customers are based. Oregon is in the top 6 states with the highest number of managed honey bee hives. Over 122 Oregon beekeepers participated in the Bee Informed annual survey for 2017-2018, reporting over 19,232 colonies managed. Oregon annual colony losses were 35.1%, well below the national average of 40.1%. Washington (24.3%) was also below the national average. Established in 2012, SAVE the BEE supports research, education, and farmer support initiatives. We partner with our customers to raise funds and awareness to protect honey bees. SAVE the BEE is proud to support 4 new recipient organizations in 2018. Making a Difference Supporting SAVE the BEE® ® DECLINE OF HIVES IN THE US OVER THE LAST 69 YEARS Mission: To increase awareness of the role and impact honey bees have on a healthy food supply. Vision: Raise awareness, fund research, and create positive change to save the honey bee. PRESERVATION Beyond Toxics is working with the Xerces Society, GloryBee, and the City of Eugene to certify Eugene as a Bee City USA. Highlighting best practices for municipal programs, Bee City USA will encourage ongoing stewardship of Eugene’s natural spaces. Learn more: www.beyondtoxics. org/work/save-oregons- bees/bee-city-usa/ OUTREACH Sarah Reid (AKA “Bee Girl”) works with farmers, children, and community groups to educate and engage people in beekeeping best practices and pesticide reduction. Learn more: EDUCATION OSU – Full time technician is employed to work with commercial beekeepers and identify causes of colony loss. Past successes from the program have included creating a guideline for agricultural application of pesticides to protect honey bees from overexposure of neonicotinoids, and the creation and ongoing support of the Master Beekeeper class. (million!) bees introduced into the community in 2018. 9M Through our annual Bee Weekend event. given to bee research and other bee health causes. $ 316K Funds donated to-date, through SAVE the BEE. Master Beekeeper Program scholarships since SAVE the BEE began in 2012. 13 Sponsored by SAVE the BEE. goes directly to the SAVE the BEE fund. 100% GloryBee absorbs all staffing costs. Goals for 2018 & Beyond Over 56 million bees have been introduced to Western Oregon since 2012 during the annual Bee Weekend. A Washington-based SAVE the BEE 5K is happening in 2018! Increased engagement and awareness in the local community through outreach efforts. GloryBee staff work with local beekeepers to ensure they meet new food safety modernization guidelines. Grow efforts to support commercial beekeeping training programs. Raising awareness of the benefits of cover crops, hedgerows, and habitat conservation. Promote Monoculture Agricultural System Changes. Colony loss in Oregon and Washington remains below the national average, but is still double the reported acceptable loss by each state. Reduce Colony Losses. BEEKEEPERS ANNUAL COLONY LOSSES (APRIL - MARCH) 40% 2017-18 33% 2016-17 15% GOAL 34% 2013-14 44% 2015-16 42% 2014-15 45% 2012-13 4.2M–1976 2.67 M 2018 6M–1949 Why SAVE the BEE ? Every year in the United States, over $17 billion worth of essential crops are pollinated by honey bees, who also produce millions of dollars’ worth of honey. Every third bite of food Americans consume comes from a plant visited by bees or other pollinators. Overthepastdecade,honeybeeshavefacedunprecedented deaths and disappearances. Between April 2017 and March 2018, beekeepers in the U.S. lost an estimated 40.1% of their managed honey bee colonies. This is 2.7 percentage points greater than the average annual rate of loss experienced by beekeepers since 2010- 2011. An annual loss of over 15% is unsustainable for commercial beekeepers and should only average near 10%. Increased funding for SAVE the BEE programs in 2017 to over $100 K and added 4 new recipient partners to help SAVE the BEE. Support honey bee science, outreach, and education that creates tangible change. RESEARCH WSU – scientific research to identify environmental causes of colony loss. The lab concentrates on environmental factors that contribute to honey bee health, including pesticides that persist in the environment. Their work includes research into breeding techniques and workshops to educate beekeepers on effective practices. BEEKEEPING The annual Bee Weekend is held in April at GloryBee and includes 12 demonstrations of beekeeping, classes on best practices, and over 9 million bees. ORGANIC FARMING The Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) works with farmers and the community to find alternatives to pesticides, protecting pollinators from the harmful effects of neonicotinoids. Learn more: RAISING AWARENESS A major goal of SAVE the BEE is to promote and facilitate beekeeping education. During late winter and early spring of 2018, GloryBee and SAVE the BEE hosted 6 beekeeping classes taught by GloryBee sales representative and beekeeper Mike France and co-taught by other GloryBee employees. An “Ask A Beekeeper” session was also held in February 2018. In addition, Mike France traveled to Oregon and Walla Walla, WA to teach several Ask A Beekeeper classes in early spring, reaching over 100 beekeepers and bee enthusiasts. Fifty-six packages of bees were transported to Coos Bay beekeepers during GloryBee’s annual Bee Weekend in April 2018, saving many trips to Eugene. EVENTS SAVE the BEE hosts an annual, local SAVE the BEE 5K to raise funds and awareness for the cause. In addition, Oakshire Brewing Company hosts a SAVE the BEE night in April, where a special SAVE the BEE beer is introduced to the community and a percentage of sales go to SAVE the BEE. In 2017, a total of $6691.96 was raised at these two events, and in 2018, a total of $11,147.66 was raised.