Marla Spivak: Why bees are disappearingmarla spivak talk

Honeybees have thrived for 50 million years, each colony 40 to 50,000 individuals coordinated in amazing harmony. So why, seven years ago, did colonies start dying en masse? Marla Spivak reveals four reasons which are interacting with tragic consequences. This is not simply a problem because bees pollinate a third of the world’s crops. Could this incredible species be holding up a mirror for us?

Neighboring State Beekeepers Associations

National Associations

The Eastern Apicultural Society of North America, Inc. (EAS) is an international nonprofit educational organization founded in 1955 for the promotion of bee culture, education of beekeepers, certification of Master Beekeepers and excellence in bee research. EAS is the largest noncommercial beekeeping organization in the United States and one of the largest in the world.

Research Organizations

Suggested Reading List for Certified Level Examinations


cover apiary life Honey Bees and Beekeeping: A Year in the Life of an Apiary, 3rd Edition, Keith Delaplane, 2007
 cover first lessons First Lessons in Beekeeping, Keith Delaplane, 2007
 cover beekeepers handbook The Beekeeper’s Handbook, 4th Edition, Diana Sammataro, Alphonse Avitabile, Dewey M. Caron, 2011
cover backyard beekeeper The Backyard Beekeeper: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden, Kim Flotsam, 2005
 cover bee biology Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping, Dewey Caron, 2013
cover keeping bees Storey’s Guide to Keeping Honey Bees, Richard Bonney, Malcolm Sanford, 2010


  • American Bee Journal
  • Bee Culture

Suggested Reading List for Journeyman Level Examinations


cover hive and honey beeThe Hive and the Honeybee,  Joe M. Graham, Editor, Dadant and Sons, Hamilton, IL, 1997

  • The Hive and the Honey Bee – Dadant and Sons, Inc. (1992)
  • ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture – A.I. Root, (2007)
  • Honey Bee Pests, Predators, and Diseases, 3rd Edition – A.I. Root (Morse and Flottum, Eds.) (1998)
  • The Biology of the Honey Bee – Mark Winston (1991)
  • Bee Pollination in Agricultural Ecosystems – Rosalind James and Theresa L. Pitts-Singer (2008)


  • All “honey bee” entries (search for “honey bee”) and document research of at least 20 websites
  • Honey Bee Research websites and document at least 10 different websites
  • Honey Bee Parasites, Pests, Predators and Diseases website and document at least 5 different websites

From American Federation of Beekeepers

Industry Directory

  • Who’s Who in North American Beekeeping: List with links to university contacts, apiary inspectors, beekeeping associations and other organizations in the beekeeping industry in the United States and Canada

USDA Beekeeping Research

Other Organizations
United States

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