Poster #7 – Bees

Helping Honey Bees to Thrive:

Bees do more than produce honey and pollinate wildflowers, and they play a vital role in agriculture. Farmers rely on honeybees to pollinate over 130 crop varieties in the U.S. – from apples, citrus, berries, melons, and nuts to alfalfa, asparagus, carrots, and onions. First introduced to America by European settlers in the 1600’s, honeybees have been widely propagated and are vital to consistent and efficient crop pollination. Without honeybees, many of the foods we enjoy today could not be produced to the high yields and quality we’ve come to expect.

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Cultivating a Natural Balance

Bees: Nature’s Busy Workers

Our reliance on bees to pollinate crops makes the health of bee colonies more crucial today than ever. Yet in recent decades beekeepers have reported reductions in honey bee populations in many parts of the world. Factors such as environmental stress, habitat degradation, pesticide use, mites, and viruses are thought to lie at the root of this decline. Unchecked, the decline in bee populations could have adverse effects on food production and security. Addressing this threat and keeping bees healthy and active is a major challenge for the beekeeping community.

Dedicated to Bee Research, Health, Education, and Care

In response to the on going threats to honeybees and other native pollinators, NY non-profit organizations are playing a crucial role in education, research and promoting the health of bees. In the vanguard of this effort are organizations such as Cornell University, NY Bee Wellness Workshops, The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier and Sweet Beez. Their shared aim is to ensure that bees retain their vital role in maintaining the natural balance and productive agriculture. For more information refer to the web sites of the organizations below.


Collaborating Community Organizations

For more than 125 years, our faculty members, staff and students have been working to advance the field of insect biology and apply that knowledge to solve problems and improve lives. As one of the top-ranked entomology programs in the country, our work spans the globe and impacts human lives on many levels, influencing a broad range of disciplines including human and veterinary medicine, farming, biodiversity and genomics.

Cornell University has a robust network of pollinator research and extension program related to all aspects of pollinator life: Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity, Behavior, Pesticides, Pests, parasites, and disease, Pollinator management.  Explore the Cornell Pollinator website for information on bee research taking place at Cornell, news and upcoming events, and for a variety of extension materials related to pollinators and beekeeping.


We are an educational not-for-profit 501c3, non-membership organization whose mission is to educate new, beginning, and small scale beekeepers, and others interested in honeybees and beekeeping, in honey bee disease recognition, and to provide services and information for beekeepers and the general public on maintaining healthy honey bee colonies in New York and the surrounding region.

We conduct intensive, skills oriented workshops, including train the trainer programs, provide educational printed material, survey beekeepers for disease incidence and bee survival, maintain an educational website, write a quarterly newsletter, and provide information to the general public at fairs and conferences.

NY Bee Wellness originated from a USDA NIFA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development grant for the Empire State Honey Producers Association. The author of the grant proposal and Project Director, Pat Bono, initiated the program in response to the large number of new beekeepers entering the challenging vocation of beekeeping.

We are a primarily volunteer run organization and donations are gratefully accepted.

NY Bee Wellness is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.



Sweet Beez is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering a stronger honey bee population in the Rochester area and abroad, while educating and empowering these communities with new economic and social capital.

We Do his By:

  • Promoting urban beekeeping as it has numerous benefits for both honey bees and the community.
  • Caring for rooftop hives are an unobtrusive way to increase pollination of local flora within the city, and keep the honey bee populations further away from harmful pesticides.
  • Using honey bee hives as a tool for learning, as having hands-on experience with honey bees is a unique and informative way to see nature in action.
  • Using our facilities as an economic resources for local beekeepers.
  • Providing a bike-powered honey extractor as an outlet to those who keep hives, but have no way to process the honey.
  • Hosting the Rochester Beekeepers’ Association, where enthusiasts gather and exchange ideas.
  • Assisting students and local community gardens in starting and managing their own hives, which provides valuable job skills while helping the environment and providing needed pollination.


The mission of The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier is to develop the intellectual, physical and emotional well-being of the children of the Southern Tier through participatory exhibits and programs. These exhibits engage the senses, challenge the mind and offer a diverse framework for discovery in the arts, sciences and humanities.

What’s the Buzz – A honey of an exhibit

Buzz on in to The Discovery Center’s What’s The Buzz? exhibit for an investigation of the honeybee.  You will bee-amazed at the story that this simple insect has to tell!  Colorful, child friendly displays will take your understanding of the natural world to new heights with an exploration of the historical role the honeybee played in literature, science and history. Put on a costume and fly on into a 16 foot hive to learn about the social roles of honeybees while sorting the bees in the honeycomb and test your honeybee communication skills while dancing the waggle dance!  Then swarm on over to Africa to learn about beekeeping in Ancient Egypt during the time of the Pharaohs before walking the Bee-line of bee facts!


About This Vibrant Fiber Poster

The “Vibrant Fiber” poster calendar series is designed to showcase the many unique techniques and printing solutions offered by our company. In this collaboration with photographer Matt Wittmeyer, we have utilized a honey scented finish on a Forest Stewardship Council(FSC) certified recycled paper. This chlorine free 100% recycled paper matched with a biodegradable finish, and honey scent highlight the natural beauty of bees. This is just one of the many ways we visually elevate the ordinary into the extraordinary. Learn more about the techniques and materials used to create this poster in the “Specifications” section below.

Can Do Spirit

To support the local bee conservation organizations in our community, our employees are sponsoring a bee hive at NY Bee Wellness Workshop and Sweet Beez. We look forward to seeing these hives grow and the benefits bees can bring to our neighborhood. Learn more about our “Can Do Spirit” and the community organizations we’ve collaborated with at

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