Honey bees and other stinging insects
Honey bees play an important role in the pollination of key Oregon crops and beekeepers require a location to work and prepare colonies between pollination events. A single Oregon bee colony can pollinate up to six different crops in a year. Although honey bees are generally not aggressive, there can be incidents associated with large numbers of colonies, located on property zoned for agriculture, that are in proximity of residential areas. The City of Turner has a plan to reduce incidents associated with a commercial beekeeping operation adjacent to Crawford Crossing. Aspects of this plan include having the beekeeper locate the colonies a further distance from the Crawford Crossing development. In order to evaluate the plan we ask residents track when bees are present or not present and what they are doing. Data collected by this assessment will not only help assess efforts to reduce conflict between commercial beekeeping and homeowners in Turner, but will provide baseline information that could help beekeepers and communities across Oregon.
Please include as many observations as possible. Include not only days when bees are active, but when bees seem to be absent.