Get ready! A new quarterly magazine about bees and other pollinators is about to emerge from mailboxes across the country, fully formed and ready to fly. 2 Million Blossoms: protecting our pollinators is the newest creation from bee scientist and advocate Dr. Kirsten Traynor, former editor of American Bee Journal and IBRA’s Bee World.
Instead of stopping at the apiary gate, 2 Million Blossoms focuses on the larger questions of biodiversity, pollinator conservation, and ecology that affect our insect friends. Inside the very first issue, you will find plenty to interest both beekeepers and conservationists, including stories that delve into the environments where our pollinators struggle to adapt to an ever-changing world.
Quarterly content will include information about other pollinators you may have never considered, including flies, beetles, and wasps. January’s inaugural issue will include articles by Dr. Marla Spivak, Craig Childs author of “The Secret Knowledge of Water,” Dr. Dave Goulson, Dr. Mark Winston, and others.
Action comes from knowledge
On a personal note, I am very excited about the launch of this new periodical. I have worked with Dr. Traynor over the past several years and know her to be a dedicated and tireless advocate of pollinators. We both believe that saving pollinators requires a rigorous study of their environments, competitors, and resources. Regardless of which species we favor—managed or wild—we cannot separate them from their habitat or from each other.
You’ll discover the bumble bees of China, learn how to provide nesting habitat for solitary bees, chase bees through the desert to find rare sources of water, and become a better beekeeper and active steward of the environment.
Dr. Traynor and I believe that passionate advocacy arises from knowledge. The more we recognize the pollinators around us—and the more we can name—the more we care. So please, join me as I delve into the pages of 2 Million Blossoms. Write to me when an article inspires you, and share your new-found knowledge with friends and family.
Together we can save the pollinators that keep our world humming. So let’s do it! Sign up for your inaugural issue today—just click the cover.