Urban bee keepers can help save wild bees

Urban bee keepers can help save wild bees

Check out my recent article in The Conversation Urban bee keepers can help save wild bees. If you find it interesting please share! When will the podcast be back? Mid-May. I have started a new job and am doing other amazing things that have kept my energy from the podcast for longer than expected!! But it [...]

Episode 11: The Global Insect Decline

Episode 11: The Global Insect Decline

In this episode I explore the implications the global insect decline. Why are insects in decline and, more importantly why should you care? What actions can we take in cities and in rural areas to support insect flourishing? Resources Study 1: More than 75 percent decline over 27 years in total flying insect biomass in [...]

Create a garden in which pollinators flourish

Create a garden in which pollinators flourish

Pollinators - the special group of animals that assist plants in reproduction by moving pollen from the male part of the plant to the female part of the plant, are in decline around the world. Non-insect pollinators, such as some birds and fruit-eating bats, are declining alarmingly. Many species of insect pollinators, including bees, butterflies, [...]

Sleeping winged beauties: helping pollinators survive the winter

Sleeping winged beauties: helping pollinators survive the winter

It is mid November in Southwestern Ontario and wild bees and butterflies have mostly gone into hibernation or some sort of winter rest. For those of us who love spending our days surrounded by pollinators this may seem like a sad time but there are several important things you can do now in order to [...]

A vegan perspective on bees

A vegan perspective on bees

I am so proud of my interview with the Vegan Vanguard, an excellent vegan podcast. In this podcast, Mexie and I have a wide-ranging discussion about capitalist industrial agriculture, bee autonomy, and the possibilities of multi-species commons. Check it out!

Care about bees? Don’t vote Conservative!

Care about bees? Don’t vote Conservative!

The provincial election happening June 7 in Ontario has the potential to negatively impact millions of people, especially with the election of Doug Ford, a Trump-Like right-wing, crony capitalist.  This deeply concerns me. But I am also deeply concerned about the impact of a Ford government on both native and honey bees. I believe that [...]

Do bees have a right to the city?

Do bees have a right to the city?

by Rebecca Ellis This is the written version of a talk I delivered at Minding Animals 4 in Mexico City on January 23, 2018. Bees are experiencing declining populations and/or declining health across North America and many parts of the world to an extent that the UN Food and Agriculture Organization has identified this as [...]

Minding Animals, Mexico City

Minding Animals, Mexico City

Off to the Minding Animals conference in Mexico City! Plenary speakers will be live-streamed on their website. I will blog about my experiences when I return (and will post a very overdue blog entry about India!)    

Teenage ecofeminist dreams!!

Teenage ecofeminist dreams!!

When I was about 16 years old, I bought a copy of the book Healing the Wounds: the promise of Ecofeminism, edited by Judith Plant at the now closed Macondo Bookstore in Guelph, Ontario. It blew my mind and set the foundations for my future activism and intellectual explorations. Although I become a Marxist a [...]

Bless the bees!

Bless the bees!

While preparing my talk for the IPC India Convergence, I came across some bee videos I took on my phone in the summer. I cannot wait until next spring when I am reunited with these lovely beings. Enjoy! Video # 1: A bumble bee and a sweat bee (?) on Blue Lobelia Video # 2: [...]

International Permaculture Convergence India

International Permaculture Convergence India

I am very excited to be part of the upcoming International Permaculture Convergence and Conference (IPC) in Hyderabad, India which will take place from November 25 - December 2. The IPC will be bringing together permaculture practitioners from all over the world to share ideas for creating a regenerative and abundant future for all. I [...]

Spring Gardening with Bees

Spring Gardening with Bees

Ahhh, spring: the leaves on trees are opening, spring flowers are blooming, birds are busy making their nests, and bees are buzzing. Gardeners start to get very excited about getting into our gardens to work the soil and plant flowers, vegetables, and herbs. Spring is the time when we get to make real our winter [...]

The Cheerios #bringbackthebees campaign is a greenwash

The Cheerios #bringbackthebees campaign is a greenwash

It seems that everyone on Facebook is sharing the news that Cheerios is giving away wildflower seeds as part of their campaign to "bring back the bees". While planting pollinator-loving plants is important for both honey bees and wild bees this campaign by a Cheerios is a greenwash and by sharing it, you are helping them [...]