The bees are sick.
Pollinator populations have been in serious decline for many years. The causes range from insecticides to mites to diseases. But much research still needs to be completed to understand the threats bees are facing.
Dr. Tim Lawrence is the Coupeville-based director for Washington State University Extension in Island County. He’s also an authority on honeybees. He has an undergraduate degree in bee science and has worked in all aspects of the industry including pollination, honey and queen production.
Recently Lawrence has focused his experience and scientific prowess to studying the impact that humans have on honeybees and other pollinators.
Lawrence will speak at the 2014 WSU Master Gardener Advanced Education Conference in Tacoma next week on neonicotinoids — a class of insecticides that have been blamed for the deaths of honeybees and other pollinators.
The newspaper interviewed Lawrence via phone.