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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Honeybees Bees: Friend Or Foe?

Author
item Cane, James

Submitted to: Extension Publications
Publication Type: Government Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: February 14, 2006
Publication Date: March 1, 2006
Citation: Cane, J.H. 2006. Honeybees bees - friend or foe?. Refuge Update. 3(2):16-17.

Interpretive Summary: Honey bees are not native to the Americas, so their presence on national wildlife and waterfowl refuges pose management concerns for the USFWS. To better inform those management decisions, this popular article reviews evidence that bears on perspectives of honey bees as pollinators of native versus weedy alien plants, resource competitors with native bees for pollen and nectar, and habitat competitors with cavity-nesting birds for tree hollows.

Technical Abstract: Honey bees are not native to the Americas, so their presence on national wildlife and waterfowl refuges pose management concerns for the USFWS. To better inform those management decisions, this popular article reviews evidence that bears on perspectives of honey bees as pollinators of native versus weedy alien plants, resource competitors with native bees for pollen and nectar, and habitat competitors with cavity-nesting birds for tree hollows.

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