Bee Audacious is a unique collaborative working conference designed to envision bold evidence-based ideas through which honeybees, wild bees, beekeepers and pollination managers can prosper. Bringing experts and thought leaders from around the world, the Invitational first event will be held in Marshall, California, from December 11-13th.

The second event is a Public Panel and is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. All are encouraged to join us at Dominican University in San Rafael, California, on December 14th, 2016 to learn of the conference outcomes and what we can all do to help the planet’s pollinators.

The Public Panel will be recorded and available online. 

Please contact us to learn more and to sign up for our mailing list.

We all have a role to play in making the world safe for bees and all pollinators. Join us!

Invitational Conference

Bees work together

Working Together - Thought Leaders and experts from across the Northern Hemisphere bring New Thinking and Problem Solving at the Invitational Conference. This is a Bold New Endeavor!

Public Panel

Thought Leaders reported back on the Invitational Conference at a panel discussion held at Dominican University of California.  Video and written report available.

Leaders & Experts

These are the folks who can find the solutions to help save the bees!

Top Thought Leaders and experts from all over the Northern Hemisphere gathered to ponder and propose new solutions and practices.

Final Report

Help Save the Bees! Support the Conference!

Final report, prepared by Mark Winston and Nicole Armos, is now available.  The document includes all the details of the conference including meeting format and ideas generated.

You may have seen headlines about the rapid decline in bee populations over the past decade–as many as 30-40% of honeybee colonies are dying off every winter, and wild bees are diminishing as well. These losses are catastrophic because bees are essential for life as we know it. 

Your financial support will help us develop strategies to promote the health of honeybees and other pollinators as a direct result of the Bee Audacious Conference. This conference is the first of its kind and will bring concrete solutions to the challenges facing our pollinator partners. Your support will make this possible and will have long-lasting impacts on our common survival and wellbeing.

Support Bee Audacious with your dollars so together we can create a healthier future for bees—and for all of us. With your help we can make a real and powerful difference. Bee Audacious!


Crop-Protecting Fungicides May Be Hurting The Honey Bees : The Salt : NPR

Bees have been dying in unprecedented numbers. A new study has found that fungi-destroying chemicals may make it harder for bees to metabolize their food. And if they can’t get energy, they can’t fly. Source: Crop-Protecting Fungicides May Be Hurting The Honey Bees : The Salt : NPR You know those nasty brown spots that
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Report Back – Tom Seeley

What turned my crank at the Bee Audacious conference? by Tom Seeley It is now three weeks since we left our lovely Bee Audacious conference at the Marconi Center, and since then I’ve found myself reflecting most on what I heard people say about why they value bees and why we should protect them. These values
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Bees for development No 121 Dec 2016 / Jan 2017 JOURNAL – BEE AUDACIOUS

Bees for development Journal No 121 Dec 2016 / Jan 2017 Bee Audacious


Report Back – Chaz Mraz

Reflections on the Bee Audacious Conference by Chas Mraz First, I have to say that attending the Bee Audacious Conference as a Thought Leader, though a lot of work, was a real privilege. Getting to know and working with the other leaders was a rare opportunity. We witnessed our own ideas as they ebbed, flowed
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Report Back – Heather Mattila

We must organize by Heather Mattila I have worried in the past that the rate of pollinator decline would be outpaced by our collective will to reverse these trends, but Bee Audacious changed this bleak forecast for me. It showed me that there is a diverse yet cohesive group of people who are eager to rally
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Report Back – Stephen Martin

Potential Solutions Stephen Martin I like almost everyone else were not really sure how the ‘Bee Audacious’ meeting was going to work as this was a totally new format for any meeting I or most of the people had ever attended. However, I like almost everyone else became a fan and was impressed at the
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Report Back – Bonnie Morse

Hungry for respectful collaboration and productive initiatives Bonnie Morse Reflecting on the gathering at Marconi, I was most struck by the fluid conversations occurring between people of such diverse backgrounds and experiences. That was something I don’t often see at bee meetings and conferences. It reinforced that we have more in common than not and
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Report Back – Francis Ratnieks

Report Back – Francis Ratnieks

A Switch to Natural Resistance Francis Ratnieks Before attending Bee Audacious I was asked to provide an audacious suggestion. This was to Breed for Disease Resistance & Focus on Commercial Beekeepers. The interactions I had at BA, both in and out of the sessions, have reinforced this for me as one of the interesting ideas
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Hives for Humanity: Bee Audacious – A dialogue Inspired Report

by Sarah Common, Chief Community Officer and Co-Founder Bee Audacious – A dialogue Inspired Report Bee Audacious Audacious visions for the future of bees, beekeeping and pollination A dialogue based, invitational conference, held in Marin County at the Marconi Conference Centre, Dec 11-13, 2016. This report, by our Chief Community Officer and Co-Founder, Sarah Common,
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Mark Winston: Perhaps the most audacious outcome from “Bee Audacious”

Report Back from Mark Winston Perhaps the most audacious outcome from “Bee Audacious” was that those holding widely divergent points of view about bee and pollinator issues, perspectives that often appear in conflict, were able to collaborate and find broad areas of agreement. Beekeepers and wild bee enthusiasts may clash about managed pollination vs. the
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