Monthly Archives: July 2013

Upcoming EAS Meeting

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Hey Everyone! As a new member of the BIP team I’m discovering a big part of what we do is spread the word about our various projects and surveys.  One of the ways we do this is by attending beekeeping conferences. Currently Andrew Garavito and I are getting ready to represent BIP at the Eastern…

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Solar wax melter made even easier…

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It is hot, oppressively hot.  At this time of year in Maryland, no one wants to work in the colonies and the bees don’t really want you in there either – they make that perfectly clear.  Most beekeepers have extracted some honey by now and may have a stockpile of wax lying about.  It is…

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Watch out Hollywood!

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One of the projects I have been working on this summer is making a few movies for BIP. As a journalism major, getting my hands on a camera again has been exciting. As an environmental science major, getting to make videos dealing with this subject matter has been very rewarding. I won’t bore you with…

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Neglected Drone Brood

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Throughout the year several honey bee diseases can be noted in stressed or sick colonies. There are also other stress factors that cause colony conditions to deteriorate and look very similar to sick or diseased colonies. One condition is neglected drone brood. It is caused by either a drone laying queen, laying workers, poorly mated…

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Coming soon – BIP Hive Scales

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We have been working for over a year to develop a BIP hive scale that will enable beekeepers and beekeeping clubs to gather and use data from their own hives to follow nectar flows, honey production, swarm alerts, theft alerts and other valuable data about what is happening within their own colony.  Having these data…

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BIP Ad. June 2013

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How did you start a new colony? Those who did not install packages lost 33.5% less colonies than those who did install packages. Those who bought existing hives lost 13.5% less colonies than those who did not buy hives and beekeepers who split hives to increase their colonies lost 23.% less colonies than those that…

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Building a Humidity Chamber

http://beeinformed.org/2013/07/building-a-humidity-chamber-part-1/

Right now we’re experiencing an extreme heat wave in Maryland. The rising temperatures combined with high humidity would make beekeeping pretty miserable in this weather. So for all of the folks tending their hives this week, be careful! Andrew and I are taking advantage of being trapped inside (thank you, AC!) and are using this…

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Keeping Records 2

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You have read my last blog on “why bother to keep records while beekeeping” and you’re convinced. You want to keep records. That’s the attitude! So, how do you keep – good, detailed, relevant, informative, not-too-much-of-a-hassle – record? Short answer: the way you want. Longer answer: You have to pick the method that speaks to…

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Bee kill in St. Paul, Minnesota UPDATE

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UPDATE from this blog. With help from Lucinda Swanson that commented below, we figured out what actually happened to the swarm of bees. There were two swarms that were spotted in Downtown St. Paul at almost midnight on sunday night. Lucinda estimated that both were about the size of her 6 foot tall son’s torso….

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Bee Guts

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     This summer I have had the good fortune of continuing my work in the vanEnglesdorp lab, and I have learned a variety of new techniques for assessing hive health. The one I will be talking about today is a project I have just begun work on- bee autopsies. This may sound gruesome, and…

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