Posts By: Jennie Stitzinger

Waggle Dance

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A couple weeks ago we heard a talk on native bees and the way in which they communicate nectar source locations amongst themselves. Certain native bees leave an odor trail by way of pheromone droplets. The stronger the pheromone is, the more bees that will be attracted and led to the food source. Honey bees…

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DC Urban Beekeepers

http://beeinformed.org/2013/02/dc-urban-beekeepers/

This past Saturday Rachel Bozarth and I represented BIP at the Maryland State Beekeepers Association (MSBA) spring meeting. It was nice to interact with new beekeepers and many were interested in the BIP survey. By the end of the meeting all of our free pens and flyers were gone, so I’ll count it as a…

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Emergency Response Kits

http://beeinformed.org/2013/02/emergency-response-kits/

With 2013 already off to a running start, we at the Bee Informed Partnership are looking forward to the coming year and the many new initiatives we are planning on launching. One such project we unveiled in late 2012 was the Emergency Response Kits (ERK), which is a partner initiative with the USDA Bee Research…

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January Travel

http://beeinformed.org/2013/01/january-travel/

The past couple of weeks have been filled with exciting travel and great experiences. The month of January began with our annual BIP meeting where the team gathered in Hershey, PA to discuss the year’s accomplishments and the many tasks that lie ahead. Having all our far-away team members in the same room, speaking face-to-face…

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Beeswax Candles

http://beeinformed.org/2012/12/beeswax-candles/

There is something about the scent of beeswax that always makes me think of the holiday season.  I remember late evenings in my garage next to my dad with pounds and pounds of beeswax ready to be molded into figurines and candles, a tradition we started when he began keeping bees. Even today, our house…

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BIP Tagging System

http://beeinformed.org/2012/11/bip-tagging-system/

Ever since the BIP Tech Teams were established in California and Minnesota, we have been thinking about a tagging system to differentiate colonies that are part of the sampling process and those that are not. We also want to keep an organized, easily accessible way to let the teams and beekeepers view colony data, mostly…

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The Pettis Test

http://beeinformed.org/2012/11/the-pettis-test/

It has been said that the largest enemy of the honey bee is the Varroa mite. Latching on to the bee, weakening their immune systems and causing an increased risk of disease and virus with their bite, it is the equivalent of a human being having a tick the size of dinner plate attached to…

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Bats As Pollinators

http://beeinformed.org/2012/10/bats-as-pollinators/

Last week we got the opportunity to sit on in some of the presentations at the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) conference in Arlington, VA. A few of these talks mentioned or focused on unusual pollinators. To me, when I think pollinator I immediately think bee and I would guess it is the same…

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Apitherapy

http://beeinformed.org/2012/10/apitherapy/

In a recent conversation with my grandparents, long time arthritis sufferers, they mentioned something about honey bee stings to help ease the pain of arthritis. While this was news to me, apitherapy, as it is apparently called, and is the use of bee related products for medicinal purposes is not new at all. In fact,…

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Sweat Bees

http://beeinformed.org/2012/10/sweat-bees/

Because we focus the majority of our time and energy into honey bees by working in the field, running samples and writing reports, it is easy for us to forget that other pollinators exist and play an important part in our ecosystem. One such example of another valuable pollinator is the sweat bee, or Halictidae,…

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