BIP HiveCheck Results for Feb 9th – Feb 23rd

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California and Florida are humming away with glimpses of what’s to come for the rest of the country, but no matter where you are hive losses are a concern. We’re seeing reports of hive losses from every region in the HiveCheck program, it will be interesting to see how these reports continue over the coming…

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BIP HiveCheck Results for Jan 19th – Feb 2nd

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37 Days til spring? I don’t buy it…seriously. For those of us in the North we’ll be having another winter storm this week and then again on the weekend. My jadedness aside, this was a fantastic HiveCheck response cycle, thank you to everyone for staying strong in these cold months and providing great insight into…

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Varroa Mite Field Sample Processing Video

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In our lab, we benefit from a diverse repertoire of individuals coming from varied backgrounds.  Working at a university includes the benefit of having motivated students with unique skills ready to use their talents.  Byron Mariani, a Sophomore Kinesiology Major, is one of these students who began working at the Bee Informed Partnership Lab at…

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November Bee Lab Varroa and Nosema Results

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Although the official start of winter does not begin for a few weeks, bitter cold air has spread across much of the northern region. The Minnesota and Oregon Tech Teams finished up their sampling at the end of October, so the honey bee samples received this month were all from the California team (where they…

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BIP HiveCheck Results for Nov 11th – Nov 24th

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Another week of wild weather! From 12″+ snowfall to balmy 50 degree days its been a interesting November to say the least. We’re seeing similar activity across the country both North and South, feeding 2:1 sugar syrup, buttoning up the hive entrances and taking care of the final preparations for winter. We got great suggestions…

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Top Bar Hives

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It’s hard to beat a Langstroth hive for its modularity, productivity, and convenience but it can also be interesting to play with bees in a different configuration. I was introduced to bees and learned beekeeping in New Zealand and I’m always looking for opportunities to see bees in new locations and contexts. In reading about…

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“Winter” Beekeeping in Florida

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It’s cold outside. All 50 states experienced freezing temperatures at the same time this past week for the first time since 1976. While these surprisingly low fall temperatures maybe old hat for the rest of the country, it’s a little on the cool side for those of us in Florida. At 20°F, Jacksonville, FL experienced…

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BIP goes to Seaside

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The Bee Informed Partnership was well represented at the Oregon State Beekeepers Association annual meeting held Nov. 6-8 in Seaside, Oregon. OSBA Vice President and BIP advisory committee member Dr. Dewey Caron directed events over the weekend and delivered a talk titled “How to Locally Rear Selected-Stock Queens”. The conference was attended by 250 people…

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