Announcing HiveCheck Realtime Reports

http://beeinformed.org/2014/08/announcing-hivecheck-realtime-reports/

The Bee Informed Hive Check program is a new initiative to get more frequent surveying across the nation on what’s most important to beekeepers through out the season. We’ve created a quick and easy survey with less than 10 questions to take quick polls of what beekeepers are doing in their apiaries every two weeks. Sign up…

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Watermelon pollination

http://beeinformed.org/2014/08/watermelon-pollination/

Beekeepers in the Pacific Northwest are not blessed with the high honey yields of beekeepers in other regions of the country. They are more reliant on renting their bees to pollinate crops and fortunately the agriculture of the PNW has a variety and abundance of commercially grown crops that require or benefit from honeybee pollination….

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Feeding Protein

http://beeinformed.org/2014/07/feeding-protein-2/

Bottom Line at the Top The BIP survey is a significant set of data having included participation of thousands of beekeepers and tens of thousands of colonies. Although the survey has not yet become refined enough to give us causative insight, it does spell out some bottom line results. My writing is my personal take…

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State-by-state colony loss 2013-2014

http://beeinformed.org/2014/06/state-by-state-colony-loss-2013-2014/

State colony losses for the winter of 2013-2014 The Bee Informed Project.   The following table reports the total winter losses per state.  These losses were incurred between Oct 1, 2013 and April 1, 2014.  Beekeepers who moved their bees across state lines (migratory beekeepers) or managed stationary colonies in several states (multi-state beekeepers) are…

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Feeding Honeybees Honey May Increase Mortality

http://beeinformed.org/2014/06/feeding-honeybees-honey-may-increase-mortality/

Bottom Line at the Top After reviewing the details of the BIP survey results for two years where feeding honeybees carbohydrates is concerned, some very surprising suggestions come to light. These results are statistically significant and come from sample sizes including thousands of beekeepers from all over the USA and tens of thousands of colonies….

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Notes From Swarm Season in NorCal

http://beeinformed.org/2014/06/notes-from-swarm-season-in-norcal/

Spring has always been my favorite time of year – it seems that all living things are bursting forth with enthusiasm, and bees are no exception! Despite the huge variation in local climates and weather patterns, beekeepers in every region experience a swarm season, when the bees receive cues from nature that it is time to…

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Bee Educated! A Semester with Pollinaterps

http://beeinformed.org/2014/05/bee-educated-a-semester-with-pollinaterps/

I’ve been around the research block a few times.  In high school, I was involved in a student lead permafrost research initiative where I got the chance to travel to Churchill, Manitoba and get my hands dirty with my first taste of fieldwork.  I started in on-campus research way back in my very first semester…

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