BIP goes to Seaside

IMG_2746The 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 with diverse bee backgrounds including commercial operators, hobbyists, queen breeders, academics and vendors. There was a good turnout from our BIP-PNW partner beekeepers with several giving presentations.

BIP Co-Directors Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp and Dr. Marla Spivak were both in attendance with each giving multiple talks over the weekend. Ellen and I gave a presentation Saturday morning introducing ourselves as the BIP-PNW Tech Transfer Team and providing an update on what we’ve been up to this season and how we’ll be looking to meet PNW beekeeper needs going forward. We were able to present some summary results of the Varroa and Nosema sampling we carried out over the course of the season and share some preliminary findings on our work involving EFB/IDBS and pesticide residues on trapped pollen.


BIP Co-Director Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp presenting his talk “BIP: Management Practices that Work and Those that Don’t”

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Ellen Topitzhofer giving an update about our work as the new BIP PNW Tech Transfer Team











In addition to giving a presentation we also had BIP booth where we were able to elaborate on the goals of the Bee Informed Partnership and encourage beekeepers to participate. Overall it was an excellent event and we are appreciative of the OSBA providing an opportunity to promote BIP and interact with the beekeeping community of the Pacific Northwest. We look forward to attending the 2015 meeting that will be held in Silverton, OR


Further information on the Oregon State Beekeepers Association is available at




Written By: Dan Wyns

Dan Wyns has written 22 post in this blog.

I was introduced to honey bees over a decade ago while in New Zealand on a working holiday and have been consumed with caring for and learning about them ever since. Prior to joining BIP I was a commercial beekeeper in New Zealand and western Canada where I was fortunate to gain a diversity of beekeeping experience across a variety of climates and agricultural landscapes. I joined BIP in 2014 as a member of the PNW tech transfer team and spent 3 years working with beekeepers across OR, WA and ID. The addition of a Tech Transfer position in Michigan has allowed me to carry on working with bees and beekeepers while relocating to my home state.  I was born in Grand Rapids, raised in Grand Haven, and studied in Ann Arbor so the opportunity to serve the beekeeping community here is especially satisfying. My family roots run deep in Michigan horticulture and I look forward to continuing that tradition by working to promote colony health and support local agriculture.


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