Emergency response team for crashing colonies

Tech-Transfer Teams provide third-party documentation of emergency events, such as acute pesticide poisoning, for beekeepers who request this service. The Northwest team responds to at least two emergency calls every year. BIP Tech Teams provide a complete colony health assessment during these calls to help find the underlying issue or at least rule out other possible contributing causes of colony loss. This includes sampling for Varroa mites, Nosema, tracheal mites, and viruses as well as pesticide analysis of dead bees, bee bread, fresh pollen, wax and honey. Sampling dead or dying colonies is difficult for everyone involved but knowing that there is a resource that beekeepers can call for a quick response is a comfort. Please donate to BIP to help keep this valuable service operational.

Northwest Tech Team member, Ellen Topitzhofer, samples freshly collected bee bread for pesticide testing. Photo credit: Carolyn Breece, Oregon State University.

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