The BIP Tech Team Program – We GO where the bees GO!

by Anne Marie Fauvel & Nathalie Steinhauer The Technical Transfer Team Program offers regular on-site hive inspections and sampling services for large commercial beekeepers and queen breeders throughout the U.S. The team consists of 5 distinct regions, staffed by 6 Honey Bee Health Field Specialists, providing services to over 100 commercial beekeepers, in 17 states, 10 of which are the nation’s top honey producing states. As our honey bees and beekeepers migrate to pollinate our food crops and ensure food security, so do our Field Specialists. They collectively drove over 100,000 miles inspecting close to 20,000 colonies last year alone! Can you imagine the logistical…

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PollenCheck✓; Citizen scientists meet a new mobile application

We know that pollen is a key resource for honey bees, a resource they must be able to find in sufficient quantity and quality in their local forage. Yet, we know little about the quality of forage available to honey bees throughout the U.S. The Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) is working to fill this knowledge gap. The Bee Informed Partnership’s (BIP) central mission is to help beekeepers reduce colony losses by identifying best management practices. BIP does this through surveys and by sponsoring a number of programs to inform beekeepers across the country. In fact, the 12th annual colony loss survey and management practice survey…

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