Are you annotating your hive scale data?

https://beeinformed.org/2019/09/09/are-you-annotating-your-hive-scale-data/

The Bee Informed Partnership’s Electronic Hive Monitoring program gathers data from hundreds of electronic hive monitors located all over the USA.   Much of this data is publicly available to the beekeeping community in a variety of actionable formats.  For example, if you go over to the BIP research portal at research.beeinformed.org and click on…

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The NEW Honey Bee Discovery Center in Orland

https://beeinformed.org/2019/08/31/the-new-honey-bee-discovery-center-in-orland/

A few weeks ago, I was invited to the Honey Bee Discovery Center Kick-off and Exhibit Preview in Orland, California. This event was followed by the Queen Bee Festival the day after. The Honey Bee Discovery Center is ‘the first interactive exhibit and museum of its kind’. It highlights the history of beekeeping from hobbyists, sideliners…

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Sentinel Apiary Monthly Memo: August Issue

https://beeinformed.org/2019/08/21/sentinel-apiary-monthly-memo-august-issue/

We’re back again with another monthly update from the Sentinel Apiary Program! Let’s take a look at what’s been going on with mites, drones, honey, and more over the past month. Throughout the month of July, Sentinel participants submitted 378 samples from 71 apiaries across 27 states! July finally showed us a big increase in…

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Sentinel Apiary Monthly Memo: July Issue

https://beeinformed.org/2019/07/23/sentinel-apiary-monthly-memo-july-issue/

We’re here to help you beat the heat with your second monthly Sentinel Monthly Memo of the year. It has been hotter than Hades out there, so hopefully you and your bees are keeping cool. We’re another month into the 2019 Sentinel Apiary Program, and here’s what we’re seeing. In the month of June, we…

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Donate to BIP when you shop at Amazon!

https://beeinformed.org/2019/07/15/donate-to-bip-when-you-shop-at-amazon/

Today and tomorrow are Amazon Prime shopping days and if you have been waiting to purchase those early (or late) Christmas presents or treat yourself to some much needed items, it is easy to make supporting the Bee Informed Partnership part of all your Amazon shopping. Through Amazon Smile, you can build in a small…

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Empty Calories

https://beeinformed.org/2019/07/02/empty-calories/

Somewhere early on in a “Beekeeping 101” class you’ll learn that honey bees forage for 4 things: nectar, pollen, propolis, and water. The nectar and pollen become honey and bee bread to provide sustenance. Propolis is used as a structural component and also contributes to colony health through immunological activity. Previous blog posts about propolis…

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Sentinel Apiary Monthly Memo: June Issue

https://beeinformed.org/2019/06/27/sentinel-apiary-monthly-memo-june-issue/

  I don’t know about you, but my back hurts, which must mean the peak beekeeping season is officially well underway. The honey is flowing and supers are filling up. Do you know what your mite loads are? If not, Sentinel Apiaries are here to help. Sentinel Apiary participants sample 4 or 8 colonies for…

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Latest Loss Survey Results 2018-19

https://beeinformed.org/2019/06/19/latest-loss-survey-results-2018-19/

Dear BIP Survey participants,   You might have been wondering when the preliminary results of the 2018/9 Bee Informed Partnership Colony Loss and Management Survey will be posted. Well, today is the day. Thanks for your patience! The “traditional” abstract is now posted on the BIP webpage here, while the Press Release issued by the…

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2019 California Spring Update

https://beeinformed.org/2019/06/12/2019-california-spring-update/

Many California beekeepers reported that the start of this year was the worst in 20+ years. Several factors contributed to this year’s issues, starting with the numerous fires last year causing nearly 3 months of smoke in the area. Once the days got longer, queens started laying but the temperatures dropped again and egg laying…

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