Bee Toes

https://beeinformed.org/2018/07/17/bee-toes/

Honey bees have had a close relationship with humans for thousands of years and have been intensively studied and observed by both scientists and beekeepers. Despite the accumulation of knowledge and ever increasing understanding of bee behavior, there are still a number of mysteries that bees guard. One of these behaviors that is yet to…

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Five Dollar Bee Words

https://beeinformed.org/2018/06/22/14401/

I came to the world of bees by accident and had no bee-specific knowledge or training prior to becoming a beekeeper. Prior to working with Bee Informed Partnership (BIP), I spent 8 years as a commercial beekeeper where I gained a good understanding of bee behavior and management from practical experience. Since joining BIP, the…

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Preliminary results: 2017-2018 Total and Average Honey Bee Colony Losses by State and the District of Columbia

https://beeinformed.org/2018/06/21/preliminary-results-2017-2018-total-and-average-honey-bee-colony-losses-by-state-and-the-district-of-columbia/

By now, we hope that you have taken time to reflect on this past year’s honey bee colony losses – both your own losses, as well as those experienced by beekeepers across the nation. In case you missed it, you can view our official preliminary results abstract here: https://beeinformed.org/results/honey-bee-colony-losses-2017-2018-preliminary-results/ We fared worse this year compared…

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Drift

https://beeinformed.org/2018/06/11/drift/

Bees have incredible navigation abilities that allow them to fly miles away from the colony to forage and return home with enough precision to locate the entrance to their colony, even when there are dozens of nearly identical hives within a small apiary site. The current understanding of navigation is that a combination of position…

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Supplementing Bees with Acai Powder: My Upcoming Summer Trial

https://beeinformed.org/2018/05/03/supplementing-bees-with-acai-powder-my-upcoming-summer-trial/

I have a few perks working with Bee Informed Partnership out of the University of Minnesota: 1)I get to build relationships with many commercial beekeepers,  2)I have access to the University of Minnesota lab equipment and 3) I get to utilize Marla Spivak’s great mind along with other members of the lab. Because I have…

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It’s The Final Countdown!

https://beeinformed.org/2018/04/28/its-the-final-countdown/

Cue Europe’s classic song: https://youtu.be/9jK-NcRmVcw?t=1m57s Yes! This is it folks. Your last chance to participate in this year’s Bee Informed Partnership’s National Survey. Completed paper surveys are being returned daily – you only have to see Selina’s mailbox to agree! The online survey will close at 11.59 PM on Tuesday, April 30th. That means this…

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Pros and Cons of Feeding Dry Pollen Sub

https://beeinformed.org/2018/03/12/pros-and-cons-of-feeding-dry-pollen-sub/

Most beekeepers have come to realize that due to lack of natural forage in our urban and agricultural landscapes, feeding pollen substitute has become necessary to keep bees healthy in most parts of the country. Last summer was an especially challenging season in the West due to extremely hot and dry conditions. Despite a wet…

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