Posts Categorized: Announcements

BIP National Loss Survey Comparison with NASS results

https://beeinformed.org/2017/08/22/bip-national-loss-survey-comparison-with-nass-results/

The National Agricultural Statistical Service (NASS) recently reported the results of its second honey bee colony loss survey. The Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) also recently published preliminary loss results covering the same period. Despite the differences in methodology and sample sizes, these two surveys yielded comparable results. Specifically, we estimate 33.23% losses based on the…

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Meet Garett Slater! New Midwest Tech Team Member

https://beeinformed.org/2017/06/16/meet-garett-slater-new-midwest-tech-team-member-2/

        I am the newest member of the Midwest Tech-Transfer Team! I, along with my trusty comrade Phoebe Koenig, work primarily with Minnesota and North Dakota migratory beekeepers. We sample colonies for Nosema and Varroa, while performing whole colony inspections negative health symptoms, i.e. diseases, pathogens, pesticides. I am new to BIP,…

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New Web-based Tool for Fast Identification of Bee Mites

https://beeinformed.org/2016/11/07/new-web-based-tool-for-fast-identification-of-bee-mites/

Parasitic mites are known to be a factor in recent declines in bee pollinator populations. In particular, Varroa destructor, an introduced parasite and disease vector, has decimated colonies of the western honey bee, one of the most important agricultural pollinators in the world. Further, global trade in alternative pollinators increases the likelihood of moving mites,…

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Want to Help Bees? – BIP Tech Team Fundraiser

Want to Help Honey Bees?             DONATE!              Help us expand the Bee Tech Team program to improve honey bee health and safeguard the food supply. WE NEED YOUR HELP. The success of the Bee Tech Team program has created demands beyond the scope of our existing funds. To scale our impact, we’re launching a campaign to raise…

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Interpreting and Understanding the Differences in Honey Bee Colony Loss Numbers From Different National Surveys.

https://beeinformed.org/2016/05/19/interpreting-and-understanding-the-differences-in-honey-bee-colony-loss-numbers-from-different-national-surveys/

Over the last year, and for the first time, the National Agricultural Statistical Service (NASS) conducted a survey to monitor colony losses. The Bee Informed Partnership (BIP), in collaboration with the Apiary Inspectors of America, has also recently published preliminary loss data covering the same time period. While the core purpose of these two surveys…

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The National Honey Bee Disease Survey: Varroa & Nosema in the US

https://beeinformed.org/2016/05/04/the-national-honey-bee-disease-survey-varroa-nosema-in-the-us/

The National Honey Bee Disease Survey investigates honey bee apiaries throughout the US to see if three exotic honey bee pests are still absent from our shores. Samples collected from 41 states and two territories reveal that we are still free of the Tropilaelaps mite, Slow bee paralysis virus, and the Asian honey bee Apis cerana. …

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National Colony Loss and Management Survey: You’ve Got Questions We’ve Got Answers

https://beeinformed.org/2016/04/06/national-colony-loss-and-management-survey-youve-got-questions-weve-got-answers/

Thank you to the 2,500+ beekeepers who already took the survey! As of this morning (4/6/2016), over 2,500 of you already submitted your answers to the Colony Loss Survey and over 1,500 of you continued to the Management Survey. Thank you for your time and continued support! This current rate of participation tracks very well…

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2015-2016 Colony Loss and Management Survey Is Live: Take the Survey Today!

https://beeinformed.org/2016/04/01/2015-2016-colony-loss-and-management-survey-is-live-take-the-survey-today/

It is April 1st and that can only mean one thing at the Bee Informed Partnership – our National Loss and Management survey is LIVE!  Starting now and continuing until April 30th, your responses from this survey provide invaluable information that helps us obtain a clear picture of honey bee health throughout the country and…

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