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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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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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Honey Bee Caste Systems: Part 2 – How Genetics and the Environment Shape Honey Bee Workers and Queens

https://beeinformed.org/2019/06/05/honey-bee-caste-systems-part-2-how-genetics-and-the-environment-shape-honey-bee-workers-and-queens/

Author: Garett Slater, Former Midwest Tech Transfer Team In part 1 of my blog series, I wrote about how genetics can shape reproductive males (drones) and both reproductive (queens) and non-reproductive (workers) females within a colony. However, genetics only explains part of the story. I will describe why that is in the second installment of…

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Flame in the Bee Yard: Relighting a Smoker the Easy Way

https://beeinformed.org/2019/05/16/flame-in-the-bee-yard-relighting-a-smoker-the-easy-way/

The Scenario We’ve all experienced a smoker going out just when we need it. Sometimes we may simply forget to pump the bellows for too long while we are getting some other things ready; sometimes we may make the mistake of stuffing the fire chamber too tightly with fuel before the fire has a good…

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Lazy bees?

https://beeinformed.org/2019/05/06/lazy-bees/

Honey bees have long been admired by humankind for their industriousness. The beehive has served as a symbol of organization and hard work throughout history, and common sayings like “busy as a bee” that persist today indicate we still perceive bees to be hard workers. The state of Utah has been particularly fond of the…

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Colony Loss Survey, Closing Soon!

https://beeinformed.org/2019/04/28/colony-loss-survey-closing-soon/

The end is near; now hear how we got here! April is about to end, and with that the Bee Informed National Colony Loss and Management survey will be hibernating (or summering) for another year. If you haven’t participated yet, we kindly ask you to do so here before the survey closes. This is our…

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