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Preliminary: 2016-2017 State Total and Average Losses

https://beeinformed.org/2017/05/26/preliminary-2016-2017-state-total-and-average-losses/

The Bee Informed Partnership has released preliminary state losses for 2016-2017. If there are fewer than 5 respondents in a state, we will not release those numbers to preserve confidentiality. These tables represent Annual loss, Winter Loss and Summer Loss. We also report Total Loss and Average Loss. For further details regarding the difference between Total and…

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California Gets Wet

https://beeinformed.org/2017/04/07/13125/

It has been a few weeks since we left California, but it had me head over heels with spring in full force. Beautiful flowers like lupine, fiddleneck, and rosemary have replaced all the almond flowers that the bees came here for. Beekeepers are the midst of moving their bees back home by the truckload. Northwest…

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2016 Sentinel Apiary Program Results

https://beeinformed.org/2017/03/13/2016-sentinel-apiary-program-results/

With the help of beekeepers all over the country, we have successfully completed our second year of the Sentinel Apiary Program! In 2016, 28 beekeepers from 16 states worked with us. Together we: Sampled and monitored the health of 289 colonies Processed 1,229 samples for Varroa and Nosema Shared data from 32 hive scales Collaborated with our beekeeping…

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Signs of Spring in Florida’s Orange Groves

https://beeinformed.org/2017/03/03/signs-of-spring-in-floridas-orange-groves/

  Florida’s winters are relatively mild and it’s hard to tell what season we’re in at times.  The orange blossom is a clear sign the spring is beginning here in the Sunshine State.  Along with being the State Flower of Florida, the orange blossom has helped produce a coveted honey crop for over 50 years. …

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2017 Spring Pollen and Nectar Source: Pussy Willow

https://beeinformed.org/2017/02/14/2017-spring-pollen-and-nectar-source-pussy-willow/

As spring approaches and the days grow longer, more plants are starting to bloom, including pussy willows. These plants usually bloom here in Northern California between February and March. There are several species of this plant but Salix discolor is the most commonly found. I usually find these trees near water though they are also…

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