Johnny Mason, March 1, 2012:
It’s no big secret that bees can die over the winter. Some beekeepers have little loss. Others, quite a bit. What’s the difference? Is it the techniques used to overwinter or is it the location? Maybe a combination? Those are the types of questions that Bee Informed is trying to answer.
Bee Informed is a collaborative effort between beekeepers of all sizes and researchers to try to determine how to make beekeeping more sustainable while overwintering colonies. Using the knowledge gathered, it could have a huge impact on the lives of bees, the livelihoods of beekeepers, and the related environments and industries that also benefit from the hard work of the bees.
The information that is being gathered and studied asks about things such as management philosophies, geography, purpose for keeping bees (honey production, pollination, etc) and is combined with other bee monitoring data to hopefully determine a set of best practices. Sounds ambitious, but let’s hope that it uncovers some useful stuff.
If you are a beekeeper and would like to participate (or are just curious) check out Bee Informed’s website.