The Dyce Lab for Honey Bee Studies at Cornell is working to assess honey bee health across New York State. We can improve bee health, but we need your help! We’re looking for beekeepers across NYS to participate in the 2017 New York State Varroa Survey. Read more
The NYS Beekeeper Tech Team is an interdisciplinary group that works directly with beekeepers to improve honey bee health, reduce colony losses, and increase profitability of the beekeeping industry. In 2016, the NYS Beekeeper Tech Team worked with 30 beekeepers throughout northern, central, and western New York. These results are now available. Read more
The Bee Informed Partnership is a non-profit organization that collects management information from thousands of beekeepers across the US each year. This information is extremely valuable in understanding national and state-wide honey bee colony losses and in relating these losses to management practices. All beekeepers are encouraged to fill out this survey. Read more
During this 8-week course offered by the Northeast Beginning Farmers Project, develop a plan from A to Z, starting with the understanding of the difference between a drone, queen and nurse bee, siting your apiary, a plan for Varroa mites, and effective winterizing techniques that will help ensure your hive(s) make it through the winter to ensure a harvest the following season. Read more
Today the US Fish and Wildlife Service has officially listed the rusty patched bumble bee, Bombus affinis, as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. With its official listing, we can now outline a recovery plan to prevent the bees’ extinction and protect ecosystems where it is found. Read more
The XERCES society released a report on the impacts of neonicotinoids on bees. It summarizes the scientific research on honey bees, bumble bees, and other native bees, and identifies key knowledge gaps to help direct future projects. Read more
Upcoming Honey Bee Workshop in Jefferson County
Nov 3, 2016
The Dyce Laboratory of Honey Bee Studies and Cornell Cooperative Extension Jefferson County are hosting the workshop: Parasites and pathogens of honey bees: the biology and management of Varroa mites and American foulbrood.
This workshop is targeted toward beekeepers with 0-3 years of experience, or for anyone who wants some refresher training. Topics will include Varroa mite biology and management, as well as American foulbrood identification, control, and new FDA regulations for antibiotics in the US.
Date: Monday, November 21, 2016 Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm Location: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County Office, 203 North Hamilton Street, Watertown NY 13601 Registration Cost: $30 pre-registration, $35 at the door, and free to veterans and active duty military
Following the Wild Bees: The Craft and Science of Bee Hunting
Aug 22, 2016
Join Thomas D. Seeley, the Horace White Professor in Biology in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell, for a Chats in the Stacks book talk about Following the Wild Bees (Princeton University Press; May 3, 2016). This event is open to the public and will take place in Cornell University Mann Library, Room 160 at 4:00 pm.
European foulbrood resembling American foulbrood in New York State
Jul 15, 2016
State inspectors have been finding cases of European foulbrood in New York State this year that bear an uncanny resemblance to American foulbrood. Beekeepers are urged to submit samples of suspicious brood to the Beltsville Bee Lab in Maryland for a free analysis to determine i) if the brood is indeed infected with AFB, and if so, ii) whether or not the bacteria show resistance to antibiotics. If the results come back positive for AFB, beekeepers must report this by law to the state apiculturist Paul Cappy. An inspector will come to your operation and supervise the destruction of infected colonies. Please do not burn colonies without lab confirmation of American foulbrood or without an inspector present.
Click here to learn how to submit samples to the Beltsville Bee Lab
A team led by Cornell researchers has received a five-year, $2.2 million National Institutes of Health grant to develop an approach to better understand how pathogens that infect bees and other pollinators are spread. Read more
State officials and Kathryn Boor, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of Cornell’s College of the Agriculture and Life Sciences, announced recommendations of the New York State Pollinator Task Force at Cornell’s Dyce Lab for Honey Bee Studies in Varna, New York, June 24. Read more
New York Senator O'Mara hosted the Honey Bee and Native Pollinators roundtable in Albany. Government and agricultural representatives, beekeepers, advocates, and Cornell University representatives Julie Suarez, Erika Hooker, Scott McArt, and Emma Mullen met to discuss strategies to protect New York's pollinator populations. These strategies will be considered for inclusion in the Pollinator Protection Plan currently in development. Read more
The Bee Informed Partnership released their preliminary results of colony losses across the US. 44% of colonies were lost during the year spanning April 2015 - April 2016. This is 3.5% higher than last year, and summer colony losses continued to rival winter losses this year. Read more
The New York Bee Wellness spring survey is open!
Apr 22, 2016
Every spring and fall, Pat Bono of New York Bee Wellness collects survey data from non-migratory beekeepers to understand what management practices beekeepers are using, to report the major causes of colony losses, and provide a look at the bee industry trends of New York. This survey is currently the most comprehensive in the state for reporting bee health & management practices. Please take time to fill out the spring 2016 survey here: http://nybeewellness.org/spring-2016-survey-open-ny-bee-wellness/ The survey is open until May 15.
In the face of scientific dogma that faults the population decline of monarch butterflies on a lack of milkweed and herbicides, a new Cornell study casts wider blame: sparse autumnal nectar sources, weather and habitat fragmentation. Read more
IPBES Pollinator Assessment has Been Released
Mar 4, 2016
The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) released their assessment “Thematic Assessment of Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production”. The assessment was a two-year study compiled by 77 experts around the world. It includes information from nearly 3000 scientific articles combined with indigenous and local knowledge from over 60 locations worldwide. The aim is to convey the scientific research on pollinator biodiversity and health to policy makers. Click here for the full press release.
During summer 2015, my lab initiated a large field study to understand the relative importance of pesticides, pathogens/parasites, diet and the surrounding landscape on performance of honey bee colonies in New York... Read more
The Empire State Honey Producers Association (ESHPA) fall meeting is taking place on November 20th and 21st in Syracuse. The speakers are a mix of honey bee researchers, commercial beekeepers, and a representative from the Pollinator Stewardship Council... Read more
This year's theme was 'Bizarre, Bad, and Beneficial'. This event was a one day insect fair with hundreds of live insects and tons of interactive activities for the whole family. Some of the highlights included a butterfly room, an arthropod zoo and, of course, a pollinator room... Read more
Bryan Danforth and his team are very happy to announce that the Northeast Pollinator Partnership (NEPP) has obtained grant funding from the New York Farm Viability Institute to develop the project over the next two years! Read more
Protecting Pollinators: The New York Pollinator Conference
Sep 23, 2015
The Protecting Pollinators: The New York Pollinator Conference was hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension and featured 12 speakers with diverse backgrounds and specialties. Speakers from Cornell included Dr. Scott McArt, Emma Mullen, Heather Connelly, Dan Gilrein, Maria VanDyke, and Jennifer Stengle. The goal of the conference was to educate people on how to improve pollinator health and conserve bee populations.