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NYS Beekeeper Tech Team

Apr 12, 2017
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

Take the Bee Informed Partnership Management Survey!

Mar 30, 2017
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

Online Course: Introduction to Beekeeping

Feb 1, 2017
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.
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Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Listing

Jan 10, 2017
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

XERCES Release Report on Neonicotinoids

Dec 21, 2016
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.
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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

Click here to register, or email Emma Mullen ( for more information.

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

New state pollinator protection plan announced at Cornell

Jun 27, 2016
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.
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Honey Bee and Native Pollinators Roundtable Discussion in Albany

May 25, 2016
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

USA Colony Losses were 44% in 2015-2016

May 10, 2016
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: The survey is open until May 15.

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.

Insectapalooza @ Cornell University

Oct 17, 2015
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

The Northeast Pollinator Partnership has launched!

Sep 29, 2015
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.