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Beescape Monthly Update for September

Posted: October 1, 2019

As the fall season approaches, we at Beescape hope you’ve all had a productive spring/summer

Although late summer is often associated with a ‘lull’ in floral resources for bees, the upcoming fall nectar flow from plants like goldenrods, asters, and others should provide a honey boost for many colonies, especially if you are in an area with good fall forage quality (which you can check on Beescape!).

As you continue to collect data on your colonies (for Pro/monthly users and Lite users), please remember to check your colonies for Varroa mites; our ongoing analyses of colony winter survival data suggests that Varroa checks (and treatment) are one of the best predictors of winter colony survival.

This first season has been exciting for us at Beescape as folks like you have been registering and uploading data on their colony health and survival! As users continue to register and provide data, we will begin running survival analyses to help YOU better understand how to best help your bees (both wild and managed!). In the meantime, take a look at how much interest has been garnered over the first summer for Beescape! This map shows the approximate locations of registered Beescape Users (obscured slightly to protect user anonymity).

We hope to increase our user base as we continue to improve Beescape in the coming months - stay tuned for a variety of changes to the Beescape site, all of which will be shared on our email list and on Beescape.org. We are also on Twitter (@beescapepsu).