Bee Hive Initiative

Best Bees Initiative-This winter newsletter shares some interesting information about the research and developments made possible through our support. Honey DNA, Smarthives, and queen-rearing techniques are some of the highlighted contributions being made. The organization is also investigating the many ways that bees improve human health. Understanding absconding is of particular interest to our group, as our vigorous Benson Brook hive lost its colony in this way last fall. Perhaps most notable to me was the issue of communicating bee decline. While it seems awareness is increasing everywhere, it was alarming to me to read that without manually replacing lost colonies, at the 2014-2015 death rate, honey bees would be gone from colder parts of the US within just 3 years.

Download the newsletter here: Best Bees Newsletter Winter 2017 PDF