|The bees bringing in pollen from maples. Photo: Travis Birdsell|
|We had to put up a mouse guard. Mice damaged about 5 of the frames which we|
will probably have to replace.
|Lots of bees when we opened the box. Photo: Travis Birdsell|
|It's all about making babies. The capped cells have bees that will soon emerge. |
Photo: Travis Birdsell.
The causes of beehive losses are complex. A good website which reviews the multiple causes is the USDA website called Honey Bees and Colony Collapse Disorder.
Keep looking for more information on this project as we are putting bees out in tree fields in Alleghany and Avery.
There's a lot of people to thank with this project including Wiley Gimlin and Omni farm for hosting our bees; Shelley Felder with the Honey Hole in West Jefferson for her technical advice about beekeeping; the NCCTA for grant support; all the extension folks -- Brad Edwards, Travis Birdsell, Jerry Moody, Meghan Baker, Jeff Owen and Jeff Vance for their assistance with this project; and Logan Williams who was key in identifying native bees collected last year. Information about the pollinator study can be found at The Pollinator Study.