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Over-Wintering of Honey Bees In Algoma

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Jo-Jo W.

on 12 April 2015

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Over-Wintering of Honey Bees In Algoma
Introduction
Methodology
Began researching overwintering techniques
Talked with local apiarists
Contacted Algoma Bee Association
Composed a list of potential overwintering techniques
Created Y/N surveys
Wrote article for North Channel Current to promote participation.
Hypotheses
There is a relationship between the overwintering techniques used and hive survival.
Preliminary Results
71% of hives surveyed were within 2 miles of corn or soybean crops
The Problem
In the winter, the hive stops rearing young and producing honey
Workers form a cluster around the queen and eat through honey reserves during the winter
There is a relationship between proximity of crops typically containing neonicotinoids and hive survival.
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70% were fed over the winter
63% were first year colonies
At the end of March, an additional survey will be sent asking which hives were successfully overwintered.
Hard copies, electronic copies, and an online survey are available
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No relationship exists
N=70
It is not too late to participate!
Over the Winter, humidity builds up in hives and condensation can kill the bees.
This can be avoided by ventilation, but too much ventilation can cause hive temperature to drop too low.
There is no established criteria for how to prepare a hive for Winter
Results
By Jordan Winter
Beekeeping is commonly practiced in Canada on both a hobby and commercial scale
Many products are created from materials bees produce within the hives, one of the most well known being honey
Worker bees have a lifespan of about six weeks, where they perform different jobs within the hive depending on their age
There is a variety of techniques used to over winter honey bee hives
In the Algoma Region...
Conclusions
There is no set way for apiarists to prepare their hives for Winter
There is a variety of methods to preparing hives for winter that are used in the Algoma area
There are some trends in the techniques people are using. For example, orienting the hives to face south
Once the hive survival rates are collected, the data will be analyzed using logistic regression analysis.
Methodology
Acknowledgments
Mary Eaton and the Algoma Bee Association
McClelland's Hardware and Feed Store
Dr. Pedro Antunes, Algoma University
North Channel Current
Questions?
How Apiarists Can Become Involved
Apiarists fill out and send in the surveys
The results of this project will be shared with the beekeeping community
The more participation the better!
If I was to set up a hive based upon what the majority of people in Algoma use....
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