Healthy Hives Project
A New Approach To Hive Health
Join the growing network of citizen scientists and beekeepers who are working together to study honey bee health in New Hampshire. This program combines a series of resources you can use to care for your hives, collect important data, and contribute to the large-scale understanding of honey health in our area.
Join Our Efforts
Honey bees face numerous threats. We strive to study and better understand the effects of these threats on honey bee populations in New Hampshire. Contribute to our citizen science projects by collecting and submitting data and samples from your colonies.
NHBA Citizen Science Projects:
In addition to the hive loss survey, there are 5 projects you can participate in this year. All of the data collected from these projects will be used to better understand why our hive loss is so high analysis results will be published throughout the year.
1. NH Is Blooming collects observations on what flowers are blooming in NH and what color pollen is being brought into bee hives
2. Deadout CSI provides a checklist to help record your observations about the dead hive to understand why it perished.
3. Mite Testing provides pointers on how to do monthly mite testing and a sheet to keep records for each hive
4. Nosema Testing provides access to a network of diagnosticians to analyze hive samples for Nosema spores.
5. Moisture Study collects data from hive monitoring systems to understand how different winterization methods affect moisture in the hive and hive survival.
This program is a result of donations to the NH beekeepers Association Research fund and a SARE Professional Development Program grant, awarded to UNH Cooperative Extension and the New Hampshire Beekeepers Association in 2018. SARE offers competitive grants to projects that explore and address key issues affecting the sustainability and future economic viability of agriculture. Northeast SARE is a regional program of the nationwide SARE effort; SARE is part of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, or NIFA.
New Hampshire has a high annual hive loss. Join our efforts to better understand the factors in our region and learn more about deadouts you may experience.
BETTER UNDERSTAND WHY YOUR COLONY COLLAPSED
Mites take a heavy toll on honey bees and contribute to unhealthy colonies. Become part of the citizen science project to learn more about the mite's role here in NH.
JOIN OUR EFFORTS TO BETTER MANAGE VARROA MITES
NH IS BLOOMING
Nosema is a growing problem in NH. Beekeepers should be aware of the symptoms and have their hives diagnosed if they suspect a problem.
SUSPECT NOSEMA IN YOUR HIVE? HAVE IT DIAGNOSED
Nutrition is an important factor in the health of our honeybees and other pollinators. Join us in recording observations of what flowers are blooming, if pollinators are vising them, and what color pollen honeybees are bringing back to the hive
TELL US WHAT IS BLOSSOMING IN YOUR AREA
Donate to the NHBA research fund