January 20, 2018

Coming Soon: MSBA Grants to Participate in the Bee Informed Partnership Sentinel Apiary Program

Coming Soon!

Be a Citizen Scientist – Help Other Beekeepers in Maine

The MSBA is pleased to announce the formation of a new grant to assist beekeepers or chapter clubs wishing to participate in the Bee Informed Partnership’s Sentinel Apiary Program (BIP-SAP).
Three (3) beekeepers from around Maine will be selected to participate in the BIP-SAP for 2018. Data collected will be published real-time on the MSBA website and bimonthly in the Bee Line allowing beekeepers around the state to make informed management decisions. (Chapter club apiaries are also
eligible to participate.) Grant monies will assist with the purchase of a hive scale and BIP-SAP participation fees.

What is BIP-SAP?

BIP-SAP uses hive scales and monthly disease assessments to monitor honey bee health. Sentinel Apiary
data is available real-time making the Sentinel Apiaries an early warning system, alerting beekeepers of
potential problems (Varroa, Nosema spp., changes in nectar flows). Learn more on the Bee Informed Partnership website.

More information and application will be available in January.

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