Citizen Projects

2020 Winter Hive Monitoring Study

Hope you had a good summer and that your hives have done well this fall.  I know I’ve had to feed large amounts of sugar water due to the drought in my area.

For the last 3 years, NH beekeepers have listed hive moisture as one of the top 5 reasons why their hives died over the winter.   In order to help us try to understand more about this issue, NHBA is running a Winter Hive Moisture study to collect data to see if we can correlate management practices to moisture issues.

There are 2 ways to participate in this study:

– If you participated in last year’s Winter hive survey and listed moisture as one of the reasons your hives died, you can let us know what led you to that conclusion.  Did you see mold?  water in the hive?, etc.

– If you have an electronic hive monitoring system that measures temperature & humidity (and ideally weight, but that is optional),  you can contribute your data to the study.  Details on what this entails are here.

Please let me know if you are interested in participating or have any questions about the project!


2020 Healthy Hives

This year’s healthy hive theme, “HoneyBee Nutrition – NH is Blooming”, is focused on honeybee nutrition and being led by Deb Slocum.  The goal of the project is to build a database of when plants, trees, shrubs, etc. are blooming and whether pollinators are collecting from them.

In addition, we are asking beekeepers to note the color of pollen being brought into the hives and submit those observations too.  We are engaging garden clubs, school science programs, etc to help us collect as much information as possible through the year.

We have set up a website for this project: where you will find:

  • sample observation spreadsheet
  • how to submit the info online, by email or usps mail
  • see what is blooming in your area
  • flower guides/references, etc.

We are finishing testing the website now – feel free to try submitting some “test” observations & let us know suggestions.   We plan to start accepting real observations on 4/1.

I want to give a shout out to Deb Slocum, John Schneider, and Peggy Dotter  –  It has been wonderful working with this team to pull the project together!

CLOSED for 2020 – Winter Hive Survey

Starting April 1, we will once again be collecting data on the 2019-2020 winter hive survival and comparing it to previous years.

The survey will open for submitting data online  from now  until 4/30 2019-20 NH Winter Beehive Survey.  The survey takes 5-10 minutes to fill out. If you would rather submit it through USPS, send me a note and I’ll get you a pdf of the questions.

We have a couple contests for those participating:

-One lucky survey participant will win a 1-year membership to NHBA

-The NH Bee club who has the largest percentage of membership participation will win $50 toward refreshments at a future meeting.

-The NH bee club with the 2nd largest participation rate  will win $25.

The analysis results will be available in mid-June.

Mite Testing Project

We are collecting the last pieces of the Mite test project data – how did the hives do through the winter. Once we have that, we’ll publish final results.   We are also considering creating a website to make it easier to submit mite counts in the future, but currently we are focused on getting the NH-is-blooming website finished.

If you have any questions – please give me a shout!

Think Spring!   Heather Achilles

Deadout CSI Project

Deadout CSI Project is still continuing.  If you do have a deadout, you can find the CSI checklist at :   DEADOUT CSI | NH Honey Bee Health and if you would like, submit your findings to the project.

Theme: Elation by Kaira.