2017 North American Mite-A-Thon

August 9, 2017

From: Pollinator Partnership

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 TO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2017

Mite-A-Thon is a national effort to collect mite infestation data and to visualize varroa infestations in honey bee colonies across North America within a one week window.  All beekeepers will be asked to participate, creating a rich distribution of sampling sites in Canada, the United States, and Mexico.  Their varroa monitoring data will be uploaded to www.mitecheck.com.

The parasitic mite, Varroa destructor (varroa), and the viruses it vectors is a significant driver of this honey bee colony mortality. Yet, indicators suggest that many beekeepers are not monitoring honey bee colony varroa infestations and therefore not able to connect infestation to colony loss.

OBJECTIVE: To raise awareness about honey bee colony varroa infestations in North America through effective monitoring methods. 2.  Management strategies will be made available for discussion within bee organizations utilizing Mite-A-Thon partner developed information and outreach materials.

DATE: The week of September 9, 2017, with a practice test during summer 2017

PARTICIPANTS: All beekeepers are encouraged to participate

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