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Bee BC funded projects

The following projects received funding through the fifth intake of the Bee BC program:

Alan Wong (beekeeper): to test brood breaks in hives in an urban setting and the effectiveness of Nosevit, a honey bee food supplement, and test the need for pollen patties versus naturally sourced pollen in urban environments.

BC Honey Producers Association: to convert a planned two-day educational event to an online education meeting (due to COVID-19), to distribute education material to increase beekeeper capacity to manage colonies, allow better colony survival, better crop pollination, and more successful practices of beekeeping business.

BC Honey Producers Association: to enable network of electronic monitoring of hives in southern, northern and southeastern B.C.

Bee Awareness Society: to provide an educational program that teaches students the lifecycle of the honey bee, the importance of pollination and the importance of bees and other pollinators to the ecosystem using a glass observation bee hive as a learning tool.

Blueberry Commons Farm Cooperative: to prepare one-hectare (2.5 acre) area with diverse forage crops for pollinators, and hold tours to engage with schools and community groups to promote the importance of increasing forage for honey bees and pollinators. The funding will also help support a mentoring program for beekeeping in their community.    

Cariboo Apiaries: to test overwintering nucleus colonies inside of reefer sea cans, to prevent starvation and increase survival.

Chilliwack Beekeepers Community: to host community education open-hive days to teach good beekeeping management related to varroa mite control and treatment and demonstrate the use of oxalic acid vapour to treat mites.

Evan Machin (beekeeper): to compare the overwintering survival rate between a Langstroth hive and a natural-style hive and build a hive that closely resembles a natural hive in the wild.

Hay Meadow Honey: to conduct research to better understand what factors predict when fireweed will produce nectar.

Hives for Humanity: to convert an urban area into a forage site for managed and native bees, and offer workshops that relate with seasonal activities on the site such as disease and pest management, native bee identification, and seed collection and propagation.

Janet Simpson, Lyall Acheson and Victoria Acheson (beekeepers): to monitor varroa, an external parasitic mite that attacks and feeds on the honey bees, and explore optimized colony health through development of an insulated long-hive design.

Rushing River Apiaries: to host local elementary school classes for apiary visits to educate on honey bee lifecycle, hive organization, mechanics of pollination and hive products.

Sun Hill Apiaries and Neskonlith Education Centre: to perform a scientific study on different methods of enhancing bee health and provide education and mentorship to novice beekeepers.

Thetis Island Bee Keepers Co-operative: to recover land for mass forage planting, design custom forage crop blend and share education and reporting with other beekeepers and community partners.

Worker Bee Honey Company: to test if probiotic supplements are effective against snot brood disease in bees involved in blueberry pollination.