Get Ready for the Mite-A-Thon

July 25, 2018 Dear Honey Bee Friend:

The second annual Mite-A-Thon will take place Saturday, September 8 to Saturday, September 15, 2018 and we invite you to participate! SPREAD THE WORD – Local beekeeping clubs and associations are key to making the Mite-A-Thon a success! The 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 can participate, creating a rich distribution of sampling sites in Canada, the United States, and Mexico.  OBJECTIVE: 1) 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. PARTICIPANTS: All beekeepers in North America are encouraged to participate.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

  • Encourage your members to participate in September, through meetings, newsletters, emails, social media etc.
  • Teach new beekeepers how to monitor for mites in August.
  • Help your members prepare their monitoring materials.
  • Support your members in making sure they are able to monitor mites effectively and report their data.

DATA COLLECTION: Varroa monitoring data will be uploaded to www.mitecheck.com.   CONTACT: miteathon@pollinator.org or 415 362-1137

Get resources and stay up to date at www.pollinator.org/miteathon!

Thank you, The Mite-A-Thon Partners