Getting Started - Have a hive, want to join? - Don't have a hive? You too can help!
If you are a beekeeper with a hive and are in need of a scale, information about obtaining scales can be found in our Scale Hive Protocol document within the section called 'The Scale'. If you are interested in keeping a scale hive but are not sure, this detailed document is great place to start.
Once you have your hive on a scale, you are ready to participate in the scale hive study! Please fill out the simple questionnaire, so we can gather some information about your location and your hive, and email it to Wayne Esaias. Your hive weighings can be entered using an MS Excel spreadsheet, an MS Word doc, or in Rich Text Format (.rtf) that can be read by most document editors. Download your preference, or contact us if you have questions or problems.
Central Maryland is the first test case of a network of scale hives to monitor honey bee nectar flow and nectar plant phenology. Tracking nectar flow data can have many benefits for beekeepers, so this participating in this effort benefits you as well!
- Quantitative information useful to beekeepers and scientists studying plant-pollinator interactions.
- Provides a baseline for tracking climate change and the impacts of land use/land cover change.
- Demonstration of citizen-scientist role in climate impact studies.
- Provides data for scientists to use in relating satellite observations to detailed phenological events.
- Data are needed to relate large scale climate and ecosystem models to local impacts.
- Will the Africanized Honey Bee establish resident populations in Maryland, and if so, when?
List of Resources for Participants
Don't have a hive? You too can be involved!
Download the document describing a pilot native bee study and find what you can do to preserve and document our native bee population.
In addition, if you have an interest in plants and thier phenology (leaf out, blooming periods, scenesence), visit the National Phenology Network homepage for information on how you can help track phenology in your area.