As noted on home page: Since the end of this project funding in 2011, and the retirement of the NASA PI in 2012, this web site has received little attention. We maintain it because there is still useful and relevant information, and because of the traffic and interest in the Naitonal Forage Map, in particular. Even though the Ayers and Harman work is old, there is no known nationwide survey update available.
Getting Started - Have a hive? - 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.
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.