Bee Informed Partnership has released results from their annual survey, which highlights the continuing cycle of high honey bee colony turnover, with beekeepers and researchers hoping to find solutions.
“This year’s survey results show that colony losses are still high,” says Nathalie Steinhauer, BIP’s science coordinator and a post-doctoral researcher in University of Maryland Department of Entomology. "We should remember, however, that loss rates are not the same as population decline. The recent numbers of honey bee colonies in the U.S. are relatively stable despite those high losses, but that’s because beekeepers invest a lot of time and effort to increase their operation size to mitigate their losses.”
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Shout out to Undergrad - and first Entomology minor- Grace Soltis (Gruner Lab) on her debut in the Audubon and Wired. The articles feature her work with George WashingtonUniversity ecologist Dr. Zoe Getman-Pickering studying Brood X impacts on Maryland food webs.
After 62 years of teaching in various places including 26 years in the Entomology Department, Don Messersmith has finally pulled back from formal instruction. With his final course at JHU's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute wrapping up early due to the pandemic. Barbara Johnson, President Maryland Ornithological Society, authors a beautiful article that celebrates his many decades as an educator.
UMD’s Entomology Games team—known as the Checkerspots—earned second place in the eastern regional competition. With their win, the Checkerspots advanced to the national competition, which will be held at the Entomological Society of America’s (ESA) national meeting in Denver in November.
See CMNS article to learn more about the team and their preparations for the national games.
Join Dr. Sara Via, Professor & Climate Extension Specialist for the 2021 Climate and Sustainability Webinar Series beginning at 4 p.m. on June 23. Learn about the impacts of climate change and what you can do to help every other Wednesday in this summer-long series ending Sept. 15. Learn more and register for one or all of the webinars at https://climatecorner.org/webinars/
The Department of Entomology is a participant of the Green Office Program and is working towards Bronze certification. The GO Representative is Amy Yaich.