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What's Happening to New Hampshire's Honey Bees?


Scientists and beekeepers are trying to find out why almost 60% of honey bee hives died out last winter, and even more the winter before.  


  • Heather Achilles - Beekeeper from Gilmanton and member of the New Hampshire Beekeepers Association, and organizer of the honeybee hive loss survey. 
  • Tammy Potter - State apiarist for Kentucky, and author of Bees in America: How the Honeybee Shaped a Nation, and Beeconomy. 
  • Olivia Saunders Fruit and vegetable production field specialist at UNH's Cooperative Extension, where she has been working with beekeepers to study honeybee health. 

Related Reading:

 Read the latest winter hive loss results for New Hampshire in 2017-2018 here. 

"New Hampshire beekeeping group revives winter hive loss survey," from the Concord Monitor.

"State's bees, bats are in a bad way while NH moose enjoy ray of hope," from the Union Leader. 

"New map highlights bee population declines across the U.S.," from Smithsonian. 

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