Bee Health Update 2.1 January 2010

Bee Health September 30, 2010 Print Friendly and PDF

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New Feature: Managed Pollinator CAP Updates

File:CAPminiLogo.jpgMonthly updates from the Managed Pollinator CAP are added to the website after print publication in the American Bee Journal and Bee Culture. These articles will be written by CAP collaborators for the 3 remaining years of the project. Deadlines are the 20th of the second month preceding the issue and should be directed to Keith Delaplane and Jim Kenaston at the University of Georgia.

First CAP Updates:

  1. Managed Pollinator CAP: Introduction, Dr. Keith S. Delaplane, University of Georgia: Nov. 2009
  2. When Varroacides Interact, Dr. Reed Johnson, University of Nebraska - Lincoln: Dec. 2009
  3. The Nosema Dipstick Test, Dr. Katherine Aronstein, USDA-ARS Honey Bee Research Unit, Weslaco, Texas: Jan 2010

Social Media Strategy Developed

At the 2009 National Conference in St. Louis, a major theme was the very real need to engage our audience through social media outlets. The rapid adoption of social media technology by non-profit and for profit organizations is underway. Look no further then the USDA's Social Media Tools and Resources webpage for examples.

Bee Health has adopted the following social media strategy

  • Develop a YouTube Channel
  • Develop a Facebook, Twitter, and Second Life presence
  • Interaction/promotion of content on beekeeper web forums such as
  • Inclusion of content on, with references back to

YouTube Channel Launched

Bee Health has a new YouTube Channel. The first submissions to the channel come from Jamie Ellis and Catherine Zettel Nalen at the University of Florida and Kirk Visscher at the University of California, Riverside.

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Jamie Ellis already has a strong presence on YouTube, and many of his videos are linked as favorites from the YouTube channel. Uploaded directly to the channel, are 4 clips from videos he and his lab produced about varroa mites, nosema disease, the small hive beetle, and tracheal mites. YouTube no loner accepts uploads longer then 10 minutes, so the approach of uploading cohesive segments and a link back to the University of Florida for the complete video was chosen.

Kirk Visscher at the University of California, Riverside has provided a high quality example of the Honey Bee Dance Language.

To upload videos to the Bee Health YouTube channel, contact Michael Wilson at

New Feature: University of Florida Bee Disease Videos

Jamie Ellis explains whats wrong with the bees.

Jamie Ellis's complete videos about the 4 above mentioned bee diseases and pests are a feature page on the public site. This page also serves as a brief introduction and link to the University of Florida lab.

FAQ's Organized by Category

Frequently Asked Questions about bees can now be browsed from a menu on the public site. Thanks to, a new feature is available to tag FAQs in, which makes organization into menus much easier. 119 FAQs written by the Community of Practice are available.

Google Analytics: Bee Health Homepage in Top 10 at has integrated their website into Google Analytics. Reports can now be generated for any webpage on

reports can be viewed as webpages or as .pdfs

Website statistics for 30 days were obtained through Google Analytics on the random date of Dec23, 2009. For the 30 day period, the Bee Health homepage ranked #10 in the top viewed pages on The ranking surveys site wide hits out of 23,278 pages. During this time period, the Bee Health homepage was viewed 1,284 times with 798 unique views. The only other CoP homepage in the top 10 listing was the horse community. The other top placements were individual content pieces or site wide organizing pages, such as the main homepage. All of boasts 366,062 page views during this time period.

Other data available through this tool is what sites bring traffic in, how long viewers stay, where they are from (down to city level), and much more.

On the Calender

January Bee Events on the calender include the following

Add events to the calender by entering them at or email the details to Michael Wilson,

Thank you for your time and attention,
Michael Wilson
University of Tennessee