Filing A Bee Claim

What to do if you suspect a pesticide kill:

If you think your bees have been killed by the possible misuse of a pesticide, you need to report it immediately.  The Colorado Department of Agriculture has removed the page on filing a bee claim from their website.  They would like you to file a verbal report with an employee.  303-869-9059 is the number.

It is still very important to report so here are some other options:  Please, whether you have 2 hives or 2000, REPORT IT  We cannot claim there is an issue if we fail to provide any data to support it.  Here are two options:

Pollinator Stewardship Council

EPA asks that you file a report with the National Pesticide Information Center  Here is a link to guidelines on completing the report.  

Next, document your losses.

Take photos and video.  Be sure to turn on the time/date stamp on your camera.

Take samples of bees, nectar, pollen and wax and follow these instructions for sending them out for testing.  Best, according to the Pesticide Research Institute, take an entire frame out and put it in your freezer.  Pesticide Research Institute is a helpful source of information on reporting a suspected bee kill.

Contact your regional association, if you are a member of one.  If not, contact me at president@coloradobeekeepers.org so I can stay in the loop.

Keep a diary of all contacts made and be sure to note with whom you spoke and what day you did it.  We have had issues with a lack of timeliness in the past that we want to make sure do not occur in the future.

Hopefully, you will not need to request an investigation this summer or any summer–but now you know how to do it.

 


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8:30 am Bee Guardianship Hive Doctor Cer...
Bee Guardianship Hive Doctor Cer...
May 21 @ 8:30 am – May 26 @ 12:30 pm
May 21-26 June 4-11 Boulder, CO Choose any dates that fit your schedule, 16 days to choose from. Intensives limited to 4 people per session. Out of town folks, we have recommendations for lodging and[...]
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12:30 pm An “Average Joe’s” Guide to Beek... @ Parker
An “Average Joe’s” Guide to Beek... @ Parker
May 24 @ 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
An “Average Joe’s” Guide to Beekeeping – A Hands-on Workshop Series If you have an interest in bees, pollination and/or the environment, are new to beekeeping or just thinking of bee-coming a beekeeper and you’d like[...]
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4:00 pm Celebrate Boulder Being a Bee Sa...
Celebrate Boulder Being a Bee Sa...
May 30 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Bee Safe Boulder invites you to attend a celebration in honor of Boulder becoming a bee safe city! Saturday, May 30th 4-6pm 3373 4th St, North Boulder Live Music • Hors d’oeuvres • Wine •[...]
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6:30 pm SouthEast Beekeepers Club Monthl... @ North Pinery Firehouse
SouthEast Beekeepers Club Monthl... @ North Pinery Firehouse
Jun 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The SouthEast Beekeepers Club is a fairly unstructured group of beekeeping people who get together once a month to share information, ask questions, get news, etc. Other than having a pot luck prior to and[...]
7:00 pm Boulder County Beekeepers Meeting @ Lefthand Grange
Boulder County Beekeepers Meeting @ Lefthand Grange
Jun 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
BCBA meeting and election scheduled for this Wednesday, April 22nd at 7:00 pm at the Niwot Grange. Our organization has been without meaningful leadership since Miles McGaughey stepped down last year. Philip Bradbury and Tim[...]
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4
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8:30 am Bee Guardianship Hive Doctor Cer...
Bee Guardianship Hive Doctor Cer...
Jun 4 @ 8:30 am – Jun 11 @ 12:30 pm
June 4-11 Boulder, CO Choose any dates that fit your schedule, 16 days to choose from. Intensives limited to 4 people per session. Out of town folks, we have recommendations for lodging and camping accommodations[...]
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6
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9:00 am Beekeeping Seminar w/ Dr. Dewey ... @ Fort Lewis College
Beekeeping Seminar w/ Dr. Dewey ... @ Fort Lewis College
Jun 6 @ 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Seminar details are found in this PDF
9:00 am Class IV: Honeybee Colony Care II @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Class IV: Honeybee Colony Care II @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Jun 6 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
We will review how to maintain healthy colonies and what this looks like, and discuss how to recognize pests and diseases, and what you can do to support your bees. In the lab we will[...]
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12:30 pm Central Colorado Beekeepers Meeting @ Crest Academy
Central Colorado Beekeepers Meeting @ Crest Academy
Jun 8 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
We meet the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30 at 12th & G Street at Crest Academy, Salida, Co 81201. See our Facebook group: Central Colorado Beekeepers Association. Ask to join. Thanks and hope[...]
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10
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6:30 pm Brighton Beekeepers Monthly Meeting @ United Power HQ
Brighton Beekeepers Monthly Meeting @ United Power HQ
Jun 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
This month’s meeting will be held at the United Power Building on March 11th at 6:30pm. Miles McGaughey will be our guest speaker and will be covering topics relevant to this time of year. Other[...]

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