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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6:30 pm SouthEast Beekeepers Club Monthl... @ North Pinery Firehouse
SouthEast Beekeepers Club Monthl... @ North Pinery Firehouse
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6:00 pm Spring Splitting your Hives
Spring Splitting your Hives
Apr 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
April is the time of year for splits as the first calls for swarms start coming around April 10th. This class focus is judging your hive for the right time to split. Splitting with or[...]
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10:00 am Introduction to Beekeeping
Introduction to Beekeeping
Apr 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
This class focuses on starting a beehive in April with a bee package or nuc. Preparing your equipment where to place your hive. What to expect when getting started. Classes At Wardle Feed Saturday Mornings[...]
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9:00 am Hands-On Beekeeping Series @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Hands-On Beekeeping Series @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Apr 7 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Come join us for a hands-on series of 8 classes that will support you through the beekeeping season from March to October. Location: Classes are held at the Growing Gardens Greenhouse 1630 Hawthorn Ave Boulder,[...]
6:00 pm Swarms: How To Catch A Swarm
Swarms: How To Catch A Swarm
Apr 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
In this class the first rule with any swarm is safety. How locate and identify wild hives in your area. Different methods for capturing swarms and why. Swarm traps and more. $35 per couple Classes[...]
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6:00 pm Introduction to Beekeeping
Introduction to Beekeeping
Apr 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
This class focuses on starting a beehive in April with a bee package or nuc. Preparing your equipment where to place your hive. What to expect when getting started. $35 per couple Classes At the[...]
6:30 pm Brighton Beekeepers Monthly Meeting @ United Power HQ
Brighton Beekeepers Monthly Meeting @ United Power HQ
Apr 8 @ 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[...]
7:00 pm Mile Hive Bee Club @ Mercury Café
Mile Hive Bee Club @ Mercury Café
Apr 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Hello Mile Hivers, Don’t forget our next meeting is this Wednesday 2/11/15 at 7 PM. We will meet at the Mercury Café which is located at 2199 California St Denver, CO 80205. Regards John
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Sat
9:00 am Class II: Understanding the Bees @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Class II: Understanding the Bees @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Apr 11 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
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