In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, operations at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have been significantly reduced. All in-person UMass Extension events have been canceled or postponed. More information about changes to extension services can be found here.
Additionally, MDAR apiary inspections for hobbyists and sideliners have unfortunately been suspended. Read the following letter for more information.
We realize this is a challenging time for everyone and we thank you for your patience and understanding. Please continue to check this page and the Center for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment for more updates.
(In the meantime, check out our Facebook page for updates, new research, and info about virtual events! Search for @UMassExtPollinators on Facebook)
At UMass Amherst, researchers and extension professionals from diverse disciplines are working to improve the health of honey bees and native pollinators.
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Are you a UMass student interested in bees? Here are some ways to get involved:
Join the Fernald Club (the UMass Amherst Entomology club). Contact Alison Fowler to find out more: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Apply to work in a research lab (check out the list of affiliated faculty)
- Take the Stockbridge Practical Beekeeping Course
- Keep an eye out for summer internships though the MDAR apiary program
UMass Amherst is seeking certified veterinarians who have at least two years of beekeeping experience (backyard or commercial) and are interested in conducting honey bee veterinary visits.
As part of a grant through the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture and in collaboration with Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, we are creating resources and training materials for veterinarians who want to add honey bees to their practice. We are seeking beekeeper-veterinarians to give us feedback on materials, trainings and protocols (while gaining skills to inspect hives).
Check out the article on climate change and pollinators that was just published on the Mass ECAN (Ecosystem and Climate Adaptation Network) website!