CNAS looking for wild bee colonies

Chris Rosario checks the hive of a local beekeeper in Santa Rita. (OLYMPIA TERRAL)

The College of Natural and Applied Sciences at the University of Guam needs the public’s help in locating wild bee colonies.

Chris Rosario, research associate with the Western Pacific Tropical Research Center at CNAS, has been surveying bees in Guam and in the region. Funded by U.S. Department of Agriculture-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the Honeybee National Survey has been extended for another year.

Rosario would like assistance from the public in locating wild (feral) bee colonies in Guam, especially if they are causing a problem for neighborhoods or homeowners.

He would like to remove the problem bees and give them a new home in a hive. When removed from the site they will be placed at UOG research and education centers and will support ongoing research.

“The more we are able to relocate feral hives and place them at farms and research centers around the island, the more we will be able to promote Guam’s fledging bee keeping industry,” said Rosario. 

Individuals, government entities, and private businesses are welcome to contact Rosario regarding domestic or feral bees at 487-1640 or via email rosarioc1640@gmail.com.

On April 4, the Guam Beekeepers Association will hold its first meeting of 2018. All bee enthusiasts are welcome to attend. The meeting will be held at the Agriculture and Life Sciences Building, Room 104, University of Guam on Wednesday, April 4,  from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. The agenda will include information on possible grant opportunities for experienced beekeepers to train agriculture professionals to teach farmers and ranchers the basics of keeping bees.

For more information about bees, visit cnas-re.uog.edu/bees. (PR)

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