Package bees will be arriving in Alaska almost any day now, and at least one person I know successfully wintered his bees. If you did that, congratulations!
We would very much like to get in touch with you if you have surviving bees from this past winter. Alaska Bee Initiative is embarking on an ambitious project to raise breeding stock from colonies that survived this past winter. We would like to graft some larva from your hives to raise a stock of Alaskan-hardy queens.
The grafting process is is only minimally invasive, and allows us to make quite a few queens from a single colony.
If have over-wintered bees this year, and you’d like to participate in our program, you can complete our volunteer form, or contact us!