During the last 10 years the US has been averaging 30% hive loss over winter. Last winter, across the Midwest numerous states lost more than 60%. Losing that much livestock annually drives our team crazy. We see a desire on the part of backyard beekeepers to contribute to solving this national problem and at the same time, learn more about their personal hives. We have developed professional grade monitors expressly for beehives. The entire team has worked hard to make the devices simple and economical so that every bee enthusiast may be part of this national experiment.
The BroodMinder team believes that by performing simple, uniform measurements on thousands of hives, the beekeeping community will gain insights into hive distress and that as a community, we will develop interventions to improve outcomes.
BroodMinder and Beekeeping.io are separate companies which have entered into a strategic partnership around a shared goal: Better Bee Health.
This shared goal is accomplished through the creation of diagnostic hardware and software, working seamlessly to present bee health data.
Much as EKGs help doctors better understand the stresses of their patients, our equipment reveals the health metrics of bee hives. This allows the beekeeper to make hive adjustments based on facts, not hunches.
While the collection of data is done at the hive level, the software allows for hive metrics to be shared publicly. This will assist the overall beekeeping community by presenting common insights, and answering the myriad of “what if” questions that are so common with beekeepers.
Beekeepers and researchers alike will benefit from this free and anonymous shared data.