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Tuesday, February 7 • 3:20pm - 3:40pm
Technical Session. Impacts of Land Use on Habitat suitability and forage for honey bees in the Northern Great Plains

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AUTHORS: Matthew Smart, Clint Otto (USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, Jamestown, ND)

ABSTRACT: Recent land use changes across the Northern Great Plains have resulted in declining availability of habitat suitable for supporting managed honey bee colonies. We use apiary registration records to map areas experiencing high rates of land use change near established apiaries, and provide logistic models quantifying how apiary site selection by beekeepers is influenced by land use. Finally, we highlight plant taxa that are utilized by honey bee colonies positioned in agricultural landscapes in the region.

Tuesday February 7, 2017 3:20pm - 3:40pm CST