Bees are such an integral part of everyday life even if you don't always realize it. Unfortunately, bees are disappearing in huge amounts all the time. Canadian bees are dying at an alarming rate and researchers want to stop that from happening.\nStarting in October 2019, researchers from Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, Manitoba and other parts of the country will spend years creating a system that will figure out what stressors are affecting Canada's honey bee population and offer a solution.\nBees are responsible for one in three bites of food but these pollinators that keep food on our plates are dying off. However, most of the time, what is actually killing them remains unknown.\n"There is no equivalent to a bee vet where you take your bees when they’re sick and they tell you it’s got that problem. Often beekeepers will just visually inspect the colonies and if the colony looks good, then everything is well," Amro Zayed, an associate professor at York University, told The Weather Network.\nOne in every two colonies of Canadian bees dies for no apparent reason. While honey bee colonies vary in size depending on the season, during the active season there could be up to 80,000 bees in a single colony.\nSo when one in every two colonies dies with no explanation, that's cause for concern. That's why researchers are trying to save bees by figuring out what's wrong with them before they die in hopes of saving them.\nView this post on Instagram Nectar is a sugar-rich liquid that bees extract from flowers. It is the source of honeys sweetness. It is intended to attract pollinators, includind bees, butterflies, moths etc. #honeybees #honeycomb #honey #beekeeping #beegospel #butterfly A post shared by The Bee's Gospel (@beesgospel) on Nov 7, 2019 at 10:14am PST\nThis $10 million dollar project with researchers from across Canada will develop a diagnostic tool for bees to see what's affecting them and how to stop them from dying.\n"We are essentially looking at the bees internal physiology and using that to give us clues about the specific stressors that are affecting bees," said Zayed.\nBefore, the only way to find out why a colony died was to figure it out after the colony had died. But this research will provide beekeepers with a real-time diagnosis.\nIt's like WebMD for bees but better.\nView this post on Instagram @beeandbloom 🐝🐝🐝 Interacting with honey bees is arguably the best part of beekeeping, but beekeepers walk a fine line between responsible management and harming the hive with frequent disturbances. It is said that every time we open up a colony, we set the colony back three days! Some general guidelines to make sure your bees stay healthy and happy during inspections are: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *Always have a reason. When you have a clear purpose in mind, you can accomplish your goal and get out of the hive. There’s rarely a need to pull out every single bar or frame. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *Move slowly and methodically, but work quickly. I always aim for a 5 - 10 minute window, but new beekeepers need to take as much time as they need to safely work the hive. Be mindful of the weather - keeping the hive open for any amount of time in especially hot or cool weather can harm the colony. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *Inspect your hive as often as necessary, but as infrequently as possible. We typically advise first year beekeepers to open their hives every 2 to 3 weeks - this gives them a chance to observe how things change throughout the seasons. In our own practice (and depending on the time of the season), we may only look in on our hives once a month. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Do you have any tips for bee friendly hive inspections? We’d love to hear them! * Follow us @Claude.K.Ennis for more💝 * DoubleTap & Tag a Friend Below⤵ 💋 😍 💟 🙏 Plz Follow us - @beekeepers_gram * Tag your love 😘 * ✅ Turn Post Notification on 📣 ✅ Follow, like and comment ✏ ✅ Tag your friends 👥 #bee🐝 #apiary #savethebees #beehive #bees🐝 #insects #honeybees #beeswax #insectbee #honeybee A post shared by Beekeepers (@beekeepers_gram) on Nov 7, 2019 at 9:35am PST\nAll of Canada's honey bee population will be looked at with this research because of how different the environments are from coast to coast. Things like parasites, pesticides and nutrition will affect honey bee health in different ways depending on time and location.\n"You know the corn belt in Ontario is going to experience a whole different set up of health stressors than a colony that’s up north near Hudson Bay, then a colony that's in blueberry fields in BC," said Zayed\nThe endgame for this research project is to create a system where beekeepers can send samples for testing and get back a health assessment. Plus, beekeepers will also get advice on how to better manage their colonies based on the health information found through looking at the samples.\nThe 22 researchers working on this project will spend four years creating a system to try and save Canada's honey bee population.\nThere are stories everywhere. If you spot a newsworthy event in your city, send us a message, photo, or video @NarcityCanada on Twitter and Instagram.