Through surveys and web/mobile technology, an extensive database will be generated, featuring, for example, nest conditions, colony densities, surrounding environmental conditions. Based on predetermined protocols, Bee Guardians will periodically monitor colony activity, which will eventually be categorized. Bee Dispatchers will visit long-living colonies to conduct scientific field experiments and to collect samples. Laboratory assays and trials will then be utilized to assess diversity as well as other biological characteristics related to survivorship. Additionally, big data analyses will link all of the above data to environmental traits, thereby providing a holistic perspective when considering conservation efforts.
Honey bee drone, photo © Sam Droege, USGS