If you haven't already done so, or want to join the West Kootenay Beekeepers for the first time, now is the time, because if you pay your $40 (25 hives or less) by the end of January, our local club gets $10 back for local activities. The main benefit of membership is the 4 quarterly… Continue reading Membership Renewal Time…
BCHPA AGM and educational presentations.
Our WK member, beekeeper Kate of Elk Root Conservation Farm in the Slocan Valley, is one of the presenters this year. All the presentations are free for BCHPA members but you have to register to get the Zoom link information. https://bchpaconference.ca/
Bring On The Flies….
Excellent article and TED Talk video
Recycle Your Old Combs
Only the Abstract is available for the article below (unless you want to pay for it) but there is enough information to indicate that we should maybe be cycling out our old combs every three years instead of every five as was previously recommended. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00218839.2021.1899657?fbclid=IwAR3sW6VoztTR3xLbIulJo14n1e8guR0i1H3A-1PZUytAXLFUq8tw6XEw8tE
Support Bee Awareness in their RDCK grant application
Linda Martin asked me to post this message. Please help out if you can to support their application for a grant from the RDCK to help place observation bee hives in Kootenay elementary schools. Hello Everyone, Bee Awareness Society has been approved by the RDCK to have public input for our grant application.After March 29th you… Continue reading Support Bee Awareness in their RDCK grant application
Varroa Mite Feeding Study
I do not think that Dr. Samuel Ramsey's incredible presentation on the weekend at the Zoom BCHPA semi-AGM was recorded, but here at least is a link to a paper that includes the electron micrographs that he used in his talk. Some really incredible stuff. I was particularly blown away by the use of gelcap… Continue reading Varroa Mite Feeding Study
BCHPA Semi-AGM Business Meeting and Education Days Presentations
Here is the link to the March meeting and education days that are usually held in Kamloops every year but have to be virtual (for the second year) again due to Covid. No cost to BCHPA members but registration is required to get your Zoom invite information. New non-members are also welcome with a donation.… Continue reading BCHPA Semi-AGM Business Meeting and Education Days Presentations
Nosema ceranae sucks iron
Interesting article on how the "new" Nosema, (Nosema ceranae) which jumped to our European bees from the Asian bee kills the bees by iron depletion. https://www.beeculture.com/catch-the-buzz-honey-bee-nosema-parasite-hijacks-iron/?fbclid=IwAR03Y9qkVAA8h9_MtbBycHCjlrrTST0ojQr-Q_nNwQZlitzWkT7mR5LtL_Y
New Zealand Packages
Dave Johnson in Harrop has asked me to post the following email from him; We have confirmed that packages from New Zealand will be available this year. Approx arrival is April 26th. Price is $290 each. Contact as early as possible as supplies are limited. Half sold already! So..... CHECK YOUR BEES! Reply to.....Dave Johnson… Continue reading New Zealand Packages
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