This coming Sunday, 5 November, will be the meeting of the WK Beeks semiannual general meeting. It will be held in the Library at Selkirk College, Castlegar campus. As usual we will gather for lunch and informal conversation in the College Cafeteria at noonish and then move to the Library at 1 PM for our… Continue reading West Kootenay Beekeepers Semi-AGM
For those of you who attended our "Gadgets and Gizmos" session at the last WK Beekeepers meeting, and want more information on the Varroa mite sampling gizmo that beekeeper Kenneth demonstrated, here is the instructional link; https://www.beelab.umn.edu/sites/beelab.umn.edu/files/cfans_asset_317462.pdf
Just found this short video on another site and thought it worth posting here. It beautifully shows; 1. how docile and non-aggressive a swarm is, 2. how bees tend to walk uphill when they are swarming and how this can be used to hive them, and 3. the queen walking along with the rest of… Continue reading An Easy Swarm Catch
You may have seen the latest horror show headlines that the media is jumping on. Just got the following e-mail from Paul van Westendorp, our provincial apiarist to put things into perspective: "The confirmation of the phorid fly in a beehive on Vancouver Island is nothing more than an academic curiosity. It doesn’t pose a… Continue reading Zombie (zombee??) Bees.
An interesting article and further links on the proteomic (that's protein based) honey bee research that's going on at Dr. Leonard Foster's lab at UBC. http://www.ubc.ca/stories/todays-assignment/breeding-a-sweet-solution.html
An excellent article to help with "mysterious" colony deaths; http://www.michiganbees.org/2016/why-did-my-honey-bees-die/
I'm not familiar with "Dippin' Dots", must be an American ice cream treat?? But this is a very interesting article; http://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/08/honey-bee-sperm-bank-research-fargo
With the growing bacterial resistance to antibiotics, Manuka honey from New Zealand and Australia is finding unique uses in medicine. These two videos show the production and uses of manuka, as well as some of the problems faced by the beekeepers; http://www.abc.net.au/landline/content/2015/s4193258.htm http://www.abc.net.au/landline/content/2015/s4401734.htm