Werner Gysi’s modified springtime method of; Swarm Control, Varroa Control, and Queen Replacement: He calls it SMC, sustainable mite control (everyone has to have a three letter acronym!) Timing: is when the dandelions are in full bloom. This will vary from one beekeeper to another due to the microclimates of the bee yard locations. Dandelion… Continue reading Werner Gysi’s Modified Method
At our March meeting I mentioned the recent (published Jan 2018) article detailing the discovery that various Lithium compounds can be used to control Varroa mites. If you would like to read this article for yourself, here is the link; https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-19137-5#Tab2
Please be aware that this is the one month prior notice of our Annual General Meeting of the West Kootenay Beekeepers branch of the BCHPA. The meeting will be held on Sunday, 8 April 2018, at Selkirk College, Castlegar campus. We will meet informally, as usual, at 12:00 in the college cafeteria for socializing and… Continue reading Notice of AGM
The following e-mail arrived in the West Kootenay Beekeepers mailbox: "Hello lovely bee enthusiasts, My name is Charlotte Dawe I am the conservation and policy campaigner for the Wilderness Committee. I wanted to let your group know that right now we have an amazing opportunity to speak up on behalf of bees. The science is… Continue reading Petition against Neonics
At Sunday's meeting (4 February) we will have our first ever sugar raffle. The sugar has been generously donated by the Castlegar No Frills store. The sugar is in 5 - gallon pails and weighs 35 - 40 pounds. Presently we have 5 pails to raffle off just in time for spring feeding. If you… Continue reading Sugar Raffle
Happy Imbolc, Candlemas, Groundhog Day! The West Kootenay Beekeepers will have their next meeting on Sunday, 4 February at Paul Taylor’s place, 987 Bridgeview Road in Lower Ootischenia. We will gather at the usual time of 13:00 to 15:00. Dave Johnson will do a presentation on Michael Palmer's double nuc system, and will also be… Continue reading February Meeting
The Last Beekeepers of Ethiopia's Harrena Forest - BBC Travel In Ethiopia’s Bale Mountains, beehives sit high atop the tree canopies – and reaching them can be a dangerous business. Photo: Nigel Sawyer/Alamay Using a rope, beekeeper Said scales the trees to harvest honey from hives 20m above the ground. He was barefoot and equipped… Continue reading Beekeeping Ethiopian Style
The following article was sent to me by beekeeper Alice. It is quite long but very interesting in that it shows that as carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere rise, plants can grow bigger and faster by producing more carbohydrate (sugars and starch). But at the same time the nutrient content of proteins, vitamins, and… Continue reading Another Effect of Climate Change?
Dave Johnson will again be bringing in New Zealand packages for 2018. Prices and dates have not been confirmed as yet but his contact information is email@example.com or phone: 250-229-4765. He did say that he would like orders in to him by mid-February. Packages will arrive mid- to late April.
Beginner Beekeeping courses are starting up again for 2018. 1. East Kootenay - Cranbrook. Lance And Bobby Cuthill will run their usual course; BCHPA INTRODUCTORY BEEKEEPING COURSE 2 Full Classroom Days Feb 24/25 1 Field Day working with Honey Bees date to be announced BC Honey Producers Certified Instructor Class size limited to 12 persons… Continue reading Upcoming Beginner Courses