Do you like almonds? Or anything made from almonds, like almond "milk" or marzipan? Here is an informative article about the dependency of the almond industry on beekeeping; https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/15/magazine/the-super-bowl-of-beekeeping.html?emc=edit_nn_20180815&nl=morning-briefing&nlid=6984410420180815&te=1
Here we are at the Beginners Course Field Day in the College Bio Lab. Used the microscopes to look at honeybee workers, drones, and wasp anatomy and to test for Nosema spores. Beekeeper Seth found some spores in one of our sample bees. Everyone had an interesting time. Thanks to beekeeper Laena for the picture.
Spring 2018 Survival Survey If you over-wintered 10 or more colonies, you should have received an email asking you to do the survival survey. If you did not, the link is; https://forms.gov.bc.ca/indus…/beekeeper-spring-survey-2018/ Please fill it in. It is only 20 click-choice questions and completely anonymous. Your answers will appear only as part of the "Kootenay"… Continue reading Winter 2017-2018 Survival Survey
The 9th annual Castlegar Garden and Nature Fest is happening this coming Saturday, 26 May at the Castlegar Community complex from 10:00 until 15:00. I can be there as usual for most of the day, but need to attend a memorial service from 13:00 - 14:00. Bronwyn is off on holiday and is not available… Continue reading Castlegar Garden and Nature Fest
$250 Nelson, British Columbia Beekeeper Malcolm has 2 top bar hives for sale which he has asked me to post for him; Each hive unit consists of; · 1 Top bar hive body and roof (standard WAM dimensions) · 20 + top bars, many with drawn comb · 1 entrance cover · 1 follower board… Continue reading Top Bar Bee Hives for Sale
This spring over the May long weekend Hives for Humanity is pleased to offer a 3 day, hands on queen rearing workshop in the lower mainland. Phil Laflamme will instruct this workshop with assistance from Hives for Humanity's queen rearing team. Phil has 40 years of queen rearing experience in varied locations such as Alberta,… Continue reading Queen Rearing in Burnaby
Reminder folks, of our May monthly meeting at Paul Taylor's place next Sunday, 6 May from 13:00 to 15:00. Should be a lot less "business" than last time at our AGM, so more time for questions and discussion.
Just wanted to remind folks of our Annual General Meeting of the West Kootenay Beekeepers branch of the BCHPA to be held this 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 conversation. Please bring your own lunch and drink… Continue reading Reminder of our AGM this Sunday (8 April)
Are Lithuanians obsessed with bees? - BBC Travel Will Mawhood writes about bees in ancient Lithuanian culture and the enduring effect our favourite creatures have today. Photo: Rambynas/Getty Images "Lithuanians don’t speak about bees grouping together in a colony like English-speakers do. Instead, the word for a human family (šeimas) is used. In the Lithuanian… Continue reading Bees in Lithuania
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