Honey Extractor Raffle

The club recently purchased a replacement extractor. It’s a radial! The older stainless steel four-frame tangential extractor will be raffled off to a new home. Raffle tickets are $5 each and may be purchased at the monthly meetings starting in September. We will let you know when the drawing for the winner will be. Stay tuned. Wow! What a deal!

Home and Honey House Inspections and Exemptions

Vy Goddard covered a lot of material related to inspected and exempt home and honey operations at the September meeting. The presentation slides cover these topics in brief. The GMP provisions, home kitchen exemptions, Virginia food laws, and Virginia egg laws cover these areas in detail.

Amazon Presentation

German Perilla of George Mason University gave a beautiful presentation on stingless bees in the Peruvian Amazon at our June meeting. He graciously provided his presentation slides, which are filled with incredible pictures.

Beekeepers for University of Delaware Field Project

Katy Ciola Evans, Dr. Deborah Delaney’s Master’s student at the University of Delaware, is conducting a citizen field project this spring/summer and looking for volunteers.

The project aims to develop and test the efficacy of a non-chemical “Integrated pest management” (IPM) program to manage Varroa destructor and associated mite-vectored viruses, and is based upon splitting colonies and how that effects varroa mite populations throughout the season and into the following year.

Katy is currently organizing a field study this summer in which beekeepers will be asked to implement the IPM program. The study will begin late May and end in October. Beekeeper recruitment and registration is being accomplished through the Bugonia webpage, where there is also a summary of the project. Participating beekeepers will also be able to track and compare their results to other results in the area.

Please visit the Bugonia webpage for more info.

Plants-for-Bees List

Take a look at the plants-for-bees list on the resources page, from our own Ann Harman.

Bee Informed National Loss Survey

The 2014 Honey Bee Winter Loss and Management Surveys are underway now through the end of April. Go to the survey to participate.

Designed to take 20 minutes, the 2 surveys from Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) are aimed at looking for relationships between colony loses and colony management and/or other factors that may influence colony health. Participation in this research is voluntary and responses will be kept confidential. In any publication or presentation resulting from this research, no personally identifiable information will be disclosed.

The BIP Colony Loss Survey has expanded from just a winter loss survey after reports from commercial beekeepers losing 25% of their colonies last summer. In order to include these losses BIP is monitoring total annual hive losses. The National Management Survey is conducted annually in conjunction with the Colony Loss Survey.

Additional information on the survey and BIP activities is available at BeeInformed.org.

Top Bar Hive Class in DC

The DC Beekeepers group is offering Dr. Mangum’s Beginning Top Bar Hive workshop on Saturday, March 29 at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in NE Washington DC. It is all day and $50 (the book is not included).

Students will require the equivalent of a completed short course or a year’s experience to benefit from this course.

New Meeting Location

As of February 2014 we will meet at His Village Church, 128 West Culpeper St., Culpeper. It is across from the public parking lot and next to the bike store.

Coming from the North on Rt. 29 in town it will be one block after the light at Davis St. Turn right onto West Culpeper St.

Coming from the South on Rt. 29 in town it will be one block before the light at Davis St. Turn left. If you wish you can turn left onto Davis, turn left onto West St. and turn left in one block onto West Culpeper St.

Observation Hive Resource

Frank Linton, who has been keeping honey bees in an observation hive since 2005, has put together a list of sources of information on observation hives.

2014 Beekeeping Meet-and-Greet

We need volunteers to bring desserts and/or snacks to the “Meet-and-Greet” on Sunday February 2, 2014. Remember when you were new to beekeeping? Remember how nice and reassuring it was to talk with some experienced club members in a relaxed social setting with tasty homemade snacks before the class started? We need you to come welcome potential new beekeepers and/or bring a food item for the event. Please volunteer by contacting Karen Hunt (kahu9@juno.com, (540) 937-4792).

Sustainable Honeybee Program Fundraiser

Sustainable Honeybee Program (SHP) is having a fundraising event that will run from November 1st, 2013, through March 31st, 2014, with the objective to raise funds for SHP operations and to add quality queens to local club queen rearing activities.

Please see the flyer for details.

Observation Hives Talk

The presentation in October 2013 by EAS Master Beekeeper Frank Linton on observation hives was really interesting. Frank also briefly talked about ways to monitor colonies using technology.

Wintering Nucs

Billy Davis of Sustainable Honeybee Program, Inc. gave an excellent presentation on wintering nucs at our last meeting.

Sustainable Honeybee Program, Inc. is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization led by Billy Davis, a certified EAS Master Beekeeper. Learn more at http://www.sustainablebees.org.

Herbicide Reduction

If you are a Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) member and you do not want herbicide applied to plants and trees on your property, you can request that a standing “no spray” order be placed on file for your property by calling 1-800-552-3904, and providing your address and phone number. REC denotes your address as “no spray” on the map provided the contractor, and is supposed to then come out and flag your property with small signs saying NHA (no herbicide application) to inform contractors prior to spraying in your area.

Winter Loss Survey 2012 - 2013: Preliminary Results

The Bee Informed Partnership, in collaboration with the Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is releasing preliminary results for the seventh annual national survey of honey bee colony losses.

View the winter loss survey results at the Bee Informed website.

Old News

See past announcements on the “old news” page.