Beeinformed Partnership Surveys The Bee Informed Partnership, a joint project among numerous universities and laboratories, is a project whose aim is to help beekeepers make better management decisions and thus reduce colony losses. To do this effectively, we need beekeepers, lots of beekeepers, to participate in our survey. We are asking you to please participate in two surveys. Both surveys are open only from 30 March through 20 April 2012. You can learn more about the Bee Informed Partnership at http://beeinformed.org. Click on Participate for the surveys.
Please remember, your dues are due on your one year anniversary. Twenty dollars is the cost,which includes your membership into the state CSBA also,what a great deal for us all.
Now is the time. Feeding is right now and important to be doing. Also do not forget to locate your Queen, and switch deeps around. If you can not find her when you switch, you may want to put a Queen excluder on just to be careful. Clean off old burr comb and check for general condition of hive. I personally have varroa mites in a swarm I received last year ,and I am doing the powder sugar treatment method. Do not forget it has been warm but dry and your bees may need help with water.Keep some around for them and this may help with any adversity from any neighbors. More information,visit the CSBA site,or the NCBA site. The NCBA site has a wonderful chat room that has a lot of information being passed on.
The CSBA April newsletter is on-line and ready to read. This is always good information for everyone to read. We have a direct link from our site! So easy to do .From CSBA President Beth Conrey’s April Newsletter Update on Neonicotinoids – As I write this, the national news syndicates are picking up on BCBA member Tom Theobald’s persistant campaign against neonicotinoid pesticides due to their negative effects on honey bees and pollinators in general. Lots of research on these, and other insecticides, was presented at the ABF conference in January. This month, however, measureable and major progress was made. A formal legal petition was filed with the EPA. The legal petition was filed cooperatively between several pollinator and food organizations. The CSBA also signed. In addition, there was a public petition that garnered several thousand signatures. Finally, there were two new studies published in the peer reviewed journal Science linking these pesticides with honey bee and bumble bee declines. You may read about the petitions and the associated articles on the CSBA website under Resources, Insecticides. Click here for the full text of the April CSBA Newsletter.
Here is a suggestion from a fellow club member
My father suggests we all take a look at the Foxfire books, especially volume 2, to check out some older beekeeping activities. The one he especially wants me to try has to do with soaking corn cobs in salt water, then setting them out for the bees. It seems the folks who did so found that bees also seek out salt sources, and they would find bees covering the cobs to eagerly meet their saline requirements. Cathy Ader
Here is a article that was sent by Beth Conrey that may be of interest to all. Here is the link.