It’s been a long time since I posted to the blog and I just got back from a week away from my hives and wow! What a difference! I got hammered by losses this winter and so I started off this season with 2 overwintered hives (1 very weak, 1 ok) and 6 “nucs”. I … Read moreThis years honey crop
This is a Randy Oliver presentation that every beekeeper should watch, especially new beekeepers who are trying to understand how they should work their hives! Remember, we have Randy Oliver coming to speak at our club event in Everett on September 9th, so you have a chance to hear him in person. I … Read moreExcellant video by Randy Oliver
We are honored to be having two PhD speakers this month coming all the way from WSU! Dr. Jennifer Han, a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Plant Pathology, will be presenting her talk titled “Can Metarhizium save the honey bee?” in which she will be presenting her current research on developing hyper-virulent strains of … Read moreApril meeting talk – Fungi to help the Bees!
The Portland Urban Beekeepers have asked me to announce that they are bringing in Michael Thiele to speak in Portland on March 18th. You can find out more information at https://portlandurbanbeekeepers.org/thiele-march2017/
Here is the link to the research paper on the bacterium found to be infecting bees in parts of the US. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0167752
For those of you who are interested in the work that Paul Stamets is doing in conjunction with Steve Sheppard’s lab, Paul Stamets and Louie Schwartzberg are giving a talk at the Moore Theater on March 29th. You can find out more information here: http://bees.wsu.edu/seattle/
Seth Smith, a commercial beekeeper and the president of the Skagit Valley Beekeepers Association, will be coming to talk about Nosema this tuesday (February 14th). The goal of the talk is not only to learn about Nosema but to also look at samples from our own hives. To collect samples from your hives open up … Read moreNosema Talk this tuesday – bring bee samples!
Dave Pehling made me aware of this Randy Oliver talk that was posted to YouTube by an Ohio bee group. The whole 4 part video is about 1.5 hours, and it is totally worth watching. It also gives you a taste of what an amazing speaker and researcher Randy Oliver is. The Northwest District Beekeepers … Read moreWonderful Randy Oliver seminar on You Tube
This youtube video shows a device that one can use to sample varroa in the same way you would do an ether roll or alcohol shake, but this method doesn’t kill the bees. It knocks them out with carbon dioxide and then they recover after about five minutes. The CO2 knocks out the varroa as … Read morecool way to sample for varroa without killing bees
I have posted in this blog section about monitoring and treating for varroa mites before – It’s something that all beekeepers need to be doing in order to keep from killing hives. Dave Pehling was good enough to forward me this pdf on varroa put out by Veto-Pharma. It has some really good information on … Read moreVarroa lifecycle and monitoring