Last MBA Meeting 2023
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November 2 is our last meeting for 2023, and our speaker promises to be a good one:
Debbie Delaney, associate professor of Entomology and University of Delaware Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, will be speaking on honey bee genetics. Debbie is an engaging and energetic speaker; she recently spoke at EAS on the effects of climate change on honey bee foraging. Debbie teaches courses on apiculture and pollinator ecology, as well as a course on environmental communications.
Since 2010, she has led "the BEE Team" at University of Delaware, managing 25-50 hives in 4 apiaries, including one on campus, which produces Dare To Bee! Honey, and a limited number of nucs and queens. Her honey bee research areas include evolutionary biology, population genetics, and IPM development for honey bee pests.
- Mite load - include date, method used, and results (alcohol wash is the gold standard).
- Mite treatments - when, what was used, and how much
- How many frames of bees, was the queen seen.
- Any evidence of viruses - deformed wings, "K-wings", stubby abdomens, hairless bees, other
- Any foul odor in the hive
- If there is brood, does it look healthy? Pearly white larvae, slightly rounded caps, not sunken or perforated. (Remember that AFB is a reportable disease - if there is any question, contact Dave Priebe, ApiaryInspector, (603) 271-2561
- How many frames of honey, how much pollen?
- When was the last feeding, and what was fed?
B(ee) Q&A at the Next Meeting
Join the BQ&A discussion from 5:30- 6:00pm at every meeting. Bring your questions to an experienced beekeeper and be part of the conversation.
November Beekeeping Calendar
Seeking five or six somewhat experienced beekeepers and members of the Monadnock Beekeepers Association to meet, study and learn-by-experimenting with splitting bee colonies. Splitting bee colonies mimics the bees’ natural drive to reproduce their species by swarming. Splitting is a basic tool used by beekeepers to prevent swarming as well as to increase the number of colonies under their care. We are soliciting applicants for a “study group” probably starting in March 2024 and running for, perhaps, eight two-hour sessions on weekends TBD until late July.
Participants should have:
Two years of beekeeping experience or moreSome splitting experience would be nice, but is not a requirement.A commitment to having two or more coloniesA willingness to experiment with the techniques discussed (this will involve an investment in some hive equipment)A willingness to share what they learn through their own experimentsA willingness to find and share for discussion, material relative to topics being discussed, and a commitment to attend at least 6 of the 8 of the scheduled sessions.
We will learn many ways of increasing the bees in our apiaries and the effect of these techniques and their timing on honey production, apiary sustainability and the control of varroa mites.
The group will be facilitated by Rick Church, an MBA member, who has made splitting an important part of is beekeeping practice for over ten years. He has presented spitting numerous times at the Massachusetts Beekeepers Association annual Mass Bee Field Days.
For more info or to sign up, contact Rick Church. firstname.lastname@example.org
Honey Bee Colony Loss Survey
Dr. Priya Chakrabarti Basu at Mississippi State University is the North American chair of the Bee Nutrition Taskforce for COLOSS (Prevention of Honey Bee COlony LOSSes). Please take her ten minute survey by by November 1st to help us better understand colony loss.
Survey link: https://forms.gle/o74U3nQdiXUQbDiV8
MBA seeks Local Events Volunteers
Volunteers are needed to man MBA booths at upcoming events or markets. Extensive beekeeping experience is not necessary, as long as you are able to engage with the general public (chances are that even a new beekeeper will know more than the general public!). We will have everything you need - we just need you to be there.
For more info contact: Michelle Randall email@example.com
Beekeeper Needed Marlborough, NH, ASAP
Seeking a beekeeper to set up and manage hives on an 80-acre property in exchange for a portion of honey. We are able to pay for start-up costs, but know that we are not prepared to care for the bees. We would love to find someone to set up and maintain a few hives here. We are located on Doody Drive in Marlborough, NH. The best contact info for me is Abigail Seldin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Observation Hive Needed, Hollis, NH
Beekeeper needed to set up an observation bee hive at our farm for educational purposes. This 15-acre farm provides programming to individuals with disabilities. If you're interested, please contact Beth Frankel at The Care Farm 287 South Merrimack Road Hollis, NH 03049 www.thecarefarmnh.com
978-697-3798 email@example.com, Scholarships for Master Beekeeper Program at Cornell University avilable! This is an incredible opportunity for advanced beekeepers. The Bee Conservancy offers 6 scholarships to the prestigous Master Beekeeper program at Cornell. Check out the MBA website for more information.