April Kustov, Wisc State Hive Inspector, spent 2 days with BCBA members inspecting hives and sharing her knowledge. April was thorough and focused during hive inspections and spent a generous amount of time with each beekeeper, explaining and demonstrating as they went through each hive.
She also was our featured speaker for the BCBA meeting (Wednesday 8/21/2019) There was plenty of good conversation, great questions and valuable learning for all attending. THANK YOU April ! So nice having you with us !
Have you done your MITE CHECK yet?
Learn why integrated pest management (IPM) is important to keep your bees alive and how to apply it to your hives.
Below are the first two seminars (of a six part series) created by the University of Minnesota to help us manage Varroa with a plan.
- Managing Pests with a plan – https://www.beelab.umn.edu/sites/beelab.umn.edu/files/ipm_final_1.mp4
- Managing Varroa Destructor with a Plan –https://www.beelab.umn.edu/sites/beelab.umn.edu/files/managing_varroa_destructor_with_a_plan_-_version_2.mp4
A great resource to help bee keepers with IPM – HONEY BEE HEALTH COALITION released an information sheet for hive management decisions related to American Foulbrood (AFB) and European Foulbrood (EFB).
Honey and Cheese Tasting Event for Club Members and family
BCBA is holding a Honey and cheese tasting event !
Kent Pegorsch, president of the Wisconsin Honey Producers Association (WHPA) will give a presentation on the different Wisconsin flowers and nectar sources. Every participant will receive a flavor wheel and color chart from the American Honey Tasting society (AHTS) as we taste various honey samples side by side. We’ll then pair the sweet flavors of the honey with different types of artisan cheeses supplied by Nala’s Framagerie in De Pere. Wine can be purchased separately.
When: Tuesday June 11, 2019
Where: Nalas Framagerie, 2665 Monroe Rd De Pere
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm
Cost: $20.00 per person – $10.00 age 12 and under
Limit: 20 people due to space constraints at Nala’s – ONLY 3 OPEN SEATS AVAILABLE! (as of 5/4/2019)
Contact: Julie Mazzoleni -Vicepresident@browncountybeekeepers.com to register and/or bring your payment to the next Club meeting on Wednesday May 15th.
Don’t forget to take the Bee Informed Partnership Survey for Colony loss and management. You have until April 30th to complete the survey. This survey allows beekeepers to gain critical knowledge around different management practices and how they impact honey bee health and survival rates. It also help us to understand long-term honey bee colony loss trends. Please remember to take the survey and be a part of the larger beekeeping community !!
TO TAKE THE SURVEY NOW – CLICK THE LINK BELOW:
Keep track of SPRING by visiting USA – National Phonology Network
The First Leaf Index is based on the leaf out of lilacs and honeysuckles, which are among the first plants to show their leaves in the spring.
The First Bloom Index is based on the flowering of lilacs and honeysuckles. This Index is associated with blooming of early-spring shrubs and leaf out of deciduous trees.
New research now indicates that varroa mites feed on bee “fat bodies” and not completely the hemolymph. Some beekeepers are thinking about the implication on treating for mites. You can read one person’s thought here.
On Wednesday October 17th the BCBA held elections for 2019 officers. We are excited to announce the following:
- BCBA President – Dave Elsen
- BCBA Vice President – Julie Mazzoleni
- BCBA Secretary – Julianne Sanders
- BCBA Treasurer – Tom Cashman
We look forward to a 2019 season filled with good conversation, great learning for both new and experienced bee keepers, support and BEE FUN !
Please be sure the thank Steve Hupfer for 3 years as president and Lynne Lindgren for being our 2018 treasurer – THANK YOU AND WELL DONE!