Category Archives: Education

University of Minnesota Seminar helps us LEARN about VARROA and IPM

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. 

  1. Managing Pests with a plan  –  https://www.beelab.umn.edu/sites/beelab.umn.edu/files/ipm_final_1.mp4
  2. Managing Varroa Destructor with a Planhttps://www.beelab.umn.edu/sites/beelab.umn.edu/files/managing_varroa_destructor_with_a_plan_-_version_2.mp4

  

Honey Bee Health Coalition releases info. to help bee keepers manage foulbrood

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).

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https://www.projectapism.org/project-apis-m-blog/honey-bee-health-coalition-releases-information-to-help-beekeepers-veterinarians-manage-foulbrood?fbclid=IwAR1IQIScHslT9o3HU9NAhVsM3HmvG-1JPXepVyRhg41VGPr9ibVEtb5Xf88

May 2019 Meeting Education

During the May 2109 meeting of the Brown County Beekeepers Association attendees were treated to two informative talks related to honey bees. The bee clubs goal is to provide timely, accurate, and interesting education at each meeting. All persons interested in bees and beekeeping are invited to attend.

Kaelyn presenting her glucose study

Kaelyn Sumner Pulaski FFA Student Advisor. She presented her science fair project that she will be taking to state level. Her goal was to determine if location or geographic location impacted glucose levels in honey. She had over 60 honey samples from all across the United States and even one from Canada. One of her biggest challenges was finding the correct dilution of the honey to determine glucose levels. Surprisingly, she found that geographic location did NOT impact glucose levels in honey. Thank you for your work and for sharing with our club. Kaelyn will be presenting her project to State – Wisconsin Convention as one of the five top projects.

Slava Strogolov CEO of Strong Microbials Inc. presented information about Honey Bee nutrition using pre-biotics and strong microbials to promote bee health, reproduction and longevity. He explained the positive impact of using pre-biotics on Foul Brood, Chalk Brood, other diseases and pesticides and insecticides. Attendees had the opportunity to buy his product DFM.

BCBA – Honey and Cheese Tasting Event

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.

 

Youth Involved with Bees

It is always encouraging to see young students getting involved with bees. Below is the write up from Tia Savage describing the bee project she presented at her school on March 28, 2109. She has been invited to attend an upcoming bee club meeting to present her project. She has also expressed interest in furthering her knowledge of bees by joining the club. Excellent work Tia.

“My name is Tia Savage and I attend a project-based learning school, John Dewey Academy of Learning in Green Bay, WI. I did a project working to Save the Bees and raise awareness. I presented the project at Event Night at my school and it was one of the most successful Event Nights I’ve had. I built a bee box out of wood, Styrofoam and paint. I printed honeycomb using a 3D printer and used jello to simulate honey. I had samples of artificial honey and real local honey out as well. I was given the name of “the Bee Girl” and I think I may have really got people to understand the importance of honeybees. “

 

 

Status of SPRING

Comparison of 2019 spring leaf out to average from 1981-2010

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. 

https://www.usanpn.org/news/spring 

       

 

Intro to Beekeeping

On February 23, 2019 the Brown County Beekeepers Association trained 28 prospective beekeepers eager to learn about how to get bees and to keep them alive. The class was a mix of lecture and hands-on. This is an annual class, generally conducted in February.

Special thanks to our title sponsors

Jimmy John's Logo Hansen Honey Farm LLC

Our youngest future beekeeper learning how to lite and use a smoker

Club member, Julie, sharing her knowledge of protective clothing.

Small group interaction with experienced beekeepers made for excellent learning opportunities.

All seats were filled with future beekeepers.

Club member, Julie, showing folks how to lite a smoker on this damp day.

 

Where to Buy Bees

Package of bees

At the January 2019 club meeting a there was a handout of companies that sold bees. Several asked for the information to be put on the website. However, before using this information please keep this in mind.

  1. The Club does not endorse any bee providers. However, we believe this information can aid members in evaluating potential bee providers and stress the importance of members doing their own research.
  2. Be sure to ask your potential provider where and when you will have to pick up the bees. Some providers do not distribute bees in Green Bay.
  3. It is important you ask if the bees were treated for mites, when they were treated and when.
  4. Before making a final decision on supplier verify all the details of your purchase. Information on this sheet can change at any time.

Click here for the pdf of some suppliers.

Mites and “fat body” bees

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.

American Foulbrood Vaccine?

This is welcome news as American Foulbrood is very damaging to bees and beekeeping. Not only are the bees killed but the spores can remain viable for 40 or more years on the hives. The only way to “treat” hives infected with American Foulbrood is to burn the equipment! Very harsh indeed.

Bees may soon get an ally in their fight against bacterial disease — one of the most serious threats the pollinators face — in the form of an edible vaccine. That’s the promise held out by researchers in Finland, who say they’ve made the first-ever vaccine for insects, aimed at helping struggling honeybee populations.
The scientists are targeting one of bees’ most deadly enemies: American foulbrood, or AFB, an infectious disease that devastates hives and can spread at a calamitous rate.
Read the full story here.