In our current online education series, we have covered a series of topics important for the hobby beekeeper. This evening, our Education Committee team, Sara Cutrignelli and Arthur Kubogamell, discussed the merits of re-queening or splitting hives and so much more.
Our guest speaker in February was Zac Lamas, a PhD student in the Hawthorne Lab at the University of Maryland, where he studies varroa feeding behavior and how pesticides affect honey bee queens. His current work uncovered how varroa are actively feeding and switching from one adult bee host to another. Zac also created a … Continue reading Re-queening the Hive – Zac Lamas
We were delighted to hear Dr. Liz Walsh share her insightful and fun presentation on the interesting ways that miticides impact adult honey bee queens. In her postdoc research for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Liz is looking into in-hive pesticides, such as active ingredients in miticides, and how they impact queen health, physiology, and behavior. … Continue reading Miticides affecting Honey Bee Queens – Dr. Liz Walsh
Despite the raging snowstorm and recovering from about of this year's pandemic, Stephen Repasky, owner of both Meadow Sweet Apiaries and Bee Control Pittsburgh, gave a mighty presentation on the ecology, management and sustainability of swarms. He concluded his time with the group by addressing a number of interesting questions from the audience and we … Continue reading Swarm Essentials by Stephen Repasky
In our current online education series, we have covered a series of topics important for the hobby beekeeper. This evening, Arthur Kubogamell gave us a closer look at "Parasitic Mite Syndrome" and considerations for keeping our bees healthy and productive. Members are invited to attend the Zoom meetings. For details please contact us.
When most of the nation was otherwise busy on November 3rd, we had the great pleasure of hosting Professional Apiculturist, Queen Honey Bee Breeder and owner of Zia Queenbees, Melanie Kirby. In 2019, she was selected for one of only five internationally-awarded Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowships and we were delighted that she shared with us … Continue reading Bees as Seeds by Melanie Kirby
The latest in our online meetings saw the fabulous Kristy Allen present her love of bees and cycling! There's an extensive Q+A at the end of the presentation - which is a great way for new and seasoned beekeepers to share tips and information with each other. The video presentation is available for members only. … Continue reading Kristy Allen shares her Beez Kneez insights
With the ‘Shelter In Place’ order in effect starting on March 17th, we are postponing until further notice the following classes: • March 21st ‘Swarm and Splits’ class • March 28th ‘Beginning Beekeeping Field Work’ In addition, the Gilroy Recreation Department have cancelled all activities at the Senior Center, where we hold our club meetings, … Continue reading COVID-19 and Gilroy Beekeepers Association gatherings
Creating a Year Round Honey Bee Garden Due to popular demand, GBA member and Master Gardener, Sharon McCray, gave a talk on how to create a year-round honey bee garden. Video courtesy Mike Witz.
As part of the Gilroy Beekeepers Association mission to provide education in our local community, we've been spending some time with local second graders! GBA members, Sara Cutrignelli and Arthur Kubogamell, had some fun learning tools on hand for students from Barrett Elementary to help them understand the importance of bees as pollinators. To immerse … Continue reading Back to the Classroom at Barrett Elementary