We were honoured to have Dr. Kirsten Traynor jump on a middle-of-her-night call with us this month and share her insights. Dr. Traynor investigates honey bee health and how pesticides impact social behavior. She is the Director of the Institute of Bee Research in Celle, Germany. In 2020, she launched a new quarterly magazine 2 … Continue reading What’s in My Pollen – Dr. Kirsten Traynor
In our current online education series, we have covered a series of topics important for the hobby beekeeper. This evening, our Education Committee Directors and Master Beekeepers, Sara Cutrignelli and Arthur Kubogamell, asked new beekeepers what has been happening in their hives since the nucs or bee packages were installed, and also what to expect … Continue reading Club Night: How’s your hive?
Ross Conrad learned his craft from the late Charles Mraz, world renowned beekeeper and founder of Champlain Valley Apiaries in Vermont. Conrad is a former president of the Vermont Beekeeper's Association, a regular contributor to Bee Culture - The Magazine of American Beekeeping, author of 'Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches To Modern Apiculture' published by Chelsea … Continue reading Treatment-free Varroa Control – Ross Conrad
Master Beekeepers and GBA members - Sara Cutrignelli (UC Davis) and Arthur Kubogamell (Cornell) - helped design our new, two-part seminar for beginner and curious beekeepers to find out what they need to get started. The first part of the program was delivered via Zoom to go over the nuts and bolts, and to prepare … Continue reading Our Beekeeping for Beginners Class
Our entertaining guest speaker in March spoke about her passion for drones and drones and how she came to create her DCA map project. Master Beekeeper, Julia Mahood, has been keeping bees since 2004 at her home in Atlanta, Georgia, and has long been fascinated by the secret life of drones. After frustrating failures to … Continue reading The Game of Drones – Julia Mahood
Our local 4-H junior beekeepers were so happy to get together in person after all this time, they weren't going to let the weather prevent them from having a great meeting! In the words of their 4-H adult sponsor and Gilroy Beekeepers Association member, Sara Cutrignelli: "Today our project was finally able to meet in … Continue reading Rain doesn’t deter the San Martin 4-H meeting
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