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
The club agreed to hold more virtual meetings including an ongoing education series on making a healthy hive. The series will cover topics such as basic hive assessment techniques, queen status, nutrition, common summer pests/diseases, tools, and hive configuration and how all of this works in the process of keeping your bees healthy and productive. … Continue reading Club Night: How to make a healthy hive
BIP Field Specialist, Matt Hoepfinger, joined us at our June 2020 club meeting courtesy of Zoom. Matt inspects thousands of colonies in commercial operations each year so he sees the best and worst of honey bees. In the first half of Matt's presentation, he gave us an overview of the Bee Informed Partnership followed by … Continue reading Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) presentation by Matt Hoepfinger
We are thrilled to share these videos about our very own Sara Cutrignelli, Master Beekeeper and Co-Chair of our Education Committee. In conversation with her daughter Floriana, who created the videos, Sara explains how to install bee packages. The first video is a brief introduction and why beekeeping is so important to the Cutrignelli family. … Continue reading Sara Cutrignelli, Master Beekeeper