President Gabe Blatt [304-429-1268]speaks to the Cabell Wayne Beekeepers
CABELL WAYNE BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION
The Cabell Wayne Beekeepers Association meets on the second Monday evening of every other month January, March, May [annual dinner meeting at South Point Ponderosa], July, September and Novenber at 7 pm in the basement of the Lavalette United Methodist Church on Route 152 just past the Rt. 75 intersection in Wayne County. For directions, click here: DIRECTIONS TO THE MEETINGS
Our dues are $12 a year and you also become a member of the West Virginia State Beekeepers Association
Here's a beautiful picture of a bee working an Echinacea flower in the backyard of one of our members, Sean McManus. If you enjoy this picture, Éric Tourneret has one of the most beautiful websites devoted to bee photograph that I have ever seen. You can find it at The Bee Photographer.
HELPFUL INFORMATION FOR BEEKEEPERS
Click here for more information about Beekeeping in West Virginia and here for a History of Beekeeping in West Virginia. There are several excellent local WV beekeeping clubs and associations. Several of them have websites you can visit: Hampshire Co. Beekeepers, Eastern Panhandle Beekeepers, Monongalia Co. Beekeepers, North Central WV Beekeepers, Kanawha Co. Beekeepers, Jackson Co. Beekeepers. To learn all about Kentucky beekeeping and sign up for a free newsletter go to the site kept by Phil Craft. For a link to a terrific regional bee association dedicated to educating the ordinary beekeeper try The Heartland Apiculture Society. And, speaking of Heartland, this is a video of Kent Williams' talk at the 2007 meeting on first year management.
How to Get Started Keeping Bees is one of the best site for beginners to learn all about how to keep bees. Lots of free information and advice from over 5,000 beekeepers is available at Beesource Forums. Kim Flottum, the editor of Bee Culture magazine , has written a very helpful article on How to Get Started at Beekeeping. You can download a picture explaining Wade Stiltner's brick code.
Conrad Berube has wirtten one of the best books for the small scale beekeeper and you can read it here for FREE! Another excellent free publication is Beekeeping Basics. You can also find a great article about Backyard Beekeepers as Warriors Against a Plague. If you need any information about honey bee biology, you can find it here.
For a delightful article on the bees battle against varroa mites, read Of Mites & Men. Two excellent articles on Biodynamic and Sustainable are worth reading for their unusual approach to beekeeping. A terrific site with lots of useful research and information on raising bees in the Mid Atlantic Region can be found at The Mid-Atlantic Apiculture Research and Extension Consortium (MAAREC). Go here to learn about what plants belong in a Bee Garden. And here's a site with lots of great information about bees and BEEKEEPING. For an interesting article about treating for varroa mites the natural way, click here. A wonderful beekeeping encyclopedia is the beekeepedia. The Honeybee genome has been decoded and scientists are learning a lot about social behavior encoded in the genes. A new article on what researchers have discovered about disease reisitance from the bee genome is available now. For a wonderful site to calculate various mixes of things for your bees, check out Beekeeping Conversions.
If you've ever wanted to do a bee beard, here are some instructions.
Click on this link to check out the 2006 report of the 2006 Honey Harvest in the USA.
Every year, when eager beekeepers see pollen coming in on the legs of their bees, the question arises: where did the pollen come from? Thanks to this wonderful link from Jeff Patton, you can find out by matching the color here. This link will take you to a map of the USA clcik on any state & it will show you the main nectar sources plus the months they bloom.
This is a link to a very helpful slide show about queen rearing.
Our President, Gabe Blatt, urges the use of an easy-to-make trap for wax moths, yellow jackets & European Hornet. The download instructions, click on HornetTrap.pdf
One of the people who taught me the most about keeping bees was the late George Imirie. His articles are still valuable and can be read at this site.
About the most comprehensive publication about bee nutrition is Fat bees, skinny bees.
A very helpful site with many free videos of beekeeping to watch can be found at BEEKEEPING INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS. Brushy Mount ain Bee Supply has a number of excellent instructional videos -- especially for the beginning bee keeper here. Another nice blog isUrban Bees To hear the sound of a new queen "piping" click HERE. There is a wonderful 1951 documentary called "City of the Bees" at Google Video. To see a clip from Tennessee about pollination go to my bee blog on eyespot, click on the large picture, then click the -> arrow at the bottom left of the screen. Here is an excellent 6 minute video for beginners about How to Install a Package of Honey Bees . There was a terrific NY Times video on Colony Collapse Disorder. Jeff Harris with the USDA-ARS narrates Life Cycle of the Honeybee and Varroa Mite in this excellent 10 minute video.
This is a delightful video of some beginners hiving a package of bees. And these folks are having a LOT OF FUN hiving a swarm of bees. Here is a very helpful video about finding the new queen after the bees have released her. You can watch a wonderful video from Brushy Mt. Bee Supply called You Made It Through Winter Now What?
Here is a good video about using small queen mating nucs. And one about artifical insemination of queens. And here is a beautiful video of a bee house in Greece. You can find instructions about introducing the queen using a queen cage here. If you've ever wondered when to re-queen your hives, you can find advice at this site.
Linda has posted a great video showning how to use a wax tube fastener.
One of the best sites for bee videos is Zunibee.
Here is a page filled with link to beekeeping instructional videos. And one showing bees working dry sugar. In this amazing video, you'll witness what is known in beekeeper parlance as "grooming behavior"—honeybees grooming themselves in an effort to remove the dreaded varroa mites from their bodies.
Blog are web logs that are like a diary about current beekeeping activities of an individual or group. They are often fun and informative. Here are a few of the very best the Feral Bee Project, Linda's Bees, Hive Mind, Beepocalypse, City Bees, The Daily Green Saves The Bees, Top Bar Hives, Canaries in a Coalmine.
A very useful bee blog for beginners is a series of lessons found at basic beekeeping.
Here's a great bee blog about cutting honey for use as chunk or comb honey.
HONEY & HEALTH
To learn all about the fascinating world of apitherapy [healing through the use of bee stings or venom] try Apitherapy News. To read a fascinating article about the power of propolis to fight viruses go here. Here's a fascinating article about the healing power of honey.
BEEKEEPING SOFTWARE & GAMES
To play a really fun game based on beekeeping, try Elvind Monk's 'Honey War'. There is now a very useful piece of beekeeper's software to keep track of all your hives available FREE at this site. If you want a free site to keep track of all your beehives online, try My Beehives. To mark the location of your beehives and shout it to the rest of the world, Try Here. Here's a funny spelling game like the old 'Hangman' only, if you miss the word you get stung by a bee!
You can listen to all kinds of songs about honey at Draper Bees.
COLONY COLLAPSE DISORDER
A great new report from Jerry Hayes and others about the new Fall Dwindle or Colony Collapse Disorder can be downloaded here. To help discover what is causing this disorder, you can enter your problems here or here. For the latest recommendations on CCD from MAAREC download CCDRecommendations. And you can listen to a radio program where Dr. Eric Mussen & Dr. Jim Amrine of WVU discuss CCD here. And this is another terrific radio program dealing with CCD. There was a very interesting article about our vanishing bees in the NY Times. The cover story in Science News dealt with the current status of the research on CCD. And one of the best poular atricles on the plight of the honeybees can be found in New Yorker Magazine.
To hear a story on how to manage African Bees try this.
There is an excellent article on how to handle Bee Emergencies in this pamphlet from the University of Tennessee Extension Service. An excellent Power Point presentation on Africanized Bees is also available from the Florida Extension Service. There is a graphic video of Africanized Bees attacking a man and the difficulty Emergency Personnel have dealing with the situation at the L. A. Fire Dept. Training site . Here is a map showing the spread of the Africanized bees from year to year in the US .
There is a fascinating video on the Africanized Honey Bee [AHB] here.
LOCAL BEEKEEPERS IN THE NEWS
And a wonderful atricle about our 2006 Bee Field Day which appeared in the LINCOLN JOURNAL.
OTHER BEE NEWS
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