Our workshop Backyard Beekeeping Essentials which we were planning on holding this weekend has been cancelled due to the forecasted rain!
The workshop will be rescheduled for saturday June 8.
This also means that there is still time to register! Registration is possible online here: https://www.mcgill.ca/macdonald/programs/cpd/workshops/beekeeping and check our Courses tab for more information about the workshop here: http://www.maa-mac.com/courses.html.
Thanks to everyone who came out and helped at the last workparty. It was nice and we got a lot done. Hopefully we will continue to have them throughout the summer. So keep your eyes pealed.
Here are some photos of even demoing crush and strain extraction, as well as some others.
This all day workshop will occur on May 26.
In the morning this course will go through all the basics of what type of gear is required to start beekeeping, and what it is used for!
In the afternoon small stations will be set up where more hands on information will be provided. These stations will cover more specific but highly relevant subjects to beekeeping. Although the list of stations has not been finalized they will include topics like: Varroa management, Gardening for pollinators, Hive anatomy (find the Queen?), Honey bee pests & diseases, Wild bees, etc...
Registration this year will be completely online:
Be sure to register soon as spots have filled up quickly in the past.
As the summer unfolds, specific workshops for time sensitive activities will also be provided. These will include courses like swarm prevention, honey extraction, and winterizing.
If you are extremely keen and can't wait to explore these topics with us there are always these great web resources to check out:
The workparty will now be held on may 18!
Check out the image / previous post for more details.
On friday we were working at the MSEG (McGill Students Ecological Gardens) and we noticed what seems to be a digger bee and its nest (we even saw the bee go into the nest). Although our documentary evidence is somewhat inconclusive.
Unfortunately the rain in the forecast will mean we have to reschedule the workparty untill next weekend.
We will let everyone know if it is going to happen on saturday or sunday!
From 2 - 5 pm saturday may 11 we are welcoming community members to come help us work on organizing and cleaning gear to get the hives ready for the summer.
This is a good experience to learn about de-winterizing and preparing a hive for the summer months and ultimately all that comes with it including swarms, and of course honey.
After 5 we can hang out with new and old friends and hopefully share some food in the warm summer weather.
No prior experience required.
The Honey Fest was a ton of fun and everyone present enjoyed it immensely. The MAA should definitively participate again in the future. We made a lot of contacts,talked to lots of people, got in touch with other beekeepers, and sold some honey. This has been a hugely successful local public outreach event!
I wish to thank Pavel for making the MAA banner, Thomas for putting together the MAA brochure, Erika for doing the French translation of the brochure, Peter, Evan, Kim-Ly, and others that were helping with the event, and Patti Murphy who organized the whole event.