The Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) conducted an online survey to estimate honey bee colony losses for the 2010/2011 winter season. The preliminary analysis of the result is available here.
So far, the results indicate that 30% of the colonies were lost during the 2010/2011 Winter.
Just letting you know that the workshop has been postponed for the next weekend, June 4 or 5.
Stay tuned for more updates.
The next weekend we'll try to have the workshop during which we'll make two
different types of hives for the MAA apiary. We'll assemble one long hive, and
one Buckfast Abbey hive, which is also known as 12 frame Dadant-Blatt hive in
some areas of Europe. I'll present the hives, their advantages and
disadvantages compared to the standard Langstroth hive, and talk about the
woodworking tools and techniques that can be used to make one of your own, as
well some theoretical background on the needs the bees have regarding the
necessary space for optimal colony development and other related tidbits.
As it seems that the next weekend will not be the most stable weather-wise, I
will set up the beginning of the workshop at Sunday, May 29th, 2:00pm (less
chance of rain next Sun, than next Sat.). In case of bad weather we'll move
it for the following weekend.
The cost for the workshop is one smile (or more), and the participants are
welcome to bring their own hammers.
Location: MAA Apiary
"A bee advocacy group has been fielding calls over the past year from concerned urbanites finding bumblebee nests in problem locations, such as under the porch.
Volunteers with the Community Pollinator Foundation are going to try to find new homes for bees in such circumstances."
You can read more about it here.
McGill University accepted, on a one-year trial basis, to host 2 hives on the Frank Dawson Adams (FDA) as part of a Santropol Roulant project.
This is great news so stay tuned for more updates!
Think pollination is important?
Join us on Saturday, May 7th at 2 pm, in MS 0-027 (Mac Stewart lobby) to learn about creating habitat for wild pollinators that perform this vital ecosystem function.
Ms Michelle Poilly will give a presentation on the insect allies in the area and then we'll assemble the prepared nests and drill some holes into some logs.
Here is an interesting article about Antigua & Barbuda beekeepers who were able to halt the bee population crisis due to the varroa parasite by using a local strain of Varroa-resistant bees.
Initial Hive Status (04/23/2011)
Hives 1 and 7 are very strong. Bees are flying in to these loaded with pollen.
Hive 7 seems to be our strongest hive; the bees already ate the patty that was put in
two weeks ago. The top chamber is small, so it might need to be switched or split
to prevent swarming. The larger chamber has drone larvae, which is a sign that
swarming is near and the hive will soon produce queen cells.