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.
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:
Below please find directions to the Centennial Center and the apiary for the Sunday May 27 Beekeeping 101 course. The red "X" marks the proposed parking area, the green "X" the apiary, the green arrow --> marks the apiary gate, and the red line shows the way to the Centennial Center.
The MAA and the Honey Bee Research Foundation are offering a one day beekeeping course that will take place on Sunday May 27, at the Macdonald Campus of McGill University. For the tentative schedule please see our calendar entry under the "Events & Activities" tab.
The price for the course is only $85 and the proceeds will go towards important honey bee research and for funding the MAA activities. Cash (preferred), or personal checks will be accepted at the door on the course day.
The theory part of the course will take place in the Centennial Center building room CC1-162, and the practical part on the nearby MAA Apiary. Parking for the day will be free and the map of the campus with the exact location of room CC1-162 and the suggested parking area will be posted closer to the event. Participants are advised to bring their own lunch.
**Please note: The course date has changed from Saturday, May 26 to Sunday, May 27.
Another workshop will take place next Sunday (31st July) at the MAA apiary,
10:00am. This time the "special topic" will be the beeswax.
You will be able to learn about more "exotic" aspects of the beeswax than you
can read in the beekeeping books, so I'm not going to talk about those things
that you can read everywhere. Instead, I'll talk about the conditions under
which the bees produce wax, diagnostics of some potential problems in the
beehive based on the presence or absence of the freshly secreted wax, when
the bees build particular wax structures and why, how to build a good wax comb
in a colony, role of the wax in the Integral Pest Management, advantages and
disadvantages of wax and plastic foundations, 5.1, and 4.9 cell size
foundations, going foundationless and top-bar only. I'll also talk about the
role of wax production in the swarming management and the "wax management" in
the brood boxes (how long to keep the combs, when to discard them, and some
ways to do it).
Near the end we'll try to put together some frames and (I'll talk about the
ways to wire them), and we'll wire some of them and embed the wires in the wax
foundations using a car battery.
Finally, we'll process some old comb (that is, melt the comb, filter it and
make the wax cakes (not food items :)).
There is a serious possibility that this workshop will be a long one, so bring
some lunch with you.
See you soon.
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.