Next Meeting: Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 7 PM at the Adams Visitor Center, Adams, MA
Speaker: Amie Collins from Betterbee will be joining us this month. Topic: Swarming
NOTE: Amie has offered to bring orders with her. If you want to take advantage of this, place your order ahead of time and tell them that Amie will be bringing the order to the Berkshire Beekeepers Meeting on 5/24. She has limited space in her Outback, so she might not be able to bring every order, if there are a lot of them.
Don’t forget to bring raffle items!!!!
– The Aggie Fair will be Aug. 5-7. We are looking for volunteers to organize the NBBA booth this year.
1) Notes from our April meeting:
– Many thanks to Nate Buckhout for an interesting presentation on Bears. His number one request is for folks to restrain from feeding the bears, either intentionally or unintentionally.
2) Other Beekeeping News
2a) Mass Bee Day will be June 18th in Deerfield, MA. They are looking for speakers and topics at this time. If you are interested, please let Barbara Laureyns know. Barbara’s email is Bblynn@nycap.rr.com. She will consolidate a response for the Club.
2b) Winter Nuc Presentation by Antoine Fahey will be on June 18th at Sheep Hill, Williamstown. Queens will be available for sale but have to be pre ordered. To register (and optionally order queens for this date), contact Russ @ email@example.com
2c) 14Th Annual Betterbee Field Day will be on June 25th, 8AM-3PM.
Dr. Jennifer Tsuruda will be the featured speaker. Dr. Tsuruda is the Apiculture Specialist at Clemson University. She has studied genetic markers associated with hygienic behavior of honey bees and will discuss this in relation to varorra control. We also welcome Emma Mullen, Cornell Honey Bee Extension Associate to discuss their new Master Beekeeping Course.
8:00 AM: Arrive, Pickup Orders, Chat with Staff
9 AM: Betterbee Welcome
9:15 AM: Dr. Jennifer Tsuruda, Apiculture Specialist at Clemson University
11:40 AM: Emma Mullen, Cornell Honey Bee Extension Associate
12 Noon: Raffle Drawing
12:30 PM: Lunch
1:30 PM: Open Hive Demos & Breakout Sessions
2d) Bennington Beekeepers Club Workshop: Honey Bee Pest and Pathogen Intermediate Workshop, June 16, 6:30 – 8:30PM, VT Veterans Home, $6 fee and no potluck supper. Presenters- Samantha Alger and Alex Burnham UVM graduate students.
The workshop will include a slide-show of common bee diseases and pathogens. There will be several stations where participants will get hands-on experience looking at pathogens under microscopes. We expect to have examples of Nosema, waxworms, small hive beetles and hopefully foulbrood. There will be a demonstrations of how to do standardized mite load counts.
The $6 fees will be directly used to help fund Samantha and Alex’s research studying pathogens in bumble bees and honey bees. Alex and Samantha are funding all of their own research on small grants.
Call or email Jeanne Davis(802-823-7955 firstname.lastname@example.org or Julie Cassiday (email@example.com) to reserve your spot.