New Varroa Mite Treatment Document Released
As most beekeepers know, the Varroa mite continues to be the most serious threat to honeybee populations in the United States and most of the world. The Honey Bee Health Coalition has just released “Tools for Varroa Management – A Guide to Effective Varroa Sampling & Control”. Drafted under the direction of University of Delaware Professor Dewey M. Caron, this 24-page document draws on the expertise of a variety of industry leaders, and provides comprehensive information on diagnosis and treatment options for this ubiquitous pest. The full guide can be accessed by clicking here.
Good Times at the Missouri State Fair!
Another Successful Beginning Beekeeping Workshop!
Congratulations to Three Rivers Beekeepers and the 2014 graduating class from our latest Beginning Beekeeping Workshop. Over the course of twelve hours, a full class roster of fifty new beekeepers heard instruction ranging from the biology of the honey bee to the equipment needed to get started.
Pictured above is Jane Sueme providing instruction on basic beekeeping equipment. Pictured in the inset are Steve Harris and new beekeeper Michael Forget. Michael won the grand door prize of a complete hive (seen in background) that was donated by Steve.
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Ed Spevak Speaks to TRB
Ed Spevak, Curator of Invertebrates at the St. Louis Zoo, stopped by Three Rivers Beekeepers at our monthly meeting on January 20th to present to a packed house on his favorite subject – bees. Not just honey bees – although he brought to us some fascinating facts – but all bees. Ed is a nationally recognized expert on native bees and one of the areas leading contributors of honey bee knowledge and promotion.
A New Home for Our Club Hives!
The TRB club hives are getting a new home! We’re in the final stages of construction of a new home for our club hives to be located next to the Extension Center in St. Peters. Our hives are presently located on some property a few miles away in O’Fallon.
Pictured above is the muscle behind the move. From left to right are Tim Scheer, Victor Imgarten, Craig Smith (holding the requisite donuts), Jim Braun, Gary Goodman and Dan Harding. The crew recently spent their Saturday morning building a new concrete wall out of some very heavy concrete blocks. The wall will contain gravel and soil that, eventually, the hives will sit atop. The raised “platform” is necessary to keep the hives out of flood waters that frequent the property.
Also pitching in, but not pictured, were Diane Goodman (taking the picture) and Terri Scheer.
Thanks to all for your help and contribution to our club.
50 Participate in Nuc Workshop!
Fifty beekeepers participated in the recent TRB Nuc Workshop held on June 13th. They learned the importance of maintaining nucs in their bee yards, how to produce summer nucs and the techniques for over-wintering nucs.
Another Successful TRB Queen Rearing Workshop!
Three Rivers Beekeepers completed another successful Queen Rearing Workshop on June 1st and 2nd, graduating thirty-five new queen producers as part of the “Class of 2013”!
Over two days, the class learned from Cory Stevens and Stu Jacobson, the basics for producing “a few queens in the back yard with a minimum of equipment”. Sunday was spent outside in the bee yard gaining hands on experience in the art of grafting and the use of the Cloake board.
More photos of the event can be seen here. (Photos courtesy of Cy Franks)
TRB Participates in Dardenne Prairie “Prairie Days”
Pictured above are Mary Raymond, Jane Timmons, Vic Imgarten, Esther Jansen and Tim Scheer during the recent “Prairie Days” in Dardenne Priarie. A cool, cloudy day didn’t discourage hundreds from attending, learning about honey bees and beekeeping … and purchasing TRB club honey! View additional photos here.
TRB Members Enjoy “Day-at-the-Fair”
Pictured above are Marlene Jansen, Ted Jansen and Jane Timmons handling booth duty at the Missouri State Fair during the recent TRB Day-at-the-Fair. In addition to Marlene, Ted and Jane several other TRB members travelled to Sedalia to spend the day helping out in the Missouri State Beekeepers Association booth. They included Joe Peters, Ken and Marilyn Weber, John and Jeanetta Blazek, Fred and Sally Pipkins, Jerry Styczynski and John Timmons. View additional pictures of the day by clicking here.