January in the Northwest Apiary

Here is update from Rich’s 2015 post:  January, our winter, is time for planning and our bees time to cluster for warmth. We have already seen an occasional winter flight day. While we anxiously await February, March and April overwintering successes (our bees  toughest winter stretch), it is a good … Read more about January in the Northwest Apiary

Mite-a-Thon Sept 9-16

The “new” beekeeping calls for the need to sample bees in August, September and October to see how they are doing at keeping varroa mite populations in check. If mite numbers exceed 2-3%, it is suggested that due to risk of  poor overwintering of the colony, colony loss (to BEE PMS) overwinter or … Read more about Mite-a-Thon Sept 9-16

Winter loss report WVBA

At the March and April WVBA meetings, I distributed paper copies and directed members to a web-based colony loss survey, a continuing effort to define overwintering success of backyard beekeepers in Oregon. This was the 9th year of such survey activity. I received 282 responses from OR backyarders, … Read more about Winter loss report WVBA

Let the SWARMS begin

At the April meeting (April 24) we knew of only a single swarm. Rich covered swarming in his comments and his comments will be posted in the meeting minutes. we should begin to hear of local bee swarms  in May and June. Swarming means different things to different individuals. Some beekeepers see … Read more about Let the SWARMS begin

STARTING PACKAGES/NUCS

There was an informative webinar mid-January from Bee Culture Magazine [“The Kim and Jim Show”] that was all about packages. You can still view the one-hour broadcast at Bee Culture webpage www.beeculture.org Look for it filed under events. Kim and Jim discussed only packages but their … Read more about STARTING PACKAGES/NUCS

Dead Colony Forensics

Dead colony forensics - examining a dead colony to help determine what might have been the reason for non-survival.  Identifying the problem can guide changes in management leading to improved overwintering success. Last year backyard OR beekeepers lost 43% of their overwintering colonies – there … Read more about Dead Colony Forensics