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NEWSLETTER

Issue: May-June-2012

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The Presidents Hive Stand


Hello Beekeepers! I'm not going to complain about this spring. Whatever Mother Nature throws at us is what we will have. We're a bit behind on our precipitation, though it's thundering and raining as I write this; we are certainly in an extended Spring and maybe we'll all get the honey crop we desire; and I reckon most of us have made our contribution to the feral bee population, some, more than once. I didn't think a hive would swarm if I split the old queen into a new hive, and made two nucs from the colony's swarm cells. I sure didn't expect it to swarm twice! Go, bees, go! Now, how great would it be if all our swarms took hygienic queens and resistant, tolerant genetics into the wild? It'll come, particularly if we follow a sustainable philosophy in our own apiaries. Our queen-rearing project is part of that, some BANV nuc producers are provided beginners' hives with survivor, hygienic stock, and I know some of us are ordering queens with the traits they need to endure all the bad things nature and people throw at them. I like it, let's keep it up! I also Like BANV on Facebook. Did you know we have a Facebook page? Yep! Go there, click Like, and use the site for some crosstalk. And for goodness sake, to stay really up to speed with announcements and discussions, please sign up for the Yahoo group so you can be on the list serve. I get an email each day, a digest of compiled e-mail traffic, so my inbox is not overwhelmed. I'm not exactly up to the minute on swarm notifications, but I don't miss much else. Our website has instructions on the homepage under a 17 April posting that explain everything. When you use the list serve, please remember it's a group communication tool. Some e-mail is best sent directly to a recipient, particularly those questions for mentors who ought to get first crack at an answer before you newbies ask the rest of us. In this issue you'll read about a recent Outreach effort from the new Outreach Chair, Martha Kiene. She's the latest member to volunteer her efforts to help BANV fulfill one of its missions, that of activities which serve to foster good relations between beekeepers and the general public. If you see her send out a call for helpers at some event, please sign up. It's easy, fun and so worthwhile! Some folks volunteer without earning a title...and these grass-roots efforts, be it hosting a top-bar hive class (Stuart!), or finding a nationally renowned speaker (Gregg!) and finding support for the costs involved (Karla!), or stepping up to make a presentation when program planning doesn't pan out (Luan and Whitney!) really make BANV viable. I'm grateful to so many of you who've offered support of every kind as the club officers and chairs and project leaders work for you. Ok, time's up, article over go chase that swarm! Rob McKinney beekeepersnova+president@gmail.com BANV President (2012-13)

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This Month in the Bee Yard


John Fraser

May-June 12

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Minutes of March Meeting


David Thompson

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BANV Website Update Arbor Day & 4 H Report


Martha Kiene & Abby Fry

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Regulation of Pesticides: VA
Anne Fraser

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BANV Member Survey Virginia Grant Program Xerces Society Report

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VSBA Meeting & Queen Rearing


Ernie Becking

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Prepare for EAS Honey Show


Anne Frey

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BANV Calendar

May 22nd 2012 Monthly Meeting: 7 pm @ Mason District Government Center (MDGC) Luan Do will present honey harvesting techniques Whitney Long will present honey grading and judging

May 31st 2012 Queen Producers Meeting: Contact program coordinator - Norma Epley for details June 26th 2012 Refresher Class: 7 pm @ MDGC Open Forum for members and new bees

PHOTO OF QUEEN CELL GRAFTING


The above photograph was taken at a queen grafting session held as part of the queen producers program.

This has been an extraordinary spring, so this months column will not contain the usual advice for this time of year. With the caveat that the weather is warmer and drier than usual, beekeepers should be on the lookout now for issues that might normally appear in late June or early July. Queens - there have been a number of reports of queens being superseded in hives that were set up in April from packages. Either the queens were poorly mated and were replaced, or they died for other reasons. Look for eggs, wet, shiny pearl- colored larvae, and other signs of an active queen. Failing that, look for queen cells. If all signs of a queen are missing, give the hive a frame with newly laid eggs or a queen cell from another hive, or find a replacement queen. Swarms - crowded hives may swarm at any time. Look for a healthy queen that has stopped laying eggs, queen cells, and crowded conditions in the brood nest. To prevent swarming in such a hive, consider removing the queen and 3 or 4 frames of brood and nurse bees and placement of the bees in a nucleus hive. Follow nuc instructions from your textbook, or consult online sources.

This Month in the Bee Yard


By John Fraser

Nectar Flow - locust is probably 95% complete now, and blackberry is waning. Many other ornamentals and minor floral sources are in full bloom and will be for all of June - if we get rain. July and August will not supply much nectar, however. Harvest - many beekeepers are going to harvest honey early this year. If you have time and access to an extractor, go ahead and extract those frames of fully capped honey. Leave enough for the bees, however, as it sometimes happens that a dry summer means a net loss of stores. Pests - Varroa and small hive beetles are very active now. They are not waiting for warmer weather. Consider whether your hives need a treatment or a control for beetles, even if you would normally wait until late June or July to make this decision. Wax moths will be in flight by May 20, so dont leave extracted frames of comb out for the moths to destroy.

Splits - if you have a hive that is weak and not likely to develop into a strong hive by the end of June, consider obtaining two new queens and splitting the hive into two nucleus hives. With a strong new queen, an early June split that is fed and pampered may be very strong by the time the winter cluster must be formed. You may have two strong hives (in full-size hive equipment) in the place of one weak hive if you take the initiative. Be very careful not to create a hive that is vulnerable to hive beetles, however.

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Minutes of BANV Meeting: March


By David Thompson

President Rob McKinney called the meeting to order at 7:10 pm March 27, 2012. During his opening remarks he recognized the new committee chairs that were present: Membership Newsletter Mentoring Recognition Terry McPalmer Jane Harding Amy Bennett Carolyn Foley

Rob talked about the VSBA partnership with Bee Informed and asked that member participate in their national bee survey which ends April 20, their website is: www.beeinformed.org. Members are still needed to volunteer as members of the Newsletter, Website and Outreach Committees. In addition a member is needed to chair the Outreach Committee. Members were encouraged to visit the BANV website and to participate in the Geo Mapping project that is linked there. Paul Diehl announced that the Parks department has concerns about the use of parkland by beekeepers. The number of hives that club members keep on parkland is being reduced from 6 hives to 4. He also announced that he and Brenda Kiessling would be conducting an evening beekeeping class on May 15th from 7-10 pm at the old Sears building in Arlington. This is under the Arlington Co. Adult Education Program and the fee is $30.00. It was also announced by Kamalesh Kalarickal that there will be posted on the BANV website, information from people who have offered space where beekeepers may keep their bees if they wish. The evening concluded with a very informative talk on Native Bees by Denise Shreeve - www.ournativebees.com. The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 pm.

CLOSE-UP PHOTO OF HONEYCOMB


The above photograph was taken by one of our members. Submit one of your own to: beekeepersnova+photos@gmail.com

Three new members from this years beekeeping classes in attendance and they introduced themselves. Rob then introduced Bennie Liles as the recipient of 2012 Recognition Award. Bennie was president of the Club from 1984-86, and Treasurer from 1986-2012. Two of Bennie's past mentees Robin Anderson-Dietrich and David Michaelson recounted their memories of Bennie and his importance to the club, and their own personal experiences with him as beekeepers. Treasurer Steve Johnson then presented his report and the proposed budget for the 2012 year. He stated that the club started with a balance of $11,652.07. Income has been $6,224 resulting in a balance of $17,876.07. Rob McKinney then presented a discussion of the $9,905 proposed expenditures for the year. These expenditures if spent in total would result in an ending balance of $8,971.07, and break down as shown in the table: Expenditure Breakdown Robin Anderson-Dietrich made a motion that the budget be passed as presented. Bennie Liles seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously. Rob McKinney then made announcements of upcoming events: April 7th: Dr. Wyatt Magnum will present a Top Bar Hive class from 10-12 April 24th: There will be a Refresher Training Class on Nucs at 7:00 pm, Mason District Bldg. April 28: Earth Day at Fairfax County Government Center.

BANV Expenditure Breakdown Insurance Communications 2013 Class Materials ABJ/BC Magazine Sales Tax Speakers Projector Purchase Picnic 4H Donation Recognition Awards Arlington County Fair * Miscellaneous *Fair costs are a reimbursable expense that is repayable from honey sellers. PHOTO BEE PACKAGES
The above photograph was taken during package pick up at Eleanor C. Lawerence Park on 10 April 2012.

$1,355 $500 $4000 $175 $1500 $600 $400 $100 $50 $1,000 $225

NEWSLETTER | Issue MAY-JUNE-2012


Website Update

BANV website is attracting an increasing number of unique visitors every month. There were on average 100 page views per day, and over 70 comments left by visitors to the 25+ blog posts.

Turning ideas into action, 4-H youth are becoming everyday heroes who persevere through challenges to leave lasting, positive impacts on their communities.

Social Media

BANV is on Facebook and Twitter!! Login to Facebook & search for BANV within groups. On Twitter, follow us @bknova

Fairfax Arbor Day/Earth Day


By M artha Kiene, BANV-Outreach

and simultaneously on June 10 at Morven Park County Fair in Leesburg, VA. Additionally, Whole Foods in Springfield is interested in having someone to teach a class on honeybees to increase their employees' awareness. If you are interested in helping with any of these events, please contact the new Outreach Coordinator, Martha Kiene: beekeepersnova+outreach@gmail.com.

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On Saturday, May 28, several members of BANV and 4-H members of 2 B A Bee 4-H Club, braved the chilly temperatures to participate in the Fairfax Arbor Day / Earth Day festival at Fairfax Government Center, Fairfax, Virginia. Despite the chilly temperatures, which forced them to keep the observation hives under cover, providing only quick peeks to interested visitors, the outreach event was a tremendous success. The BANV table was one of the most visited booths at the event, literally buzzing with excitement. Brenda Kiessling's 4-H students enthusiastically engaged children and adult visitors, expertly explaining honeybee morphology, pollen gathering, and honey making. Rob McKinney never missed an opportunity to educate visitors on the plight of the honeybee, Colony Collapse Disorder, and sustainable Virginia beekeeping. New BANV member Lauren Pollard even found herself sharing her passion and knowledge of bees with passersby. Tom Greiner brought an extractor and a banner, and helped out with questions and comments from the public. Club members made an estimated 40 good contacts, including prospective BANV and 4- H members, people interested in taking the fall Beginning Beekeeper class, as well as people wanting a member to teach a beekeeping class. We even gave the Fairfax County Conservancy a point of contact to gather swarms when they fell trees and discover a hive. BANV's next community outreach is June 8- 10 at Celebrate Fairfax! in Fairfax, Virginia

4-H Club Report


By Abby Fry, Secretary, 2 B A BEE

Number of followers of BANV word press blog

FOR MORE INFORMATION


Please visit the BANV website via the following links:
WWW.BEEKEEPERSNOVA.ORG BEEKEEPERSNOVA.WORDPRESS.COM

Several volunteers from the Fairfax County 4-H beekeeping club ("2 Be A Bee") helped members of the Beekeepers Association of Northern Virginia (BANV) to staff an information booth for an event celebrating Earth Day and Arbor Day. The event was held at the Fairfax County Government Center on April 28, 2012. The goal of the club was to educate passersby on the crucial role honeybees play in a healthy ecosystem and the many benefits to being a beekeeper. The volunteers from "2 Be A Bee" included: Abby and Tim Fry and their dad, John; Willow, Sammy, and Noah Thompson and their parents Todd and Desiree Victoria and Melissa Munn and their mom and dad; Jacob Steblien and his dad Paul Lukas Camby and his mom Stacia Lenah Nguyen, our 4-H County Agent.


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Virginia Regulation of Pesticides


By Anne F raser, E sq. Anne is not a member of the Virginia Bar, and wants all readers to know that this article is for information, and is not legal advice.

Commissioner of responsibility to take further action with reference to that claim. C. The filing of a statement or the failure to file a statement need not be alleged in any complaint filed in a court of law. The failure to file the statement shall not be considered a bar to the maintenance of any criminal or civil action. (1975, c. 377, 3.1-249.10; 1981, c. 260; 1989, c. 575, 3.1-249.56; 2008, c. 860.)

Virginia regulates pesticide applicators and requires them to be licensed. Virginia requires that both commercial and private applicators report pesticide accidents and incidents that constitute "a threat to any person, to public health or safety, or to the environment due to loss or damage, or imminent loss or damage, as a result of the use or presence of any pesticide."[1] Anyone else can file a complaint and such complaints are supposed to be investigated [2] Any person claiming damage from a restricted use pesticide must file a report with the Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services within sixty days of the date that the damage occurred or, if growing crops are alleged to have been damaged, before twenty-five percent of the crop is harvested. Commercial applicators are required to carry liability insurance [3]. The reporting requirements do not affect an individual's right to seek other legal relief such as an injunction for nuisance or money damages for negligent application causing damage. The challenge in such a case would probably be proof of the damage. The VDACS Pesticide enforcement staff is identified on the web as follows. Before making any individual complaints, it might make sense to consider a coordinated approach by the group. Also it would be important to identify the license information of any possible violator. DISCLAIMER: Please note that the foregoing does not constitute legal advice applicable to any particular situation. Initial research for this was based on an excellent but dated article, "An Analysis of State Pesticide Drift Laws," by Theodore A. Feitshan in 9 S.J. Agric. L. Rev. 37 (1999). [1] 2VAC20-51-170. Reporting of pesticide accidents and incidents. A. Commercial or private applicators or registered technicians shall report any pesticide accident or incident in which they are involved that constitutes a

threat to any person, to public health or safety, or to the environment, as a result of the use or presence of any pesticide. The accident or incident shall be reported whether or not a restricted use pesticide is involved. [remainder of section omitted] [2] 3.2-3910. Complaints to Commissioner or the Board. Any person may register a written complaint with the Commissioner or the Board relating to the sale, use, storage, handling, or disposal of any pesticide. The Commissioner or the Board shall institute an investigation of the alleged damage caused by such pesticide. The Commissioner may seek the advice of other state or federal agencies or institutions. When it is determined that a violation has occurred, the Commissioner shall proceed as provided in 3.2-3946. (1989, c. 575, 3.1-249.32; 2008, c. 860.) [3] 3.2-3911. Damages resulting from pesticide use or application. A. Any person claiming damages from the use or application of any pesticide classified for restricted use shall file with the Commissioner a written statement within 60 days after the date that damages occurred and, if a growing crop is alleged to have been damaged, prior to the time that 25 percent of the crop has been harvested. Such statement shall contain: (i) the name of the person allegedly responsible for the application of such pesticide; (ii) the name of the owner or lessee of the property where the crop is grown and the damage is alleged to have occurred; and (iii) the date of the alleged damage. Upon receipt of the statement, the Commissioner shall notify the certificate holder and the owner or lessee of the property or other person who may be charged with the responsibility of the damages claimed, and furnish copies of the statement as requested. B. The Commissioner shall inspect damages where possible and make his findings available to the parties. The claimant shall permit the Commissioner, the certificate holder, and his representatives to observe within reasonable hours any plants, animals, or other property alleged to have been damaged. Failure of the claimant to permit such observation and examination of the damaged property shall relieve the

Celebrate Pollinator Week:

June 18-24!
Register now for your Pollinator Plates! Would you love to have Pollinator Plates for your vehicle? Samantha Gallagher visited our March 27 meeting and gathered several signatures from BANV members interested in having Pollinator Plates. She now has a grand total of 290 names (not just BANV folks of course). However, only 80 people have actually gone to the website and registered! We need about 370 more registrations collected by November. So, if you expressed an interest and are serious about it, go right away to this website and get your application processed: http://pollinatorplates.blogspot.com/p/get- your-plate.html Your application can be processed electronically, or emailed to Samantha Gallagher. Go to the above website for her contact information and all possible methods of registering your vehicles for the plates. You will need the VIN number(s) of your vehicle(s). Needless to say, every vehicle in the family can have one! The website has a graph showing how we are making out in achieving the goal. If you're no longer interested in a plate, please let Samantha know so she can take your name out of the email contacts, her phone number is 240-298-3570 http://www.pollinatorplates.com/

NEWSLETTER

Issue: May-June-2012

BANV MEMBER SURVEY


In partnership with Northern Virginia Community College Educational Foundation with oversight and technical assistance provided by NOVACC's Geospatial Technology faculty, BANV seeks information to create a GIS Apiary Database to develop maps for BANV. Our aim is to collect data from BANV members to create maps that will detail different aspects of beekeeping over time of BANV members in Northern Virginia. Wed like your input about the types of information you would find helpful to your beekeeping operation. The survey is available online on the BANV website under Club Activities. Any and all information collected for this survey is solely for mapping purposes. All address and location information will be kept private within a BANV owned database. Any images generated using this information will not display location information or show data zoomed in closer than mile.
**ANY INFORMATION COLLECTED FOR THIS SURVEY IS SOLELY FOR MAPPING PURPOSES AND WILL REMAIN BANV PROPERTY. ALL ADDRESS AND LOCATION INFORMATION WILL BE KEPT PRIVATE WITHIN A BANV OWNED DATABASE. ANY IMAGES GENERATED USING THIS INFORMATION WILL NOT DISPLAY LOCATION INFORMATION OR SHOW DATA ZOOMED IN CLOSER THAN MILE.**

New Grant Program Aims to Keep Bees Buzzing in Virginia


RICHMOND Beekeepers across Virginia soon will be able to get government money for creating new beehives a move legislators hope will resurrect the states dying bee population. During this years regular session, the General Assembly passed legislation to establish a $175,000 fund and award beekeepers as much as $200 for every new beehive, up to $2,400. Gov. Bob McDonnell recently signed the two bills, SB 354 and HB 300, into law. Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Charlottesville, sponsored the Senate bill. He hopes the money will encourage beekeepers to create more beehives. Weve seen declining bee populations throughout Virginia, and they are the foundation of agriculture, Deeds said. If theyre not pollinating flowers and plants, crop production begins to lag. State apiarist Keith Tignor is responsible for educating and training beekeepers in Virginia. Tignor said his office has received numerous phone calls from Virginia beekeepers interested in the grant program. We estimate that there are between 20,000 and 30,000 beehives in Virginia, around 2,000 to 3,000 beekeepers, and most maintain an average of between 10 and 12 hives, Tignor said. Beekeeping is a very important part of Virginia, in many different aspects. Delegate Ed Scott, R-Culpeper, agreed. He proposed the House bill creating the grant program. There are a wide range of benefits to having a healthy bee population not just for honey production, Scott said. When bees pollinate other crops, they are stimulating agricultural production in a wide range of areas, anywhere from apple and peach orchards, to grapes and alfalfa hay crops. If we didnt have beekeeping, we wouldnt have other crops being as successful as they are. Deeds and Scott introduced their bills after judging a student competition conducted last summer at the Sorensen Institutes College Leaders Program at the University of Virginia. The lawmakers were inspired by a group of college students who had drafted mock legislation aimed at addressing the states declining bee population. Similar bills failed in previous years. The legislation, which will go into effect July 1, was initially introduced as a tax credit but was changed to a grant program by a legislative committee. Beekeepers must apply for the grants, which will be administered by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/plant&pest/ap iary.shtml WHITE HOUSE EGG ROLL & BEE HIVES
Karla Eisen had the great good fortune to be volunteering in the beekeeper's tent at the White House Easter Egg roll April 9- right next to the Organic Garden and the "Kids Kitchen". Here is a fun YouTube video from the Kids Kitchen with lots of discussion of bees, pollination, and cooking with honey. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvfKjif5mOc Minutes 6 through about 11 is part of a wonderful presentation from yesterday- the Executive Pastry Chef and his assistant talking about honey and pollination as part of their fun with food presentation. Minute 19 is talking about the bee hive on the White House lawn.

http://beekeepersnova.wordpress.com/club- activities/banv-gis-project/

CLOSE-UP OF WORKER BEE


The above photograph was taken by Gregg Smith, one of our members. Submit a photo of your bees for the next newsletter, via email to: beekeepersnova+photos@gmail.com

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NEONICOTINOID PESTICIDES

VSBA meeting & Queen Rearing


By Ernie B ecking

Xerces Society Report Summary

We didn't win the Billy Davis door prize at the Virginia State Beekeeper Association meeting. But, I plan to pursue obtaining some of his queen cells and making them available to local beekeepers. They apparently come in multiples of 10 or 40, but I will distribute them as singles or small amounts. What I plan to do is to drive to Purcellville on a Sunday and bring back a bunch of cells. These would then be available for pickup at my house in Fairfax. If you are interested, read the stuff below and send me a private email. I will then work out the details with Billy Davis and provide specific instructions. WHAT? Billy and his volunteers have been working for 8 years to develop queens that are suited for our area. Queen cells are being generated from colonies that demonstrate hygienic and other desirable traits. Each colony is tested with liquid nitrogen to prove that they will remove all, repeat all, capped larvae killed by freezing. The queens that emerge from these cells will then be mated with drones in your area. WHEN? Since we are having a really early nectar flow, I think early to mid-May would be a good time to be forming nucs with these cells. HOW MUCH? We are dealing with a non-profit operation and a donation of about $10 per cell will be made to help cover their costs. HOW? The cells need to be placed into a queen less nuc or colony within a couple of hours of their arrival in Fairfax. They can be transported by wrapping them in a tissue, placing them in an egg carton in a small cooler equipped with a hot water bottle (baggie) and a towel. The cells must be handled by grasping the plastic queen cup. WHY? I was going to raise my own queens this year. But, it appears that these queen cells provide an opportunity to make a significant step

forward in improving the genetics of my colonies. We reach a point in the spring honey flow (and no fall flow) where eggs laid by the queen will not contribute to the amount of honey accumulated by the hive. That is the time to start making nucs for over-wintering. I am, also, almost convinced that it is futile to try to over-winter double deep hives. So, I plan to create a large number of nucs out of my existing colonies. Another benefit is that using the cells and nucs will create a break in the mite reproduction cycle. WHAT ABOUT THE BANV CELL PROJECT? That is a great effort. The Billy Davis cells will be just another, and separate, source of improved genetics. Send me a private message if you are interested. Thanks, Ernie (ebecking@verizon.net)

Neonicotinoids are systemic insecticides, i.e. they are absorbed by and get inside the treated plant. Six neonicotinoid insecticides are used on plants: imidacloprid, clothianidin, thiamethoxam, dinotefuran, acetamiprid, and thiacloprid. These account for 17% of the global insecticide market (data from 2006). Page 5 of this report lists common products, which include these insecticides. These are what you will find on the shelf of your local garden store. This report analyzes the research to date and sets out the facts that have been identified and are supported by an extensive body of research and identifies what can be inferred from the these facts. It also identifies the gaps in knowledge that need further investigation, and makes specific recommendations. Some of the major findings of the report include: Several of these insecticides are highly toxic to honey bees and bumblebees. Products approved for homeowners to use in gardens, lawns, and on ornamental trees have manufacturer-recommended application rates up to 120 times higher than rates approved for agricultural crops. Many neonicotinoid pesticides that are sold to homeowners for use on lawns and gardens do not have any mention of the risks of these products for bees, and the label guidance for products used in agriculture is not always clear or consistent. Neonicotinoid residues are found in pollen and nectar consumed by pollinators such as bees and butterflies. The residues can reach lethal concentrations in some situations. Neonicotinoids can persist in soil for months or years after a single application. Measurable amounts of residues were found in woody plants up to six years after application. Untreated plants may absorb chemical residues left over in the soil from the previous year. There is no direct link demonstrated between neonicotinoids and the honeybee syndrome known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). However, recent research suggests that neonicotinoids may make honeybees more susceptible to parasites and pathogens, including the intestinal parasite Nosema, which has been implicated as one causative factor in CCD.

QUEEN CELL READY FOR MATING NUC


This is a queen cell created as part of BANVs Queen Producers program.

To read the full report go to: http://www.xerces.org/neonicotinoids-and-bees.

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Plenty of Time to Prepare for the EAS Honey Show


By Anne F rey

FREE WEBINAR NRCS.USDA.GOV


An hour long webinar Common Bees and Best Bee Plants of the East provided by the Natural Resources Conservation Services East National Technology Support Center (NRCS ENTSC) is available online along with a list of web links. Program Description:
Many of the 700 species of bees in the eastern united states help ensure successful crop pollination, but their value tends to be underestimated because they pollinate crops without being managed or recognized. Nrcs staff and others can help conserve these valuable pollinators by understanding more about them and their habitat needs, helping farmers understand their value, and supporting pollinator habitat conservation and establishment. During this program, learn why bees are our most important pollinators, which bees are most common in the eastern region and on various crops, and about plants that are especially valuable for supporting bee conservation. Also learn where to access resources for bee identification, plant selection, and successful pollinator habitat establishment.

EAS is speeding towards us, with only a few months left to wait! What do you need to do to besides register, reserve lodging, and hire a pet sitter? Well, plan out your Honey Show entries, of course! Check out the new informative Honey Show Page on the Eastern Apicultural Society website and you'll find tips, instruction, photos, videos, webinars, rules and more. This webpage is extremely useful for simply preparing items for market even if you don't plan to enter a Show. It has been created with learning in mind, and the highest-quality links, articles, and presentations on the Internet have been gathered here for you. Take a look at the recently added Photography segment provided by Zachary Huang. Search for Eastern Apiculture 2012 using any search engine. While you work your hives this spring and summer, remember to leave some time to get your Honey Show entries ready. Instead of being bummed out on that rainy or a cold day that's no good for beekeeping, why not melt some wax and make some candles or a 'Wax Cake, 2lbs. or more'? Also, a Gift Arrangement takes some thought and attention. It should include a variety of hive products, arranged attractively. What about that weird little thingy you built a few years ago that works just right but will never be found in any catalog? That would be great for the Gadgets classes (small or large device). Do you have a basement full of mead or honey beer? Check out all those bottles for the best ones. Do you have a computer file or an actual box of prints of bees and beekeeping-themed subjects? Riffle through those and find the best ones. There's still time to get them mounted according to the Show Rules. This is a good spot to mention that you should consult the EAS Honey Show Rules before preparing any entries. Read the General Rules as well as the rules for the classes you are entering. Heck, read all the rules.

Honey Show Foibles As a novice, I was so excited to enter shows; I tended to skim the Rules and rush to prepare my entries. Early on, I arrived at the County Fair with my submission, a lovely jar of honey with my own label on it. No labels allowed! Another time, at EAS, I proudly showed up at the drop-off table with a single jar for each honey class I was entering. Foolish me you need to bring 3 jars for each class. I once arrived at EAS and immediately went out to lunch with friends, forgetting my creamed honey entries were still locked in the car. Hot cars also endanger comb, candle and wax entries. Transportation is a serious consideration. If you're flying, think about passing your entries to a friend who is driving. No glass jars in carry-on bags! Hmm, what else? I've never yet entered a photography class, but I've heard of people arriving with their photos framed (not allowed), mounted incorrectly, or wanting to enter whole stack (only one entry per class permitted). I've heard of exhibitors getting pretty steamed at the volunteers at the drop- off table. Before the Rules were published they were examined with a fine-tooth comb by the Honey Show Committee, and are very clear. Please read them carefully! EAS volunteers and judges will be using the same Rules you are using and there should be no need for any disputes. Have you ever noticed that the angriest you've ever been was when you were angry with yourself? Please be kind to the volunteers and honest with yourself. It's fun to enter a Show, and later you'll learn a lot from your scorecard which will help you improve for future Shows. Let's all bring lots of entries and make the classes as full as possible! It's more fun that way, better than if a class only has a few entries. Check out the Honey Show page on the EAS website, and let's make 2012 a year to remember! http://www.easternapiculture.org/resources

http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/n ational/entsc/?cid=nrcs143_021685

WEIGHING BEEHIVES
One way to obtain a quick appreciation for the inner condition of a beehive is to determine the net weight of the contents. Understanding the changes in net weight over time can reveal the beginning of a nectar flow, the build up or decline of the amount of stores in the hive, the amount of honey being added to the supers, or the general decline of the colony. There is a simple device that permits weighing a hive in less than a minute. To see plans for its construction and use, check out:

www.beeweigh.com

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BANV Officers 2012-13


President 1st Vice President 2 Vice President Secretary Treasurer

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Rob McKinney Rick Haynes David Michaelson David Thompson Steve Johnson

beekeepersnova+president@gmail.com beekeepersnova+1vicepresident@gmail.com beekeepersnova+2vicepresident@gmail.com beekeepersnova+secretary@gmail.com beekeepersnova+treasurer@gmail.com

Newsletter Team Membership Outreach Recognition Mentoring Librarian Webmaster


John Fraser & Jane Harding Terri McPalmer & Denise Taylor

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Spring Nuc Program Queen Program GIS M apping


Julie Waser Norma Epley Chelsie Romulo & Jeny Beausoleil

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