TED Talks by Beeks that Have Visited the Treasure Valley
Marla Spivak - Why Bees Are Disappearing
John Miller - No Bees, No Food
To learn what a beekeeper should be doing each month along with what the honey bees are up to, refer to the Beekeeper's Monthly tips from Todd Balsiger from the Oregon State Beekeepers Association:
Varroa Mite Management
This idea was stolen, fair & square, from Randy Oliver. Folks living outside of Boise might want to follow the methodology in the ScientificBeekeeping.com article instead of using this chart. The graph illustrates the treatment periods in color. Light blue is the thymol application period, formic acid is pink and hop beta acids are shown on the tails of the calendar during the broodless period. In the case of thymol, the dates assume that thymol is on for 4 weeks and the supers can go on right after the product is removed, per the label.
Formic acid is bounded by temps. The color areas show the application period, and the dates assume a three week application window. The application period is only 7 days. This may be a little obtuse. Check it out and send any questions. The intent here is that we can have a tool for the beginning beeks to use when trying to figure out when and with what to treat for that despicable, nasty varroa mite.
Jodi, from the Department of Agriculture made a presentation to the club in February. Below is the powerpoint slides:
Here is a guidebook for winterizing your bees written by:
Eliese Watson at Apiaries and Bees for Communities in Alberta, Canada.
American Bee Journal Article on Raising Queen Bees
Protein and Queen Rearing
Randy Oliver on "The Rules" for Successful Beekeeping
Are you thinking about getting started in beekeeping? Are you "wallowing in information gleaned from the Internet about the 'right' way to keep bees?" Here's a great source that can help you sort the wheat from the chaff.
List of Equipment for NewBees
Everything you need to get started in Beekeeping
Montana Native Plants for