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:
Did cold weather take out your bees in the Fall? Do you think you might be experiencing Colony Collapse Disorder here in the Valley? Are yellow jackets decimating your hives? How could a strong healthy hive crumble and disappear virtually overnight? Could pesticide spraying by your neighbors be the cause of a weak colony?
Click the title above for a link or follow the link below for the most probable answer for your honey bee health problems:
Keeping bees is an agricultural endeavor, thus, success as a beekeeper depends on understanding the local environment. This guide was written for beekeepers whose bees overwinter in cold climate. To care for colonies with a prolonged winter confinement period, you must learn how to recognize and promptly deal with colony health and queen problems during the summer and fall, with an eye to ensuring that colonies enter winter dormancy in the best possible condition. This point cannot be overstated: Good fall management is critical to successful overwintering! Fall management begins prior to the end of the last nectar flow and falling temperatures that would preclude mite treatments and supplemental feeding.
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.
Rosenkranz on Mites, 2010
The most thorough and comprehensive review available. Download here. This piece is heartily endorsed by the TVBC "Mite Kraut."
"This review provides a survey of the current knowledge in the main fields of Varroa research including the biology of the mite, damage to the host, host tolerance, tolerance breeding and Varroa treatment. We first present a general view on the functional morphology and on the biology of the Varroa mite with special emphasis on host–parasite interactions during reproduction of the female mite. The pathology section describes host damage at the individual and colony level including the problem of transmission of secondary infections by the mite. Knowledge of both the biology and the pathology of Varroa mites is essential for understanding possible tolerance mechanisms in the honey bee host. We comment on the few examples of natural tolerance in A. mellifera and evaluate recent approaches to the selection of Varroa tolerant honey bees. Finally, an extensive listing and critical evaluation of chemical and biological methods of Varroa treatments is given."
Idaho Beekeeping Statutes and Ordinances (under construction)
Boise City Beekeeping Ordinance
Mike Cooper's Presentation on Honey Labeling, (TVBC May 2015 Meeting)
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.
Kebin and Steve on the Radio
Listen to Kebin and Steve talk about bees at:
Bill Ahaus wrote an article about how the club got started and Jeff Bergland gathered the historical facts.
TVBC Survey Results
See the pdf of the 2012 survey results:
Build It Yourself (Bee Source)
Varroa Mite Management, Part Deux
Every honey bee colony in the continental United States and Canada either has Varroa mites today or will have them within several months. Varroa mite infestation represents one of the greatest threats to honey bee health, honey production, and pollination services. When honey bee colonies are untreated or treated ineffectively colonies can fail and beekeepers can incur major economic losses, and, ultimately, agricultural food production may be impacted. In addition, colonies with Varroa are a source of mites that can spread to other colonies, even in other apiaries, through drifting, robbing, and absconding activity of bees.
All beekeepers should remain vigilant to detect high Varroa mite levels and be prepared to take timely action in order to reduce mite loads. Effective mite control will reduce colony losses and avoid potential spread of infectious disease among colonies.
This Guide will explain practical, effective methods that beekeepers can use to measure Varroa mite infestations in their hives and select appropriate control methods. The Honey Bee Health Coalition offers this Guide free of charge and asks that you please reference the Coalition if distributing.
Pay attention, It's a Dawg-Eat-Dawg World Out There and Keeping Your Bees Healthy is Your Primary Beekeeping Job.
Varroa Management (2015) - by Dr. Dewey Caron
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. Click on The Rules for what you need to know.
List of Equipment for NewBees
Everything you need to get started in Beekeeping
Plants for Pollinators o the Intermountain West
NRCS Technical Note
Montana Native Plants for