Our thanks to James Wilkes for hosting the Zoom meeting this past Thursday. We had about a dozen attendees with the discussion focused on swarming, splits and queens. Following up on the meeting, a note from the HiveTracks team regarding free licenses for our members.
Thank you for letting me and the Hive Tracks team join in on this month's Ashe County Beekeepers Association club meeting! This is just a reminder about our previous discussion about us offering free Hive Tracks accounts to all ACBA club members. As mentioned above, all we need for club members to participate is to fill out this quick questionnaire https://forms.gle/rr5SE8HQkhiEX39X8- we will follow up with each member individually to get their account situated and/or up to date.
I'm here to help, so please feel free to contact me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
We look forward to a successful 2020 season!
Here's an urgent message from Bee Informed Partnership
This is an Urgent message from Bee Informed Partnership, we need your help!
A lot of you know that BIP’s annual National Colony Loss & Management Survey is live from April 1-30.
What a lot of you may NOT know is that despite the large amounts of Americans who are stuck at home, only a staggering 1/3rd of normal participating beekeepers have responded so far to the survey.
These are hard times to wrap our heads around and a lot of us are finding it harder to focus on things other than remembering to take a shower, making sure our teeth are brushed, and HOPEFULLY caring for our bees (one of my most welcomed distractions). While we are all still learning to navigate these new challenges, the BIP team is working hard to gather data on loss and management of honey bees from April 1, 2019 to April 1, 2020. In order to do that, we urgently need your help.
We’re writing to ask that all 2019 beekeepers visit beeinformed.org/take-survey and complete the 2019-2020 National Colony Loss & Management Survey!
BIP needs help raising awareness and encouraging participants to complete the survey! Please share this with your beekeeping clubs
* The attached image shows a list of remote online resources to help beekeepers during the time when social distancing is made necessary due to the coronavirus pandemic.
* Stay safe and use these classes to help keep your bees healthy.
* A posting from Pam Anderson of the Watauga Beekeeping Association...
* NUCS AND HIVES FOR SALE
- Sullivan Wilkes:
Sullivan Wilkes is taking deposits for 5 frame nuc in Jester E-Z nuc box. 3 frames of bees and brood, 1-2 frames of stores. 2020 queen (bred from our surviving stock). Will be ready to transfer immediately. Estimated pick up date TBT (most likely end of April) at Faith mountain farm and Millers Creek, NC. To reserve your nucs, a deposit can be purchased here https://faithmtnfarm.com/shop/bees/2020-5-frame-nuc/ Cost of the nuc is $175 with the balance due at pickup. If you have any questions you can contact Sullivan at email@example.com
Sullivan Wilkes. Faith Mountain farms (Beekeeper)
Hive Tracks (Support specialist).
- Hidden Happiness Bee Farm/H.S. Greene:
I am taking orders for nucs know they are $175.00. They will be available in early April.
Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org / 336-957-0275
- Larry Cox:
I will have a few five frame nucs available this spring. They will have an established laying marked VSH queen. Cost is $150; the same as last year. Availability depends somewhat on the weather, but sometime around the first part of May.
- Randy Baldwin:
Randy is offering two options:
If you have your own hive box, purchase just the bees (talk to him about details) for $150;
If you don’t already have woodenware, he will have a complete set-up available for $450. The set-up, with bees, will be a complete ‘deluxe’ hive, including super and frames, spacers, inner cover with feeder, mouse guard, and more. In addition, he will provide treatment for the first year and a ‘when-to-do-what’ calendar.
For more info: 336-977-9167
We look forward to a successful 2020 season!
We are having our first virtual ACBA meeting this Thursday, May 14th via Zoom. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm but the Zoom link will be opened at 6:45 to allow everyone to get connected. We will discuss two topics, splits and queen rearing. James Wilkes is hosting the call with his Zoom account...thank you James. Click here for the link to join this meeting. (Password: 554109)
I'm anxious for the group to get back together in a safe way and excited to learn how you're all doing and how your bees are getting along this spring.
Looking forward to seeing you on Thursday.
* There will be no May meeting for ACBA, Alleghany, Wilkes, or Watauga.
* Info regarding the June meeting will be passed along as soon as possible.
* Be sure to check out web sites and Facebook pages for the above groups. All are listed below (Watauga is in the process of getting a new web site)
* Hope everyone is staying healthy and staying put unless absolutely necessary. We can be thankful the bees can venture out!
Ashe - https://www.ashebeekeepers.org/ / Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ashecountybeekeepersassociation?fref=ts
Watauga - https://www.facebook.com/groups/173968829310745/
Alleghany - https://www.facebook.com/groups/227271690730610/
Wilkes - http://www.beekeepersofwilkes.org/ / Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/beeksofwilkes/