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April 1-30, 2020

Here's an urgent message from Bee Informed Partnership about the need for all beekeepers to take an important survey to assist in the oversight and management of bees everywhere:

Dear Beekeepers,

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 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

Take the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) Survey here:

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From WCBA President Doug Hart

From WCBA President Doug Hart

* 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.

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NUCs, NUCs and more NUCs!

March 24, 2020

* A posting from Pam Anderson of the Watauga Beekeeping Association...


- 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 Cost of the nuc is $175 with the balance due at pickup. If you have any questions you can contact Sullivan at

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: / 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.

Larry Cox


- 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

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May 14, 2020

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 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 ( with any questions.

We look forward to a successful 2020 season!


Ethan Walton

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Volunteer Opportunity

February 7, 2020

Toy Lambeth, Volunteer Services Coordinator, of the North Carolina Zoo sent the following request:

Subject: We Need More Beekeeper Volunteers

Good afternoon, Beekeeper Volunteers. I am looking forward to warmer days when the bees are buzzing and Volunteers are back at the Zoo. During the "off-season" I host monthly opportunities for new and prospective Volunteers to join our team.

I am reaching out to our active group of Beekeeper Volunteers asking you to share the attached with your local chapters to promote volunteer opportunities at the Zoo. You are our best source of advertisement and recruitment. I hope each of you will have an opportunity to share your experiences during one of your upcoming meetings, and encourage others to join us!

Interested? Click here: Calling all beekeeper at the Asheboro Zoo this year!!

Contact Toy Lambeth for more information.

Doug Galloway, NCSBA Mountain Region Director, also weighed in on Toy's message, as follows:

Hi All,

I have Volunteered at the NC Zoo Honey Bee Pavillion for the last 3 years. It is a tremendously rewarding experience, helping others appreciate the remarkable honey bee and becoming a better beekeeper. If you would pass this email from Toy Lambeth and the attachment along to your chapter members, I would appreciate it and know they would enjoy the experience

All the best and thank for your service to beekeepers.


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In Memoriam
In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Eastern Apicultural Society of North America Master Beekeeper, Bob Cole passed away on February 6, 2020

Bob had been in Watauga hospital since January 12th and had been diagnosed with a brain tumor for which there was no help. He slept most of the time with some spells when he was alert and awake.

Information regarding a memorial service for Bob is provided in this link from his wife, Susan.

Please include Bob, Susan (and the bees!), and those caring for him in your thoughts and prayers.

Open the below, downloadable file to read a biographic review of Bob's remarkable professional life...

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Bob Cole (pages 192.6 Kb)

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ACBA Member Recognition

* Our own Marna Napoleon received an award from the Ashe Chamber of Commerce for Outstanding Customer Service! Marna works in the children’s department at the Ashe County Public Library and has helped me on more than one occasion.

* Congratulations, Marna!

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