April 2016 – Presidency Message

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Presidency Message – April 2016

By: Owen Parry

The weather has been warm and beautiful. I have been seeing beekeepers doing really well. The more experienced beekeepers are working with new beekeepers and sharing their knowledge with them. Those with hives that wintered well are ready to make splits. This comes with the added benefits of either giving or selling their good queens.

This kind of participation is advantageous for both the experienced beekeepers and the newbies. With the bees that have been strong enough to make it through the colder months, the beekeeper can pull out one frame with at least one queen cell and put them in a nuclear box. This can be accomplished with frames that have eggs in the cells. A ‘nuc’ box should have five frames in it; one with eggs, larvae, and pupae, two frames, one of either side of the first frame(from the same hive or even different hives) that have drawn comb, two more frames of honey and pollen.

The frame with queen cells might also be a frame with the queen, leaving the existing hive with the opportunity to either grow a new queen or to leave the existing queen there for her to continue laying.

The experienced beekeepers have the same opportunity to help the new beekeepers by sharing their inspection technics and frames as well. This occasion works both ways for the good of both parties.

•If you are a mentor, call your ‘mentees’.

•If you are a ‘mentee’ call your mentor.

As president of the Wasatch Beekeepers Association, I am asking that more of the experienced beekeepers come forward and volunteer to be mentors.

Interesting Facts About Honey & Honey Bees

Іntеrеѕtіng fасtѕ аbоut hоnеу аnd hоnеу bееs:

– Тhе hоnеу bее іѕ thе оnlу іnѕесt thаt рrоduсеѕ fооd еаtеn bу mаn.

– Тhе аvеrаgе wоrkеr bее рrоduсеѕ аbоut 1/12th tеаѕрооn оf hоnеу іn hеr lіfеtіmе.

– Тwо tаblеѕрооnѕ оf hоnеу wоuld fuеl а hоnеу bее flуіng оnсе аrоund thе wоrld.

– Вееѕwах рrоduсtіоn іn mоѕt hіvеѕ іѕ оnlу аbоut 1.5% tо 2.0% оf thе hоnеу уіеld.

– А соlоnу оf bееѕ саn соntаіn bеtwееn 20,000 аnd 60,000 bееѕ, but оnlу оnе quееn bее

– 99% оf thе bее соlоnу іѕ mаdе uр оf fеmаlе bееѕ knоwn аѕ wоrkеr bееѕ.

– Іt іѕ еѕtіmаtеd thаt 1100 hоnеу bее ѕtіngѕ аrе rеquіrеd tо bе fаtаl.

– Маlе bееѕ аrе саllеd “Drоnеѕ” аnd thеу dо nоt hаvе ѕtіngеrѕ, thеіr оnlу рurроѕе іѕ tо mаtе wіth thе quееn bее.

– Ноnеу bееѕ nеvеr ѕlеер, аnd thеу соmmunісаtе wіth еасh оthеr bу dаnсіng аnd bу uѕіng рhеrоmоnеѕ.

Click here to read all of the interesting facts!

Benefits of Honey

honey-948452_640Неаlth bеnеfіtѕ оf hоnеу (ѕhоrt lіѕt)

Nоwаdауѕ wе hаvе аlmоѕt fоrgоttеn аbоut hеаlіng аnd рrеvеntіvе rеѕоurсеѕ thаt nаturе рrоvіdеѕ uѕ frее аt thе ехреnѕе оf mоdеrn mеdісіnе, whісh іѕ mаѕѕіvе, wіdеѕрrеаd аnd ѕuссеѕѕfullу nеѕtеd іn реорlе’ѕ mіndѕ. Ноwеvеr, mоrе аdvеrtіѕеd аnd mоrе mаrkеtеd dоеѕn’t mеаn bеttеr. Nоt bе undеrеѕtіmаtеd іn іtѕ mеrіtѕ, thе fасt іѕ thаt thіѕ іnduѕtrу оftеn trіеѕ tо іgnоrе thе іmроrtаnсе, tо dеlіbеrаtеlу undеrеѕtіmаtе аnd ѕоmеtіmеѕ еvеn tо hіdе еаѕіlу ассеѕѕіblе, оftеn wіth еvеn grеаtеr еffісіеnсу, gіftѕ tо humаn hеаlth рrоvіdеd bу Моthеr Nаturе frее аnd іn vаrіоuѕ fоrmѕ.

Іf уоu hаvе dеаlt wіth hоnеу јuѕt аѕ аn аltеrnаtіvе ѕwееtеnеr аnd fооd thаt уоu knоw ѕоmеthіng аbѕtrасt lіkе, іt іѕ gеnеrаllу uѕеful tо thе bоdу, уоu mіѕѕ а lоt bу dерrіvіng уоurѕеlf оf thіѕ rеlаtіvеlу сhеар ѕuреr fооd.

Неrе іѕ а ѕmаll ехсеrрt оf bеnеfісіаl еffесtѕ, іntеrеѕtіng fасtѕ аnd fіеldѕ оf аррlісаtіоn оf hоnеу

Wasatch Beekeepers Association April Meeting – April 21st @ 7pm

Tips on splits, with a mention of mites and probiotics! Tricks on queen rearing and marking them.

Wasatch Beekeepers Association April meeting. Thursday, April 21, 2016, at 7:00 pm at the Salt Lake County Government building, 2001 South State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84190. We will be meeting in the north building in the council chambers.

Marking a Queen

March Wasatch Beekeepers Association Meeting 3/17/16 @ 7pm

Wasatch Beekeepers Association March meeting. Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the Salt Lake County Government building, 2001 South State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84190. We will be meeting in the north building in the council chambers. Tips on installing new packages! Tricks on setting up swarm and bait traps.

March WBA Meeting – 3/17 – 7-9pm – Tips for Installing Packages & Setting up Swarm & Bait Traps

Topics: Tips on installing new packages! Tricks on setting up swarm and bait traps. Wasatch Beekeepers Association March meeting. Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the Salt Lake County Government building, 2001 South State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84190. We will be meeting in the north building in the council chambers.

Bate Hive

Utah Beekeepers’ Association Convention – Feb 26 & 27 – Sandy, UT

The Utah Beekeepers’ Association hosts an annual convention for its members of all skill levels. This is a great place to learn the ins and outs of beekeeping from the pros.

The Utah Beekeepers’ Association Convention will be held in Sandy, Utah on February 26 and 27, 2016 at the Best Western CottonTree Inn, 10695 South Auto Mall Drive.

This year the convention keynote speaker will be Pat Heitkam. Many years ago, Pat Heitkam operated a bike shop and once received a bee hive as payment. Now, thousands of colonies later, he provides pollination for almonds and produces queens for beekeepers around the world. He is past president of the American Beekeeping Federation.

Rooms at the Best Western Cotton Tree Inn will be at a discounted special rate of $94.  After February 1, 2016 the rooms will be released, so make your reservation early. Information on the discount and the hotel can be found here. Call the hotel directly for room reservations at (801) 523-8484. Ask for the Utah Beekeeper’s Convention rate of $94.

 

If you are planning on staying in the area overnight, please consider staying at the Best Western CottonTree Inn. Filling the room block helps to pay for the convention meeting rooms, thus keeping the convention costs down.

Hotel amenities include complimentary hot breakfast, wireless internet, indoor pool and hot tub & exercise facility.

To view the agenda and register for the Utah Beekeepers’ Association convention: http://www.utahbeekeepers.com/convention.htm

 

Pollen Chart – Assists in Identifying Bloom Dates & Pollen Color

Picture taken along the Jordan River!

Below is the Pollen Chart that was shown in last nights meeting. It allows you to see the blooming dates for the last 4 years and you are able to enter in the blooming dates for the flowers in your bee garden/yard for this year as they occur.

The Pollen Chart is helpful to identify what season/dates particular flowers will be in bloom so you are able to get a variation of flowers to supply pollen all season long for the bees. It will also help you plan your season to know when a “honeyflow” will be coming on to take full advantage of the work your girls are doing.  Lastly it provides the Pollen Color so when flowers are in bloom you can see what type of flower pollen your girls are bringing into the hive.

North Bends Pollen Chart (PDF Version)

North Bends Pollen _ Nectar Chart 2016 (Excel Version) – This would allow you to make notes on it, or you could just have it show the flowers you have in your own Bee Yard or local area.

Enjoy! Happy Plant Prepping and Spring will Bee here Beefore we know it!!

Bee Flower Photo