VT Bee Blog

Welcome to the Vermont Bee Blog...

Thoughts about beekeeping and beekeepers in Vermont along with links to local and national stories of interest. While most articles are public, VBA members who login to the site will have access to additional articles and features.

VBA Members are invited to submit their thoughts, articles and images. Simply login to the site and click the Submit an Article button to join the conversation. livemarks


VBA Membership Status

VBA Members: You now have the option of checking the status of your membership account, updating your membership information and renewing your membership in the Vermont Beekeepers Association online.

It's easy. Simply login to the site as you normally would and look under the User Menu on the right sidebar of the site's front page. You'll see a few new options:

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Southern New England Beekeepers Assembly 2013 - Connecticut

The Connecticut Beekeepers Association and Wicwas Press are co-sponsoring the Southern New England Beekeepers Assembly 2013.

This year's conference is being held in Groton, CT on Saturday November 23th, 2013.

This will be an all day event (8:00am - 6:00 pm), which will include current research and practical information in lecture and panel discussion form.

Speakers include Phil Craft, Gary Reuter and Dr. Larry Connor

If you are interested to learn more about this upcoming event, please visit the SNEBA website. 

Marla Spivak: Why Bees Are Disappearing

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Honeybees have thrived for 50 million years, each colony 40 to 50,000 individuals coordinated in amazing harmony.  So why, seven years ago, did colonies start dying en masse?  Marla Spivak reveals four reasons which are interacting with tragic consequences. This is not simply a problem because bees pollinate a third of the world’s crops.  Could this incredible species be holding up a mirror for us?  Marla Spivak researches bees’ behavior and biology in an effort to preserve this threatened, but ecologically essential, insect.  To watch the video, click the link: Why Bees Are Disappearing  

 

Eastern Apicultural Society - 2013 Summer Conference

This year's EAS summer conference was held down in West Chester, Pennsylvania.  August 5-9, 2013eas31

There were over 760 attendees from around the country, with approximately 11 Vermont beekeepers who made the trip down to West Chester. 

Mike Palmer and Bill Mares were both presenters at this year's conference.  Mike was a featured speaker for several workshops, panel discussions and bee yard presentations.

While at the conference the Vermont beekeepers enjoyed wonderful and engaging presentations helping to educate us on many topics, ranging from, how to set up your honey house to disease identification in the lab, and dissecting honey bees using microscopes.  Attending this year's conference workshops was a wonderful experience and a great educational opportunity.  

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