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Bears In Shelburne

Written by Ted Albers.

5/16/2012 - Bears In Shelburne 

Another Bear Sighting For Shelburne Point

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Bear was seen on Bay Rd. in the ROW by the railroad underpass this past Tuesday early evening.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. JENNY OCKERT


We have had a bear active on the ridge behind our house - tore up some bee hives (left them in pieces) and another one spotted near our pond. An animal control officer told us that there is about one bear per square mile here in the Southern County. Generally, keep your trash cans in until the morning the trash collector comes - and, the bird feeders should be down for the season. The bears are hungry right now since they have only recently come out of hibernation.

Jenny Ockert 
514 Shelburne-Hinesburg Road


EAS 2012 Auction Photo Winner

Written by Webmaster.

VBA member Paul Yanus wins our EAS 2012 Auction photo contest. Every year a tradition at EAS has been to auction off a photo, representative of the hosting state, signed by all conference presenters. Paul's entry shown below wins him a one-year extension of his VBA membership.



Winter Hive Loss

Written by Webmaster.

Mike Palmer addresses winter hive loss and our "early spring" in his Questions blog.

We'd like to hear your stories. Please take our Winter Hive Loss poll on the home page and let us know how the weather has been affecting you.


Pollination Specialist Requests Assistance

Written by Webmaster.

Taylor Ricketts is the new director of the Gund Institute at UVM and a specialist on pollination. He is requesting assistance  identifying sample pollinators in Vermont. He writes:

"I am new professor at UVM, studying, among other things, the importance of wild pollinators (both native bees and Apis) in supporting sustainable agriculture. I would like to begin similar research locally, on Vermont's food system, perhaps focusing on blueberry, squash, apple, or other bee-pollinated specialty crops.