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VBA Library Has a New Book!

The library has a new book: Honeybee Democracy. This book is a scientific inquiry into the methods and hbdemmechanisms of swarm selection of a new hive.

From the Amazon site book description: "Honeybees make decisions collectively--and democratically. Every year, faced with the life-or-death problem of choosing and traveling to a new home, honeybees stake everything on a process that includes collective fact-finding, vigorous debate, and consensus building.

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How Not to Transport Bees

Dan Goosens provides this picture showing how not to transport bees. HowNotToTransportBees sm

"Unplanned acquisition of a frame of bees, brood, and a nice swarm cell from a friend's hive resulted in a short drive with bees in the lap.  Not recommended with aggressive bees."

VBA Members: Caught a swarm? It is that time of year and pictures or videos would be welcome. If you have an interesting(!) picture please pass it along to webmaster@vermontbeekeepers.org.


Bears In Shelburne

5/16/2012 - Bears In Shelburne 

Another Bear Sighting For Shelburne Point

bejccrn@aol.com BARBARA JEWETT NOYES


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

gockert@aol.com 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

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.