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2018 Begginner’s Classes Lectures

2018 Begginner’s Classes Lectures

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Cover crops nutritious forage for bees

Cover crops nutritious forage for bees

While the long, dry, and warm spell in the Central Valley of California this winter is worrisome for growers, it is providing a good start for almond pollination season. And, thanks to a program called Seeds for Bees, honey bees delivered for pollination services to […]

Wayne’s Winterizing presentation

Wayne’s Winterizing presentation

Apologies Somehow the internet “ate” this post. (I would blame it on my dog, but I don’t have one 🙁 )   This is the much requested post of Wayne’s Winterizing presentation   Fall_Winter Mgmt

Resources for Beginners

Resources for Beginners

Howard County Beekeepers Association’s website (you are here) has a wealth of resources for beginner beekeepers. Here are links to different posts in the website: The Syllabus for our 2018 Beginner’s Course is found here Syllabus We will post the lecture’s Power Point presentations as they […]

2018 Beginning Beekeeping Course Syllabus

2018 Beginning Beekeeping Course Syllabus

2018 HCBA Short Course The Howard County Beekeepers Association, Inc. 2018 Beginning Beekeeping Course Syllabus 2-14-2018   Text The Beekeeper’s Handbook (Fourth Edition) Diana Sammataro and Alphonse Avitabile Class 1 Introduction: Welcome to the HCBA Short Course Tuesday, February 20, 2018  7:00-9:30 pm 7:00 to […]

Samuel Ramsey’s video

Samuel Ramsey’s video

video link Doctoral candidate Samuel Ramsey has been named both the Judge’s First Place and People’s Choice award winners in the annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) contest, sponsored by Universitas 21 (U21), a global network of leading research universities. Ramsey, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Entomology, conducts research […]

The buzz on Indiana’s booming bee business

The buzz on Indiana’s booming bee business

Jeff Singletary and his partner, Richard Walton, started keeping honey bees over a decade ago. Today they have 80 hives and own RJ Honey, a business that sells honey as well as beekeeping supplies and equipment. “We just got carried away,” Singletary said. He said with […]

Spiral hives are the work of Australian stingless bees

Spiral hives are the work of Australian stingless bees

WATCH HOW AUSTRALIAN STINGLESS BEES MAKE THEIR HIVES February 2, 2018 – These spiral hives are the work of a type of Australian stingless bees. Tetragonula carbonaria is the only species to build upward, in a spiral pattern. Called “sugarbag bees,” the insects are highly social, with one […]

2018 Beginners Course

2018 Beginners Course

Thank you for your interest in our Beginning Beekeepers course.  Our 2018 session is full, and we are currently taking names for a waiting list.  Should space open, we will contact those on the list in the order they signed up.   To place your […]

HCBA January Meeting

HCBA January Meeting

Jim Fraser, EAS Master Beekeeper spoke to our membership at our general meeting that was held on January 9th.  He gave us tips and ideas for how to best prepare the girls for the winter months.  He also provided guidance for what to look for […]

Serafinas Bee Movies

Serafinas Bee Movies

Phil Serafinas is a long time member of Howard County Beekeepers Association.  He has a YouTube channel and a number of interesting videos.  Here is a sampling.  While you are in YouTube SUBSCRIBE to his channel so that you do not miss any of his […]

The Unlikely Survival of Bees in the Arctic

The Unlikely Survival of Bees in the Arctic

The Unlikely Survival of Bees in the Arctic THE QUEENS OF ARCTIC BEE colonies are wrapped in luxurious fur coats that nuzzle around their small, dark heads. As early in the year as the cold allows, they rouse from solitary hibernation—none of their subjects survive the […]

The proven health benefits of honey

The proven health benefits of honey

The proven health benefits of honey By Sandee LaMotte, CNN January 15, 2018 Beeswax has been found on pottery dating as far back as 7000 B.C., most likely used for waterproofing. The ancient Egyptians offered honey to the gods and then joined the Greeks, Romans and Chinese in […]

Maryland Apiary Registration

Maryland Apiary Registration

Maryland Beekeepers are REQUIRED by LAW to complete a free apiary registration for their hives each year as part of the state’s effort to support healthy and viable beekeeping for now and the future. It is also an opportunity to support our inspectors. All you have to […]

Capturing a Swarm

Capturing a Swarm

Entertaining and educational video illustrating a successful  swarm capture  

Pipping Queen

Pipping Queen

Piping describes a noise made by virgin and mated queen bees during certain times of the virgin queens’ development. Fully developed virgin queens communicate through vibratory signals: “quacking” from virgin queens in their queen cells and “tooting” from queens free in the colony, collectively known […]

TED Talk Urban Beekeeping

TED Talk Urban Beekeeping

Bees have been rapidly and mysteriously disappearing from rural areas, with grave implications for agriculture. But bees seem to flourish in urban environments — and cities need their help, too. Noah Wilson-Rich suggests that urban beekeeping might play a role in revitalizing both a city […]

Honeybee scientific breakthrough

Honeybee scientific breakthrough

In the midst of the national epidemic of honeybee colony loss, researchers at Jackson’s American Academy of Entomological Sciences are unveiling BeesVita Plus. The scientific breakthrough may help save billions of honeybees that are dying due to climate change, pesticides, pollution, and increasing attacks by […]

Honey bees could be KILLED OFF by a deadly ‘one-two punch

Honey bees could be KILLED OFF by a deadly ‘one-two punch

The honey bee could soon be killed off by a deadly ‘one-two punch’ unless humanity acts to save the species, new research reveals. The insects die off at a rapid rate when exposed to a potent combination of pesticides and dwindling food supplies. Honey bees […]