My husband, Doug got a call about a bee swarm last week. It's a little early for a swarm but we have had some really warm weather, so we know the bees are very active. When he went out to make sure it was bees and not wasps (again, to early for wasps too) it turns out that is was a wild hive that has been in a meter box for awhile from the amount of comb and honey. He smoked the bees and did a few things to get it ready to box up. The neighbors smelling smoke called the fire department (I would have done the same thing) before they came over to see what was going on. When the firemen arrived, Doug passed out some of the comb honey for everyone to try and explained what he was doing. He's not sure he got the queen but the plan is to add the bees to one of our smaller hive. Hopefully that neighborhood will remember this night and call the Guild if they spot a real swarm.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
1) Your annual $15.00 membership is now due.
2) Orders for packaged bees is now due. Cost is $65.00.
3)Old package bee containers will be collected in March to recycle for credit on your new bees.
4) Bees will arrive the beginning of April. Time and location will be announced as soon as we know.
5) We are currently looking for a new location for our meetings. Once we have a new location the meeting format will change to: introduction, main speaker then round table discussion on questions from the membership.
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7) The Guild is taking names of those who would like to be "bee" mentors to other guild members.
8) Swarm season is almost here -as early as late February.
Photos copyrighted by D. Broberg
Friday, January 2, 2009
For more information and a complete description about "Colony Collapse Disorder" (CCD)click on this link. "Finally a complete description of colony collapse disorder across time and location" by Bee Culture