Monthly Archives: March 2012

How to Install Package Bees

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Last Thursday our BRL Team came into work bright and early, expecting a routine day of National Honey Bee Survey and BIP work. Our normalcy lasted all of about 15 minutes when Bart Smith rushed in to announce that our package bees, scheduled to arrive the next week, had come the night before and all…

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Queen Season

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It is queen producing season! The first grafts happened late February and now thousands and thousands of nucs (mini colonies) are scattered across the Sacramento Valley. Normally, how it works is the beekeepers make up the tiny colonies with about a spam can of bees (that is the actual measurement in a few cases), put…

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Häagen-Dazs Loves Honey Bees

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With the emergence of CCD in late 2006 the pollinator once taken for granted and often overlooked became the center of attention. The media interest that this on-going crisis generated helped attract the concern of many popular companies from food products to cosmetic companies to clothing manufacturers.  Numerous businesses have made honey bees a priority,…

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Cherry Bloom & Festival

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  The date to be in Washington has been announced. For what, you ask? The National Cherry Blossom festival, of course! This year’s festival is no ordinary festival, not that the cherry bloom can be anything but ordinary with its stunning views of gorgeous blossoms as far as the eye can see. This year marks…

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Spring Sampling Season

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Our spring sampling season is almost finished (in Northern CA, spring starts in January – coming from the Midwest, I initially found that very confusing) . It has been a marathon to try and get all the bees sampled before the queen breeding season starts. We’ve been sampling colonies for Varroa, Nosema, viruses, and hygienic…

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