Posts Categorized: Around the Country

Spring Collecting In Northern California

https://beeinformed.org/2012/06/09/spring-collecting-in-northern-california/

Spring in Northern California has been good for collecting different native bee species along with other flower visiting insects. With summer approaching fast, native bees are thriving on yellow flowering plants such as Yellow Star Thistle (Centaurea solstitialis) and Great Valley Gumplant (Grindelia camporum). On these two species of flowers I collected 6 genera including…

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The “Itchy” Wilderness

Ok so it’s actually called the Ishi Wilderness but with Poison Oak being the dominate ground cover it might as well be called “Itchy” because if you get poison oak that’s exactly what you’ll be doing for days after leaving this wilderness area. The Ishi Wilderness is a 41,339 acre wilderness area located on the…

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Midwest Bee Team

https://beeinformed.org/2012/05/17/midwest-bee-team/

This past weekend, I made a solo trip halfway across the country back to my homeland of Minnesota where I will now be based. One of the goals of the Bee Team program is to expand and establish multiple Teams around the country. There have been requests to establish Teams in the Northeast and Southeast,…

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Queen Season

https://beeinformed.org/2012/03/29/queen-season/

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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Cherry Bloom & Festival

https://beeinformed.org/2012/03/06/cherry-bloom-festival/

  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

https://beeinformed.org/2012/03/05/sampling-season/

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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President’s Address to AIA 2011

Below is an address I recently gave to the AIA First off, I would like to thank the people who worked hard to arrange this meeting. You have all noticed that we are a bit decentralized out here, and I’m sure you can imagine the logistics to organize shuttles, security, catering, in addition to planning…

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Bees in bare almonds

https://beeinformed.org/2012/02/10/bees-in-bare-almonds/

Right now, beekeepers are pretty much done with moving bees across the country and into the almonds. The beekeepers we work with are doing the same thing – moving colonies from their different yard locations across Northern California into the almonds. Now, everyone is anxiously awaiting bloom. The Blue Diamond Almond company has a website…

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Testing for Hygienic Behavior

https://beeinformed.org/2012/01/31/testing-for-hygienic-behavior/

Last Thursday we started with our first two days of breeder sampling at Pendell-Apiaries in Stonyford, CA. Breeder sampling includes colony assessments, hygienic, Varroa, Nosema, and virus testing. Katie did a tremendous job in the field explaining and guiding the team through the tasks that needed to be completed during the two days we spent…

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