Posts Categorized: Around the Country

California Bee Breeders Conference

https://beeinformed.org/2011/10/23/california-bee-breeders-conference/

Last week was the California Bee Breeder’s Association meeting. Mike, Rob and I attended and Dennis flew in from the East to go. I always enjoy the meetings in a large part because we get to watch all these independent personalities interact. We work with each beekeeper individually and get to know them, but only…

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The Promised Land

https://beeinformed.org/2011/10/05/the-promised-land/

This past week has been incredibly busy. We just started our major sampling for beekeepers – collecting about 100 samples in alcohol for Nosema and Varroa and recording information for each of the 100 sampled colonies like frames of bees, queen status, colony weight, temperament, bee color, and any diseases. The goal is to help…

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Pesticide Kill

https://beeinformed.org/2011/09/27/pesticide-kill/

Northern California is a beautiful place. I am located in the Sacramento Valley between the Sierra Nevada and Northern Coastal mountain ranges. The good soils partnered with a Mediterranean climate makes the Central Valley (the northern Sacramento Valley and the southern San Joaquin Valley) one of the most agriculturally productive regions in the world. The…

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Long, Hot Summer

https://beeinformed.org/2011/08/25/long-hot-summer/

The heat wave that has blanketed most of the country this summer has everyone talking or rather complaining. While we worried about the toll it would take on our gardens, elderly, animals and our poor air conditioners I wondered what it would do to our bees? I am pretty sure there are no air conditioned…

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Nectar Flow

https://beeinformed.org/2011/08/18/nectar-flow/

It’s August in Northern California and the nectar flow from the Yellow Starthistle is on… In fact, some beekeepers have already begun extracting honey. For those beekeepers trying to make pure Starthistle honey it’s important to have their bees in locations where there are few other nectar producing plants. Starthistle nectar and honey have a…

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Field Work=Lab Work

The images in the gallery above can be thought of as four separate but related stories.  The first four slides are representative of what a day in the field means for our sampling team.  These pictures were taken two weeks ago in Siskiyou County, CA at apiary locations belonging to Queen Breeder Pat Stayer.  We…

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Bee Squad

https://beeinformed.org/2011/08/09/bee-squad/

When starting out, some hobby beekeepers feel overwhelmed with trying to understand what is going on in the hive and how they can best help their bees. I was really lucky when I learned how to keep bees, because I spent 40 hours per week with people who had spent years researching and keeping bees,…

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Rice Country

https://beeinformed.org/2011/07/18/rice-country/

A couple of weeks ago, Randall “Cass” Mutters took Rob, Mike, and me on a tour of the rice industry in Northern California. Cass is the rice farm advisor at UC Cooperative Extension, Butte County with an office just down the hallway of my own. According to www.calrice.org, 95% of the state’s rice is grown north…

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Bees Only, All Other Insects KEEP OUT!

https://beeinformed.org/2011/07/07/bees-only-all-other-insects-keep-out/

I have never been an insect lover. I like lady bugs, butterflies and lightning bugs and I can handle bees and am beginning to grow quite fond of them, but my insect appreciation pretty much stops there. I do not do spiders, beetles, crickets, roaches…so when I had a little encounter the other day, it…

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Moving West and Settling In

This panorama of Badlands National Park was taken about 2000 miles into our trip from Allentown, Pennsylvania to Chico, California. Rob Snyder and I were moving to Chico to join Katie Lee for a chance to work with some of the best beekeepers/breeders and scientists in the country. We left Pennsylvania Monday June 13, 2011…

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