February meeting and January notes

Thanks to all who attended the January meeting! We heard a great talk from club member Jane-Marie Law on grass roots efforts in Oslo, Norway, to promote public awareness of pollinator loss. There’s a great opportunity for anyone visiting Oslo to hook up with the BYBI group for a little “sister city” beekeeping action!

In addition, the officers appreciate your vote of confidence, electing us for another year of FLBC administration. As Shelley stated at the meeting, it’s her last, final, ultimate, and did we mention last? year as president of the club. If you’re interested in taking the reins of FLBC, or wonder what it takes to be club president, drop Shelley a line at President@FLBeeclub.com. It’s a rewarding position, full of opportunity and satisfaction.

Emma MullenThis month’s meeting, on February 21, at the Extension Building, we have the great pleasure of hearing Emma Mullen, Honey Bee Extension Associate in the Department of Entomology at Cornell speak with us. Emma will talk about the need for bee extension today, the new master beekeeping program, upcoming events and workshops at Dyce lab, and more.

Finally, a word on two upcoming FLBC meetings and workshops. We will have two queen rearing workshops this spring, limited to 8 participants each. (See the info below for details.)

In addition, our April meeting will be a deadout workshop, held at the Dyce labs. Come analyze why your hives did not overwinter with Bee Wellness-trained instructors. IMPORTANT: if you want to participate (you can also come and observe), then note the following steps to follow so that you can get a good diagnostic!

Diagnosis of your deadout(s) will be more rewarding and more accurate if you follow a standardized approach.  You should not just tear the hives apart, instead, as you begin to go through your deadouts in preparation for the Deadout clinic, it’s important that you photograph your hives in a sequential way that allows us to evaluate all possible clues.

Make sure that you take your pictures in the *exact sequence listed below*, and BEFORE brushing off any dead bees.  Also, do not wait until the hive starts to get moldy!  Begin photographing and disassembling your hive as soon as convenient after you notice that they have died.  This is especially imperative in a warm winter like this one:

PHOTOGRAPH in the following order:

1. front of each dead hive including both entrances (this might require two photos).?
2. top of inner cover after you lift off the outer cover and before you do anything else.?
3. top bars on top hive body immediately under the inner cover.?
4. top bars on lower hive body.?
5. bottom board after lifting off the overlying box, and before moving or sweeping it.?
6. representative frame from last location of the cluster.  Make a note as to where within the hive your bees were clustered when they died.  Make a note as to whether brood was present, and note that location as well. Photograph any brood you find.

SEND YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS to Christina Wahl BEFORE the clinic, so that they may be uploaded for our workshop.  Use this email address:  CWL5@cornell.edu

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