Join the Beekeepers Guild of Southeast Virginia at the Norfolk Botanical Garden for a fun filled day on Saturday, August 15th from 10 AM to 4 PM. The annual Virginia Honey Bee Festival features honey and hive products for sale, activities, vendors and great information.
Learn how to keep bees and purchase plants to create a bee-friendly yard. Taste honey samples, look inside a working bee hive under glass and take a turn spinning honey from the honeycomb. Great activities for the entire family include beeswax candle rolling and the busy bee beanbag toss! Kids that come dressed as a bee can participate in the costume parade at 11:00 AM! Special activities also in the Children's Garden. Don't miss the food trucks or live music on the patio.
This year’s message, “Ban Ignorance, Not Honey Bees” is geared to helping the community understand the critical role of bees and to educate the public about beekeeping. Ignorance is defined as "A lack of knowledge or lack of information". There are many areas across the nation with prohibitive or outright bans on beekeeping. Public education and understanding are crucial in expanding and even maintaining the ability to keep bees.
Last Updated (Thursday, 30 July 2015 16:03)
Craney Island Mosquito Spraying
Aerial mosquito spraying is planned for Joint Base Langley-Eustis, the Coast Guard base, and nearby areas of Portsmouth between 6 PM and 8 PM Tuesday, August 4th through Thursday, August 6th.
A C-130 Hercules plane will fly 150 to 200 feet above the areas that are being sprayed. The organophosphate insecticide used is Trumpet® Concentrate containing the active ingredient naled. NALED IS HIGHLY TOXIC TO HONEY BEES. Beehives should be protected by beekeepers in the spray area.
If you live anywhere near the areas being sprayed, take precautions. The University of Florida states on their Mosquito Information Website, "Adulticides have been shown to drift three miles and in some extreme instances up to five miles (Dukes et al. 2004). One study in the Florida Keys found that aerial thermal fog drifted 750 meters (½ mile)".
In 2003, the US National Library of the Medicine National Institutes of Health published the results of a study on the impact of naled on honey bee survival and productivity.
There are a few actions beekeepers can take to protect their bees:
The press release states, "The product isn't considered harmful to humans or animals. People with allergies to insecticides should stay inside during the spraying". Citizens may want to educate themselves about naled and its effect on off-target species including humans. Click here to read more.
Still have questions? Call Portsmouth Mosquito hotline at 757-393-8666 for the latest information.
Last Updated (Monday, 03 August 2015 09:35)
Chesapeake Beekeeping Ordinance
Beekeepers in residential areas of the City of Chesapeake have reason to rejoice - the City Council approved a residential beekeeping ordinance (TA-Z-14-09) on June 16, 2015!
The following are provisions of the ordinance which takes effect July 16, 2015:
Last Updated (Friday, 26 August 2016 16:43)
BIP's New HiveCheck 2.0 Regional Survey
The Bee Informed Partnership invites you to check out our latest program for backyard beekeepers, BIP's HiveCheck Program.
Every two weeks we're sending hundreds of beekeepers across the country a short 10 question survey asking how they are managing their colonies to share management practices with each other.
At the end of each week we send a detailed report of all the responses to our participants including filters to see management trends by region and even by state for premium members!
If you like you can also sign up for our premium membership to Support Bee Informed's research and receive more detailed reports. We hope to see you sharing your management practices with us and the nation!
- The Bee Informed Team
National Colony Loss Management Survey
Beekeepers needed! Thank you for your interest in participating in the National Colony Loss Management Survey organized by the Bee Informed Partnership and sponsored by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
Please complete the online survey. It will be live on April 1st and close on April 30th. Please do not complete the survey more than once. Information about past Winter Loss and National Management Surveys and the annual reports can be found online here.
The Colony Loss Survey has evolved from our winter loss survey because last year we found that commercial beekeepers lost 25% of their colonies over the summer,and so we are now starting to monitor and report annual, in addition to winter losses. The National Management Survey is conducted annually in conjunction with the Colony Loss Survey. Designed to take about 30 minutes,the 2 surveys are aimed at looking for relationships between colony loses and colony management (including disease treatment strategies, supplemental feeding, etc.) and/or other factors that may influence colony health (such as colony location, honey production, and forage type). Your participation in this research is voluntary and your responses will be kept confidential. In any publication or presentation resulting from this research, no personally identifiable information will be disclosed.
Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp
Project Director, Bee Informed Partnership
University of Maryland
Project Manager, Bee Informed Partnership
University of Maryland
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Last Updated (Friday, 26 August 2016 16:50)
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