Monday, February 8, 2016


Attention VT Beekeepers: Herbicide Use Notification

If you own or occupy land within 1,000 feet of a utility right-of-way in the state of Vermont, you may request in writing that your utility company notify you prior to treatment of the line with herbicides.  To do so, you must fill out and return by February 15th the following form to your utility company:


Friday, February 5, 2016



News you can Use.....5 things Bennington Beekeepers should know about

Hello Beekeepers!  Below are some news items happening at home and abroad.

A.       ALDIS, Home Depot and Lowes are working to eliminate neonicitinoid pesticides from their products.     



B.       Europe is banning neonics  more comprehensively

C.      VT has a new honey bee inspector.
On the agenda at the annual Vermont Beekeepers Association meeting this week was an item about the lack of an apiary inspector since the recent retirement of the former state inspector Steve Parise.
Association president Michael Willard says before any discussion could take place, Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross told his group that current agency employee David Tremblay will take on the job.
Tremblay works in the pesticide enforcement program at the agency and Willard feels that background will be helpful in light of concerns over the impact of pesticides on bees, particularly a class of insecticides called neonicotinoids.
As with the previous inspector, the job is not full-time and Willard says his members will be watching to see if the new inspector has time to fulfill his responsibilities.
“We were just given the information that they’re going to do the best that they can and it’s going to be an ongoing process in understanding how much time commitment the new inspector will have. We’re hoping it will be equal to what we had before,” says Willard.
Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Diane Bothfeld says the apiary inspector will focus on areas deemed important by beekeepers.
In addition to monitoring diseased hives, “they wanted us to concentrate on bees in and out of state, they wanted us to concentrate on the sale of nuclei [start-up hives],” she said.
Bothfeld says the agency is using a fee collected from beekeepers to hire a seasonal inspector during the summer months, largely to help hobbyists.

D.         HopGuard II Approved For Use in Vermont

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture has received approval from the EPA for the sale and use of HopGuard II in Vermont. 

HopGuard II offers a relatively benign method of varroa control that can be used throughout the beekeeping season,
following the manufacturers recommendations and directions.
HopGuard II is being sold in the USA by Mann Lake.


E.          Southern VT Beekeepers next meeting March 15

7pm at the Manchester Community Library (138 Cemetery Street, Manchester, Vermont). 
Tuesday, March 15. Bee Friendly Plants

F. Biodynamic Beekeeper Gunther Hauk scheduled to speak
Gunther Hauk is a nationally known biodynamic beekeeper and keeps Spikenard Honeybee Sanctuary in Floyd VA. The Lamoille County Beekeepers Club is bringing him to VT to do a full day beekeeping seminar on Sat March 12th from 9-4:30. Cost is $50.00. Please email Michelle Rauch at mprauch179@gmail.com to register. He will also give a free lecture the night before.  This takes place in Stowe Vt.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Revised directions for entrance to the Crispe Room

Dear Beekeeping Enthusiast,

We have been asked by the Vermont Veterans Home to enter their building for our meeting on Thursday 1/14 at 7:00 pm through the building's front door due to several robberies in Bennington over the last few weeks.  This is different from the door we have used in the past, so we would ask you to do the following:
  • Drive into the complex of the Vermont Veterans Home from North Street in Bennington.
  • Turn right when you reach the stop sign and park your car in the first free space you find.
  • You can also continue through the stop sign and park to the left or right of the main entrance.
  • Enter the front door of the Vermont Veterans Home 
  • Turn right once inside and look for signs for the Crispe Room at the corridor corners. The route from the entrance will be right, left, right, left then down a long hall past the prayer room, each turn is marked by a sign. Once you climb a gradual ramp at the end of the hallway, bear right then down the stairs and the Crispe Room is on your left.
We thank you for attending to this request from the Vermont Veterans Home and look forward to seeing you at a future meeting!

All the best,

Julie Cassiday

Secretary, Bennington County Beekeepers Club
Short Course in Beekeeping begins January 28th

The annual Short Course in Beekeeping of the Bennington County Beekeepers Club begins in one week!  The course, which lasts five weeks, will cover the following topics:
  • Thursday 1/28:  Introduction to Beekeeping and the Honeybee’s World
  • Thursday 2/4:  The Bee Hive and its Accessories
  • Thursday 2/11:  Getting Started and Hive Management
  • Thursday 2/25:  Products of the Bee Hive
  • Thursday 3/3:  Honeybee Disorders, Parasites, and Nest Invaders
  • (snow date of Thursday 3/10)
A detailed description of the course, which will be taught by club members, is attached.  Classes will be held in the Crispe Room of the Vermont Veterans Home (325 North Street in Bennington), and begin at 7:00 pm each evening.  The course is free and open to anyone interested in honeybees and beekeeping.  

For more information or to express your interest in the course (if you haven't already done so!),  please email Jeanne Davis at jdavisbwheat@comcast.net.
Save the Date!

Beetles Bees & Butterflies

March 17, 2016

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Join the conversation! Learn about the complex challenges facing pollinators in Vermont and help identify strategies to protect these essential species.

Keynote speakers and panels of experts will examine the threats to pollinators and their critical role in preserving Vermont's working lands and wild places. 

Our featured noon speaker, Stan Meiberg, Acting Deputy Administrator of the EPA and co-chair of the White House Pollinator Health Task Force, will bring a national perspective to the day.

Hands-on round table discussions will offer in-depth opportunities to explore efforts to support pollinators and share individual experiences and ideas.

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Hosted by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and its Endangered Species Committee.

Co-sponsors include the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, Rubenstein School  of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont, the UVM-Extension Master Gardeners Program, the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, the Vermont Natural Resources Council, Audubon Vermont, The Nature Conservancy, the Vermont Beekeepers Association, Greenworks, NOFA - Vermont, Agency of Agriculture Food and Markets, the Xerces Society, the Vermont Woodlands Association, the National Wildlife Federation and Gardener's Supply.

Evening reception sponsored by the Gund Institute, the Vermont Natural Resources Council and Gardener's Supply.

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When
March 17, 2016
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, reception to follow
Where
ECHO Aquarium and Science Center
One College Street
Burlington, VT 05401


Fee
$35.00 (includes lunch and reception)
Registration & Information
For more information, visit our webpage
or contact
Charlee.Drury@vermont.gov or

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Bennington County Beekeepers Club's 2016 Beginning Beekeeper Course


The Bennington County Beekeepers Club will offer its annual free beginner course on January 28, February 4, 11, 25 and March 3, 2016. 
Classes will be at the Crispe Room of the VT Veterans Home in Bennington VT. 
The programs will run from 7:00 till 8:45 PM. 

Topics covered will include honeybee biology, choosing an appropriate site, equipment and gear, the beekeeper's year, products of the hive, pests and diseases. 

For more information or to sign up call Jeanne Davis 802-823-7955.
Revised directions for entrance to the Crispe Room

Dear Beekeeping Enthusiast,

We have been asked by the Vermont Veterans Home to enter their building for our meeting on Thursday 1/14 at 7:00 pm through the building's front door due to several robberies they have recently experienced.  This is different from the door we have used in the past, so we would ask you to do the following:
  • Drive into the complex of the Vermont Veterans Home from North Street in Bennington.
  • Turn right when you reach the stop sign and park your car in the first free space you find.
  • Enter the front door of the Vermont Veterans Home and look for signs to the Crispe Room.
  • Follow the signs to the Crispe Room until you find our regular meeting place.
We thank you for attending to this request from the Vermont Veterans Home and look forward to seeing you tomorrow evening!

All the best,

Julie Cassiday

Secretary, Bennington County Beekeepers Club