Monday, November 21, 2016

Southern Vermont Beekeepers to present guest speaker Andrew Munkres at their Dec. 6th meeting


Just a reminder that we have Andrew Munkres from Lemon Fair Honeyworks in Cornwall, VT is our guest speaker on December 6th.
Please note that the time has been changed to 7:30 PM to avoid overlap with another group at the Manchester Community Library.

We are supporting this presentation from our treasury so we hope that many of you will be able to participate and bring a guest.

This is the announcement that is appearing in some of the local newspapers: 

Andrew Munkres of the Lemon Fair Honeyworks will be the guest speaker at the Manchester Community Library on December 6th at 7:30PM.

His discussion topic is “Sustainable Beekeeping”. It has been said of Andrew that beekeeping is more than just a job it is a source of “endless intellectual stimulation”. This is the passion that Andrew brings to beekeeping and his respect for nature.
From an interview Molly Triffen wrote, "The most fascinating thing about bees, in Andrew‟s mind, is the wisdom of the hive. “You can‟t think about individual bees as an organism; the whole colony acts together,” he explains. “As a group, they have the knowledge to know when to forage, where the best forages are, when to replace the queen, when it‟s time to swarm, when they shouldn't. It‟s a very democratic process—kind of like a Vermont town meeting.”


The presentation is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Southern Vermont Beekeepers Association.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Bennington County Beekeepers Club
October Meeting
Thursday 10/13/2016

Our October meeting will feature David Tremblay, Vermont’s new state bee inspector.  We will begin with a pot-luck dinner, followed by a brief business meeting, and will end with questions and answers after David’s presentation.  You are welcome to join us for any or all parts of the meeting that interest you.  

7:00 pm           Pot-Luck Dinner:  Please bring a dish to share.

7:35 pm           Business Meeting

8:00 pm           Presentation by David Tremblay, Vermont State Apiculturist and Bee Inspector

Location:        The Crispe Room in the Vermont Veterans Home, 325 North Street, Bennington VT 05201


For more information, please contact Julie Cassiday at jcassida@williams.edu or 802-447-1194.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

September Meeting
Thursday 9/8/2016

Our September meeting will feature Sarah Costin of A Bee Organic (http://www.abeeorganic.com/), who will speak about bee practices in Serbia and London’s Kew Gardens.  We will begin with a pot-luck dinner, followed by a brief business meeting, and will end with questions and answers after Sarah’s presentation.  You are welcome to join us for any or all parts of the meeting that interest you. 

7:00 pm              Pot-Luck Dinner:  Please bring a dish to share.
7:35 pm              Business Meeting
8:00 pm              PresentationIntroducing People to Bees and How This Affects Bee Health with Sarah Costin

Location:           The Crispe Room in the Vermont Veterans Home, 325 North Street, Bennington VT 05201


For more information, please contact Julie Cassiday at jcassida@williams.edu or 802-447-1194.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Foulbrood Alert!

Dear Members of the Bennington Beekeepers Club,

We would like to inform you that American Foulbrood has been found on Harwood Hill in Bennington/Shaftsbury.  All beekeepers in Bennington County should consider asking the state for an inspection of their hives before the end of the current season.  

American Foulbrood is a condition that is fatal to bees and can spread.  First hives weaken; then they are raided by other bees who carry the disease back to their homes so that it spreads.  There was a case of American Foulbrood in Old Bennington this past spring, and we have no way of knowing whether this current case traveled from Old Bennington and developed this summer on Harwood Hill or not.  As a result, we recommend that everyone in Bennington County have their hives inspected for their own safety.

To contact the Vermont State Apiculturist and arrange for an inspection, use the following information:

State of Vermont Apiary Inspection Program:  http://agriculture.vermont.gov/food_safety_consumer_protection/apiary
Vermont State Apiculturist:  David Tremblay at david.tremblay@vermont.gov or 802-793-2517

We hope your bees are not affected by this recent outbreak.

Sincerely,


The Bennington County Beekeepers Club

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Berkshire County Beekeepers to present Mite Assessment Demonstration August 13th.

Chris Cripps will be making the presentation at Sheep Hill on 8/13 at 1 pm to demonstrate how he does a mite assessment. He'll do short presentation and then move to the apiary where he'll demonstrate a sugar shake. He will also talk about organic, chemical and IPM methods to deal with mites. Sheep Hill has limited space because of parking and other activities taking place, so if anyone  from the Group is interested, contact the BCB at 
register-beesacrossmassachusetts@gmail.com. 
Sheep Hill is located at  671 Cold Spring Rd. in Williamstown,

Free Conserving Bumble Bees Workshop at Harvard University


Boston, MA  
Saturday, August 27, 2016
9:00 am - 4:00 
You have heard about the status of the European honey bee, and maybe even learned the fate of some of our 3,600 native bees. The truth is that bees are in trouble and in need of our attention. The good news is that there is much that you can do to help. Come join in this unique opportunity to learn from the Xerces Society about the status of our native bumble bees, the threats that they face, and what you can do to help. Included will be information on basic life-history and ecology, as well as learning which species are most imperiled throughout the eastern U.S. You will also learn about the threats they face, and what can be done in your yards to help protect them. A focus of the workshop will be training participants how to identify the bumble bees in their backyard, and throughout New England.
This day-long workshop will include classroom sessions in the morning, and a field visit to nearby habitat at the arboretum where we will practice bumble bee identification and survey techniques in more detail, while we sample the local area for foraging bumble bees. Participants will also be instructed in how to participate in a collaborative citizen science project called Bumble Bee Watch.
This workshop is free and open to the public. Lunch will not be provided, so please bring a sack lunch. A recommended book for this workshop is Bumble Bees of North America by Williams, Thorp, Richardson, and Colla.
Instructor- Rich Hatfield, Senior Conservation Biologist, The Xerces Society
Rich has a Master’s degree in Conservation Biology from San Francisco State University. His degree focused on the habitat requirements of bumble bees in the Sierra Nevada. He has authored several publications on bumble bees, including a recently published set of management guidelines entitled Conserving Bumble BeesHe is the Red List Authority for the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) Bumble Bee Specialist Group, and recently facilitated an assessment of all of the bumble bees of the New World. He has investigated native bee pollination in agricultural systems in the Central Valley of California, and studied endangered butterflies in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado and throughout the Pacific Northwest. In addition to his work as a research biologist, he has extensive classroom teaching experience with a focus on conservation biology, ecology and sustainability.
registration is available at this link:  
http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ecog1adt8376e7ba&llr=tnjebhdab  

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Bennington County Beekeepers Club
August Meeting
Thursday August 11, 2016

Our August meeting will take place at the home and apiary of Club treasurer David Sicko, where we will begin with a hands-on hive examination and end with a pot-luck picnic.  You are welcome to join us for any or all parts of the meeting that interest you.  

5:30-6:30 pm:  Hands-on Hive Examination.  Hive safety and assessment at the end of the harvest season.  Please be sure to bring safety gear (veil and gloves) if you plan to participate.

6:30 pm:         Business Meeting

7:00 pm:         Pot-Luck Picnic.  Please bring a dish to share.

7:30 pm:         Beekeeping Q & A.  Follow-up discussion and fall readiness.

Location:        17917 NY Route 22
            Berlin NY 12022
            518-658-2588

(David’s house is just south of the village of Berlin and the Sedgwick Inn.  His driveway is directly opposite Lanphier Lane, and there is a green with white letters 911 sign on a big maple tree next to his driveway.)


For more information, please contact Julie Cassiday at jcassida@williams.edu or 802-447-1194.