PWRBA with special guest Dr. Meghan Milbrath- Tue. Oct. 18th at 7 pm

Join PWRBA for this special event with Dr. Meghan Milbrath talking about colony loss over winter and managing mites.  We have rented the gymnasium so there is plenty of room for guests.  She recently has written a series of articles on why bees die over winter in the American Bee Journal as well as a near viral  post on Why Did My Bees Die?

See more about Dr. Meghan Milbrath  here:
Northern Bee Network
http://northernbeenetwork.org/directory/listing/meghan-milbrath
Sand Hill Bees
http://northernbeenetwork.org/directory/listing/meghan-milbrath
and
http://bees.msu.edu/milbrath/

TUESDAY OCTOBER 18th.  7 pm Manassas Church of the Brethren

Comments needed on Virginia’s DRAFT Plan to Mitigate Pesticide Risk to Managed Pollinators

Comments needed on Virginia’s DRAFT Plan to Mitigate Pesticide Risk to Managed Pollinators.

In June of 2014, federal departments and agencies were tasked with taking new steps to reverse pollinator losses and help restore pollinator populations. To accomplish this effort, the Pollinator Health Task Force was created. Co-chaired by the Secretary of Agriculture and the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the task force included representatives from a wide variety of departments and agencies.

As part of this effort, the EPA engaged the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) in the development of a Virginia pollinator protection plan as a means of mitigating the risk of pesticides to honey bees and other managed pollinators.

Click here to read the DRAFT Plan to Mitigate Pesticide Risk to Managed Pollinators (Plan), one component of the Virginia Pollinator Protection Strategy (Strategy). The Strategy, which was enacted by the 2016 General Assembly, directs VDACS to develop and maintain a pollinator protection strategy to promote the health of and mitigate the risks to pollinator species and ensure a robust apiary industry. The Strategy shall include a protection plan for managed pollinators that provides voluntary best management practices and supports efforts to reduce risks from pesticides, increase habitat, and take other steps to protect pollinators.

An advisory committee composed of 20 stakeholders is providing input on critical issues of the plan. Beekeepers are represented by Mike Church, Pam Fisher and Mike Sandridge. Please feel free to contact the beekeeping members of the advisory committee with your suggestions.

See details, information and discussion here:

http://www.virginiabeekeepers.org/articles-list/107-virginia%E2%80%99s-draft-plan-to-mitigate-pesticide-risk-to-managed-pollinators

Volunteers needed for Farm Tour and Farm Field Days

Volunteers needed for two wonderful events.

The Western Prince William Farm Tour– Held Saturday September 24th from 10-4 and Sunday September 25th from 12-4 at Yankey Farms in Nokesville off of Vint Hill Road.

Farm Field Days for Elementary School Children help October 12th and 13th from 9am- 1 pm at the Prince William Fairgrounds, 10624 Dumfries Road, Manassas (Includes lunch)

Farm Field Days, is Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District’s (PWSWCD) signature education event. Hosted each fall for more than a quarter of a century, Farm Field Days connects students to their agricultural heritage and begins planting the seeds of stewardship.  We host 1,600 students for this annual field trip at no cost to the schools, representing 14+/- schools from Prince William County and the City of Manassas. The two-day event involves the coordination of more than 100 volunteers and 50 Ecology Club student volunteers from Stonewall Jackson High School.

PLEASE Help us spread the word about honeybees to the public.

Contact Bruce E. Louchen to sign up for a slot at 703-624-6868 or email  belouchen@qg.com

PWRBA Bee Club Meeting Tuesday September 13th at 7 pm

Join Prince William Regional Beekeepers Association for the next club meeting Tuesday, September 13th at 7 pm at the Manassas Church of the Brethren.  Regular business as well as guest presentation featuring John Klepperich of Sweet Sophia on hive products such as soap, lip balm, lotions and potions.  We will also hear exciting news about our very own Taylor’s High School Beekeeping club.

Congratulations to the 2016 PW Fair Honey Show Ribbon Winners

Thanks to everyone who entered the honey show, which included new classes in candles and display frame this year.  A special congratulations to our ribbon winners.

830- Bees Wax Block
2nd– George Wilson
831- Chunk Honey
1st– George Wilson
832- Comb Honey
1st– George Wilson
833- Strained Medium Honey
1st– Dave Wright- Best of Show 
2nd– Chris Mayes
3rd– George Wilson
835- Strained Light Honey
1st– Kevin Barrons
2nd– Rita Romano
836- Display Frame of Honey Suitable for Extracting
1st– Chris Mayes
2nd– George Wilson
837- Bees Wax Dipped Candles
1st– George Wilson

 

Free Varroa Management Guides

A new downloadable varroa guide is available from Veto Pharma.  The percentage of infestation to treatment seems a bit on the low side (others suggest treat at a 1-3% infestation)  but still a very helpful reference and explanation

http://www.veto-pharma.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Guide-Varroa-USA-2016.pdf

Another great tool for varroa management put out by the Honey Bee Health Coalition can be downloaded here:

http://honeybeehealthcoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/HBHC-Guide_Varroa-Interactive-PDF.pdf

Prince William Fair Time- Volunteers Needed

PWRBA Members please check your email for news on FIELD DAYS (two scheduled for August) and volunteering at the PW Fair.

PWRBA will have our full display at the PW Fair, including an observation hive from  Friday, Aug 12th through Saturday, August 20th.

TIMES:  Monday-Friday EVENINGS (start at 5 pm)

ALL DAY (12 noon start) and EVENING on the WEEKENDS- Saturday, the 13th, Sunday, the 14th and Saturday the 20th until closing, (for our booth about 8 PM).

Contact Gary Harris to volunteer for staffing the PWRBA booth or helping with the observation hive.

Show Me the Honey and Hive Products! New Classes added to PW Fair Honey Show

Show me the honey……… or the beeswax, and now Display Frames and two types of candles (molded and dipped tables) are added the the Honey Show for the Prince William Fair based on our recommendations!
See:  http://pwcfair.com/DOCUMENTS/ADULT-HOME-ARTS-AND-SPECIAL-CONTESTS.pdf
We encourage everyone to try an enter the Honey Show. PWRBA awards cash prizes ($50; $25, and $15) to the first through third place winners in strained (extracted) honey.  Entries are due on Thursday, August 11th  from  2pm until 9 pm.

PWRBA will have a free glass queen line jar available to anyone who wants to enter the strained class.  We will also gladly bring your entries to the fair and enter them for you if you can not get there on that day. Contact Karla or George at 703-314-8530 or 2404

Prince William Fair Honey Show Classes. Section D: Honey

830 Beeswax, 1 lb., chunk

833 Strained, medium, 1 lb., glass jar *

834 Strained, dark, 1 lb., glass jar *

835 Strained, light, 1 lb., glass jar *
831 Chunk, 1 lb., glass jar
832 Comb, 1 lb. package
836 Frame of Capped Honey, suitable for extracting
837 Pure Beeswax Candles, Dipped Tapers, 1 pair
838 Pure Beeswax Candles, 1 Single, Poured/Molded,  Rolled, or Ornamental

It’s not too late to register for the Eastern Apicultural Society (EAS) and Honey Show- July 25-29

It’s not too late to register for the Eastern Apicultural Society (EAS) short course and/or conference. July 25-29th will be a week of amazing beekeeping education, Master Beekeeper Certification, and fun social events with other Beekeepers. Lovingly called BEE CAMP by many, it is an amazing opportunity to surround yourselves with all things bee and meet some great folks, research scientists, and other amazing individuals working in the greater beekeeping community all in a very relaxed setting.  EAS has over 74 Speakers on a wide range of topics from Queen Rearing, Microscopy, Urban Beekeeping, Hive Management, and so much more. See the Full EAS Conference Details Here:  http://easternapiculture.org/conferences/eas-2016.html

There is also a great HONEY SHOW – this year the EAS Honey Show Chair is one of PWRBA’s very own members! Take a look at this promotional letter and get inspired: EAS Honey Show promo letter 2016

 

 

Teaching children about bees and pollination

Bees Louise!  Well not our PWRBA Louise, although she does spend her time educating children, but another woman, Louise L. Lynch has a wonderful series of detailed lesson plans to use with children complete with teacher packets and activities for youth.

See them here:  http://www.beeslouise.org/p/lesson-plans-activities-exhibits.html