January 10 2017- Pot Luck Dinner Meeting with Theme Tables for Discussion and Socializing

Start the new year right with PWRBA’s January meeting on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017. Join the fun with a POT LUCK DINNER with “theme” tables including:

Nucs and splits (Karla)
Woodenware (Dave)
Winter tasks (John)
Beginning beekeeping (Sandra and Tucker)
Pests and diseases (Diana)
Honey and hive products (George)
Future program planning (Tracy and Louise)

Membership dues are due now too- CLICK HERE for 2017 Membership Form, we will be looking for mentors, and all sorts of other good things.

Virginia State Beekeepers Meeting Sat. Nov. 5th

Join us at the Virginia State Beekeepers Association (VSBA) Fall Meeting.  Saturday November 5th in Weyer’s Cave, VA at Blue Ridge Community College an easy drive down 81 near Harrisonburg.   Featuring talks by Dr. Kirsten and Michael Traynor, Dr. Wyatt Mangum, and DC’s own Toni Burnham.  Vendors include Dadant, Geezer Ridge, and more.  Early registration is until October 10, 2016. For more information see:  http://www.virginiabeekeepers.org/

Consider taking the Apprentice Level Virginia Master Beekeeper certification test.  See here for more info:  http://www.virginiabeekeepers.org/master-beekeeper

VSBA Speakers include:

Dr. Kirsten Traynor, researcher and author, along with her husband Michael Traynor, a fine arts photographer, will present Over the Atlantic: Intensive Hive Management detailing European sideliner beekeeping operations that are not only profitable but experience only a 4% loss annually. Their second presentation, Pesticides and Pollinators will cover the effects of pesticides beyond neonics and explain how the Zika scare may impact our colonies’ health.

Toni Burnham, urban beekeeper in Washington, DC, will present Urban/Suburban Beekeeping – the Human Side providing tips for keeping bees and deveolping a responsible beekeeping ordinance in an urban/suburban environment.

Dr. Wyatt Mangum, researcher and author will present Hot Bees! Thermal Cameras in the Apiary with information on the behavior of winter honey bee clusters as revealed by thermal imaging.

Richmond beekeeper, Theo Hartmann, will introduce the BroodMinder system which wirelessly records hive weight, humidity and temperature (both inside and outside) for remote hive monitoring.

An optional lunch consisting of a hot pork barbecue sandwich, coleslaw, macaroni salad, baked beans, potato chips & a drink is offered by the Shenandoah Valley Beekeepers Association for a nominal fee.

On-line registration is available HERE to current VSBA members and expired/non-members via credit card. Mail-in registrations are available HERE. Early registration is until October 10, 2016. Late registration is October 11 through October 24, 2016.

On Saturday, November 5th, Walk-in registration (cash or check only) will open at 8 AM with the meeting beginning at 9 AM. Presentations and vendors go until 5:00 PM.

Special Event with Landi Simone Sat. November 12th

The Northern Virginia Beekeepers Association (NVBA) invite you to a special event featuring Landi Simone on “Reading the Frames” and “Timing It, Managing your bees for optimal health and maximum honey production” as well as a virtual tour of the tools and methods of Virginia’s own Sustainable Honey Bee program.

November 12th from 9-1 at Luther Jackson Middle School.  REGISTER for this FREE event at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nvbas-fall-bee-learning-with-landi-tickets-27928575120

See a program flyer here:  http://pwrbeekeepers.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/landiflyerV2.pdf

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
Sand Hill Bees

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:


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


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


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.