VIRGINIA STATE BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION
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Observing Honey Bees at Home
You cannot be a good beekeeper if you don’t know much about bees. And it is hard to learn much about bees when they are hidden away in an opaque wooden box on the far side of the yard. It doesn’t matter what you are trying to learn – French, air guitar, or beekeeping – if you don’t do it three times a week, you won’t get anywhere. But if you inspect your colonies three times a week… no, not a good idea. So, what to do? One possibility, one I learned a lot from, is to keep a small colony in a glass hive in your house, an observation hive. I kept an observation hive in the room where I spent a lot of time and every time their tone changed, I took a look. I saw more in a year than many backyard beekeepers see in a lifetime. And every year is different. In this talk I will show you how to keep bees in an observation hive and learn from them.
To Our Members & Guests -
My name is Martha Kiene and like most of you I've been a beekeeper for many years. We are fortunate to have a great leadership team that is fully committed to VSBA and continues to go the extra mile in building this association, while carrying out the many worthwhile projects that we undertake for the benefit of our beekeeping community.
The recent restrictions with COVID-19 has certainly put a damper on our 2020 plans for live meetings, conferences, and our goal of meeting you. We encourage all members to keep strong during our struggles with COVID-19 restrictions and to maintain your enthusiasm, and commitment to beekeeping. We're looking forward to a bright 2021 and getting to know each of you a little better.