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All About Swarms

Outcomes Learners will be able to recognize and interpret the warning signs exhibited by bee colonies that indicate they may be preparing to swarm.    Key Takeaways    Swarm Prediction Essentials: Hilary Kearney shares essential insights on how to predict when bee colonies are gearing up to swarm, helping beekeepers anticipate this natural phenomenon. Recognizing […]

10 Tips for Queen Rearing

Outcomes Learners  will be able to recognize key techniques and principles for successful queen rearing   Key Takeaways    Keep Detailed Records: Maintain thorough records of colony health, production, and behavior using either digital tools or pen and paper. This data helps you make informed decisions when selecting queen stocks. Prioritize Integrated Pest Management (IPM): […]

Sampling for Nosema

Outcomes Learners will recognize the procedure for conducting a Nosema field test in a bee colony.   Key Takeaways    Nosema, a subtle fungal parasite, can affect bee colonies’ health without obvious signs. Sampling helps uncover its presence, enabling informed actions to protect bee vitality. Sampling for Nosema is an accessible process involving collecting bees, […]

Ongoing Beekeeping Tasks

Outcomes Learners will have a comprehensive understanding of the year-round tasks necessary for successful beekeeping.   Key Takeaways    Beekeeping involves managing hives for honey production and immersing in the intricacies of nature. Successful year-round beekeeping requires adapting tasks to changing seasons. Seasonal preparation includes stocking up on feed, equipment, and medications. Regular hive inspections […]

Seasonal Beekeeping Tasks

Outcomes   Learners will have a clear understanding of the essential seasonal tasks necessary for effective beekeeping. https://youtu.be/Hhi7KiXztBU Beekeeping is a fascinating and rewarding hobby or profession, but it’s not a set-it-and-forget-it endeavor. To successfully manage your apiary, you need to follow a set of essential seasonal tasks that cater to the needs of your […]

Seasonal Indicators for Beekeeping

Outcomes Learners will be able to identify key seasonal indicators in beekeeping, including flow, temperature, and climate.   Key Takeaways    Flow signifies the period when nature provides abundant food for bees; it varies by region and year. Recognizing local flora indicators of flow helps plan hive activities. Temperature plays a crucial role, affecting tasks […]

Beekeeping Regulations

Outcomes Learners will have a comprehensive understanding of the essential steps to navigate beekeeping regulations   Key Takeaways    Understanding Beekeeping Regulations: Beekeeping comes with responsibilities and varying regulations, whether you’re in urban or rural areas. Provincial and state apiculture offices oversee key regulations, including bee and equipment registration. Municipal regulations can impose hive placement […]

How to Install a Nucleus Colony

Outcomes Learners will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to confidently install a nucleus colony.   Key Takeaways    Smart Purchasing: When buying a nucleus colony, ensure you ask the apiary for proof of inspection by a provincial inspector. Verify the age of the combs to avoid purchasing colonies with old and unhealthy comb structures. […]

Flower Power: Land Reclamation with Bees in Mind

Outcomes Learners will be able to understand the critical role of pollinator habitats, including the significance of pollen and nectar for bee health and colony sustainability.   Key Takeaways    Importance of pollen: Pollen, unique to each flower, not only serves as a source of nutrition but also contributes to the honeybee immune system, fostering […]

How to Spot a Queen

Outcomes Learners will develop strategies to spot a queen bee within the beehive, no matter how packed with bees your colony is.   Key Takeaways  Queen Bee Appearance: The queen bee is the largest bee in the colony. She has an elongated, pointed abdomen, a shiny and hairless back, and lighter-colored legs. Tip #1 – […]