Special Nov. meeting with the ABC

Our special November 7th meeting has been confirmed and it will be held at the WEM (West Edmonton Mall conference centre) where the Alberta Beekeepers Commission will be having their annual general meeting.

Our speaker for the evening will be Reed Johnson, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology for the Ohio State University

As part of the Ohio Agricultural research and development center, Reed’s talk will be focused on honey bee pesticide research. We will be starting at 7:30pm sharp.

EDBA Executive 2017-2018 and Constitution

For the 2017-2018 year we successfully voted in our new Executive last week.

We are very thankful for the following people who have stepped up in our organization to lead us.

It’s people like those you see below who help make beekeeping in Edmonton and Area an amazing experience. Make sure to thank them for all the guidance, help and mentorship they provide.


President                          –  Craig Toth , 780-460-7773 ,craig.toth@hotmail.com

Vice President                –  Malcolm Connell, 780-239- 9649 ,connellmjm@hotmail.com

Secretary/Newsletter    – Don Ronaghan, 587-521-6077, donronaghan@hotmail.com

Treasurer                       –  Alexis Brown, nzonart@xtra.co.nz

Webmaster                   – Troy Donovan, troymd@gmail.com

EDBA membership cheques can be made out to:

‘Edmonton and District Beekeepers Association’

Post cheques to Malcolm Connell:  72 Morgan Crescent, St. Albert T8N 2E4


Cor De Witt ,780-986- 8582

Murray Golden ,peg.golden@hotmail.com

Ray Powell  ,gm471@hotmail.com

Troy Donovan  ,troymd@gmail.com

Ralph Shaner


Our EDBA Constitution can be found here.


Info Graphic – Bees, Hornets and Wasps

Did you want to know a bit more about bees, hornets and wasps from around the world?  It might help answer those questions all your friends and family ask about.

Follow the link to an amazing info-graphic with great pictures in an easy to read format.  Most people think they are just jerks but did you know the difference between a hornet and a wasp?

A big thanks to a little junior beekeeper to be who passed along the information.  Great find Garrett!

Full graphic and the source found here.


You might already know that there are different types of bees out there, but which ones are important to our ecosystems, which ones are endangered, which ones make honey?

Making Money from Honey – Sunday Nov. 5th

This workshop is best suited for people who have been keeping bees for a few years and are planning to turn a hobby into a sideline or a sideline into a business. But every year, attendees also include non-beekeepers who are considering starting and are wondering about beekeeping profitability and are looking for ideas to get moving towards a second career or a retirement income.

Neil and Ron are offering their ‘Making Money from Honey‘ course in Edmonton this fall on Sunday, November 5

Neil Bertram and Ron Miksha have been working bees for decades. Between them, they have experience in hobby and commercial beekeeping, queen rearing, pollination, and production of a few million pounds of honey.

This overview of beekeeping economics is an all-day program.
Here are some of the topics which will be covered:
– growing from backyard/hobby beekeeper to sideliner to commercial;
– equipment choices and shop/honey house considerations;
– finances, projections, expectations, difficulties, setbacks, and success;
– how much money to expect from bees in a typical year;
– handling and marketing your products;
– case histories of good and bad beekeeping businesses;
– the beekeeper personality and lifestyle.

You can find more information about the course and its presenters at https://makingmoneyfromhoney.com

To register, contact either Ron Miksha (miksha@shaw.ca) or Malcolm Connell (connellmjm@hotmail.com). 

Swarm Catcher List 2017

If you see a swarm and want a responsible beekeeper to come and catch it…  we have a list.

The Edmonton and Area swarm catchers for 2017 are listed by name, email, phone number and then what area they cover.

Call one of the people for the right area and be prepared to answer a few questions about:  if you own the property/house, how high the swarm is, how big and when it arrived.

  1.  Malcolm Connell, connellmjm@hotmail.com, 780-239-9649, Edmonton
  2.  Alan Durston, alan@durston.ca,780-920-1425,                                       S and W Edmonton.
  3.  mr_ron_ford@yahoo.ca,                                                                               Camrose, Wataskiwin, Ponoka
  4.  kenfeth@yahoo.com, 780-678-4450,                                                 Camrose, Wetaskiwin
  5.  Darrell Sopel, D_sopel@yahoo.ca, 780-901-3087.                      N.Edmonton, Gibbons, Ft. Sask. Bon Accord
  6.  naomi.legg@gmail.com, 780-905-5344,                                                       S and W Edmonton.
  7.  Al Koberstein, akobe@telus.net, 780-462-8987,                                    S and SE Edmonton.
  8.  Rob Wynn, wynnr@shaw.ca, 780-970-7620,                        Edmonton
  9.  Herman Dixon, hdixon1@yahoo.ca, 780-974-2609,                             S Edmonton, Calmar, Leduc, Beaumont
  10. Jonathan Hinman,  jc.hinman@gmail.com,  780-807-7283,               S Edmonton, Leduc, Sherwood Park

If all goes well then the swarm can sometimes be taken away in less than an hour (no promises).

A copy of this is being sent to Clint at Bee Maid Coop as well.

If you want to catch your own swarms, make sure to get a few pro tips from an experienced beekeeper like this article from Malcom.

And remember, beekeepers won’t help you relocate a dozen bumblebees.  😉

How to Keep Honey Bees

For the third year we are are offering thebee-with-question-marks-300x193 beginning bee course at a great price.  It comes with free mentoring sessions included in the spring and summer. This course is sanctioned by the City of Edmonton.

The courses are from from 8:30am to 1:30pm on these Saturdays:

Beginning Beekeeper Course (January)

Beginning Beekeeper Course (February)

Beginning Beekeeper Course (March)

Beginning Beekeeper Course (April)

Beginning Beekeeper Course (May)

Topics covered include:

  1. Urban beekeeping rules
  2. Location choices
  3. Installing bees and queens
  4. What to check inside hives
  5. Swarm prevention/creating extra queens
  6. Mentoring opportunities
  7. Wintering/treatments

To sign up please contact by email:  connellmjm@hotmail.com for location and course cost.


How to Export 196% more honey with only 13% more colonies…

Prof. Norberto García from Argentina gave an informative presentation at the 80th Annual Alberta Beekeepers Commission AGM & Convention,  regarding the fall of honey prices and adulteration of honey.

Prof. Garcia teaches Apiculture at the UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DEL SUR in Bahía Blanca, Argentina. He is also Senior Consultant of NEXCO S.A., the main Argentine honey exporter.

He is the current president of the International Honey Exporters Organization (IHEO) and Member of the Board of Directors of TRUE SOURCE HONEY (U.S.A), representing NEXCO S.A. He also chairs the Working Group on Adulteration of Bee Products of APIMONDIA.

Prof. García has worked intensely during recent years to create awareness on the problems of honey adulteration in different national and international meetings.

Please find below a link to this presentation


Figure 4 is said to be the most telling. How do you increase colony numbers by 13% but increase honey exports by 196%?

The research concludes “…that fraud mechanisms are responsible for the injection of a very important volume of cheap “manufactured” and diluted honeys to the market. The use of adulteration by various means becomes the method by which circumvention can be disguised and market share is increased.”

Northern Alberta Scientists Looking at Bees dying.

Our very own President, Craig Toth got some media attention with his work helping northern Alberta scientists.

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Why are the bees dying? Northern Alberta scientists are helping find the answer


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The experiment in progress:

Experiment     CraigsYardofBees

If anyone has been to Craig’s beeyard, this should bring back memories:


Words are like bees, some create honey while others leave a sting.