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August Meeting

Join us this month on a special field trip with Rassol Bahreini , an Apiculture Research Scientist from the Crop Diversification Centre North! He will be testing some hives for mites and demonstrating the recommended ways to treat for mites eg. apivar strips, formic acid and oxalic acid vaporization.

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    17507 Fort Road Northeast, Edmonton, AB, Canada

    17507 Fort Road Northeast, Edmonton, AB, Canada

    This meeting occurs on Thursday, April 18th at 7pm. sharp.
    The monthly meeting is at the Northern Alberta Crop Diversification Centre, 17507 Fort Rd. in NE Edmonton.
        On Fort Rd. continue past Alberta Hospital for 100 metres until the first right turn. Then a 100 metres later , you come to the gate of the Crop Diversification Centre.
      The gates will be locked at 7pm. If you come late, don’t try and climb over the electric fence.
      Just call 780-460-7773 and beg to be let in.
    Someone might be available to unlock the gate, if the meeting hasn’t started.
    Malcolm
    You can pay $25 annual memberships to treasurer Alexis Brown who will probably be near the front entrance to take memberships throughout the meeting.
    Make cheques out to ‘Edmonton and District Beekeepers Association’.

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Swarms in 2019

The amount of swarms to catch this year has been very high! During its peak as many as 10 swarms reported a day. There has been so much rain that it’s even been hard for beekeepers to get to their beeyards on muddy roads. That and the strong honey flows have made for a very different year.

Our Swarm Catchers List is up to date and these brave volunteers will do their best to help find homes for all the swarms. A straight-forward swarm catch, by putting them in a box from a low spot on a tree, can take an hour. Be warned that catching a swarm from very high locations or inside of a wall can take many days and might cost money.

Swarm Cather List

Learn to keep bees 2020

Two of EDBA’s best beekeepers are once again looking to help train new beekeepers in 2020. The course offered by Malcolm and Craig is not part of EDBA but with their mentorship program and years of experience there is no better course in all of Alberta. We can’t recommend it enough! They will be running beginner beekeeper courses for the 6th year in NE and NW Edmonton.

The complete course will be given on 5 different occasions in 2020 but the final dates will be posted later. In 2019, for example they were on these dates (Jan. 27th, Mar. 2nd, Mar. 23rd, Apr 13th, and May 4th).

Topics covered include:

  1. Urban beekeeping regulations
  2. Location choices and Equipment
  3. Installing bees and queens
  4. What to check inside of a hive
  5. Swarm prevention/creating extra queens
  6. Basic Bee Biology
  7. Mentoring opportunities
  8. Wintering and Treatments

For registration, contact connellmjm@hotmail.com

Along with an EDBA membership you are sure to learn enough to be a very responsible beekeeper.

Looking for a Beekeeping course in 2019?

Malcolm and Craig will be running beginner beekeeper courses for the 5th year in NE Edmonton.

The course will be given on 5 different occasions:

January 27th, March 2nd, March 23rd, April 13th, and May 4th.

Topics covered include:

  1. Urban beekeeping regulations
  2. Location choices and Equipment
  3. Installing bees and queens
  4. What to check inside of a hive
  5. Swarm prevention/creating extra queens
  6. Basic Bee Biology
  7. Mentoring opportunities
  8. Wintering and Treatments

For registration, contact connellmjm@hotmail.com

Netflix – Rotten – Not Honey

People are eating product that is “Not honey”.

Its more of a “who done it?” real life crime documentary mixed with food sources but the first episode focuses on Honey so you might find it interesting. I like how it gives some insight into the bigger world of honey production and the import/export world.

https://www.netflix.com/ca/title/80146284

At least check out the first episode:

Lawyers, Guns & Honey

With demand for honey soaring just as bees are dying off in record numbers, hidden additives, hive thefts and other shady tactics are on the rise. (55minutes)

This docuseries travels deep into the heart of the food supply chain to reveal unsavory truths and expose hidden forces that shape what we eat.

Its very interesting to see how they test for the sources of honey to make sure its not fake! Looking for pollen is old school!  Imagine testing and sampling thousand of varieties:

 

Stories about Bees and Bats

Doing bee research can lead to some interesting stories. Two stories about the challenges of studying winged wildlife, from bats to honey bees.

Part 1: Cylita Guy finds unexpected adventure when she studies bats in the field.

Part 2: Rachael Bonoan discovers she may be dangerously allergic to the honey bees she studies.

Check it out here.

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.

Executive:

President                          –  Craig Toth

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’

Cheques sent via Canada Post go to:

4111 Westcliff Heath SW, Edmonton SW, T6W0X9

Directors:

Cor De Witt ,780-986- 8582

Murray Golden ,peg.golden@hotmail.com

Troy Donovan  ,troymd@gmail.com

Ralph Shaner ,rshaner@telus.net

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).