Two of EDBA’s best beekeepers are once again looking to help train new beekeepers in 2021.
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 costs $140 and will be given on 5 different occasions in 2021. You only need to attend one day. The dates are:
January 23rd, Saturday, 8:30am to 2pm (online)
February 20th, Saturday, 8:30am to 2pm (online)
March 20th, Saturday, 8:30am to 2pm (online)
April 17th, Saturday, 8:30am to 2pm
May 29th, Saturday, 8:30am to 2pm
Graduates of the course can take part in the optional free mentoring sessions on most weeks from June to August. You can register for the course at www.naturalelementshoney.ca
Topics covered include:
Urban beekeeping regulations
Location choices and Equipment
Installing bees and queens
What to check inside of a hive
Swarm prevention/creating extra queens
Basic Bee Biology
Wintering and Treatments
12 pages of information is provided to go along with slides (powerpoint) presented in class.
I hope this mild winter was healthy for your hives and your families.
First of all I would like Crystal Samborski – your new treasurer – for donating a huge box of microscope “goodies” which will be used by the club for many years to come- slides and sample bottles and cover slips to name just a few. Thank-you Crystal for your generous donation!
I hope this mild winter was healthy for your hives and your families. I will be bringing the club microscope to the March EDBA Meeting at Beemaid if anyone would like to look at hive samples of bees.
This is a good time to examine bees from a deadout hive or from the normal dead bee die out in front of the hive.
To view nosema spores it is not necessary to put the bees in alcohol if the bees were frozen before bringing the sample to the meeting. However if the bees have to be kept for a short time at room temperature ,add isopropyl alcohol to your sample. Bring a sample of 5 bees to get an idea if your hives were infected with nosema.
Bring your bees in a sealable baggie or bottle labelled with your name and email address and hive identification. If time runs out I will add alcohol to the bees and examine them later and send you a photo.
Looking forward to seeing you at Beemaid,
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