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NAPA COUNTY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION

THE BEEKEEPERS OF NAPA VALLEY

BK of NV

Feb 15, 2021 Meeting Notes

Ok, so my first ZOOM ever was last week in honor of the bees. You guys are awesome for showing up, paying attention, asking pertinent questions and keeping the group alive. Just wanted to say as well, that the club in this incarnation would not exist at this point without Rob Keller’s dedicated time, energy, and desire to serve this community in pulling it all together. Hayley Hossfeld, thanks for bringing us into the tech age, for your patience, PMA and waggle!

 

The information Christine Kurtz imparted about monitoring boards was absolutely invaluable and some of the most important knowledge I use in beekeeping besides basic biology. Seriously. If you didn’t use a monitoring tray before hearing just how much you can glean about what is happening in the hive without going in it, I’m sure you will be adapting your bottoms for them now. The look, smell and debris on tray can reveal everything from the size of the colony, who’s emerging, robbing, disease and pest issues. That’s a huge amount of information without popping a lid right?! Thanks Christine!!!

 

Drew Ericson spoke my language through and through and it appears that many of you felt the call to learn more about soil, sequestering carbon and providing year round, clean food for pollinators as well. The best thing you can do right now for ALL bees is plan and plant your garden. Now you know it all starts with good soil. Check out this oldie, but goody talk from Dr Elaine Ingham on the basic principles of soil and you’ll never go back to dirt! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDtGxOdDj1A

 

Please drop an note here https://www.beekeepersofnapavalley.org/contact to reach us about these items:

 

  • Who has bees that are still flying after 2 years of no treatments?

      When was the last time you were in them?

 

  • NVBC is offering a 5 person hive dive at Boca on February 27th at 10am. Those 5 ppl must pay it forward by presenting the information they gleaned from the session to 1 another beekeeper. And trust us, we’ll follow-up…  Spots given to the first 5 ppl who request attendance through the club website with the name of the person they will mentor. 

 

 Did you catch NVBeeCo’s interview with Dewey Caron? Dewey is the emeritus professor of entomology at the University of Delaware. The author of eight books, including Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping, his latest release- The Complete Bee Handbook and our HOT pick… wait for it… Africanized Honey Bees in The Americas! Dewey gave us the hard facts on how it all went down and how he manages Africanized honey bee colonies.  He’s a real gem from the big players of the Darwinian beekeeping game and an incredible wealth of information. Check out his books! Super grateful he made the time.  ~ Marla Bird 

Club Meeting 2/15/21

NVBeeCo and Dewey 2/15/21

JUST FORWARDED FROM DEWEY 

News story from Phoenix area Mid-Feb 2021

Swarm Of Africanized Bees Attacks Family That Found A Hive In Their Shed

A Glendale, Arizona, family tried to remove a Africanized beehive in their shed before the bees stung two adults, two children and two family dogs. Tim Moran, Patch Staff

GLENDALE, AZ 2021 — An Arizona family of four was stung in an attack by a swarm of Africanized bees from their shed earlier this week. One of two adults and two children younger than 6 were hospitalized with bee stings, and the two family dogs are fighting for their lives after they also were stung in the attack outside the family’s Glendale home.

The family tried themselves to remove a beehive in their shed near Peoria and 59th avenues late Sunday afternoon, AZfamily.com and others have reported. When the Africanized bees attacked, the family called 911 and were saved by firefighters who had to blast foam onto the bees, according to another report from Newsweek.

A Glendale Fire Department spokesperson told news outlets that firefighters sprayed the foam onto the Africanized bees “for the safety of the people in the neighborhood.”

While the family is expected to recover from the bee attack wounds, the dogs remain in critical condition at a local veterinary hospital, according to the AZfamily.com report.

This marks at least the second time in three months Africanized bees have attacked residents in the Phoenix area.

Just two months ago, rescuers helped three people get away from a swarm of Africanized bees at a home in north Phoenix, KTAR and others reported. In this case as well, the bees were seen coming from a shed.

A little over a year ago, in December 2019, a swarm of Africanized bees attacked a family picking fruit in Glendale’s Sahuaro Ranch Park, which forced the park to close for the rest of the day. One man in the family was stung more than 100 times in that attack, according to reports from the time.

While all humans survived these recent attacks, disrupting an Africanized bee colony can become fatal, experts in the field have said.

Several people are killed every year due to unintentional disturbances of Africanized honey bee colonies, according to the Southern Arizona Beekeepers Association. But a large number of the attacks are preventable, the association said, urging people not to attempt to exterminate Africanized honey bees without calling a professional to take care of it.

“They need to be dealt with in very specific ways to ensure safety,” the association says on its website.

Arizona is home to a significant population of Africanized honeybees, sometimes referred to as “killer bees.” They can become highly defensive when protecting their hive, according to the Arizona Department of Agriculture.

It was not immediately clear whether the bees involved in Sunday’s attack in Glendale were Africanized honeybees.

“A good safety precaution is to maintain at least 100 feet, or the width of a four-lane highway, from any Africanized honey bee hive,” according to the department of agriculture. “It is always advisable to exercise caution with respect to all bee activity, whether in managed or feral hives.”

FEBRUARY 15, 2021 5p

BEEKEEPERS OF NAPA VALLEY ZOOM MEETING AND THE BEECO BUZZ GUEST SERIES WITH

DEWEY CARON

Finally… though we bee incredibly busy beekeepers and farmers hustling through weeds and weather, we are actually getting it together to organize club meetings once again! 

 

The first BK of NV club meeting for 2021 is on! 

 

See details below this here diatribe, cuz you know I’ve always got time for the speil! That being said, we just want you know we are still here and feel a deep responsibility to disseminate information to our community that’ll help newbees et. al. with management decisions. We get a zillion messages for people wanting bees, wanting to know about bees, and what it takes to keep a colony in their backyard.

Join us on February 15th from 5p to about 8p where we will spend the first hour and a half covering the things on the attached agenda. We have a number of the local players dropping in to cover the big topics that are super relevant now. 

 

Christine Kurtz from Sonoma will be explaining monitoring trays and what to be looking for this time of year. Trays are the most informative tools we have to give us a good indication of what's going on inside the hive while it's still a little too cold for a full blown hive inspection this time of year.  

 

We’ll also have Drew Erickson talking about the idea that anyone growing flowers IS A BEEKEEPER. You can do a lot for the species, in some ways- a lot more and for all the species, WITHOUT having a hive.

After the club meeting, take a break, grab a beer and be sure to resign-in and check out Beeco’s Inaugural Guest series with Dr. Dewey M. Caron!!! 

 

Dewey is the emeritus professor of entomology at the University of Delaware. The author of eight books, including Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping, his latest release The Complete Bee Handbook and our HOT pick… wait for it… Africanized Honey Bees in The Americas!

 

Dewey is an active master beekeeping teacher in Oregon, California, and with the Eastern Apicultural Society.We are super stoked he is jumping on to talk with us about his experience with the Africanized honeybee. Bolivia is where he keeps 8+ colonies of Africanized bees and teaches beekeeping at University de San Simon and communities in the Andes Mountains.

 

I can’t wait to talk to Dewey with James Gott, the Montessori kid that did a report all about the myths and folklore around the species that got me into them in the first place. I’ll fire off with things like- How they escaped, what was Dr. Kerr really like, my experience with what I think were africanized honeybees, and who is Steve? It’s sure to be a fun filled Beeco night shooting from the hip with Dewey and James. Bone up on Killer Bees so you’ll be up to speed and sign on early for Dewey cause my Zoom subscription can only handle 100 people which could easily tap out. 

BEEKEEPERS OF NAPA VALLEY AGENDA:

 

ZOOM INFO:

Meeting ID: 859 078 4833

Passcode: 2dH7tz

 

Time: 5:00-6:30pm PST

 

State of bees in the area

Effects of the fire

Spring Starts/Where to get bees 

Packages? 

Nucs?

Swarms? Take a year to study the species with a mentor and catch a swarm in spring 2022

Thievery?

Don’t? Plant clean, year round, forage.  Drew will speak on this later ...

Who has bees that are still flying after 2 years of no treatments/

When was the last time you were in them?

NVBC is offering a 5 person hive dive at Boca on February 27th at 10am. Those 5 ppl must pay it forward by presenting the information they gleaned from the session to 1 another beekeeper. And trust us, we’ll follow-up…  Spots given to the first 5 ppl who request attendance through the club website.        

15min Christine - What to look for on the tray now and what to do accordingly 

15min Drew - Growing flowers IS beekeeping 

Last minute stuff

Direct people to second Zoom invitation

Say goodbye…

Napa Valley BeeCo Presents Dewey Caron

ZOOM INFO:

Meeting ID: 883 0543 8039

Passcode: 212870


7:00-8:00pm PST

 

Dewey Caron - African Honey Bees in the Americas

Dialogue between Rob, James Gott, and Dewey

Introductions

Look at books.. Who is Steve?

  1957ish

  Kerr is a tripper!

  Why couldn't we stop them at Panama in the early   80’s 

  Did the CIA develop KILLER BEES

  Mark Winston down there too?

  You guys hang out?

  Dewey did not sit still, he was on the move.

  Rob’s experience with AHB.

 

  Dewey will also cover the Defensive Africanized bees and how he handles them - and and how to deal with defensive bees in general

He’ll also take time for questions.