Wednesday, August 16, 2017 ~

Club Meeting Monday - December 4, 2016

December is always a fun with the club’s annual Holiday Party. Once again the club will be holding its annual party on December 4th from 7:30 - 9:00. For the fourth year in a row club members will be selling home-made items from their cottage industries that they sell at local farmers markets and on line. What a great opportunity, the club’s holiday party provides, to have the time to meet and talk with other club members, enjoy good food, and have the opportunity to buy some holiday gifts.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016 ~

The Latest and Greatest Newsletter

Here is the latest newsletter. November 2017 NEWSLETTER

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Tuesday, February 02, 2016 ~ Swarms and Bee Removal

Swarms: What to do When You Encounter One

MASTER SWARM LIST
A very common occurrence between May and June. This is the time of year when many people find swarms of bees around their homes or in their yards. There are a few things you should do when you encounter a swarm of honeybees in order to protect yourself and the bees. Remember that bees are a vital part of our world, so please do not kill them. You may often find a swarm in a tree, but you can also find a swarm on a home, barn or shed.

1. Don’t Panic

When honeybees swarm they are generally very docile and will rarely show aggressive tendencies. They will merely find a suitable spot to gather, as a temporary measure, while they send out scouts to find a more permanent hive which will serve as a new home. When bees swarm, they tend to gather in a tight ball and will form in a temporary spot; it could be in a tree/bush, on a clothesline, a fence, a bicycle, home, shed, barn, or anywhere that they can land to form a cluster.

2. Make a mental note

Make a note of where they are (would a ladder be needed to get at them?) Also, gauge the rough size of the swarm (tennis ball, football etc), and try to estimate how long it has been in this spot.

3. Telephone

Contact the Norfolk County Beekeepers Association Swarm person for your area. You may also contact any of the officers of the club. Below you will find a list of contact people. If you do not find your town you can call any one on the list. They will attempt to have a beekeeper call you about your swarm. In some cases a beekeeper may not be available to pick up the swarm, nevertheless the swarm will move on, usually within a day or two and generally will pose no threat.

4. Keep at a safe distance

Sit back, watch, take some pictures and wait for the beekeeper to arrive. Any beekeeper will tell you that there is something very magical about a swarm. There is an electric feeling in the air, as the bees swirl round before gathering into a cluster. Watching a beekeeper capture a swarm is an experience that you will never forget. And don’t forget to thank the beekeeper.

5. Tell Others

Share your experience. All too often, bees get very bad press. Mix the word “Bees” with “Killer” and all of a sudden you have horror film that will perform very well at the box office. You will know differently off course, as you will have seen at first hand just how docile and truly magical these little creatures can be. Let us know if you are involved with a swarm. We would like to hear of your experience.

5. Master Call List

The Norfolk County Beekeepers Association will attempt to help with swarms in and around any of the Norfolk County towns and city. As well we have many members outside of Norfolk County and we are always eager to help.
MASTER SWARM LIST

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Thursday, October 13, 2011 ~

Six things I learned from my bees. By Carol Cook

6 Things I learned from my bees.

1. If you want to be the queen bee, you have to be willing to accept the workload that goes along with it. And sometimes it just ain’t pretty.

2. Do the best you can. If you don’t succeed, you can always move on. It beats the hell out of being eaten by your co-workers.

3. There is no “I” in team but there is in “survive”. Not learning to work together can end really, really badly.

4. Sometimes eating dessert first is your only choice because dessert is all there is.

5. You aren’t as unique as you think. Sometimes there are 49,999 others exactly like you. But that isn’t always a bad thing.

And last and perhaps most important:

6. Do not assume that just because something is small, it cannot MESS. YOU. UP. If you don’t believe me, just look up “Anaphylaxis” in the dictionary.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011 ~

Covered in Bees Head to Toe

Beekeeper Wang Dalin won the contest after attracting 26.86 kilograms, or nearly 60 pounds, of bees to his body. Click Here

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Thursday, June 23, 2011 ~

The (Mostly) True Confessions of a First Year Beekeeper by Carol Cook

My husband and attended the Bee School this past spring.  It has always been a vision of mine to raise bees.  Actually, that’s not strictly true.  It’s always been a dream to have my own honey.  The fact that bees make it and one has to keep bees in order to make that happen has always been something of a show stopper.

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