Friday, December 01, 2017 ~
At the club’s Holiday Party on Monday December 4, 2017, twelve mentors will recognized for the tremendous coaching and counseling their mentees felt were provided to them. A request was sent out in the October and November newsletters for mentees to recommend their mentor if they felt it was warranted. There was a tremendous response. The mentors who had letter submitted in their behalf will be recognized, given a token of appreciation, and segments of the letter received will be read. To read all the letter in full click on this link: Mentor_Recognition_letters.pdf Read more...
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 ~
Dave Wattles, Black Bear & Furbearer Biologist, who works for Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife is this night’s speaker. He has a lot of information, which he will share, on bears interacting with bees, and electric fencing.
Of course the usual, door prizes, delicious food and drink will be occurring.
Monday, August 14, 2017 ~
Malinda Coletta, VP of Rhode Island Beekeepers Association, owner of Professor Chef cooking school (professorchef.com), and an award winning cook is February’s speaker. Malinda will have information on cooking with honey, will demonstrate cooking a honey lime chicken dish, and teach us how to taste honey so you get all of the subtle flavors. Read more...
As always there will be some great door prizes and snacks. No raffle table this month
Sunday, August 13, 2017 ~
Alix Bartsch, EAS Master Beekeeper and Mass Bee Recording Secretary, and one time swarm coordinator for the Middlesex County Beekeepers Association will talk about spring Management Read more...
Saturday, August 12, 2017 ~
Deb Trickett owner of “The Captured Garden” (thecapturedgarden.com) is an award-winning container garden designer. Deb’s work has been featured in The Boston Globe, Garden Gate magazine, New England Home magazine and on the TV show New England Dream Home. She will talk on designing Bee Gardens, particularly using containers. Read more...
Friday, August 11, 2017 ~
Jessica Kern, (jesskern.com) a certified neuromuscular therapist, certified Zero Balancer, licensed massage therapist and a beekeeper. Jessica specializes in pain management and wellness education for individuals and groups. She will talk on how to set up and manipulate you hives in a way that’s easy on your body Read more...
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 ~
Here is the latest newsletter. December 2017 NEWSLETTER Read more...
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.
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. Read more...
MASTER SWARM LIST
Thursday, October 13, 2011 ~
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. Read more...
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 ~
Beekeeper Wang Dalin won the contest after attracting 26.86 kilograms, or nearly 60 pounds, of bees to his body. Click Here Read more...