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July 2012

Jul 3

NY (NYCBA) Rose-Lynn Fischer: Bee Photography

Rose-Lynn Fisher's fine-art photography explores biological, cultural, and metaphorical thresholds, ranging from the microscopic realm of bees and bones to the liminal spaces of Morocco. She exhibits widely in galleries and museums across the U.S. and abroad, including a mid-career survey at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, OK in 2007. She is the author of BEE, a photographic exploration of honeybees viewed through a scanning electron microscope (2010, Princeton Architectural Press, NY). The bee series was twice a winner in the International Photography Awards (IPA).

NY - New York City Beekeepers Association (NYCBA)
We are also on Facebook as the New York City Beekeepers Association.

Jul 6

Successful Queen Rearing Short Course

Friday 07/6/2012 - 07/8/2012
University of Minnesota
July 6-8, 2012

Why not rear your own queens? The University of Minnesota Queen Rearing short course teaches one method of rearing queens that works consistently for both hobby and commercial beekeepers. Topics covered include queen and drone biology, timing of queen rearing in northern climates, stock selection and breeding for hygienic behavior, setting up mating yards, and record keeping. Everyone will have a chance to try their hand at grafting larvae and raising their own queens. A unique feature of the course is the section on queen rearing equipment designs that will allow you to build your own! The cost for the 2 1/2 day course is $250.00 which includes Successful Queen Rearing manual, Honey Bee Diseases and Pests manual, lunch, and refreshments. Those attending the course may purchase a professional video (VHS or DVD) demonstrating the queen rearing techniques at a discount price of $30.
Dr. Marla Spivak and Mr. Gary S. Reuter teach the course at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul campus. Enrollment is limited to 32 people so register early! For further information and on-line registration, please visit our web site.
click Education/courses then public courses

University of Minnesota
Department of Entomology
1980 Folwell Ave. Room 219
St. Paul, MN 55108-6125

(612) 624-3636

Jul 12

Heartland Apicultural Society - Annual Meeting 2012 - St. Louis, MO

Thursday 07/12/2012 - 07/14/2012
For more information please visit: http://

Jul 12

North Carolina State Beekeepers Association Summer Meeting

Thursday 07/12/2012 - 07/14/2012
The North Carolina State Beekeepers Association Summer Meeting will be held July 12-14, 2012, in Lumberton NC. For details and registration see or call 704-358-8075.

Jul 13

South Dakota Beekeepers Convention

Friday 07/13/2012 - 07/14/2012
Make plans to attend the South Dakota Beekeepers Convention

July 13-14th, 2012
Sheraton Sioux Falls
Convention Hotel Rate $89 + taxes
(605) 331-0100

For more information: (605) 627-5621 or

Jul 14

NY Bee Wellness Workshops

Saturday 07/14/2012 - 07/15/2012
July 14 & 15 (Sat/Sun) at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, NY and August 10 & 11 (Fri/Sat) in Ballsont Spa, NY.

An intensive 2 day (& 1 evening), skills oriented, hands-on workshop. part of a Train the Trainer program to teach beekeepers techniques in diagnosing, treating, and preventing honey bee diseases. For beekeeping clubs or other groups to sponsor a team to attend the workshop, as an investment to the beekeepers in their community. Primarily targeting New York beekeepers with less than 10 years experience and women beekeepers, participants from other states are welcome as space permits.
Instructors: Larry Connor, Al Avitable, and Les Eccles, Devon Rawn of the Ontario Tech Transfer Program of Canada, Doug McRory, former Ontario state apiarist, and Diana Sammataro, USDA Tucson Bee Lab.
Sponsored by the Empire State Honey Producers Association ( and USDA NIFA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program, Grant #2011-494400-30631. Contact:, 585-820-6619.

Jul 14

Long Lane Honey Bee Farms - Advanced Beekeeping Course

Long Lane Honey Bee Farms is offering an Advance Beekeeping Course Saturday July 14th, 2012 from 9am to 4pm. Take the next step, and leap into becoming a better beekeeper! We'll take a more in depth look at swarm prevention, splits, overwintering hives, pests & disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention, increase honey yields and tricks of the trade. Stop repeating the same mistakes. Join EAS certified master beekeeper David Burns and go to the next level in understanding beekeeping. This course will be held in Danville, Illinois at the Farm Bureau building. Call 217-427-2678 or register online at:

Jul 14

New Hampshire Beekeeping Workshop

Saturday 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
"Beekeepers must take timely steps to control American Foulbrood and Varroa mites to SAVE THE BEES! Charles Andros, former NH/VT Apiary Inspector, will hold a beekeeping workshop from 1-3:30 PM on Saturday, July 14, at 18 MacLean Road, Alstead, NH 03602. Look for the "BEE" sign on the south side of Walpole Valley Road. The topics of discussion will be taking off and extracting honey, wax processing, treatment of mites and foulbrood, and making propolis tincture. Bring a veil, if you have one, as we shall be opening some colonies. We'll be inside if it is a rainy day. Water and chair may also come in handy. Registration required. email: or call 603-756-9056."

Jul 19

South Carolina Beekeepers Association Summer Meeting

Thursday 07/19/2012 - 07/21/2012
The South Carolina Beekeepers Association will host its annual summer meeting at Clemson University, Clemson, SC on July 19-21, 2012. The meeting will be held in the Hendrix Student Center Ballroom.

Meeting registration will begin at 12:00 noon on the 2nd level of the Hendrix Student Center on Thursday, July 19, and the meeting will end at noon on Saturday, July 21. There will be a $15 early registration fee for association members ($20 family) and a $25 registration fee for nonmembers. Onsite registration will be $5 more. Check out the meeting pre-registration form on our SCBA website: or Clemson University ?News for South Carolina Beekeepers? June Newsletter

The meeting will begin at 1 PM on Thursday with a 1-day beginner level beekeeping short course which will be taught by various instructors from the South Carolina Master Beekeeper Program. Featured out-of-state speakers for the general sessions and workshops to be held on Friday and Saturday will be Jeff Harris from the USDA Baton Rouge Honey Bee Lab, Steve Sheppard from Washington State University, Wyatt Mangum from the University of Mary Washington, Virginia, Virginia Webb from Clarkesville, Georgia, Robert Brewer from Hiawassee, Georgia, and Reg Wilbanks from Claxton, Georgia. Queen rearing workshops will be offered on Thursday and Friday afternoon with limited enrollment. Wyatt Mangum will be the instructor for the queen rearing workshops. Paid pre-registration for the queen rearing workshops is required. Other workshops will be offered on Friday afternoon.

Friday evening activities will include a barbecued pork/baked chicken dinner ($7/plate), horseshoe pitching contest, smoker lighting contest, and great fellowship with other beekeepers. A honey and beeswax competition will be held during the meeting, also.

All beekeepers or anyone interested in beekeeping are invited to attend for a good time of education and fellowship. On-campus lodging is available and other lodging is available at the Clemson Sleep Inn (Ph. 864-653-6000) for $69/night. For further meeting information and lodging arrangements, contact Mike Hood, Executive Secretary - SCBA at (864) 656-0346, email: or check out the South Carolina Beekeepers website:

Jul 21

Empire State Honey Producers Assoc. Annual Picnic

Saturday 11:00 AM
Annual summer picnic - Empire State Honey Producers Association. Saturday, July 21, 11:00 am, Fort Plain, NY. BBQ chicken and pot luck dishes. The guest speaker will be Dr. James E. Tew.

Jul 24

2012 Northeast Treatment Free Beekeeping Conference: "The Practical Beekeeper"

Tuesday 07/24/2012 - 07/29/2012
Confirmed Speakers: Michael Bush, Kirk Webster, Dee Lusby, Les Crowder, Dr. Paul Arnold, Sam Comfort, Erik Osterlund, Laurie Herboldsheimer, Dean Stiglitz....More TBA!

If you prefer to pay by check, send to Golden Rule Honey, 168 Fourth Street, Leominster, MA 01453

2012 Northeast Treatment Free Beekeeping Conference will take place July 24-29 in Leominster, Massachusetts. Bees on site for daily hands on workshops (weather permitting), 3 amazing meals a day (prepared onsite by our talented and experienced staff from scratch) are included, nearby affordable camping available. Travel and lodging info at bottom of page....

Beginners Intensive (not just for beginners!) July 24 and 25: Michael Bush, Sam Comfort, Ramona Herboldsheimer, Dean Stiglitz instructors. Bees and beekeeping from the treatment-free perspective. Langstroth, Top Bar and Warre styles will all be addressed. $140 (early bee price until June1...$150 after June 1).

Field Day July 26: This is free for all attendees of either the beginners intensive or the main conference (including 3 meals). There will also be a day rate for others who wish to attend the field day only (TBA).

The evening talk (which we like to span a bit beyond beekeeping) will by by Dr. Paul Arnold, where he will speak about his specialty, "The physiological ecology of mycorrhizal fungi, the effects of toxins in mutualistic relationships between plants..." (this is all the fungi that are fed up to 20% of the plants' sugar and draw nutrients to the root system in return).

Main Conference July 27-29: Topics will be grounded with the "Practical Beekeeper" in mind. Schedule and topics TBA. $210 (early bee price until June 1...$230 after June 1).

Package Deal: All 6 Days and 18 meals $325 (early bee price until June 15...$350 after June 15).
Register here!

Jul 27

2012 Queen Rearing class Workshop - Alabama

Friday 07/27/2012 - 07/28/2012
2012 Queen Rearing Class Workshop held at Foley, Alabama Library - 9 a.m.
July 27-28, 2012
Registration fee $50.00
Call 251-213-0168
P.O. Box 353, 7110 Bellerose Ln.,
Bon Secour, Alabama 36511
Bring your hat, veil, gloves, etc, since we will be working bees.

Jul 28

Beginning Beekeeping Class - Wisconsin

Wyoming Valley School

You are invited to attend our ?Beekeeping for Beginners? class to be held on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at the Wyoming Valley School, 6306 State Hwy 23, Spring Green, WI 53588. This all-day class is for those with no experience at all in beekeeping. We will touch on everything you need to know for your first year. The fee of $40 covers a full day of classes, handouts, free sample journals and catalogs, and props galore for you to handle. To register, contact Jeanne Hansen at 608-244-5094 or

Jul 28

1st Annual Michigan Honey Festival

Join us for the first annual Michigan Honey festival on July 28, 2012 at the Eastern Michigan fair grounds in Imlay city, Mi. Come and enjoy a day of food, fun, and education. You will learn about all the good things that honey bee's do for us, and all the good things that come from a bee hive, It's not only honey. See demonstrations on all aspects of bee keeping from building your bee hive to spinning out the honey. There will be chefs cooking dishes using honey. Mead tasting tent and mead Making demonstrations. Vendors selling everything and anything bee related.

Events for the whole family, Bring your kids there will be stuff for everyone to do. Admission 5.00 per person kids under 16 admission free.

There will be 2 bee costume competitions one 16 and younger and one 16 and older. best costume winners will bring home 1/2 gallon jug of honey.