Wings and Wheels

Italian and Carniolan honeybees on lavendar

By Bob Redmond, Urban Bee Company As cities are the hubs of so much consumption, and thus the end point of much of our food system, one must wonder whether they can be more efficient — not just as consumers but also as producers. And since bees are not only an integral part of the food system, but also as examples of communication and transportation systems, beekeepers need to know about our … [Read more...]

Controlled Atmosphere Overwintering

Jason A. Long speaking at the WSBA Conference 2012

By Jason A. Long, M.S. Student, Washington State University Overwintering honey bee colonies is a common practice, with both outdoor wintering and indoor wintering conducted. Colonies heading into winter produce special winter bees. Winter bees, compared to summer bees, have enlarged fat bodies and pharyngeal glands, high levels of protein, and low levels of juvenile hormone. Winter bees live … [Read more...]

2012 Germplasm Importation of the Italian Honey Bee, Apis mellifera ligustica

Walter S. Sheppard speaking at the WSBA Conference 2012

By Walter S. Sheppard, Thurber Professor of Apiculture Recent declines in honey bee populations and increasing challenges to maintain colony health are of concern to both beekeepers and growers of crops needing pollination services. Amid widespread research on honey bee health issues, there remains a notable lack of research directed toward the genetic improvement of honey bees. There is a … [Read more...]

What is Sustainable Beekeeping?

Italian and Carniolan honeybees on lavendar

By Jim Bach Sustainable – what is it in beekeeping? Wikipedia suggests that it is: “the capacity to endure or continue” including the concepts of stewardship and responsible management. To further define sustainable the following sustaining factors must be considered: Genetics, quality, behaviors and survivorship of queens, and bee colonies, The occurrence, effect and survivorship of bee … [Read more...]

Swarm Management

by Bob Arnold Successful beekeeping depends upon having colonies at full strength when the major nectar flow starts. Swarming of the colony is a natural consequence of getting bees to the nectar flow with a large population of young healthy bees. Most colonies if managed to swarm strength by the major nectar flow will swarm if the colony is not managed properly. Even with the best of plans … [Read more...]

Oregon Master Beekeeper Program

By Carolyn Breece, Oregon State University The Oregon Master Beekeeper program is a long-term, in-depth educational program for beekeepers of all levels of experience. After 2 years of planning and consulting with the Washington State Master Beekeeper program, the Oregon Master Beekeeper program officially began in January 2012. Similar to the Washington Master Beekeeper program, there are 3 … [Read more...]