A PDF of Alamance County Hive Locations can be downloaded HERE. This is a Geographic Information System (GIS) map composed of multiple layers of information. In this case an Alamance County map has 122 hive locations plotted with a 1-mile flight radius that our honey bees travel as they forage on nectar & pollen. Also included are Alamance County’s Voluntary Agriculture Districts that include properties that are dedicated to either five acres of horticulture, ten acres of agriculture, or twenty acres of forestry.
The video below was posted as part of the “The Collectors” series posted at FiveThirtyEight. The video features University of Maryland entomologist Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp as he discusses the impact of Varroa mites on honey bees.
If you were not able to attend Dr. Nancy Adamson’s presentation on Farming for Bees and Other Beneficial Insects at the January meeting, she has kindly provided a PDF copy of her presentation and it is available for download HERE
In addition she provided a Pollinator Conservation Web Resources PDF for the Eastern U.S. with additional resources for North Carolina. That is available for download HERE
Pollinator Conservation Resources for the the Mid-Atlantic Region that includes NC is located on the The Xerces Society website. Lists of recommended pollinator plants, conservation guides, native pollinator plant nurseries and seed companies, and bee identification and monitoring resources can found HERE
The Franklin County Beekeepers Association is spearheading a North Carolina specialty plate to honor our state insect, the honey bee. They need 300 people to sign up. It doesn’t cost that much… and they need 300 applicants in a timely fashion. More information can be found here.
BEGINNING BEEKEEPING COURSE – 2015
We would like to announce that starting on January 20, 2015 the Alamance County Beekeepers will start the 24th consecutive year of offering a Beginning Beekeeping Course. The objective of the course is to create an interest in beekeeping and provide information needed for a person to become a keeper of honey bees, a beekeeper. No prior experience is required to take the course.
Even though you have registered in advance, we would like for you to come a little early, maybe 6:15 or 6:30 p.m., on the first night, January 20th, so that we will have time to issue nametags and handbooks and still be ready to start our class at 7:00 p.m.
If you know someone interested in taking this course, we would appreciate you sharing the above information with that person.
This course announcement will also be posted on the Alamance County Beekeepers Web Site - http://alamancebeekeepers.org
Hope to see you on January 20th
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