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Spring Build-Up and Inspections

Wednesday night Anne Marie Fauvel, beekeeper and educator from Grand Valley State University, spoke to the Kalamazoo Bee Club about spring her spring to-do list. Below is an overview of the information covered. 1,093 more words

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Of Mice and Bees

I apologize for my absence, but we’ve been in the process of moving. We made the decision on a bit of a whim, but my husband is a builder and has always dreamed of building his own home. 719 more words

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A Beekeeper's Spring To-Do List

When should I uncover my hives?

More and more beekeepers in the north are experimenting with different overwintering protections: insulation, foam, wind blocks, heating elements, etc. 812 more words

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Varroa Mites: Your 2016 Action Plan

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February in the midwest is rough. I’m a school teacher, so I’m now quite removed from Christmas break, but still far from spring break. 1,290 more words

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Winter Neglect

I admit, I’ve definitely been absent around here as of late. Lots of things going on, but not a ton of it is bee-related!

Yesterday I presented at the Kalamazoo Bee Club’s annual Bee School. 243 more words

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Buying Bees: Nucs vs. Packages

If you are just getting into beekeeping, or looking to increase your apiary, now is the time to start debating nucs vs. packages. There are only so many ways to acquire bees: nucs, packages, catching a swarm, or making a split from someone else’s hive. 1,369 more words

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What is the Waggle Dance? (And why do they do it?)

I’m currently reading Fruitless Fall: The Collapse of the Honey Bee and the Coming Agricultural Crisis by Rowan Jacobsen.  In the first two chapters, he does a wonderful job of outlining the history of honey bees in America, a brief introduction of their importance, as well as an overview of the inner workings of a hive. 613 more words

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