PSBA Summer Picnic & Queen Swap
The annual PSBA Summer Picnic will be held Saturday, August 6, 2016 at the Fisher Bee Farm in McVeytown. The Fisherís will be providing meats and punch. Guests are asked to bring a side dish and dessert to share and also a lawn chair. The Executive Board will meet at 10:00 a.m. with lunch to follow at 12:30 p.m. All clubs are encouraged to send a representative. Make a queen swap from your really great colony. A queen swap will take place among anyone that wishes to share that great genetics. Details and directions on our Upcoming Events page.
2016 PA State Apiary Inspection
PSBA Waggle is an emailed posting that expedites information that needs to be more timely or specific than the newsletter. Everyone that receives the state newsletter by email, will also receive these posts. They are now also available here on the website:
New Waggle from 7-11-16
Old Waggles are archived along with regular published newsletters.
PSBA Bee Friendly Initiative
The Bee Friendly PA Program is an effort designed to recognize communities throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for their efforts in supporting honeybee health through legislation, education, pest management, green space care and community support. Municipalities are now encouraged to apply for the Bee Friendly PA designation. Application and further details available at the Bee Friendly Cities PA website. Additional sponsors are also being sought.
Landscapes for Honey Bees Project - Beekeepers wanted!
PSBA will be a sponsor of a new beekeeper-scientist partnership project, "Landscapes for Honey Bees"! The goal is to identify landscape features (land use, forage quality, microclimate) that best support honey bee populations, by working with a network of cooperating beekeepers that cover a wide variety of landscapes, from urban to agricultural to rural.
"The Penn State Center for Pollinator Research is recruiting beekeepers from Pennsylvania and surrounding states to assist in research on how landscape features affect the quality of apiaries. The Landscapes for Bee Project will inform land managers, growers and beekeepers about how to find and create optimum resources for bees." Read more...Project Website & Registration More about pollinators
"Why did my honey bees die?"
Wondering what happened? Read the article at beeinformed.org
2016 PA Farm Show Photos
The PA Farm Show was a success and photos have been added to our Farm Show page. Photos courtesy of Charles Vorisek - used by permission.
ABF Complimentary Membership for New Members
The American Beekeeping Federation is offering a free 2016 membership for anyone who has never been a member of ABF. See their website for details.
Sentinel Apiary Project
Bee Informed Partnership is looking for beekeeping groups from across the country who manage 8 or more colonies and are interested to participate in their Sentinel Apiary Project. If you chose to participate, your club will receive monthly disease reports of Nosema and Varroa levels as well as colony health monitoring with hive scales. Data collected can be shared among those in your group, as your Sentinel Apiary will represent beekeeping conditions specific to your region. All personal data collected will remain confidential; however hive scale and disease data from Sentinel apiaries will be on a shared, public website. Subsidies available for the cost of hive scales for qualifying groups. Deadline to apply is April 15th; however enrollment is limited. Details and application available at beeinformed.org.
2015 Annual Conference News and Photos
The PSBA 2015 Beekeeper of the Year award was presented to Maryann Frazier at the conference banquet. As the senior extension associate in the Department of Entomology at Penn State specializing in apiculture, Maryann is responsible for honey bee extension throughout the state and cooperatively across the Mid-Atlantic region. She teaches courses in beekeeping, general entomology and teacher education and is involved in the departmentís innovative public outreach program. She has worked closely with Chris Mullin and Jim Frazier on the potential role of pesticides on declining honey bee health in general and in 2010 co-authored a landmark paper on the presence of specific toxins in pollen and wax.
Maryann is also committed to international development, having worked with beekeepers in Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Costa Rica, and Panama and has been a long time philosopher, guide and friend for countless members of the PSBA.
Maryann will be retiring from her position at Penn State. Congratulations Maryann.
Conference Photos (Photos by Ken Hoover)
State declares "Pollinator Week"June 15-21 designated as Pollinator Week.
Pennsylvania Honey Queen Program
The Pennsylvania Honey Queen Program may be able to provide a speaker for your event. See details and contact information on our Honey Queen page. The honey queen also writes a monthly article detailing her past activities.
Honey Sale Legislation Documents
Bee Behavior Expert Studies Honeybee Swarms
Read the Smithsonian article about Thomas Seeley: "The Secret Life of Bees".
Previous editions of the PSBA Newsletter are now archived online for your convenience.
A list of Pesticide descriptions and information is available on our Current Research page.
Documents and Brochures Available in PDF Format
Best Management Practices (updated 6/25/13)
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