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President's Corner

Welcome to Medina Beekeepers! Have you seen the Black Locust blooms? You’ll seldom see such an abundant flowering for everything. Perhaps the lack of too many hard frosts this spring? One result for your bees has been a super fast recovery from the cold spring, with many reporting swarm conditions or swarms. This is prime swarm season, so check your hives often and make sure they have room for the queen to lay. For overwintered hives supers should be on.

Normally this will not be as urgent for first year beekeepers, but at least one already added a super.

Don’t forget to STOP FEEDING SS if you add a super!

UPDATE: Several beekeepers have asked why their bees are just "hanging out" on the front porch, not doing much. They move back and forth (called washboarding), and sometimes "beard" on the front of the hive. First, the big wave of nectar from the trees is mostly over so they are bored, waiting for the next wave of flowers. Second, it's so hot and humid some of the bees stay outside to help keep the hive from getting too hot. You may also see them fanning to circulate air into the hive. Soon you should see renewed activity.

Paul Kosmos

Announcements

MCBA Special Event !!!

Come join us on Sunday, June 24th for a tour of Stan Hywet Hall, Gardens, and Butterfly exhibit. Times are 11:00 - 2:00 pm. Check the calendar for location and a link to register for the event. Hope to see you there!

It's almost Fair Time! !!!

This event generates much of the income that enables the club to bring in national speakers. We encourage all members to get involved. Sellers packets can be picked up at the regular June meeting. Fair booth cleanup and training will take the place of the July membership meeting and will include the Mandatory Seller's Meeting. If you plan on selling your hive products at the fair, you must attend this meeting. Fair Dates are July 30 - August 5, 2018. Questions should be addressed to Peggy Garnes.

First-time users

Welcome to the Medina County Beekeepers Association's website. We hope you enjoy your time here and can find what you want about bees and beekeeping.
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Mentor list

MCBA has a strong mentoring tradition. If you are interested in learning more in a one-on-one setting, go to our online mentor list and give a call to one of our volunteers. Be sure to read the expectations of a mentee so you can get the most out of the experience.

If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please also go the the mentor list and add yourself to the page. Thanks for volunteering.

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Become a member

Interested in joining the club? Come to a meeting and see what we're about. If you like what you see, we will help you get signed up. read more

USDA Honey bee Disease Diagnostic Services

USDA Honey Bee Disease Diagnostic Services, Beltsville MD is back up and running.

The USDA-ARS is extremely pleased to welcome Samuel Abban to the Bee Diagnostic Service.

Mr. Abban has ten years experience with honey bee disease diagnostics and research and he will ably run this program. Sam will board July 10, 2017 and with assistance from Bee Research laboratory staff will begin analyzing past and future samples submitted to the service. We will focus on brood samples as a means of addressing concerns over foulbrood disease and antibiotic prescriptions.

Please be patient as we dig through a substantial backlog of samples, but our aim is to strengthen the USDA Disease Diagnostic Service for another 100 years.

Finally, words can’t describe our thanks to the Bee Informed partnership for their support of Sam and bee diagnostics while we waited for an opportunity to bring Sam onboard with USDA.

How to Submit Samples https://www.ars.usda.gov/northeast-area/beltsville-md/beltsville-agricultural-research-center/bee-research-laboratory/docs/how-to-submit-samples/


     

Picture of the month

The bees are making up for lost time in a hurry! Click to Enlarge.

Topics of Interest

  • MCBA - the Club - Club contacts, officers, become a member, talk about meetings, upcoming events and other things specific to the club
  • Bee diseases & parasites - for discussion of varroa, tracheal mites, Foulbrood and all the other things that can kill your bees.
  • Classifieds - Buy, sell, trade or talk about beekeeping equipment - what works, what doesn't and why.
  • Getting started with bees - questions for and by new beekeepers. Where should I put my hives? What do I really need? How hard is it?
  • Urban beekeeping - articles and experiences with beekeeping near people
  • Blessings of the Bees - some prayers, poems and other evidence of the spiritual connection between bees and mankind.
  • Bee Still Encounters - Bee Encounters of the Closest Kind by Medina Beekeepers
  • Resources and links - hundreds more links of questionable value
  • Photo albums - Look here for photos of Medina Beekeepers
  • Bait Hives Why not try to attract a swarm in your good, clean, unused equipment?
  • Growing Degree Days Want to know what's in bloom or about to? Looking to make varietal honey? One way to tell is by Growing Degree Days.

MCBA Contacts

President: Paul Kosmos
330.239.1379 president@medinabeekeepers.com

Vice President: Peggy Garnes
330-723-6265 vp@medinabeekeepers.com

Secretary: Kim Barkfelt
330-225-7641 secretary@medinabeekeepers.com

Treasurer: Toni Watson
214-505-3008 treasurer@medinabeekeepers.com

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