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Thoughts about beekeeping and beekeepers in Vermont along with links to local and national stories of interest. While most articles are public, VBA members who login to the site will have access to additional articles and features.

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Bees or Not?

Ia That a Bee?

Several times a week we respond to questions similar to this one from Woody Dionne, Physical Plant Director at Johnson Stat220px-Apis melliferae College. He writes:

"Over the past few years we have been experiencing more and more aggressive and invasive bees around the school. Is this something new or am I just getting more complaints? Yesterday I noticed that about four swarmed around me and I was walking in a parking lot....African bee's ?"

Good question and a good opportunity for VBA members to help educate the public about the differences between honey bees and other insects often mistaken for honey bees (Apis mellifera).

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A Fine Hive Mind

The University of Vermont's University Communications recently featured an article on UVM alumnus Dewey Caron on his expertise in beekeeping.

The Story of the Conference Bags

EAS 2012 Conference Attendees received more than the usual seminar tote bag. Each participant was given a hand-made burlap bag as a result of an idea by VBA's Diane Meyerhoff. She tells the story...

bagsmallAbout three years ago, while kicking around ideas for EAS 2012, Bill Mares and I talked about how much we dislike inexpensive conference bags. From there, an idea was born – why not make them out of used coffee bags and then burn them as smoker fuel?

Who knew that the next 2 ½ years would be filled with old sewing machines, thousands of yards of thread, a hundred bobbins, and incredible dust bunnies?

Some have said the bags are too nice to burn. I disagree. Please, go ahead and burn your bag with gusto as a final tribute to EAS 2012.

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Senators Write to EPA: Concern for Pollinators

Senators Kirsten Gillebrand (NY), Patrick Leahy (VT) and Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) recently sent a letter to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expressing their concern about the effects of thiamethoxam and clothianidin on honeybee health.

In it, they call for the EPA to expedite the review due to the potential for harm to honeybees and other pollinators.

You can read the letter here.