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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.

Read more...

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.

Bee Sounds

I was going through one of my hives the other day and one bee was making the oddest noise.  It was a higher pitch and at first I thought there might be another insect.  Is that a sign of a hive that swarmed?  I suspect they did.  There was a lot of scouting activity a few days before I checked the hive, I couldn't find the queen and there were no eggs or young larva.  Q: Is there any information on the sounds that honey bees make?

Pictures of Success

VBA Recording Secretary Michael Willard of Green Mountain Bee Farm in Fairfax passes along these photos showing the brood pattern they've been seeing (left) and two hives on the right. Michael attributes the growth they've seen to raising their own queens.

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