Several weeks ago we were contacted by Sara Wool from The Lodge at Otter Creek, a senior living community in Middlebury. She wanted to know if anyone might be interested in establishing a small bee yard on their property as a possible learning experience for the community's residents.
VBA member John Mailloux followed up and will be providing a community demonstration on May 22nd. You can read about it (and the "Vermont Hive") on the Lodge at Otter Creek's blog.
Vermont State Apiculturist Steve Parise sends along this information about Mite Away Quick Strips (MAQ) as a follow-up to the announcement about approval for use in Vermont.
MAQS has been in the marketplace in Hawaii for 18 month, and now parts of the mainland US for 2 months. There has been a lot of interest and many phone calls. Here is a Top-10 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) list for MAQS:
PrintEmailLeif Richardson writes to us:
"I am a PhD student at Dartmouth College, where I work on plant-pollinator interactions, particularly pollination stuff with bumblebees.
"I am doing an experiment this year in which I hope to induce many bumblebee queens to nest indoors in artificial nest boxes, then move these colonies to particular sites in order to artificially increase the density of pollen-collecting flower visitors.