VT Bee Blog

Welcome to the Vermont Bee Blog...

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.

VBA Members are invited to submit their thoughts, articles and images. Simply login to the site and click the Submit an Article button to join the conversation. livemarks


"Share a Bear" Story

Have your bees experienced a close encounter of the bear kind?

If so, we'd like to hear your story. (We've heard that attacks are on the increase and it would be helpful to learn as much as we can.)

Please provide a brief description of the event along with pictures if you've got 'em and forward to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

We'll post your "Share a Bear" story in this space.

Webtools you may not be aware of...

We wanted to remind you of some of the features available to you on the VBA website...

Under the Resources tab you'll find links to clubs, general information and other services including Newsfeeds on bee-related topics. Just added is the RSS feed of Kim Flottum's Catch the Buzz newsletter... updated automatically.

Speaking of RSS feeds you may not know what that is. A RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works—such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video—in a standardized format.

You can subscribe to them by using your web browser or email client software. The nice thing about RSS is it does the work for you. You don't need to go hunting for information - it updates itself. And we've got RSS working for you throughout the VBA website.

Simply look for this icon 16px-Feed-icon_svg on various pages throughout the site, click, and you've subscribed to the content on that page. Since the VT Bee Blog gets updated quite frequently you might want to subscribe to that RSS feed.

VBA Members can access our online Forums that allow you to talk with other members. A virtual mentoring tool, so to speak.

Bee Virus Mapping Project

A Montana firm is looking to create a a national bee virus map that would include the distribution, diversity, frequency and intensity of honeybee viruses.

BVS, Inc. needs samples and contacts to develop the resource and is reaching out to beekeepers nationwide. If you are interested in learning more or participating you may read about it here.

The "Buzz" at the Lodge at Otter Creek

Several weeks ago we were contacted by Sara Wool from The Lodge at Otter Creek, a Bee-11-300x225senior 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.