VBA Member Chaz Mraz attended the 2011 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow in Galveston and tells us that several educational sessions were recorded as audio files during the conference and are now available on the 2011 conference Web site:
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Aaarrrgh. Today the temperature reached 60 degrees in our part of Addison County so we took the opportunity after work to check our hives only to find we had lost them all.
This was especially upsetting since only a few weeks ago - during the last warm spell they were fine... flying during a sunny day.
Since then we had some nasty weather, both snow and extreme cold. Three of the hives were filled with dead bees while the last was empty.
All four hives had plenty of honey and there is no sign of disease so perhaps the drastic weather change...
Anyway, please check out the latest unscientific poll on the front page asking about Winter Bee Loss and send us your stories for inclusion here.
And we'll just start over, putting our plans on expansion on hold, and try again!
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On Town Meeting Day 2011, VPR commentator (and VBA President) Bill Mares reflects on the decision-making process in human and honeybee societies.