Notes from Dewey – May 2024

by Dewey M. Caron, Communications and Content Specialist for the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program Blue-green algal diet Have you heard about a new bee diet of blue-green algae? It reportedly helps in control of Deformed Wing virus (DWV). DWV reaches epidemic levels when varroa mites feed on adult fat body and developing bee pupae and … Read more

Opportunities for in-hive education – April 2024

Opportunities for in-hive education Compiled by Dr. Dewey Caron There are three monthly in-hive opportunities that Master Beekeepers members might wish to join. All include open hive and great opportunity to ask questions. OSU Friday in the Apiary – at Oak Creek Apiary, Corvallis. On OSU campus with OSU Bee Lab personnel. Off 36th avenue … Read more

Notes from Dewey – April 2024

by Dewey M. Caron, Communications and Content Specialist for the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program Why do bees have a queen? Why do bees have queens? asks Rhylie, age 8, Rosburg, Washington.  [CuriousKidsUS@theconversation.com] Well beekeepers know most bees, the roughly 20,000 described species, do not have queens while our backyard colonies usually have one in resident … Read more

Notes from Dewey – March 2024

by Dewey M. Caron, Communications and Content Specialist for the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program Hangry bees Walsh, Liz, et.al. 2023. Hangry bees: Pollen deprivation affects temper in Pol-line honey bees (Apis mellifera). 2023 ABRC Bee Culture April 2023.  DOI: https://doi.org/10.55406/ABRC.23. The American Association of Professional Apiculturists (AAPA) hosted its annual meeting, the American Bee Research Conference … Read more

Bee Schools around our region – March/April 2024

Bee Schools around our region Compiled by Dr. Dewey Caron More information can be found by visiting the club websites – a listing can be found here: https://orsba.org/affliliated-associations/ March 9th Central Oregon Beekeepers Association COBKA 8:30-3:30 March 16, 9-4. Klamath Basin KBBA March 18, 19 and 21st evenings TVBA joined by Columbia Co  Columbiacountyoregonbeekeepers@gmail.com SOBA … Read more

Bee Schools around our region – February 2024

Bee Schools around our region Compiled by Dr. Dewey Caron Last month four February Bee Schools/Events for new and less-experienced beekeepers were mentioned in this space. Here are some later February/March events. Next month we will feature April events. Central Oregon Beekeepers Association: March 9th, 2024 from 8:330 am to 3:30 pm. Space is limited! … Read more

New Resource on Feeding Bees – February 2024

NEW Resource on Feeding Bees By Dr. Dewey Caron Beekeepers now have a valuable resource at their fingertips with the release of the latest comprehensive Honey Bee Nutrition Guide from the Honey Bee Health Coalition. The guide is a review manual on everything you need to know, up-to-date bee nutrition and supplemental feeding of bee hives. It … Read more

Notes from Dewey – February 2024

by Dewey M. Caron, Communications and Content Specialist for the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program Free seeds for bees The Grow This! Oregon Garden Challenge, Oregon State University Extension’s statewide seed giveaway, with continued partnership with the Oregon Bee Project begins its fifth year. It is a program of Food Hero, a statewide initiative of the … Read more

Bee Schools around our region

Advertise your Bee School (compiled by Dr. Dewey Caron) For next month I would like to help you advertise your bee school/bee events for new/les-experienced beekeepers in this space. Here are some early classes that will take place in early February. The Portland Metro beekeeping group has one of the earliest bee courses.  John Rockrohr, … Read more

Notes from Dewey – January 2024

by Dewey M. Caron, Communications and Content Specialist for the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program Large European Foulbrood grant awarded to OSU Bee Labs By this time next month most of the Sagili and Melathopoulos bee lab personnel will be in California almond orchards. They will be assessing bee colonies as part of a $4.2 million, … Read more