Another year has roled around and while it still feels like winter, we are beginning to prepare for another booth at the State Fair. Our booth would not be successul without the many volunteers that setup, work, bring products to sell and tear down. We look forward to this year and another successful booth. Watch our State Fair page on how you can get involved.
Swarms are more prevalent in the Spring; however, anytime a hive is overcrowded they may swarm. What's the difference between a swarm and a cut out or trap out? If you need to find someone interested in removing swarms check out the Swarm Call List link below. If you have bees in a structure, check out the Cut Out List link below.
Swarms - a cluster of bees that have landed on a temporarily location, usually a tree limb or fence.
Cut outs - hive of bees are in a structure; home, garage, etc.
Trap Outs- a hive is located inside a structure that prohibits the removal of any of the structure to get to the bees. This is the most timeconsuming and requires several trips to the location.
Here is a Swarm Call List of Indiana Beekeepers Association by county along with name and contact numbers.
The Bee Informed Partnership is a 5 year effort funded by USDA/NIFA (U.S. Department of Agriculture/National Institute of Food and Agriculture). It is a large collaboration between research institutions, Universities, and beekeepers from all over the country.
The main idea behind the Bee Informed Partnership is to get information collected from beekeepers back to beekeepers quickly so they can make more informed decisions.
For more information on this and other research being done, visit the Research section on our Bee Links page.
The American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) held their January, 2014 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. And what a great conference it was. There were 10 Hoosiers who throughly enjoyed the Baton Rouge Bee Lab tour, Dr. Marion Ellis and other guest speakers. There were break out sessions, including two from our very own Mike and Debbie Seib and Indiana Beekeeper, Tim Ives, won third place for his honey. With over 80 vendors from across the states and a Kids program that was the "Buzz of the Show". Photos by Debbie Seib.
Left - Tim Ives in the vendor area. Looks like he's checking out the Fork Lifts.
Middle - Mike Seib, Shelby Kilpatrick (Texas Honey Queen) and Lawrence and Gordon (Beetle Blaster)
Right - Six of the 10 Indiana Beekeepers that attended the conference. Left to right: Mitch Yaclw, Jeff Dittemore, Tim Ives, Mike Seib, Debbie Seib and Ginger Davidson.
The Indiana Museum of Art and Slow Food Indy will be presenting a film on Thursday, April 17th called “More Than Honey” as part of the IMA’s Planet Indy program series. “More Than Honey” explores the multiple threats facing the world’s declining bee populations. After the film, they will have a few beekeepers representing Slow Food Indy and the IMA on hand to discuss topics and answer questions related to beekeeping. Our very own Ross Harding and Mac Williams are among the famous.
The program can be found on their website at http://www.imamuseum.org/film/planet-indy-more-honey. More information about the film can be found on the film’s website at http://www.morethanhoneyfilm.com/about.html.
So you weren't able to attend the Indiana Bee School and you're looking for a hands on event close to you? Check out the following events:
April 26th, Bee Intensive will be a full day of beekeeping workshops focusing on many advanced beekeeping techniques. This will be a round robin event. We will divide everyone up in the morning and workshops will rotate throughout the day. Everyone will attend all 5 workshops that rotate on an hourly basis. We will have drawings for door prizes and also offer a barbeque lunch provided by Hollow Log Honey.
In conjunction to all the workshops we are going to offer a beginning beekeeper class that will last most of the day. Click here to see the details and where to register.
May 3rd, for Brand New beekeepers that would like to know how to get started. We spend about 2 hours in an education session reviewing what you'll see in the hives. Next, we suit you up and get you hands on experience getting in a hive. As you will be working in the beeyard, there is a possibilty that you may get stung. We require you to register and we will send you specifics after you register.
Many of our members have been busy spreading the word about beekeeping with the community. See stories in the BEE Links page.
Would you like to know where you can buy honey in your local area? Click on 'Local Honey' or check out the 'Local Honey' page under 'Services'.
You can renew your membership or join the Indiana Beekeepers Association (IBA) using PayPal as well as continue to mail them in. If you'd like to mail them, please note the address for sending in your dues.
Indiana Beekeepers Association
7784 N. Sanctuary Lane
Mooresville, IN 46158
Attn: Debbie Seib, IBA Treasurer
The address label on your newsletter includes your dues expiration date.
For more information see the Membership tab on our website.
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