The 2019 Summer Meeting of the NCSBA will be held in Hickory, NC, on August 8-10, 2019.
A new garden design tool being developed at NCSU will be a valuable resource for beekeepers, gardeners and wildlife advocates. With students at NC State, Assistant Professor of Applied Ecology Dr. Elsa Youngsteadt is developing an online tool for designing and visualizing pollinator gardens.
Dr. Youngsteadt’s research and outreach deal with the ecology and health of pollinators in urban environments. She says, “I have noticed that a barrier for homeowners who want to create pollinator habitat is their discomfort with the garden design process, particularly when faced with lists of pollinator-friendly plants that may not be traditional ornamentals.”
To overcome this barrier, Youngsteadt is working with NCSU’s computer science students to develop an online garden-design tool, driven by a database of recommended pollinator plants for North Carolina. The app will allow users to design a garden, see how it would look, check for recommended design features, and make adjustments prior to real-world installation.
Beyond its pollinator-friendly plant palette and the ability to show the garden in side view AND layout view, the application will also generate reminders if a planned garden doesn’t meet recommendations such as having variety in flower colors and shapes in each season.
This fall, the software project made the cut for development in the Senior Design Center capstone course at NC State. Youngsteadt says,the basic application will be free. Users will need to create an account. “To support maintenance costs, we might add premium features in the future, but the core functionality will be available to everyone.”
To find out more about the design app, visit Dr. Youngsteadt’s website, http://youngsteadtlab.org/index.php/extension/pollinator-garden-planner/. To help with future usability testing of her garden design application or to invite her to talk with your chapter about her urban pollinator research, email Youngsteadt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following hotels have agreed to give special rates for those attending the NCSBA/SCBA Joint Spring Meeting [Read more…] about 2019 Spring Meeting Hotels
Two workshops are available this spring from the Born & Bred Queen Rearing Program. [Read more…] about 2019 Born & Bred Workshops Announced
Registration is now open for the Joint NCSBA/SCBA Spring Meeting in Monroe, NC, March 1-2, 2019.
Advanced registration saves you $10, reduces the time you spend standing in line, and reduces the number of headaches suffered by those running the conference. Your bees know to get things done without lallygagging about; follow their example!
SPRING TESTING FOR THE MASTER BEEKEEPER PROGRAM April 27, 2019
In Focus, a news show produced by Spectrum News, broadcast two segments at the end of November of interest to beekeepers. [Read more…] about McGrady Discusses Honey Bees on Local News
Two free, identical workshops will be held in North Carolina for Veterinarians.
The deadline is fast approaching to file a “Notice Of Loss”. Please refer to the link below to see how to file for assistance.
Please refer to the Farm Service Agency’s Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program Fact Sheet for more information. The website is www.fsa.usda.gov/Assets/USDA-FSA-Public/usdafiles/FactSheets/2018/elap_fact_sheet_april2018.pdf
Please contact your local Farm Service Agency for assistance.
The Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm Raised Fish Program (ELAP) admistered through the USDA is able to help with honey bee losses due to Hurricane Florence. [Read more…] about Hurricane Florence Assistance
SALISBURY – The Piedmont Research Station in Salisbury will host Pollinator Field Day Sept. 8 from 1 to 5 p.m. [Read more…] about Pollinator Field Day to be held Sept. 8 at the Piedmont Research Station in Salisbury
Barely over a month until the Summer Conference in Flat Rock, NC. Are you ready? Are you excited? NCSBA is working hard to provide you with an enjoyable and informative conference.
A tentative schedule is now available.
Congratulations to Sharry and Doug Mikell on their latest success. These NC Certified Honey Producers will now be selling their products at the famed Biltmore Estate, among other venues. [Read more…] about North Carolina Certified Honey Producer Chosen as Vendor at the Biltmore Estate, Blue Ridge Parkway
Town Beekeeping Requirements Inquiry
We are looking to compile a list of towns that require you to pay for a permit to have bees within the town limits.
We would also like to know what that fee is if you know.
We need to have of list of all towns in North Carolina;
also if any town have incentives to keep bees.
Thanks for your help. This will help as we go forward.
North Carolina State Beekeepers Association
Master Beekeeper Committee
Born & Bred Committee
Representative Chuck McGrady, co-chair of the House Appropriations Committee, heard from the NCSBA leadership about the sorry conditions at the NCSU honey bee lab and the urgent need for legislative support for NCSU’s apiculture program and decided to take a firsthand look. [Read more…] about Key Member of NC General Assembly Tours the NCSU Honey Bee Lab
Excited about the Summer Meeting yet? NCSBA has an intriguing lineup of speakers. Read a bit more about some of amazing apiarists presenting in July.
Phil Craft served as the Kentucky State Apiarist from 1999 through 2011. Phil continues to communicate with beekeepers through his “Ask Phil” question/answer column which appears in Bee Culture magazine, and through his webpage, Philcrafthivecraft.com. He is also the U.S. technical adviser for Veto-pharma, the maker of Apivar, Varroa Easy Check, and other products. A native of the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, he now lives out in the sticks in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky near Lexington with his family, a very old dog, and some bee hives.
Dr. Thomas D. Seeley is the Horace White Professor in Biology at Cornell University. He is based in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, where he teaches courses on animal behavior and does research on the behavior and social life of honey bees. His scientific work has primarily focused on understanding the phenomenon of swarm intelligence (SI): the solving of cognitive problems by a group of individuals who pool their knowledge and process it through social interactions. His work is summarized in three books: Honeybee Ecology (1985), The Wisdom of the Hive (1995), and Honeybee Democracy (2010).
David Tarpy is a Professor of Entomology and the Extension Apiculturist at North Carolina State University since 2003. His research interests focus on the biology and behavior of honey bee queens in order to better improve the overall health of queens and their colonies. His work has provided some of the best empirical evidence that multiple mating by queens confers multiple and significant benefits to colonies through increased genetic diversity of their nestmates. More recently, his lab group has focused on the reproductive potential of commercially produced queens, testing their genetic diversity and mating success in an effort to improve queen quality.
Latest issue of the Wolfpack’s Waggle
Greetings from the NC State Apiculture Program!
You can now access our latest issue of the our program’s newsletter, the Wolfpack’s Waggle, which can also be found as usual through:
The slow start to the spring means a delayed research season, which has everyone on edge. Typically we are up and fully running at this point, but we are just only now gearing up to do our experiments for this summer. At last count, we have 20 different projects for which we are actively collecting data this year, which is an astounding level of productivity.
Two of our off-campus postdoctoral researchers, Dan Charbonneau (UPenn) and Daiana De Souza (Galveston), are temporarily here at NC State to conduct their field research.
Samples have been flying into the Queen & Disease Clinic this year, so our services seem to be gaining traction in the industry.
All four of the graduate students in the program (James, Joe, Hannah, and Lauren) are heavily involved in their respective projects, but they each also have one or more side projects that they’re actively participating in.
It is clear that when we look back on things, this will be a very busy summer!
I hope everyone is keeping up with their bees this spring! Sincerely, David
David R. Tarpy
Professor and Extension Apiculturist
Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology
Campus Box 7613
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Raleigh, NC 27695-7613
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Bee Informed Partnership
(BIP) 2018 SENTINEL APIARY PROGRAM
The Bee Informed Partnership is looking for participants in their Sentinel Apiary Program. Below is the information we received from them.
My name is Dan Reynolds, and I’m a research specialist with the Bee Informed Partnership: https://beeinformed.org/
We research colony survivorship and provide diagnostics for beekeepers across the US.
I am reaching out to beekeeping organizations and representatives for participation in the fifth year of the Sentinel Apiary Program. We had a great year for participation in 2017 and are looking to do the same for 2018.
Spots are limited, so if this is something that you or your club might be interested in, please let me know and I can reserve a spot for you.
The program starts in May and we have a little over a month to get in those last applications.
This program is specifically suited to beekeeping groups or smaller beekeepers. Beekeeping organizations often use the program as a teaching tool for new beekeepers, or have an individual participate on behalf of the group as a benchmark diagnostic tool for colonies in your area.
You can find more information about the Sentinel Apiary Program on the Bee Informed Partnership website, which can be viewed here:
Please feel free to ask us about how beekeeping clubs specifically use the program.
The Program consists of six months of sampling (May-October) for either 4 or 8 colonies
(8 is recommended, but if you will only have 7 or fewer in 2018 then 4colonies is an option).
Participating in the Program means you will:
1. Take monthly samples of ~300 bees from each colony and mail them to our lab to be processed for Varroa and Nosema
2. Perform a routine health inspection of each colony during each sampling (we ask you to record Frames of Bees, Brood Pattern, and Queen Status)
3. Optional: share hive scale data (if you already have one or want to purchase one, we have several supported vendors which can be found here: https://beeinformed.org/programs/sentinel/
What we do for you is:
1. Provide all materials and instructions needed to complete sampling
2. Send you diagnostic reports about your Varroa and Nosema levels within two weeks of receiving your samples
3. Keep all of your data in a safe, anonymous online database so it can be viewed by beekeepers in your region as a “Sentinel” or first line of defense for watching Varroa levels.
Varroa map can be seen here: https://bip2.beeinformed.org/sentinel/
Hive Scale map can be seen here: https://bip2.beeinformed.org/hive-scales/public
Past Sentinel participants say the Program helps improve your colony health monitoring, record keeping, and Varroa management. It can also be used as a valuable teaching tool to share with new beekeepers, or other beekeepers in your area or beekeeping club. Plus, non-participating beekeepers in your area will benefit from being able to see your Sentinel data shared online as a benchmark for colony health in their region!
How to Sign Up & COSTS:
The price for the Program is:
$275 for 4 colonies or $499 for 8 colonies.
If you would like to participate, please fill out the enrollment form:
and send a check made payable to University of Maryland to:
Bee Informed Partnership
4112 Plant Sciences Building
College Park, MD 20742
Please let me know if you have any questions at all. I’d be happy to talk more about the details of the Program!
Bee Informed Partnership
University of Maryland
4112 Plant Sciences Building
College Park, MD 20742