Pollinator Habitat Established by the St Croix Beekeepers Association A group of commercial and hobby beekeepers from Pierce, St Croix and Polk Counties with the mission of teaching members and informing the public of the benefits of the proper nurturing of honey bees planted a native plant pollinator garden last week (June 12, 2014) at the Peace Lutheran Church near Baldwin, WI.  Pastor John Hanson of Peace Lutheran Church in Baldwin, has created community gardening space on church grounds for use by parish and community members. He offered the beekeeper group, who meet in the fellowship hall of the church for their monthly meetings, a small plot of garden space on which to plant a pollinator native plant garden, which once established will provide a nectar and pollen source for the honey bees kept on church grounds as well as other pollinators in the area.     On June 12 a small group from the beekeeper association along with Pastor John Hanson planted approximately 150 plants of 9 different native plant species in a 10x20ft space, using cardboard as a biodegradable mulch which will remain in place until plants are established enough to out-compete weeds. The group will use the native plant plot for educational purposes as well as a food source for bees on church premises. The St Croix Beekeepers Association also keeps two beehives on the property which they use for education and observational purposes.
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Preventing Winter Loss

Interview with Peter Trodtfeld on honey bee colony winter losses and how beekeepers can monitor and reduce the Varroa mite infestation levels in their hives. Read more about it here. Jim’s Blog (Natures Nectar) What should I be doing with my bees this month? Follow along with Jim on his beekeeping journey. Pick up pointers on all sorts of issues that go along with beekeeping.  You can find Jim’s Blog here.
SCVBA Field Mite Demo by UM Bee Squad Where: Horst M. Rechelbacher Pollinator Project 1017 Cascade ST N Osceola, WI 54020 A mite demonstration and talk. The field day was scheduled specifically for our group - at the HMR (Horst M. Reichenbach ) Pollinator Project site. Approximately 25 members attended the outing. Becky Masterman from the UM Bee Squad started off the evening at 5PM with a short discussion about the Pollinator Project. Those present then entered the bee yard as Ms Masterman demonstrated how to do a powdered sugar mite count on one of the hives. Members were able to see the queen on one of the frames and see a significant amount of pollen on the frames. Alternate methods of bee sample collection were demonstrated along with the correct shaking technique for dislodging the mites. A second hive was also tested and that hive was used as a demo on how to handle an angry hive. The sample of bees in the “shaker” were passed around and some members were able to smell the alarm pheromone.   More information on the Pollinator project can be found at: http://www.beelab.umn.edu/bee- squad/bee-squad-programs - The HMR Pollinator Project is an interdisciplinary effort to support pollinator health on an organic farm in Osceola.

Looking to help the Honey Bees

One of the best ways to support healthy hives is to provide ample foraging.  Keeping a garden that provides not just nectar, pollen and hibitats, but also refrains from using toxic pesticides will go a long way towards helping bees and other pollinators.  Click here to see the products to avoid using.
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