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Beekeepers of the Northern Shenandoah 

We are a group of beekeepers in the northwestern corner of Virginia who are dedicated to increasing public awareness about beekeeping and the valuable role of honey bees in nature and agriculture. We promote the art and science of beekeeping. 

Are you curious about bees, interested in learning about raising bees, or are you already a beekeeper? We'd enjoy meeting you! 

 

 

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ATTENTION CLUB MEMBERS!

Education Meetings  -  Online Videos and Articles - We've moved these educational materials to their own page!: (click here)

July ZOOM Educational Meeting - On Your Device Presentation
Thursday, July 9th - Recorded Session -- Member Only Access available now
Jennifer King, Eversweet Apiaries - Topic: "Integrated Pest Management” 
August ZOOM Educational Meeting - Live Presentation - Viewable on your Device 
Thursday, August 13th - 7:00 pm - Link to Online Zoom Meeting (click here)
Zac Lamas, 2019 PAm-Costco Scholar. A PhD candidate at the University of Maryland, studying at the vanEnglesdorp Bee Lab. - Topic: "Winter prep begins midsummer"

(Kindly remember to mute your microphone and cover your camera lens)
September ZOOM Educational Meeting - Live Presentation - Viewable on your Device 
Thursday, September 10th - 7:00 pm - online link to follow - Phil Craft - Topic TBA
October ZOOM Educational Meeting - Live Presentation - Viewable on your Device 
Thursday, October 8th - 7:00 pm - online link to follow - Pam and Rick Fisher - Topic TBA
November ZOOM Educational Meeting - Live Pesentation - Viewable on your Device 
Thursday, November 12th - 7:00 pm - online link to follow - Bob Walters - Topic TBA
December Meeting -
Thursday, December 10th - TBA

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BONS Meeting Information

 

 

 

BONS Membership Application

  ANNOUNCEMENTS

Live educational meetings at Blandy have been indefinitely postponed.  Meetings will resume when meeting restrictions have been lifted. Until then, please explore all our website has to offer and our monthly Zoom presentations.

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Club Honey Extraction:
Honey extraction at Blandy has begun. Contact Doug Morris for an appointment. A second club extractor is now available. Contact Doug Koch for an appointment. 
Attention Members -

Please be sure to read the safety requirements and use instructions prior to making an appointment (click here)

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Online Pollinator Series:
Penn State will be offering a Pollinator Webinar Series,  (click here)
(Recordings still available to view)

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Gardening for Bees:
Want to save the bees? This task is far more complicated than you might guess (click here)

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Varroa Decision Tool:
Honey Bee Health Coalition’s Varroa Management Tool: Helping beekeepers make informed varroa management and treatment decisions. (click here)

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Beehive Distribution Program:
Link to report
Link to Virginia State Documentation

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Bee Culture is free until the USPS can get things running smoother.  
FREE….. Because of the significant change in our lives as a result of COVID-19, many of us are working from home as we ‘social distance’ and quarantine ourselves. The USPS is doing the Best that they can, but mail is being delayed because of this disruption they are experiencing as well. This means, as we have heard from many of you, that your hard copy of Bee Culture is not showing up as in the past. We have a Digital version of Bee Culture. We are making this available to you at NO COST until this situation is over. This is how you can access it and read it for FREE online. Go to www.beeculture.com and click on the “Latest Issues” tap at the top of the page.

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BONS NUC Group -
Report #1 – Thursday, 3/26/20
Our mission is to encourage club members to produce nucs…both for their own apiaries and for possible sale. This follows a consensus among beekeepers that locally produced queens and hives contributes to the concept of “sustainability”.
Select this Link to read the full report.
CONTACTS:
Bruce Bryant
Rusty Foltz
Branson McKay

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Article:
Asian Giant Hornet: What’s in it for us?

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Article:
What is the Smartest Bug?

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Article
A 17-Year-Old from Connecticut is Saving Honey Bees

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Characteristics of Common Wasps and Bees:

While observers can easily confuse common wasps and bees at a distance or without close observation, there are many different characteristics of large bees and wasps that can be used to identify them. Indentification Chart

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DYI: Build 5 Frame Medium Nuc Box Plans – Makes 6 Boxes from One Sheet of ½” plywood.  Click for Plans

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Volunteer to tend the apiary at Sky Meadows Park
Volunteer beekeeper needed to take care of the  apiary at Sky Meadows. This is the actual tending to the hive(s) at the apiary on a regular basis There is one hive in the park apiary at this time. If interested please contact Bruce Bryant for details.

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VIRGINIA STATE APIARIST:
Beekeeping - Code of Virginia 

State Apiarist:
Keith Tignor
804-786-3515
VABees@vdacs.virginia.gov

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OUTYARD OPPORTUNITIES

Interested: click here

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National Honey Bee Day 2020
August 15, 2020 
 
National Honey Bee Day is observed on August 15, 2020. National Honey Bee Day (formerly National Honey Bee Awareness Day) is an awareness day started by beekeepers in the United States to build community awareness of the bee industry, through education and promotion.

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BONS CLUB TEE SHIRTS - $12.00 

ONLY 10 LEFT!
For sale at our monthly general meetings.

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DO IT NOW
Northern Virginia Honey bee Annual Cycle
This calendar is a suggested checklist of events in the beekeeper’s year. Weather conditions, hive locations, hive equipment, and the type of bees will influence actions and events throughout the year.
(click here)


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GOT QUESTIONS

Beekeepers are almost by definition curious individuals. The nature of beekeeping, as with most environmental relationship, is complex. Even some of the most experienced beekeepers are confounded by the mysteries of a bee hive. If you have a bee related question try our resources navigation link (leftside navigation bar)! Lots of help to choose from.

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MEMBERSHIP QUESTIONS

Please direct any membership questions or issues to: 
Paul Peters

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BEE CLASSES 

For information on beekeeping classes or class schedules please use the education link on the navigation bar or
click here

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BONS on FACEBOOK

Click here for FaceBook page 
All New - give it a try!

 

 

 

 

INTERESTING BEEKEEPER FACEBOOK SITES
Auburn University Beekeepers 

University of Georgia Honey Bee Lab
Honey Buzz 
Friends of Honey Bees
Beekeepers Guild of Southeast Virginia (Norfolk region)
New River Valley Beekeepers Association
National Honey Board
American Bee Journal

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FUNNY VIDEOS & ENTERTAINMENT
A bit of entertainment to keep you smiling while we practice social distancing.

 

 

           

 

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BEECHECK

Beecheck Map - Link
BeeCheck is a voluntary communication tool that enables beekeepers and pesticide applicators to work together to protect apiaries through use of the BeeCheck mapping program. It is not a substitute for any state regulatory requirements.

Click the icon to sign up and register your hives.
For more resources and information, please visit FieldWatch, Inc.

 

 


 

 

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WEBSITE DETAILS!

WEBSITE LAUNCH DATE: 11/10/2017

 SITE VISITS TO DATE:  68,916

AS OF:

MEMBERS REGISTERED:
205 MEMBERS

TOTAL CLUB REGISTERED:
89.6%

MEMBERS NON-REGISTERED: 
31 MEMBERS


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UPCOMING EVENTS at BLANDY EXPERIMENTAL FARM

400 Blandy Farm Lane       Boyce VA 22620
blandy.virginia.edu.

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UPCOMING EVENTS at SKY MEADOWS STATE PARK

11012 Edmonds Lane    Delaplane, VA 20144
Sky Meadows State Park

 

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BONS in the Community....

Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum - Pollinator Plaza

Eagle Scout Project

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DID YOU KNOW?

Honey bees can distinguish human faces in the form of photographic portraits. What’s more, they can remember a face they’ve become familiar with for at least two days.  It is doubtful whether the bees relate to what they’re seeing. They seem to believe the portraits they are presented with are really funny flowers, with the darker areas of the eyes and mouth representing recognizable patterns on “petals” that are actually the outline of the portrayed face   . . .
 

Buzz, Sting, Bite—Why We Need Insects by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson 
Photo by Laurie Shifflett

Why Honey Bee is Two Words
Regardless of dictionaries, we have in entomology a rule for insect common names that can be followed. It says: If the insect is what the name implies, write the two words separately; otherwise run them together. Thus we have such names as house fly, blow fly, and robber fly contrasted with dragonfly, caddicefly, and butterfly, because the latter are not flies, just as an aphislion is not a lion and a silverfish is not a fish. The honey bee is an insect and is preeminently a bee; “honeybee” is equivalent to “Johnsmith.”
 

— From Anatomy of the Honey Bee by Robert E. Snodgrass
 

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