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DATELINE: WINCHESTER, VABeekeepers of the Northern Shenandoah hold their annual family picnic!

     "A SIGHT TO BEHOLD. UNDENIABLY FUN FOR ALL!"
BONS members, families, and guests invaded Jim Barnett Park Saturday morning at 11:00am and occupied the POW/MIA Pavilion until 3:30pm. 
The burgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers along with member-contributed side dishes and desserts were unquestionably, mouth watering! This reporter can confirm that the magnificent desserts were devoured with fanaticism and with hardly a crumb leftover. FYI: The members talked bees, and bees, and more bees. What else, it’s a bee club! Well, actually a few played horseshoes and corn hole!
Thanks to many club volunteers who dived in to make the picnic a roaring success. 

BONS PICNIC PHOTO GALLERY (click here)

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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. 
Curious about bees, interested in learning about bees, or already a beekeeper,
come visit us, we'd enjoy meeting you!
 

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There is a shocking future awaiting us if we don't work
to help save our precious pollinators.

  • Remember, one out of every three bites of food we eat as Americans, we owe to pollinators!
  • Remember, 75% of all flowering plants on earth rely on pollinators to reproduce and thrive!

 Explore our website and learn more about the importance
of bees and how beekeepers are working to resolve this crisis.

Q.) What is the hobby of beekeeping called?
A.) Apiculture - Beekeeping is called apiculture. Apiculture refers to the maintenance of bee colonies in manmade hives. Basically, apiculture is the scientific method of raising Honey Bees.

Q.) Why don't beekeepers get stung often?
A.) Beekeepers use strategies to avoid stings. Beekeepers also often use smokers when working with their bees. A little smoke around the hive helps to calm the bees and make them less active. When they're calm and docile, bees are much less likely to sting.

Q.) Do bees remember you?
A.) Bees may have brains the size of poppy seeds, but they're able to pick out individual features on human faces and recognize them during repeat interactions.

Q.) Can bees recognize humans?
A.) Well, we don't all look alike to them, according to a new study that shows Honey Bees, who have 0.01% of the neurons that humans do, can recognize and remember individual human faces.

Q.) What colors do bees not like?
A.) Bees instinctively perceive dark colors as a threat. Wear white, tan, cream, or gray clothing as much as possible and avoid black, brown, or red clothes.

Q.) Do bees like music?
A.) Scientific studies show that Honey Bees prefer the music genre of "Bee-Bop" more than anything.

Q.) What to give to a dying bee?
A.) If you find a tired bee in your home, a simple solution of sugar and water will help revive an exhausted bee. Simply mix two tablespoons of white, granulated sugar with one tablespoon of water, and place on a spoon for the bee to reach.

Q.) Can bees fly in the rain?
A.) They can fly in light rain, but they don't like to. They use the sun for navigation, so cloudy, wet weather isn't their favorite thing. A heavy rain can make their wings wet, slowing them down.

Q.) Do bees drink water?
A.) Bees need food, water, and shelter. The pollen and nectar that constitute a bee's diet don't contain much moisture, so bees must have a water source.

Q.) Why are there no king bees?
A.) There's no such thing as 'a king bee'. A honey bee queen is the single most important bee in a colony, as she produces the population in a colony.

Q.) Do bees poop?
A.) So, to answer the question on everyone's lips, yes, bees do poo; however, they are exceptionally clean, polite and hygienic animals and will groom themselves and each other like cats to maintain their pristine yellow fur coats.

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Online Calendar Monthly ZOOM Meetings,
Links  & Presentations
 BONS on FaceBook
Exceptional Beekeeping     Websites 

Educational Videos

State Aparist & Regional Bee Inspector
Meeting
Information

Class
Information

Membership
Application

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MONTHLY CLUB EDUCATIONAL MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS
(ZOOM  or live session information)`

August 2021 ZOOM Educational  Meeting -
Thursday, August 12, 2021
Member's open discussion time: 6:30 - 7:00 pm   
Join in and chat away!
Guest Speaker: 7:00 pm  
Speaker: Dr. Steven Cook - Bee Research lab, Beltsville, Maryland
Topic: Mites and Bee Stress, and What the Lab Offers Hobby Beekeepers 
ZOOM Invitation: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86431204716?pwd=RDlEL1FRcS9JV0NnNWFDNWhlN0NsZz09

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September 2021 Educational  Meeting - Live at Blandy
Thursday, September 9, 2021 - 7:00pm
Speaker: TBA
Directions to Blandy Library to follow!

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Hive Materials for Sale

  • BONS BeeShop Store: (click here
  • Member orders can be picked up on the first Saturday of the month between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. at the shed at Blandy
  • Monthly order cut off for BeeShop orders: Last Thursday of each month
  • Map to BONS Storage shed at Blandy (click here)

(BeeShop sales restricted to club members)


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CLUB  ANNOUNCEMENTS

NUC REPORTS
1.) Rusty Foltz
2.) Cindy Potter (photos)

(click here) scroll to bottom of page to read reports

SKY  MEADOWS  STATE PARK - NATIONAL HONEY BEE DAY
Member sales opportunity -
August 21st  - Celebrate National Honey Bee Day at Sky Meadows State Park!  (click here for more information) . 11012 Edmonds Lane  Markham, Virginia 22643 (driving directions)

VIRGINIA STATE BEEHIVE DISTRIBUTION PROGRAM
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Link to Program Information)

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services ( VDACS) will accept applications for the 2021 Beehive Distribution Program from July 20 through Aug. 4, 2021. A link to the online application and .pdf file for the application, as well as the Program Guidelines & Requirements, are available at www.vdacs.virginia.gov/plant-industry-services-beehive-distribution-program.shtml.  For further information contact the Office of Plant Industry Services by phone at 804-786-3515 or email vabees@vdacs.virginia.gov.
(link to article)

PICNIC & BEE GADGET PHOTOS
Click here to view our photo gallery. See the club's great community events, great club activities, and great photos!

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Did You Know?

 

Q). What is a great way to spend an afternoon?

A.) Reading an interesting article (click here) or visting the BONS Library (click here) .

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Visit our Messsge Forum often for club news & updates, Q & A's, and personals.

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Check your email address
and update if necessary! 

We'd hate for you to miss out on something great! (Members Only Corner)
or contact Paul Peters

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DRIBBLE
BONS Monthly Newsletter
Did you miss the president's monthly newsletter?
To Catch up or start fresh. 
(Click here)  
If you have not been receiving a newsletter please contact Paul Peters. 
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DO IT NOW
Northern Virginia Honey Bee Annual Cycle! This is a suggested checklist of events in a 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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Blandy Experimental Farm
400 Blandy Farm Lane
Boyce, VA 22620
(540) 837-1758
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Sky Meadows State Park
11012 Edmonds Lane 
 Delaplane, VA 20144
(540) 592-3556
Virginia State Parks Guide
Directions
Website

Shenandoah River State Park
Raymond "R" Randy Guest, Jr.
350 Daughter of Stars Drive
Bentonville, VA 22610 
(540) 622-6840
General Information
Directions
Website

 

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CLUB VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Hey beekeepers join in and lend a hand!
CATCH THE BUZZ AND VOLUNTEER!
 

Sky Meadows Beekeeper Needed:
Volunteer beekeeper needed to take care of the apiary at Sky Meadows.
Contact Bruce Bryant 
for details.

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We are now operating under modified COVID-19 restrictions. Most BONS community events, service opportunities, live club meeting attendance, and activities are still on hold. However, please be aware that area openings are continually changing so check our calendar, posted announcements, and your BONS related email regarding live activities and events.

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