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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. 
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 the 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

The November Educational Meeting Will Be Held at Blandy With a Live Zoom Broadcast for Those Who Don't Feel Comfortable in Attending a Group Meeting! 
Stay Tuned for an announcement about our November dual meeting!

Check our BONS calendar to see our future educational meetings

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HIVE MATERIALS FOR SALE

Check out our BONS BeeShop Store (click here

  • Place order and email Dennis Ridings  or call 540-974-1523 to make arrangements to pick up materials   
  • Map to BONS Storage shed at Blandy (click here)

(BeeShop sales restricted to club members)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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CLUB  ANNOUNCEMENTS

MOUSE GUARD? -
Yes! Now is the time!  (click here)

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


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

BEECHECK REGISTRATION:
Elizabeth Comer, an apiary inspector for the state of Virginia asks us to check our BeeCheck registrations to be sure they are correct and/or up-to-date with our hive information. FYI: Your BeeCheck registration needs to redone at the beginning of each calendar year.  BEECHECK.ORG

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            Did You Know?

Q). What is a great way to spend a cold afternoon?
A.) Reading an interesting article (click here) or visting the BONS Library (click here) .  Contact our BONS librarian - Rick Garfola
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Do bees have knees?
It turns out they do---sort of. Like all insects, bees have six sections to their legs, each connected by a joint. These sections are called the coxa, trochanter, femur, tibia, metatarsus, and tarsus. The one most like a knee is between the femur and tibia.

List of Honey Bee Forage Species within Region 12 (Virginia) and interactive forage map for the US(click here)

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BEES IN THE NEWS

MURDER HORNET NEST FOUND:
See article (click here)
RARE STINGLESS BEE:
Plebeia emerina - See article (click here)
HIVE TECHNOLOGY UPDATE:
Scale uses WiFi to monitor hives
See article (click here)

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FEEDBACK
We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.
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REMEMBER -
Visit our Messsge Forum often for club news & updates, Q & A's, and personals.

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MISSING OUR EMAIL?
Haven't heard from us lately? 
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 for assistance.

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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
Maps and Brochures
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Directions
Website

 

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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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Hey beekeepers join in and lend a hand!
CATCH THE BUZZ AND VOLUNTEER!
Contact Bruce for an opportunity

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BONS is now operating under the Virginia modified COVID-19 restrictions. Most BONS community events, service opportunities, live club meeting attendance, and activities are still being postponed. However, please be aware that our local area openings are continually changing so check our calendar, posted
announcements, and your BONS related
email egarding live activities and events.

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BONS CALENDAR
ACTIVITIES, EVENTS AND PRESENTATIONS -
To submit a calendar date - (click here)
Please fill in the information and select submit.

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