A single Varroa mite infestation can quickly spread and devastate hives across an entire region. Early detection and control are key to supporting honey bee health and preventing catastrophic infestations. That’s why the Honey Bee Health Coalition, which has developed essential Varroa mite resources, is proud to support the first ever Mite-A-Thon.
The Coalition urges beekeepers to participate in this exciting and free event by visiting www.pollinator.org/miteathon.
The event, which will take place from Saturday, September 9, to Saturday, September 16, will help collect vital data on Varroa infestations across North America and help beekeepers and others confront these problematic parasites.
Participants will test the level of mites present in their hives using a standardized protocol utilizing two common methods of assessment — powdered sugar roll or alcohol wash — and upload their data at www.mitecheck.com, including location, total number of hives, number of hives tested, local habitat, and the number of Varroa mites counted from each hive.
Beekeepers and others also can learn more about Varroa mites and best practices to monitor and control them by visiting honeybeehealthcoalition.org/varroa/.
Travis County Beekeeper members John Swan, John Kirkland, and Pamela Yeamans all took and successfully passed the Texas Master Beekeeper Advanced Level Exam on Thursday November 3, 2016! Congratulations to all of you! 🙂
The Texas Beekeeper’s Association Annual Conference in Belton TX this past weekend was a great success! The keynote speaker Mike Palmer was fantastic!
Tanya Phillips was elected to the Texas Beekeeper’s Association Executive Board as a new Director. Congratulations!
American Beekeeping Federation Conference is coming up in January 11-15th in Galveston TX! Early registration discounts end today on November 7th! http://www.abfnet.org/default.asp? – Register today! 😉
There is also a discount for members of ABF and TBA, so make sure to use your discount code if you are a member! 🙂
On Friday March 27, 2015 several of the Travis County Beekeeper members drove down to Brenham Texas to attend the FIRST Texas Master Beekeeper Testing Day and we are happy to report, they all passed their exams with flying colors and have been accepted into the Master Beekeeper Program! In attendance was Pamela Yeamans, Brandon Ferhenkamp, Chuck Reburn, and Tanya Phillips. Congratulations to all! If you are interested in taking the next Master Beekeeper exam, you must have been keeping bees for at least 1 year and currently have at least 1 hive. Cost is $50 per person and the next exam will be November just prior to the Texas State Beekeepers meeting in New Braunfels.