New Beginning Beekeeping Class Available

Our first Beekeeping 101 class for March 31 has filled up, so we decided to open another Beekeeping 101 class on Sunday, April 7. This April 7 class will cover the exact same content than the class on March 31.

If you are starting beekeeping in 2019 we recommend you to take a class first.

Since most classes in the area are already fully booked, we will try to continue opening new Beekeeping 101 classes at BeeManiacs, trying to cover the needs of all new beekeepers in the area.

You can find more details about the April 7 class following this link: https://beemaniacs.com/event/beemaniacs-beekeeping-101-4-7-2019/

2019 Bees Available to Order Now!

You can start ordering bees for your 2019 season right now.

You can find information about packages, nucs and starter hives on each product page, including the current estimated pick up date.

If you order early, you can save. For example, the price for our high-quality packages from Olivarez Honey Bees is $150, but we will start with early purchase discounts. The first batch will sell for $130 and price will increase as we run out of bees on sale.

You can place orders here: https://beemaniacs.com/product-category/live-bees/

Pacific Northwest Beekeeping Conference

Washington State Beekeepers Association (WASBA) is organizing a conference for those interested in bees and beekeeping. Topics include scientific and informational presentations for commercial and hobbyist beekeepers. The keynote, which is free and open to the public, will feature Sarah Red-Laird, whose non-profit “The Bee Girl Organization” (https://www.beegirl.org/) promotes honey bees and honey bee habitat.
The conference will be held February 9, 2019 at Eastern Washington University, Hargreaves Hall, 526 5th St., Cheney. Cost for WASBA members is $10; cost for non-members is $35.

The keynote address (11am-noon) is free and open to the public.
Event participants are invited to mingle and enjoy mead and honey-themed hors d’oeuvres at local venue The Mason Jar, 101 F St., Cheney, WA, immediately following the conference.

Cost $25.
Event registration can be found via WASBA’s website – www.wasba.org – or on Eventbrite – Pacific Northwest Beekeeping Conference (https://bit.ly/2RHBWky).

Keynote Speaker: Sarah Red-Laird is the founder and Executive Director of the Bee Girl organization, a nonprofit with a mission to educate and inspire communities to conserve bees, their flowers, and our food. Bee Girl projects are focused on regenerative beekeeping, bee habitat research and education, and kids’ programs. Ms. Red-Laird is a graduate of the University of Montana’s College of Forestry and Conservation with a degree in Resource Conservation,
focused on community collaboration and environmental policy. Sarah also serves as the “Kids and Bees” program director for the American Beekeeping Federation. She is currently president- elect of the Western Apicultural Society.

Conference Speakers and Topics: Conference participants can choose from sessions in two tracks, one for scientific topics, the other for topics of general interest. Researchers from Washington State University, Eastern Washington University and the University of Montana will present on topics including bee feeding and bee gut health, tracking disease and pest management with a cell phone app, and controlling varroa mites. Other topics include mead
making (presented by BeeManiacs staff), integrated pest management, and improving bee habitat through plant choices.

For more information: Contact Jenifer Priest – jenifer@wasba.org or 509-270-2603

New BeeManiacs Beekeeping 101 Class

BeeManiacs staff volunteers teaching classes and presenting about beekeeping in several bee clubs and conferences, but year after year, we hear the same feedback:

  • There are not enough beginner bee classes available and some people have to start a beekeeping season without any class support. By the end of March, there are no more bee classes available and people that have already ordered live bees find themselves without training options.
  • Some people requested classes in a different schedule than the ones offered by local clubs.

We decided to offer for the first time, our own beginner beekeeping class: BeeManiacs Beekeeping 101 – Sunday, March 31, 2019 – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

This class will cover everything you need to know to get started in beekeeping.

  • Different hive styles
  • Parts of the hive.
  • Beekeeping equipment options
  • Protective gear
  • Beekeeping tools
  • Basic honey bee biology – bee races
  • Apiary location
  • Installing your bees

Cost is $50 per person enrolled. Students that are 17 or younger can pay 50% of class fees (minors have to be accompanied by a paying adult).

Students that join this class will have priority and free access to shorter courses (regular fee is $5 per course) and to hands-on field days through the beekeeping season (about 6 hands-on field days during the season).

We have limited seats and you can book your ticket right now on this page:

BeeManiacs Beekeeping 101 – 3/31/2019

The link below shows other events and optional classes that we will have during the season (we are constantly adding new classes):

https://beemaniacs.com/events/

BeeManiacs also offers free online education modules and free support through our forum system.

Store Closes for the Season – Online Remains Open

It’s that time of the year when most beekeepers in the Inland Northwest finished checking their hives, treating for mites, and feeding when needed.

There’s no much beekeeping activity left, so we usually close our store for the season.

The BeeManiacs online store remains open 24/7/365 though. If you need any beekeeping material, you can place an order online and we will ship it to you or you can still select “pick up at the store” and we will schedule an appointment for you to pick up your order.

If you rather buy items at the store in person, we can open by appointment. Just send us an email to info@beemaniacs.com and we will schedule your visit.

We will open again for regular hours of Friday, February 15, 2019.

Honey Extracting Tutorial Video

BeeManiacs will start producing and releasing more educational videos.

These videos are part of our educational program and will be included in our online courses as courses and videos are released.

We recently finished editing a video about extracting honey and you can watch the video right here:

New Items at BeeManiacs Store

We currently have more than 300 items loaded in our online store and we continue bringing new items every month.

For the 2018 season, we decided to stop renting extracting kits and have instead brought in some extractors for sale.

The pictures below are some of the new items that we now carry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BeeManiacs contributing to Initiative for Nationwide Detection of Ss1 (INDES)

The University of Wisconsin-Stout is conducting research on Ss1 bacterium in honey bees and varroa mites. The goal of this effort is to recruit beekeepers in all 50 US states that will provide samples of analysis of Ss1 bacterium. The name of the program is Initiative for Nationwide Detection of Ss1 (INDES).

BeeManiacs collected dead mite samples following UW-Stout protocols and mailed the samples last March, contributing information from Eastern Washington State.

UW-Stout studies led to the discovery and reporting in 2016 of Serratia marcescens strain sicaria (Ss1) bacterium, a potential new threat to hives. Much of the work has been done by students at UW-Stout lab.

The goal of the INDES effort is to obtain samples of Varroa destructor mites and honey bees that will allow to better identify locations where the Ss1 bacterium is found. A clearer understanding of the bacterium’s location will provide more information about its potential impact on bee health.

You can see below some pictures of our mite collection for this program and also some links for more information about Ss1 bacterium.

 

Research buzz: UW-Stout professor, students identify bacterium that may kill honey bees

Last Live Bee Options Left for 2018 Season

We are done with packages for this season, but if you would like to start keeping bees or restart a colony that died recently, you still have some options left for this year:

Please visit the respective links for more information and pictures for each option.

We are doing the “package in a nuc” and the “starter hive” for the first time this year. We only made ten of each, as a test, and if everything works well, we will make more in future seasons.