Where ever you live in the world you should apply the information on working your bees that is given below when the weather conditions in your area are right. So take notes and be ready.

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Cletus Notes

Hello everyone,

I’m frequently asked; “When is the best time to start in beekeeping?” My answer most always surprises them, because they expect me to say, spring time. When they hear the word, fall, they typically look confused. There’s so much that should take place before someone actually invests in bees and equipment, because beekeeping can get quite costly. Unfortunately, only one out of five people are still in beekeeping after their third year.

One of the biggest reasons for such a dramatic drop in retain ability is caused by the lack of knowledge a new beekeeper has before getting started. With this in mind, I suggest that if a person thinks about becoming a beekeeper, they should start in the fall. I’ve listed a few things that a wanna-bee beekeeper should keep in mind as they move forward.

1.       During the fall/winter read as much as you can about beekeeping.

2.       Find someone in your area who has been keeping bees for a few years and ask them if they would allow you to work their hives along with them. This will give you an idea what is actually involved in keeping bees. Beekeeping is mostly labor intensive, so you need to know if you’re up to the task.

3.       Learn what equipment you will need to purchase and what not to purchase. Look through the Kelley catalog for pricing. This will give you an idea on beekeeping cost.

4.       Plan on raising bees without dumping chemicals into the hive to treat against pests and bee diseases. (I’ve been keeping bees now for fifty-one years and have never used chemicals. In my book; “Beekeeping: A personal Journey” I teach you how to manage your hives without the use of chemicals.) Using chemicals in the hive pollutes the comb and the hive products you sell to the public. It also weakens the bee’s immune system making them more susceptible to bee diseases and pest.

5.       Try to avoid those beekeepers that have only been in beekeeping for a few years and think they know it all. There are plenty of those out there. I’ve been enjoying beekeeping for all these years and can tell you right up front that I don’t know everything. The day I say different will be the day I quit.

The point I’m trying to make is that before you pick up any bees in the spring, learn how to care for them. Learn everything you can ahead of time. If you begin your research in the fall before the spring you actually intend to get bees, your success rate will go up dramatically. You will be able to spend more time enjoying your bees instead of spending your time figuring out what’s going wrong. I have many potential beekeepers that actually spend a whole year coming to classes before purchasing any bees. Some of those find out that beekeeping is more involved than they anticipated and drop out saving themselves lots of money. The rest go on and enjoy beekeeping armed with the knowledge of how to care for the bees.

Beekeeping can be such a rewarding endeavor if you’re armed with good solid knowledge ahead of time.

Enjoy your bees!



Bee Informed Partnership
Announces Public Awareness Campaign

In time for Thanksgiving and the holiday season, the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP), the most trusted source of data on the health of America's honey bees, today launched a campaign to raise public awareness of the vital roles that honey bees and beekeepers play in pollinating and producing many of the foods we love -- especially at this time of year.

Through this multimedia campaign, Americans will learn more about where their food comes from and can take action to help improve the ability of beekeepers to manage the health of their honey bees. By participating in the campaign, the pubic will get to play a direct role in helping save the bees and save Thanksgiving.
Here are three things you can do to take action and help BIP reach their goal:
1) Donate to the campaign! Click here to see the campaign:
2) Share the campaign link with your friends, family, and social media network to help us spread the word
3) Visit 
beeinformed.org to learn more about their important work and how you can get involved.


Bayer Feed a Bee and The Wildlife
Society Kick Off First
Annual Forage Tour to Plant
50 Million Seeds

Plantings in Texas, Kansas, Illinois and Florida will educate
communities and establish more forage for spring 2017

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (Nov. 1, 2016)– Each year, we eagerly look forward to fall, the official season of harvest time, pumpkin pie and hot apple cider. But none of these fall favorites would be quite as beloved without the hard work put in by pollinators earlier in the year. That’s why this fall, the Bayer Feed a Beeprogram will celebrate and promote pollinator health by providing them with some of their favorite things – native wildflowers and dedicated areas of diverse forage options throughout the nation.

Feed a Bee and The Wildlife Society(TWS) have embarked on a six-week tour to establish additional pollinator forage at four locations across the U.S. Announced at TWS’ annual conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, October 15 – 19, approximately 50 million wildflower seeds will be planted at strategic locations in Texas, Kansas, Illinois and Florida, where TWS has a robust regional presence.

“The Feed a Bee program is tackling a really important need for pollinators by conducting plantings across the nation this fall,” said Ken Williams, chief executive officer of TWS. “At TWS, dedicated chapter members in each region are working now to identify the optimum mix of wildflower seeds to plant in each location to ensure pollinators have access to a wide variety of diverse nutrition sources when bloom occurs in the spring.”

The original goal established for the Feed a Bee program this year was to generate enough social actions through “Tweet a 🐝, #FeedABee” to plant 25 million pollinator-attractant wildflower seeds. Each share of the bee emoji and #FeedABee online triggered additional, real wildflower seeds being tallied for the fall plantings. Thanks to overwhelming support from the public and the generous donations of acreage from partner organizations, the four plantings will take place across enough land to plant 50 million wildflower seeds total.

Existing Feed a Bee partners will plant native wildflowers this fall, including:

·         The pollinator tour kicked off in October in Lubbock, Texas, where the Texas Tech University (TTU) Department of Plant and Soil Science hosted an educational pollinator field day that highlighted new native bee and habitat research being conducted by graduate students. Attendees, including local growers, TTU students and representatives from the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service also helped establish new forage areas for pollinators at the Quaker Avenue Research Farm, the 130-acre farm operated by the department.

·         “Pollinators, including native bees, honey bees and more, play an important role in agriculture and our ecosystem as a whole,” said Dr. Scott Longing, assistant professor of entomology at TTU and member of the Texas Chapter of TWS. “By continuing to research ways to combat the challenges they face and planting additional forage in the meantime, we can help promote and protect pollinator health in a variety of ways.”

·         According to Dr. Longing, pollinators’ contributions to crop yields and threats to biodiversity on the highly fragmented southern high plains have been dramatically understudied.

·         “From a better understanding of the associations of habitat resources, landscapes and agricultural practices, we hope to assist producers in sustaining pollination services in crops, while developing information to support the conservation of broader pollinator biodiversity in the region.

·         Following the field day, Feed a Bee visited the Carolyn Lanier Youth Farm for a special program with the South Plains Food Bank’s Growing Recruits for Urban Business (GRUB) Program, which teaches young adults how to plant, grow, maintain, harvest and market their own produce, while also providing classes on nutrition and healthy living. The students were able to view a working hive up close before getting their hands dirty and planting additional forage next to their garden plots.

·         “Every Saturday, our students learn more about all the hard work that goes into growing fruits and vegetables, but the Feed a Bee event helped them understand the role of the hardest workers of all – pollinators,” said Lynn Weir, director of Farm, Orchard and GRUB Division for the South Plains Food Bank.

·         The remaining plantings will take place throughout November and December and promise to engage with even more partner organizations and communities to celebrate pollinators and establish additional forage.

·         “Every additional bit of forage planted helps pollinators, whether it’s next to a community garden, alongside cropland or in a homeowner’s backyard,” said Dr. Becky Langer, project manager for the North American Bayer Bee Care Program. “We’re proud to work with TWS and our other fantastic Feed a Bee partners this fall for the first annual forage planting tour. By planting these wildflower seeds, we’re helping to sow a healthier spring for honey bees and other pollinators.”

·         Feed a Bee is a national initiative to plant more wildflowers for pollinators and educate a broader audience about the importance of pollinator health. By enlisting the help of more than 500,000 individuals and more than 115 partner organizations, Feed a Bee has planted more than 155 million pollinator-attractant flowers to date. Individuals can get involved by visiting FeedABee.com to pledge to plant their own pollinator patches and learn more about other ways to get involved throughout the year.

·         For more information on Bayer bee health initiatives, including Feed a Bee, please visit: Beehealth.Bayer.us. You can also follow and share with us on Twitter @BayerBeeCare, on Facebook at Facebook.com/BayerBeeCareCenterand view photos on Flickr.

·         The Wildlife Society
Founded in 1937, the Wildlife Society is a strong and effective voice in representing wildlife conservation and management, and ensuring sustainable wildlife populations in healthy ecosystems. The mission of TWS is to represent and serve the professional community of scientists, managers, educators, technicians, planners, and others who work actively to study, manage, and conserve wildlife and its habitats worldwide. Find us on the web at www.wildlife.org.