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Small Hive Beetle temporary hold order areas (quarantine zones) in the Fraser Valley, Oct. 2015. Source: Ministry of Agriculture.

Small Hive Beetle quarantine lifted for B.C. beekeepers

Paul van Westendorp, B.C.’s provincial apiculturist, has notified the B.C. beekeeping community that he has now rescinded the five Small Hive Beetle hold order areas (euphemistically known as quarantine zones) in the Fraser Valley effective Wednesday, Oct. 7. The lifting of the orders comes a week before they were to expire, and come after van […]

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Amanda out in one of our apiaries in Metro area. Where's the snow? Photo: Jeff Lee

Late-winter feeding of the bees as spring draws near

We spent much of the weekend out with the bees, making those important late-winter checks to see who had survived and who had not. Some are thriving. But not a few are struggling. What made this weekend both enjoyable and worrisome was the extraordinarily mild weather. February can be a tough month here, both rainy […]

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Working with the bees at one of our summer honey collection and pollination sites. Photo credit: Amanda

From two hives to 100, we’re loving our adventure in beekeeping

When we first got into beekeeping a few years ago, someone warned me that as we grew in size I would wonder where all the time went. They told us that our first year, that heady moment when we brought home our first two nucleus colonies and watched in awe as they grew and began […]

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Hives for Humanity's Sarah Common [L] and her mother, Julia Common [R] with the help of Jim McLeod [M] check on a bee hive at the community garden on Vancouver's East Hastings.

Vancouver starts pollinator and honey bee education program

Vancouver is known for its greenery, affinity for parks and community gardens. But now it plans to do more to increase pollinator forage for both wild and domestic bees. You almost can’t walk anywhere in Canada’s third-largest city without stumbling on a pocket park or lush garden. We’re known for our cherry blossom festival. We are […]

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Bald-faced Hornet and wasps

How we’re battling wasps and hornets around bee hives

Beekeepers face a dizzying array of pests, diseases and threats to their livestock. We spend an enormous amount of time battling the varroa mite and being on guard for American Foulbrood disease, nosema, small hive beetle and Africanized honey bees. Fortunately in our region of Western Canada we don’t have the last two problems. Yet. […]

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Retrieving a swarm from the top of a holly bush in Vancouver required patience, a ladder, a banker's box and a neighbour's pruners for the many branches the branches surrounding the cluster. Photo: Amanda Goodman Lee

Lessons learned from our first bee swarm of the season

We caught our first swarm last week in Vancouver, under circumstances that, like everything in beekeeping, delivered us a wealth of information. With the strong warm weather of May and June and the lack of rain, most hives in the Metro area grew like stink. The week of rain in late June not only shortened […]

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Beekeeper Alex Kurnicki demonstrates how to move a nuc into a larger brood box during the Richmond Beekeepers' annual field day held June 15 at his house in Vancouver. A beehive sandwiched between a lush garden and a changing neighbourhood. Photo by Jeff Lee

Beekeeping field day tips in Alex Kurnicki’s garden

Alex Kurnicki has an interesting problem literally developing next door to his lush Vancouver garden home that puts into perspective the challenges facing urban beekeepers. Right next to his lot on St. George Street, a tiny little oasis of bee-friendly plants and trees, is a massive development. When finished, the new owners of the strata […]

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Elevator B, a 22-foot stainless steel tower built by University of Buffalo students for a survivor bee colony.

Stainless steel hive tower built in Buffalo, New York

A Langstroth hive it is not. An indulgence by a group of over-active, over-achieving architecture students, well, that’s more likely. I’m talking about a new “Elevator B” tower of polished stainless steel that students from the University of Buffalo have built for a survivor hive in an industrial part of the city. Here’s a CBC […]

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