A great clearing house of info for organic and other beekeepers - Halifax Honey Bee Society
We are doing a project on insects, so I thought teaching the kids a bit about beekeeping would be a good idea. Your page had some great resources that we will be able to use. Just wanted to say thanks for all the help. - Jess and the Westwood Youth Group
Bee pollinator decline of all species of bees is real and needs attention.
This information pathfinder is for beekeepers, farmers, growers and the general public, providing good information on beekeeping of the familiar European hive bee as well as our 400 species of native bees in BC. Special effort was made to assemble links for organic honey bee beekeepers. Since colony collapse disorder and disease threatens the existence of hive bees, pathways to information on the nature and management of our native bees is also provided. Web sites for commercial bee businesses have not been included. Many of these have good information as well. Please send suggestions for improvement.
CBC video documentary:To Bee or Not To Bee, on The Nature of Things, with David Suzuki
The sudden and drastic disappearance of bee colonies around the world has scientists scrambling to find a cause - and an antidote. Watch online. To Bee or Not to Bee web site.
VARROA MITE. Varroa
Mite Management Precaution - Use an integrated approach. Keep up-to-date
on this topic. Varroa mites infest most hives in BC. Reducing and maintaining
varroa mite populations in hives to very low levels is required for colony
function. Failure to do so, especially prior to winter, will lead to hive
collapse. Make sure your methods work.
Much of the material on this page has been put together by:
Ted Leischer B.Sc.,CANPOLIN Corresponding
Member and Bee Pollinator Conservation Outreach Volunteer, lives in
Powell River, BC and can be reached at (604) 414-0468 or E-mail: tgleisch(at)shaw.ca
Ted has kept bees for 30 years, including ten as a commercial beekeeper
operating 500 hives and raising his own queen bees; and taught beekeeping
at an agricultural college in Alberta for 15 years. Observing the importance
of bees to the economy of southern BC, and noting the serious nature
of bee decline, he has engaged in volunteer bee pollinator conservation
outreach, working with CANPOLIN researchers. His conservation activities
are guided by extensive reading and investigation. He actively networks
with the CANPOLIN team and maintains a bee-collecting site for the CANPOLIN
bee bar-coding project. He also speaks to garden clubs and community
groups to get the bee pollinator decline story out and convey what can
be done to save our 400 plus native bee species in BC - main pollinators
of our food crops. Additional resource list assembled by Ted Leischner.