We meet on the 2nd Monday of the month at 7:00 PM in Towne Hall, a wing of Towne Bank located at 137 Mt. Pleasant Rd.,Chesapeake, VA 23322. The public is invited to join us for socializing and the meeting. Meeting Schedule
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Where We'll BEE Next
The Beekeepers Guild of Southeast Virginia is committed to public service. Our members have volunteered thousands of hours educating the public about honey bees! To request a FREE beekeeping speaker for your school, civic association or garden club or to request a beekeeping exhibit at your event, please
If you're wondering where we'll bee next whether it's simply to learn more about honey bees or to buy local honey, we'll keep you updated here.
Please join us for the Virginia Flower and Garden Expo held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center on January 27, 28 and 29, 2017. The Expo promotes horticultural education for everyone from professionals to the weekend enthusiast. Hampton Roads residents can avail themselves of information on virtually every aspect related to flowers and gardening in a single climate-controlled location. Experts and knowledgeable professionals will be there to discuss plants, plans, products and practices. More than a hundred vendors, exhibitors and societies provide guests countless ideas and products they can use. We will bee there to talk bees and good gardening practices to protect them. Honey and hive products will be available for sale.
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VSBA 2016 Fall Conference
Virginia State Beekeepers Association
When: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Where: Blue Ridge Community College, Weyers Cave, VA
Hosted by: Shenandoah Valley Beekeepers Association
Dr. Kirsten Traynor, researcher and author, along with her husband Michael Traynor, a fine arts photographer, will present Over the Atlantic: Intensive Hive Management detailing European sideliner beekeeping operations that are not only profitable but experience only a 4% loss annually. Their second presentation, Pesticides and Pollinators will cover the effects of pesticides beyond neonics and explain how the Zika scare may impact our colonies' health.
Toni Burnham, urban beekeeper in Washington, DC, will present Urban/Suburban Beekeeping - the Human Side providing tips for keeping bees and deveolping a responsible beekeeping ordinance in an urban/suburban environment.
Dr. Wyatt Mangum, researcher and author will present Hot Bees! Thermal Cameras in the Apiary with information on the behavior of winter honey bee clusters as revealed by thermal imaging.
Richmond beekeeper, Theo Hartmann, will introduce the BroodMinder system which wirelessly records hive weight, humidity and temperature (both inside and outside) for remote hive monitoring.
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2017 Beekeepers Introductory Class
The Beekeepers Guild of Southeast Virginia presents a three-day Short Course for Beginning Beekeepers with an emphasis on sustainable, chemical-free practices. The course will be held on three consecutive Saturday mornings, February 11, 18 & 25, 2017 at the Law Enforcement Training Academy (LETA) in Virginia Beach, Virginia. An optional fourth Saturday open hive demonstration in the bee yard with an equipment assembly demonstration is included. The course consists of lectures and hands-on demonstrations. This course fulfills the educational requirement of six (6) hours of classroom instruction in introductory beekeeping training for the qualified level of the Virginia Master Beekeeper Program.
Virginia's DRAFT MP3 Plan
In June of 2014, federal departments and agencies were tasked with taking new steps to reverse pollinator losses and help restore pollinator populations. To accomplish this effort, the Pollinator Health Task Force was created. Co-chaired by the Secretary of Agriculture and the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the task force included representatives from a wide variety of departments and agencies.
As part of this effort, the EPA engaged the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) in the development of a Virginia pollinator protection plan as a means of mitigating the risk of pesticides to honey bees and other managed pollinators.
Click here to read the DRAFT Plan to Mitigate Pesticide Risk to Managed Pollinators (Plan), one component of the Virginia Pollinator Protection Strategy (Strategy). The Strategy, which was enacted by the 2016 General Assembly, directs VDACS to develop and maintain a pollinator protection strategy to promote the health of and mitigate the risks to pollinator species and ensure a robust apiary industry. The Strategy shall include a protection plan for managed pollinators that provides voluntary best management practices and supports efforts to reduce risks from pesticides, increase habitat, and take other steps to protect pollinators.
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