Archive for March, 2011

Troop 202 Beekeepers Needed for Earth Day Celebration

March 24, 2011

UPDATE:

Thursday, April 21, at the Downtown Salt Lake City Public Library.  We will meet at the library at 6:00 pm and set up a poster and some Troop 202 information before the screening at 6:30.

On Saturday, April 23, we will meet at the Day Riverside Library at 12:30 pm to get ready for the 2 hour beekeeping event.

The skilled beekeepers of Troop 202 have been invited to participate in a two-day beekeeping event sponsored by the Salt LAke City Public Library late in April.  The announcement of the events can be seen here.  First, on Thursday evening, April 21, the scouts can participate in a screening of the film Vanishing of the Bees.  Earth Day is Friday, April 22.  Then, on Saturday, April 23, Troop 202 beekeepers are invited to contribute their expertise at at beekeeping information seminar/workshop at the Day-Riverside branch of the Salt Lake City Public Library, sponsored by Harvest Lane Honey of Tooele, Utah.  Scouts are encouraged to create a plan to make these events a success and share their beekeeping knowledge.

Attending Bee College

March 16, 2011

An annual event at the University of Florida called Bee College provides an opportunity to learn all about bees and beekeeping.   Perhaps you want to bone up on your study skills and take the SAT to be admitted to Bee College next year.   Reviews of this and other bee-related scientific news can be found at Faculty of 1000, a post-publication peer review site with links to everything scientific.

This post suggested by Carrie Byington.

Spring Cleaning

March 13, 2011

Today was Spring Cleaning day.   Several scouts participated in inspecting and cleaning hives at The Harvard Yard, The Downtown Salt Lake City Public Library, and The Big Garden.  Both of last years scout hives survived the winter and are thriving.  We will watch them closely to prevent swarming.  One hive at the library perished.  It was reasonably strong going into winter, but the queen was already 2 seasons old, so the hive dwindled over the winter and the queen died about 2 weeks ago.   There were 100-200 remaining bees tending a few dozen brood.   The hive was otherwise clean and disease-free with moderate stores of honey remaining.  Both hives at The Big Garden perished.  Neither of them was a strong hive all last summer and both appeared feeble at the start of winter.  No worries.  We will get things going in a few weeks and we will have strong hives once again.  Stay tuned for information on package installation and hive splits next month.