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Penn State will be offering a Pollinator Webinar Series, Wednesdays at 3 pm, starting on June 3!  Registration required, but the webinars are free and open to all.  To find out more information and register, please go to this website: 

https://lopezuribelab.com/2020/05/23/pollinator-webinar-series-summer-2020/


Topics and dates are below!  Hope to 'see' you there!


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June 3rd - Pollinator Health Challenges: A bee perspective

June 10th - The three most important steps to ensuring honey bee colony survival over the long term

June 17th - Queen rearing basics  

June 24th - Bee nutritional ecology: from flowers to landscapes

July 1st - Mason bee management for backyard and orchard pollination

July 8th - Bumble bee biology and management for pollination  

July 15th - Bee Biodiversity in Pennsylvania  

July 22nd - Gardening for pollinators


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Christina M. Grozinger
Distinguished Professor of Entomology
Director, Center for Pollinator Research

Scholar-in-Residence, Sustainability Institute
Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences
Pennsylvania State University
W-209 Millennium Science Complex
University Park, PA 16802
Email: cmgrozinger@psu.edu
Webpage: http://grozingerlab.com/https://www.facebook.com/thegrozingerlab
Center for Pollinator Research: http://ento.psu.edu/pollinators


MESSAGE FROM STATE APIARIST - KEITH TIGNOR

The 2020 Session of the General Assembly revised the Beehive Distribution Program (Chapter 407 of the 2020 Acts of Assembly) to require the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) to accept applications for beehive units for a period of not less than 15 days and to select individuals receiving beehive units at random from the eligible applications received during the application period. The General Assembly also clarified that an individual registered with the VDACS as a beekeeper may apply for no more than three beehive units per household per year. VDACS has revised this guidance document to reflect these amendments to the Beehive Distribution Program and to update the application process accordingly. Information for submitting public comments regarding the revisions is available through the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall at:


https://www.townhall.virginia.gov/l/GDocForum.cfm?GDocForumID=294  


The public comment period closes at 11:59pm on 6/10/2020.



Welcome Honey Bee Friend! This survey is a national effort to collect mite infestation data and to visualize varroa infestations in honey bee colonies across North America. Mite Check is open year round for you to share your data.

THE SURVEY IS UNDERWAY

https://beeinformed.org/take-survey/


UPDATE YOUR LOCAL CLUBS MEMBERS

For Local Clubs collecting VSBA dues please use this spreadsheet to send in your membership updates.

VSBA CLUBS MEMBER UPDATE.xlsx

email to virginiastatebeekeepers@gmail.com




SWARM SIGHTING?

Swarm Removal


Seeking Volunteers

If you are interested in learning more about volunteering, please contact any of the Executive Board or the VSBA President

at 

Presidentvsba@virginiabeekeepers.org



Eastern Apicultural Society 65th Short Course & Conference

CANCELLED

EAS conference 2020 scheduled to be held at The University of Maine Orono on August 3-7 has been cancelled. The EAS Executive Board made this difficult decision after carefully weighing input from our members, State Directors, the University of Maine and the CDC. We are all disappointed that there will be no face to face meeting this year, but we need to follow the guidelines to protect our members, speakers, vendors and University Staff. 

We sincerely appreciate all of the hard work that the Maine EAS committee did to plan for an outstanding conference.  They have been working hard for over two years to make the conference a success.    

We know that EAS is more than just an educational meeting. It is our chance to see old friends and make new ones. It is our time to talk bees all day long and into the night. It is our chance to hear how we keep bees in different climates and locations, and show off our bee bling. We will miss each other. If you are on Facebook, please go to our page and post your photo, so that we can see each other’s faces. Please also send them to Linda Mizer so that she can create a collage.  Journaleditor@easternapiculture.org 

The plans for the 2021 conference to be held on the campus of  the University of Massachusetts at Amherst will continue. We do not know at this time what our conference will look like, due to the uncertain progress of the COVID-19 virus and the response of individual states. We hope that it will be possible to hold the 2021 conference as planned. 

Although registration never opened this year if you have made hotel or travel reservations specifically for the conference, we would encourage you to cancel them at your earliest convenience. 

The executive committee is exploring doing Webinars for our members with this year’s research award winners and speakers.   

We hope that you will keep your membership up to date, so that you can enjoy the Journal articles from this year’s award winners and participate in our planned Webinars throughout the year. We look forward to this difficult time being over and hope to see all of you next year in Massachusetts. 

Please take care and be safe !

Sincerely,

Lou (Eloise) Naylor 

Chairman of the Executive Board



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