Thank you to Linda for hosting our first group swarm capture! It definitely took multiple people to grab from the apple tree — mentally and physically we used our creative brain power to work with what was available. We look forward to updates on its well-being.
Thank you to the Kellys for hosting our first group hive inspection of the 2021 season. We were able to see all stages of development, from egg to queen cell! It was very educational and hopefully we’re helping each other set the stage for a successful season.
Dr. Judy Wu-Smart from UNL and Randall Cass from ISU Extension are going to host a 1 hr online extension event on Fridays for people to chat about bees: HapBEE Hour! We will be doing it via Zoom with this link:
EasterSeals serves the entire state of Iowa. Two programs in particular may be helpful to beekeepers who need accommodations — whether by accident, injury, aging, or disability; or lives in a community with less than 2,500 people — the Assistive Technology (AT) Program and Rural Solutions.
Assistive Technology Program consists of four components.
Demonstration Center @ Camp Sunnyside. For clients to see, feel, try things before an assistive technology is brought home. By appointment. Call 866-866-8782 or send email (click).
Lending Library. Trials on most items in the library help people make appropriate choices. Over 1000 items are available and free to use. Clients may try up to five items at a time for up to 30 days. Call 866-866-8782 or send email (click).
Iowa Assistive Technology Exchange. Classified ads, styled like Craig’s List, exclusively for AT. Staff will assist and qualify users and donors. View items at www.eastersealsia.at4all.com
Rural Solutions. This program consists of free site visits by a consultant (Kim) with ideas for accommodations, assessments, connections to resources, sustainable business planning, mental health that is customized to your particular situation. Additionally, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will fully funded appropriate clients by referral only.
Thank you to our hosts Mike, Julie, and Susie and family! We were able to see how to make two different kinds of splits; queen cells capped, uncapped, swarm and supercedure, and chewed out; and discussed all sorts of things.
We had Mark Lohafer speak about his experience with the IDALS Pesticide Bureau. I appreciated his honesty and the time he took for each person asking a question.
Below are my notes, as well as a handout I made in response to students inquiring about keeping hives near conventionally farmed land. After this meeting, I feel that I will be able to respond better on department activity when asked by students and make informed decisions on hive placement.
Beginning Beekeeping classes are open for registration now in the area cities of Ankeny, Des Moines, Polk City, and West Des Moines. There will also be two “thinking about it” classes for folks who are interested but not quite sure that bees are right for them. For details, click for a convenient table below.