“When California was wild, it was one sweet bee garden throughout its entire length,
north and south, and all the way across from the snowy Sierra to the ocean.”
~John Muir, “The Bee Pastures”

Welcome to the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association, founded in 1873, to foster the interest of bee culture and beekeeping within Los Angeles County. Our primary purpose is the care and welfare of the honeybee. Our group membership is composed of commercial and small scale beekeepers, bee hobbyists, and bee enthusiasts. So whether you came upon our site by design or just 'happened' to find us - we're glad you're here!  Our club and this website are dedicated to educating our members and the general public.  We support honeybee research, and adhering to best management practices for the keeping of bees.

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California Drought Tough on Honeybee Health

Western Farm Press    By Dennis Pollock    April 22, 2014

Honeybee Risk:  Some U.S. beekeepers are questioning whether to continue coming to California and risk damage to hives, or stay home and make honey that sells for more than $2 per pound.

Gene Brandi with the American Beekeeping Federation talked of the need for most of the nation’s bee colonies – some 1.6 million colonies – to pollinate the almonds in California.

And he warned that there are some beekeepers, notably in the Southern United States who are questioning whether to continue to come to California and risk damage to hives or stay home and make honey that sells for more than $2 per pound.

Brandi and others are concerned that toxicity to bees is not often noted on labels for products that include fungicides and growth regulators.

As for the drought, Brandi said, “this year was tough. There were a lot of places with no water. Bees need some source of clean, uncontaminated water.”

He said 32 beekeepers gathered in Los Banos last month and reported 70,000 colonies negatively affected this year.

Brandi recommends that any spraying during bloom should be done at night, preferably ending by midnight.

The meeting closed with a presentation by Matthew Danielczyk, restoration project manager with Audubon California, on programs to create hedgerows in orchards that can benefit wildlife, provide food for honeybees, combat erosion and mitigate drift.

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