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.
Some of the topics of this month's Apis Newsletter include: Self-Medication in Animals Much More Widespread Than Believed; Phillip Craft as Apivar's U.S. Technical Advisor; Biosafety Data as Confidential Business Information; Almonds measure honey bee health; Honey bees make poor substitutes for wild pollinators; The long and short of honey bee tongues; Honey bee robots coming to agriculture?
The January 2013 Apis Newsletter by Malcolm T. Sanford is available online.
Some of the topics in this month's issue: The Canadian Pollination Initiative, Joe Traynor, and his yearly communications to beekeepers interested in the upcoming pollination season in California and how climate change is likely to affect California Agriculture, carbon tax, studies on the carbon footprint of various agricultural activities including beekeeping, the latest from the Extension Bee Health site, and much, much more.
Dr. Sanford states that the most alarming news in this host of saved/sent of articles is the following:
"Large old trees are critical in many natural and human-dominated environments. Studies of ecosystems around the world suggest populations of these trees are declining rapidly," he and colleagues Professor Bill Laurance of James Cook University, Australia, and Professor Jerry Franklin of Washington University, USA, say in their Science report.
"Research is urgently needed to identify the causes of rapid losses of large old trees and strategies for improved management. Without… policy changes, large old trees will diminish or disappear in many ecosystems, leading to losses of their associated biota and ecosystem functions."
To learn more read and subscribe to Dr. Sanford's Apis Newsletter: http://apis.shorturl.com/
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 100% of the funds raised through donations go to honey bee education and research. Thank you!