Los Angeles Zoo - Spring Fling

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Spring Fling

The Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association will be hosting a ‘Honey Tasting’ (like a ‘Wine Tasting’) during the Los Angeles Zoo 2019 Spring Fling. For six weekends beginning Saturday, March 23 through Sunday, April 28, 2019. LACBA members will be on hand offering samples of a variety of local honeys. We’ll also be selling local honey as well as providing education about honey bees and answering questions. We will also have a 30 minute slot every day on the stage next to our Honey Bee Booth to talk about beekeeping. 

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Honey Bees “A Gift From Them, to Us”

Honey Bees
“A Gift From Them, to Us.”

April 2, 2017
By: Emma A. Ramirez

At La Comunidad de Niños Unidos

Jim, a neighbor and member of the community, is a Bee Keeper who was invited to our school to share his knowledge about bees. He was prepared with plenty of pictures and fruit to share with the children. The children were aware that Jim the Bee Keeper would be coming to the Community school and prepared a few questions prior to the presentation. As Jim walked in, Kaicee greeted him “Good morning Jim!” The children sat and were eager to listen to what Jim had to say. They were mesmerized with the pictures of bees and became more curious. He was full of valuable and interesting information. Theorist Lev Vygotsky stresses the importance of scaffolding the children’s behavior. In this case Jim was scaffolding and supporting the children in how to respect and not be afraid of bees. Being exposed to such experiences is extremely vital in the future of our children and our earth. It is important for them to make a connection with nature and appreciate it. Although connecting to nature was a key point in this presentation, the connection they made with Jim was crucial. The children now have a known resource in their own community to continue learning from.  During our presentation we learned how hard bees work to produce honey and how they must work as a team to complete each ones tasks. Just like the bees, our community will continue to work together, help each other and learn from one another.

(Note: Jim Honodel is a beekeeper and member of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association. Thank you, Emma, for this lovely remembrance of a fun day talking about bees.)

Beekeeping Workshop Three: Honey Bees & Gardens

   "We're very excited to be heading down to SoCal for our final workshop in this series. 
Hope to see some of you all there!"
 E.L. Nino Bee Lab  

Date: December 3, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Contact: (858) 822-7933
Sponsor: CE San Diego
LocationValley Center Library


The Business of Beekeeping
The Process of Honey Extraction
Friendly Gardening for Honey Bees
Honey Tasting

Registration: Workshop Fee: $60 per person.  Your registration includes morning refreshments, lunch and all handout materials.

Event Details

The University of California Cooperative Extension is excited to offer a series of workshops on honey bees and beekeeping. This series is perfect for those who have little or no beekeeping experience and would like to obtain more knowledge and practical skills for owning and caring for their own colonies.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about and practice many aspects of what is necessary to get their honey bee colonies started and keep them healthy and thriving. At the end of the series, they will be knowledgeable about beekeeping best management practices and the possible challenges with maintaining a healthy colony of honey bees.

The third workshop is focused on friendly gardening for honey bees and product of the hive.

For information: http://cesandiego.ucanr.edu/?calitem=343580&g=17951

Pollinator Partnership: The Bee Smart School Garden Kit

The Bee Smart™ School Garden Kit supports educators in guiding students in grades 3 - 6 through a discovery process that will increase students’ understanding in science, math, and language arts by connecting them to plants, pollinators, food, and gardens by creating habitat for pollinators. Each Kit has components that can be used at school, at home, and online to maximize the learning experience. Although a diverse groups of schools are using this Kit, included is the California School Standards at the end of each Lesson Plan as a point of reference. There are also recommendations that help connect community resources to the outdoor classroom. Each Kit includes teacher incentives from our partner, Burt’s Bees, to reward teachers for helping students become more bee-conscious. Get yours at www.pollinator.org/beesmart.htm for a $150 donation!

Read more...http://www.pollinator.org/PDFs/NovNewsletter2011FINAL.pdf 

AFB's Conversation with a Beekeeper Webinar - Tuesday, 9/11/12

Reminder: Register Today for ABF's Conversation with a Beekeeper Webinar Series - Beekeeping 101: Fall Hive Management

Next Session to be Held on Tuesday, September 11, 2012  5:00 p.m. PT/8:00 p.m ET

The ABF Education Committee has been hard at work developing new ways to keep its members engaged and informed in between ABF annual conferences each year. To this end, the ABF is pleased to announce a special nine-part series within the "Conversation with a Beekeeper" Webinar series. This series will be titled "Beekeeping 101" and will feature Dr. Roger Hoopingarner, professor emeritus at Michigan State University. Whether you are brand new to the world of beekeeping or you just need to have a refresher course, this "Beekeeping 101" series will be a great educational experience with many topics focused on the biology and management of honey bees. 

Learn more and register

Bayer CropScience Establishes Bee Ambassador Program

AgriMarketing.com 8/30/12

Source: Bayer CropScience news release 

When a honey bee lands on an almond flower to extract nectar, she is doing more than gathering food for her colony; she is helping feed the world. Honey bees are vital to agriculture and our food supply, which is why Bayer CropScience has established a dedicated Bee Ambassador Program to bring more awareness and knowledge about them to communities throughout the United States. 

To foster an environment of collaboration, Bayer's Bee Ambassador Program will...

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Heater Bees, Climate Control in the Hive, Purpose of Empty Cells in Brood

On July 3rd, 2012 Dr. Jürgen Tautz, bee scientist, Professor at Wurzburg University in Germany (leader of the BEEgroup), and founder of HOBOS (Honey Bee Online Studies) was presented this year's Communicator Award from the German Research Foundation. 

The DFG honors Dr. Tautz' for his many activities and methods to make his scientific results accessible to a wide public audience. In addition to the prize money of 50,000 euros, Jürgen Tautz received a hologram, which serves as a symbol of the Communicator Award. Cologne artist Michael Bleyenberg fashioned the work, expressing the significance of transparency in science. He aimed to demonstrate that it is worth taking a look at things from multiple perspectives. 

Dr. Tautz developed HOBOS (Honey Bee Online Studies), an innovative internet-based teaching and learning program for multiple levels of study, with live streams and measured values from the beehive and its environment. HOBOS offers globally accessable, interdisciplinary research findings about bees and encourages further exploration.

Utilizing infrared technology, Dr. Tautz and his team of researchers at the BEEgroup (Wurzburg University in Germany), have discovered how bees control the environment in which they live. Tautz says "Each bee in a colony performs a different profession – there are guard bees, nest building bees, brood caretaking bee, queen caretaking bee and forager bees..." Dr. Tautz now presents us with the 'heater bees' who control the climate inside the hive, maintain the temperature of the brood nest, and crawl inside the "purposely" empty cells to assist in warming the brood in adjacent cells. 

Dr. Tautz presents these findings and reveals a look at bees from a whole new perspective in his fascinating and ground-breaking book, The Buzz About Bees: Biology of a Superorganism.  (Published in 2009 and translated by David Sandeman.)

Through the spectacularly beautiful photography of Helga Heilmann we explore what is happening inside and outside the hive.  

Dr. Tautz describes the honey bee colony as a superorganism; i.e. considering the bee colony as being a single integrated living organism. 

Dr. Tautz' extraordinary findings were revealed in the BBC series Richard Hammond's Invisible World, where technology is used to give a glimpse into previously unseen worlds.  Thermal imaging cameras show how heater bees use their own bodies to provide a unique form of central heating within a hive in the episode Bee Vision and Heater Bees. 

For further study, sources, and related articles visit:

The Buzz About Bees, by Dr. Jürgen Tautz
Honey Bee Online Studies
Successful Communicator
Bee Vision and Heater Bees 
Honey Bees Secret World Revealed 
How Honey Bees Keep Their Hives Warm Given They Are Cold Blooded
Review "The Buzz About Bees"
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Support HoneyLove and Bees on the Radio (KPFK 90.7FM) 6/28/12 3PM

HoneyLove is a local group working to legalize beekeeping in Los Angeles

This THURSDAY 6/28/12 @ 3PM HoneyLove will be featured in an interview on KPFK 90.7 FM the show is called "Focus On Food"!  


It would be amazing if people could call in to the station after the show and comment in support of HoneyLove's legalization efforts for urban beekeeping and how we need more shows like "Focus on Food!"

Also, on the same day (Thursday 6/28) if anyone lives down by El Segundo... HoneyLove was selected to receive a 5% donation by Whole Foods Market for the entire day (7am-10pm) at the El Segundo store. This is their first big grant and it would be wonderful if you could "buzz" about it: 

ABF Conversation With A Beekeeper Webinar - Register Today for June 11

BEES Network: Learn How to Grow Your Knowledge and Understanding of Bees and Beekeeping

Join us as we learn more about an exciting new program - the Beekeeper Education & Engagement System (BEES).  Under the direction of Dr. David Tarpy, associate professor and extension apiculturist, Department of Entomology, North Carolina State University, the BEES network is an online resource for beekeepers at all levels.  The system is entirely Internet based and aims to foster an online learning community among beekeepers.  The structure of the BEES network is broken into three ascending levels of complexity (Beginner, Advanced and Ambassador) and three general areas of content (honey bee biology, honey bee management and the honey bee industry). And, through the end of the year, ABF members will be given the opportunity to participate in the program at a 20-percent discount.

(Registration with ABF) Learn more and register

NCSU Apiculture Program (New Online Resource for Beekeepers)

NCSU Apiculture Program - North Carolina State University Department of Entomology 

The Beekeeper Education and Engagement System (BEES) is a new online resource for beekeepers at all levels. The system is entirely internet based and open to the public. The structure of the BEES network is broken into three ascending levels of difficulty (Beginner, Advanced, and Ambassador) and three general areas of content (honey bee biology, honey bee management, and the honey bee industry).