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Bee Classes in Madison for 2017

classesIf you are thinking about becoming a beekeeper, we strongly recommend you take one of the introductory courses offered in the area. While keeping bees is a fun, exciting and fulfilling experience, getting started can be overwhelming and confusing. Understanding bee biology, navigating the myriad of choices in equipment and starting to develop you own philosophy are among the outcomes of a good bee class. Click the link above to access the list.

4 Part Learn to Keep Bees Class – Beaver Dam

One of the problems we’ve noted with many introductory beekeeping classes is that the information for the whole year is condensed into one day, hence the reason we have decided to offer a beginning class that spans the first year. Our class is designed to give your the right information at the right time and serves to guide beginners through their first year. Click the link above to access the class details and registration form.

Keeping Bees the Second Year and Beyond – Beaver Dam

Our advanced beekeeping class is focused toward individuals who have kept bees at least one year and who are looking to gain a deeper understanding of the honey bee and their management. Click the link above to access the class details and registration form.

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Handouts for Garden Expo and Classes

Local Associations

www.madbees.org – Dane County Beekeepers Association

resourcesInterested in networking with fellow beekeepers? Not a beekeeper, but interested in bees? Then the DCBA is the group for you.

Complete listing of Wisconsin Beekeeping Associations and Contacts

For those outside of the Madison area, we have compiled a list of beekeeping clubs and associations throughout the state. Click the link above to access the list.

State Associations

www.wihoney.org – Wisconsin Honey Producers Association

resourcesThe WHPA promotes the use of honey and hive products, as well as research into beekeeping problems and issues. The WHPA provides a good connection to other regional, state and national beekeeping organizations.

The WHPA Spring District meetings are a way to connect with other beekeepers in one of the eight geographical regions, share information and learn new things. The meetings will be starting in early February and run through April.

National Associations

www.Honey.com – National Honey Board

The National Honey Board is a federal research and promotion board under USDA oversight that conducts research, marketing and promotion programs to help maintain and expand markets for honey and honey products.

www.abfnet.org – American Beekeeping Federation

The ABF is a national organization with about 1,000 members that continually works in the interest of all beekeepers, large or small, and those associated with the industry to ensure the future of the honey bee.

www.americanhoneyproducers.org – American Honey Producers

The American Honey Producers Association is an organization dedicated to promoting the common interest and general welfare of the American honey producer. It is the only national beekeeping organization that reserves voting rights for beekeepers.

Universities with Bee Research Facilities

Beelab – University of Minnesota Bee Lab

bee-image-reThe goal of bee research at the University of Minnesota is to promote the health of bee pollinators. The University offers a number of courses of interest to beekeepers, including a Fundamental of Beekeeping course, an Advanced Beekeeping course and a Queen Rearing course. We’ve had the privilege to take all of these courses over the years and they are excellent!

Bee Health – Native and Non-native pollinators

beeinformed.org – Bee Informed Partnership

The Bee Informed Partnership is an extension project that endeavors to decrease the number of honey bee colonies that die over the winter.

www.extension.org/bee_health – Bee Health Extension

University of Wisconsin Extension – lots of publications related to bee health and nutrition

www.xerces.org/pollinator-conservation/ – Xerces Society – Pollinator Conservation

The Xerces Society is a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. Established in 1971, the Society is at the forefront of invertebrate protection worldwide, harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to implement conservation programs.

www.pollinator.org – Pollinator Partnership

The Pollinator Partnership’s mission is to promote the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research. Signature initiatives include the NAPPC (North American Pollinator Protection Campaign), National Pollinator Week, and the Ecoregional Planting Guides.

pfspbees.org – Partners for Sustainable Pollination

The Partners for Sustainable Pollination is pursuing collaborative approaches between farmers, growers, beekeepers and scientists to develop ways to improve health of honey bees in pollination services and support native pollinators.

Scientific Beekeeping – Randy Oliver’s Website

Randy Oliver is a commercial beekeeper in Grass Valley California. He conducts a lot of pratical/applied research on honeybees and has authored a number of articles related to bee health and bee nutrition.

Publications and Trade Journals

www.americanbeejournal.com – American Bee Journal

bee-image-re1The American Bee Journal was established in 1861 by Samuel Wagner and has been published continuously since that time, except for a brief period during the Civil War. The Journal has the honor of being the oldest English language beekeeping publication in the world.

www.beeculture.com – Bee Culture

The magazine Of American beekeeping, is designed for beginning, sideline and commercial beekeepers who want the latest information.

www.bee-craft.com – Bee Craft

Bee Craft is the informed voice of British Beekeeping.

Beekeeping Forums

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www.beesource.com – Beesource Beekeeping Forum

The Beesource Beekeeping website was started in 1997 by a hobbyist beekeeper and became an online community for beekeepers and beekeeping in 1999. It has experienced organic, word of mouth grassroots growth ever since. Today, Beesource.com has over 14,000 registered members and is the most active online beekeeping community of its kind in the world.

Ol’ Buffalo Beekeeping Page – Cedar City Utah

The Ol’ Buffalo Beekeeping Page is a virtual plethora of links to other sites related to beekeeping.

Other Sources of Great Information

www.calamuscreek.com – Calamus Creek Farms

bee-image-re3Calamus Creek Farms is a relatively small, family owned farm and apiary located in Columbus, WI. We are committed to high quality products, sustainable practices and community education.

Phenology, Plants and Other Interesting Stuff

 

NASA and Honey Bees – Goddard Space Flight Center

This site is a compilation of data and research from NASA’s HoneyBeeNet program wherein honey bee foraging and hive weights are tracked in an effort to examine climate change on a national basis.

National Phenology Network

This site tracks plant and animal phenology throughout the United States

Wisconsin Pest Report – Wisconsin Department of Ag trade and Consumer Protection

Includes weekly updates on corn, soybean, fruit, forest and vegetable pests during the growing season. Also tracks the growing degree days.

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