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March 23, 2010

Florida State Beekeepers Spring Seminar

You know, sometimes there are lapses of the memory. I have one now. I am having a hard time remembering what has gone on in my life that needs to be repeated. I know that I have gone places, done things, and actually know what happened, but for the life of me, I am having a hard time telling it. In my mind’s eye, I can see things clearly, but when I try to put it in writing, it becomes fuzzy or blank.

I remember going to the State Spring meeting March 11, 12, & 13 in St. Augustine, FL., but I can only remember what went on at the college end of it. Actually, the Master Beekeepers test was the beginning and it started on Thursday, but I missed that as I was delivering a barrel of honey for a friend that day. We had planned to deliver the honey on Wednesday, but we didn’t know that the gate was closed at 2:00 that afternoon at the honey house. We were late. So, since I couldn’t take my advancement test until Fall anyway, I was elected to make the run and therefore, I didn’t get to participate in the classes.

On Friday, we had Dr. de Jounge from Brazil tell about a new computer program that he has designed to test for Africanized Honeybees. It still has some bugs to work out, but is showing great promise to supersede the program we have here in Florida that takes about 4 hours. Dr. de Jounge’s program takes about 15-20 minutes. Lets hope he works the problems out soon.

There were other programs that I was not able to attend. Jerry Hayes talked about chemicals in the hive and how to apply some of them.  Some of the time as an upperclassman in the Master Beekeepers program, I was kept busy during some of the programs answering questions and explaining the bee college curriculum. Therefore, I missed some of the other classes.

Friday evening during the dinner, I got nauseated and couldn’t eat. By Saturday morning, I had gotten over whatever it was and felt fine.  I had 2 classes all that day; Certification for administering an EppyPen injection under emergency conditions and I took the class and test for a private pesticide license. Passed the former and still waiting for the results of the latter. Wish me luck!

As a reporter, I stink, but this blog is about me and what I do, isn’t it? I did get two swarms today and split a hive and they weren’t even mine, but that is a story for another day.

Words of wisdom: Swarming time is upon us. I hope you have your extra boxes cleaned and ready to go. Keep you veil close, your smoker lit, and your hive tool sharp.

By the way, we had about 15 new Apprentice beekeepers, 8-10 new Advanced, and about 8 students that passed the Master Beekeeper level. The Master Beekeepers now have 2 years to complete their assignments before taking the final test, which I think includes standing before the board and have a oral test, to become Master Craftsman Beekeepers.

2 Comment(s)

  1. Lani Bond | Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    I am just trying to determine if the bees in my bluebird house are honeybees or something else, and what I should do about them, if anything. I have pictures of the bees and the house. I am happy to let them have it if they are honeybees. Can you help identify?

  2. ekpeach | Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    I would have to see the pictures first. Send to and I will attempt to identify your insects.


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