Bees, Beekeeping and Honey Queens in Rhode Island


From: Page 21 Bee Craft Digital September 2011

This year’s Eastern Apicultural Society meeting was held in the northern state of Rhode Island

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This is an e-mail from Mike, a busy international executive who usually manages to take a few days holiday each year to attend the Eastern Apicultural Society (EAS) meeting, to Rob, his nephew. Rob is always interested in his uncle’s travels, particularly where beekeeping is concerned, and this year the meeting was held at Crowne Plaza hotel, Providence, Rhode Island.

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From: “Mike” <mike@msa.international.com>
To: “Rob” <rob@global.international.com>
Sent: 30 July 2011
Subject: EAS 2011, Monday 25 to Friday 29 July

Hi Rob As I mentioned when we met in London recently, the EAS meeting was held in Providence, Rhode Island, this year and, unlike my normal work schedule, I was able to take a leisurely journey to the meeting. I flew into Boston and then hired a service car that took me to the hotel in Providence. The meeting was held at the Crowne Plaza hotel and Rhode Island Beekeepers’ Association sponsored this year’s event in conjunction with Hudson Liquid Asphalts.

As in previous years, the week was divided into two parts: a short course on Monday and Tuesday for those starting their beekeeping journey and a conference from Wednesday to Friday for others. During each day, I’d choose which talks to attend from the range of parallel ones available. There are also workshop sessions, apiary demonstrations and pollen analysis microscopy instruction. A total of 452 beekeepers attended this year together with nearly 40 speakers presenting over 100 talks and demonstrations. This time I really think you’ve missed some interesting talks given by a number of new speakers.

The Short Course

I attended some of these talks given during the first two days which were organised by the ‘master beekeepers’ of EAS; they’re comparable in many ways to the master beekeepers in the UK. The aim was to give those new to beekeeping the benefit of their experiences and hopefully help them become better beekeepers. Needless to say, some were good and some not so good.

In ‘The Winter Colony’, Lesley Huston gave us a useful reminder of what happens inside a hive during what we normally think of as the ‘closed season’ for beekeeping. She reminded us that successful wintering starts during the previous summer where we need to have a good young queen, relatively clean comb, adequate stores of both honey and pollen, disease under control (particularly varroa and nosema), worker
bees with adequate fat and proteins in their bodies and sufficient worker bees to provide an adequate cluster to survive the winter.

Care is needed to ensure there will be sufficient ventilation even after a heavy fall of snow that can block the entrance. We’ll need access to the hive for feeding or varroa treatment without causing undue disturbance to any predator protection, eg, woodpeckers and (in her case) bears. We need to remember temperature control by the bees inside the hive. Up to the winter solstice, the temperature will be maintained at 65–70 °F (20–24 °C) and then, as the new


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