Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association

Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association We are a non-profit club bringing together old, new, and aspiring beekeepers in the Dallas area. The TVBA is a group of people who share a passion for beekeeping.
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Our members range from professional beekeepers with many hives to hobbyists with a few (or even zero) hives. Please feel free to "like" us even if you aren't a member or even don't know anything about bees! This page will have upcoming events, meetings, news, links of interest, pictures, and more! Share anything you think is relevant! (But please don't advertise on here--it will be removed.)

Tomorrow (2/27) from 10am-noon we will be having our Honey Bee Biology class for on Zoom.  This will cover lots of fasci...
02/26/2021
Beginner Beekeeping Class Schedule

Tomorrow (2/27) from 10am-noon we will be having our Honey Bee Biology class for on Zoom. This will cover lots of fascinating subject matter, all addressing how bees do what bees do. There will be some focus on implications to beekeeper management, but this is a great learning opportunity even if you are a non-beekeeper who just wants to better understand the lives of these pollinators inside the hive and out. Registration is open through this evening at https://www.tvbees.org/bee-class/

NOTICE: Due to COVID-19 concerns we will be conducting all classes via zoom web conferencing until CDC & State guidelines change. Meeting invites will be sent to all preregistered individuals.…

COVID-19 UPDATEWith the limitations the Covid-19/Coronavirus situation has brought to group events for the foreseeable f...
03/23/2020
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COVID-19 UPDATE
With the limitations the Covid-19/Coronavirus situation has brought to group events for the foreseeable future, Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association has every desire to
1) take a cautious stance which places human health and safety as a top priority, and
2) continue our beekeeping education via the best options still available.

As such, TVBA is moving all in-person events to a digital platform on Zoom. Sign up for our newsletter for further updates.

We wish everyone safety during these trying times, and look forward to a time when we can resume in-person events.

https://www.tvbees.org/subscribe-to-trinity-valley-beekeepers-association-newsletter/

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Virginia Tech testing bee-friendly forage for cattle
02/16/2020
Virginia Tech testing bee-friendly forage for cattle

Virginia Tech testing bee-friendly forage for cattle

A research team will test 20 different wildflowers native to Virginia and Tennessee and will measure which ones attract the most bees and, when planted alongside native grasses, produce the healthiest cattle.

01/27/2020

If you've been to one of our meetings lately, we're trying to start a new feature... Show & Tell. If you've got something that you make (homemade - not commercial products) that you would be willing to share with the club - we'd like to give you that opportunity.

The idea comes from the way you might have done show & tell back in grade school.

We will be making a sign-up for this on the tvbees.org web site in the near future. If you have something and would be willing to be our first show & teller, please respond here or send an email to inf[email protected].

Great turnout for “So You Think You Want Bees” at Rooster Home and Hardware today.  Many thanks to all who came out, and...
01/11/2020

Great turnout for “So You Think You Want Bees” at Rooster Home and Hardware today. Many thanks to all who came out, and to the great folks at Rooster for making this happen.

People are learning how to be Beekeepers at Rooster until 3:00. Buzz on by. We’ll be stocking a new assortment of supplies in the next couple of weeks. Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association

Beekeepers use kayak to rescue bees in flooded metro field
05/26/2019
Beekeepers use kayak to rescue bees in flooded metro field

Beekeepers use kayak to rescue bees in flooded metro field

OKLAHOMA CITY - As flooding causes problems across the state, two men did their best to rescue some of the smallest flood victims. Mark Rodden started raising bees last year, but a field that used to be filled with wildflowers planted for them is now a veritable lake. "I've never seen water in this....

The bees in your backyard
05/20/2019

The bees in your backyard

Happy world bee day. Let us remember that bees come in all colors, shapes, and sizes.

Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance
04/12/2019

Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance

UPDATE: HB 2670 was heard by the House Ag Committee, but has not been voted on yet. There’s still time to call your Representative and make your voice heard!

HB 2670 converts the current free registration of apiaries (six or more hives) to registration of individual beekeepers, broadly defined as anyone who “owns, leases, possesses, controls, or manages” even one hive for any purpose -- and imposes a fee.

While it would be labeled as voluntary, some people already have to register their apiary in order to qualify for agricultural valuation or other reasons – and now they'd have to pay a fee, in whatever amount is set by the Texas Apiary Inspection Service (TAIS). And since TAIS is not subject to Sunset Review and there’s no elected official over it, there’s no good way to hold the agency accountable for what it does.

This bill is about (1) generating revenue for TAIS and (2) laying the groundwork for mandatory registration of all beekeepers. The same group that is pushing HB 2670 pushed for mandatory registration of beekeepers last session, and more than one witness on the Senate version of this bill supported making it mandatory.

We oppose giving the TAIS agency authority to impose fees for registering beekeepers. You can read more about the problems with this bill at farmandranchfreedom.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/FARFA-testimony-HB2670.pdf . And then call your Representative to oppose HB 2670!

03/28/2019
Who Represents Me?

Updates on bee bills in Austin, courtesy of Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance.

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The House Agriculture Committee is hearing four bee-related bills on Monday, April 1.

Let's start with the good bills:
HB 2484 would establish a Bee Pollinator Goals Task Force, drawn from state agency officials, to develop statewide bee pollinator goals and metrics, and to report on the state's progress on a biennial basis. These concrete measurements would help future attempts to promote pollinator health.

HB 136 directs Texas Agrilife Extension to develop educational material for pesticide applicator training that includes the impacts of pesticides on bees and other pollinators. It also forms a task force with individuals drawn from government, academia, and advocacy organizations, to study the measures taken by other states for pollinator protection. The task force is also directed to study "best management practices" for the "neonics" class of pesticides. FARFA has recommended adding more beekeepers to the task force and studying best practices for all types of agricultural chemicals; our recommended changes would improve the bill, but we also support it as filed.

HB 2483 would ban the use of neonics in public road right-of-ways. This is largely a symbolic bill, since the Texas Department of Transportation doesn't currently use neonics on right-of-ways. But it's still a positive preventive measure and sets a precedent for future steps to address the threat neonics pose to pollinators.

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Then there's the bad news on beekeeping regulation.

The bill on regulating beekeepers, HB 2670, has some good provisions, but the bad outweighs the good, so FARFA opposes the bill.

The good: The bill repeals the intrastate permit (for moving hives within the state) and the export permit (for moving hives out of Texas). These permits serve no real disease control purpose and simply impose paperwork and fee burdens.

The bad: Currently, people can register their apiary (a location with six or more hives) for free. HB 2670 would convert this to registration of individual beekeepers, broadly defined as anyone who "owns, leases, possesses, controls, or manages" even one hive for any purpose --- and imposes a fee. This is designed to generate money for the Texas Apiary Inspection Service (TAIS), allegedly to make up for the funds the agency will lose by abolishing the intrastate permit. Yet abolishing the intrastate permit would have no fiscal impact because TAIS would also be relieved of spending the money to manage the intrastate permit program. So, what are the registration fees needed for?

While the registration is voluntary on its face, some people have to register their apiary in order to qualify for agricultural valuation --- and now they'd be forced to pay whatever fee TAIS chooses to set.

And it appears that this is really about laying the groundwork for mandatory registration of all beekeepers. Mandatory registration was proposed and pushed last session in HB 1293 by the same group that is now pushing this bill. Notably, the proposed definition of "beekeeper" in HB 2670 is the same as last session's HB 1293, as are the substantive provisions for what is included in the registration, when it lapses, and the associated fees. Just one word would need to be changed to make it mandatory --- and more than one witness on the Senate version of this bill urged mandatory registration for all beekeepers.

TAIS is unique among regulatory agencies in the lack of oversight --- it is not subject to Sunset Review or any of the other normal mechanisms that provide transparency and accountability of agencies. Without some mechanism for holding the agency accountable, we oppose giving the agency authority to impose fees or specify what information beekeepers need to provide to register. (Currently, for apiary registration, the required information is specified in statute.)
The confusing & potentially dangerous: The bill converts the import permit, which requires an inspection before bee hives can be brought into Texas, into an "interstate permit," which allows hives to be brought into Texas if they have been inspected by TAIS anytime within the last 12 months. This provision doesn't make sense. If there is a disease transmission risk, then a year-old inspection after the bees have been transported all over the country does nothing to prevent the introduction of disease into Texas. And if there is no real disease transmission risk, then no permit should be required. A more logical approach would be to analyze the potential disease risks in an interim study, and then either continue the current import permit or abolish it entirely.
You can read more about these and other bee-related bills at http://farmandranchfreedom.org/bee-bills-2019/.

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TAKE ACTION #1: Call Your State Representative

Call your State Representative to urge them to support or oppose the bills that matter to you.

To find who represents you, visit https://wrm.capitol.texas.gov/home or call the Capitol Switchboard at 512-463-4630.

Sample message:

"My name is _____ and I live in [town]. I urge Representative _____ to oppose HB 2670 because the Texas Apiary Inspection Service should not be given new authority on what information beekeepers have to submit, nor to charge them a fee, for registration. And the bee import provisions would weaken the protections provided by the current import permit, putting Texas beekeepers at greater risk for disease introductions, just to make things easier for a few large migratory producers.

At the same time, I urge the Representative to support measures to protect bees and other pollinators, through HB 136 and HB 2484."

(Or pick the bills you want to focus on, giving a short sentence or two as to your reasons on each.)

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TAKE ACTION #2: Come to the Hearing
And check out if any of the Committee members represent you!

Testifying at a committee hearing is one of the most powerful ways to make your voice heard. That includes registering even without testifying!

If you can't come in person, check out the list of committee members below. If you are a constituent of any of the Committee members, your call is even more important. Please be sure to contact them, and then urge your friends and neighbors in the district to contact representatives as well.

To register: You have to be physically present at the Capitol to register. Go to floor E1 or E2, and head to the kiosks on the side hallways to electronically register. The House Ag Committee registration will open around 9:30 a.m. and should stay open until about 12:30 or later (depending on when the House adjourns).

You can see a video and more details on registering at
https://mytxlegis.capitol.texas.gov//hwrspublic/about.aspx.


COMMITTEE: House Committee on Agriculture & Livestock

WHERE: Capitol Extension, Room E2.036

DATE: Monday, April 1, 2019

TIME: 10:30 a.m. or upon adjournment of the House. We can't predict exactly when that will be, but it could be anytime from noon or later.

BILLS (FARFA's suggested positions):
HB 2670 by Guillen: AGAINST
HB 2383 by Farrar: FOR
HB 2484 by Farrar: FOR
HB 136 by Gonzalez: FOR
For all of them, select "not testifying" unless you have a specific personal story that you want to share. If you do testify, keep it short (less than 3 minutes) and simple.

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House Committee on Agriculture & Livestock:

Drew Springer (R), Chair, [email protected], (512) 463-0526
Childress, Collingsworth, Cooke, Cottle, Crosby, Dickens, Fisher, Floyd, Garza, Hall, Hardeman, Haskell, Jack, Kent, King, Montague, Motley, Stonewall, Throckmorton, Wheeler, Wilbarger, Young Counties

Charles "Doc" Anderson (R), Vice Chair, [email protected], 512-463-0135
McLennan County, part

Michelle Beckley (D), [email protected], 512-463-0478
Denton County, part

Brad Buckley (R), [email protected], 512-463-0684
Lampasas & Bell (part) Counties,

DeWayne Burns (R), [email protected], 512-463-0538
Bosque and Johnson Counties

Arthur "Art" Fierro (D), [email protected], 512-463-0596
El Paso County, part

Thresa "Terry" Meza (D), [email protected], 512-463-0641
Dallas County, part

Richard Pena Raymond (D), [email protected], 512-463-0558
Webb County, Part

Erin Zwiener (D), [email protected], 512-463-0647
Blanco and Hays Counties

Who Represents Me provides information about current districts and members of the Texas Senate, Texas House of Representatives, the Texas delegation to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and the State Board of Education.

Have you ever heard the term ‘busy as a bee?’Most people have.But have you ever considered getting an up close look at h...
01/08/2019

Have you ever heard the term ‘busy as a bee?’

Most people have.

But have you ever considered getting an up close look at how busy bees actually are?

The Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association Youth Scholarship Program is a perfect way for young people to jump in and learn all about the world of bees.

Questions?
Contact: [email protected]
Application Deadline: January 15, 2019

http://www.tvbees.org/apply-for-scholarship/

12/04/2018
The Guardian

The Guardian

For the first time, an insect – the humble bumblebee – has mastered the complex skill of pulling string for food.

Queen Mary University of London researchers say we’re only in the early stages of understanding bee brains but that these findings make it even more important to protect them.

Too cool!!!
11/27/2018

Too cool!!!

This is the actual UV light of a Monarda (bee balm) 🌿 This is what our pollinators see.
Photography by Craig Burrows. Explore: http://www.cpburrows.com/independent-work/

#cupletfern #fnps UF IFAS Extension Seminole County #monarda #uvlight #awesome Ginny Stibolt

The bees in your backyard
11/22/2018

The bees in your backyard

If you have pumpkin pie today, remember to thank the squash bees (Peponapis) for their excellent pollination services. Squash bees are specialist pollinators of squash flowers (including pumpkins).

Mite-A-Thon | Pollinator.org
09/08/2018
Mite-A-Thon | Pollinator.org

Mite-A-Thon | Pollinator.org

The Pollinator Partnership is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and the largest in the world dedicated exclusively to the protection and promotion of pollinators ...

Juliet
07/01/2018

Juliet

Many thanks!
Ryan Giesecke - helped us with a live bumblebee nest relocation - we're not beekeepers, but we know how valuable bees are for all of us. We couldn't leave the nest due to the location, but we didn't want to kill them.

None of the beekeepers we spoke with were interested in moving a bumblebee nest - we were quite discouraged.

Ryan came to our rescue. He even took the time after they were safe in their new box to show me the nest and explain a number of really interesting things about them. I'm so glad we found Ryan (and the bees are happier, too! Not only did they escape the exterminator, but they were apparently under attack from some nasty ants, which Ryan also saved them from.)

Many thanks, again! He even found my husband's glasses - they were lost when he first encountered the bees.

Ashley
06/16/2018
Ashley

Ashley

Hey guys! I know it's a bit of a drive, but I hope to see you on June 30. There is a great event going on at the end of the month at Lone Star Convention Center in Conroe, TX (INSIDE WITH AIR CONDITIONING). It's an all day learning event with my literal favorite keynote speaker Dr. Jamie Ellis. There will be a ton of other great speakers there as well, with 36 classes, 7 themes (from beginner to business), and a list of quality vendors for beekeeping supplies and more. I don't want you to miss this great event!! Please come, bring your friends, learn and mingle with us! All the details you need are on the link below (schedule, venue details, pricing) 🐝💛

International Bee Research Association - IBRA
05/05/2018

International Bee Research Association - IBRA

To treat or not to treat? That is the question...

This is always a dilemma beekeepers face when deciding whether or how to treat varroa. In parasitology there is a tendency in time for a parasite to become less virulent (because the most virulent strains kill their host so are lost) and for the host to become more resistant. Thus if we all leave all of our honey bee colonies untreated, in time we will have resistant bees. However, in the meantime many colonies will die, and there will be little honey... On the other hand, if we treat all of our colonies all of the time, we won’t lose then to varroa, but will never get resistant bees...

So what is the best approach? In the new issue of Bee World are two articles which address this issue. In the first, Tjeerd Blacquière & Delphine Panziera of Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands make a plea for letting the bees natural ability to cope to have a place in our beekeeping. In the second, John McMullan of Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland discusses a study looking at promising results on how honey bee colonies in the Dublin area are coping with varroa.

The article: “A plea for use of honey bees’ natural resilience in beekeeping” can be found here (Open access):
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0005772X.2018.1430999

The article: “Adaptation in honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies exhibiting tolerance to Varroa destructor in Ireland” can be found here (Open access):
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0005772X.2018.1431000

You can join IBRA here to gain access to all papers in this issue 95(2), and the entire back catalogue to Issue 1 in 1919: http://www.ibrabee.org.uk/2013-05-01-02-30-7/2014-12-12-12-06-01

IBRA is a Registered Charity No 209222. You can make a donation to help our work here: http://www.ibrabee.org.uk/ibra-donations

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We are seeing hive in our backyard under a bench which is 15 Feet to the ground. Could any one of you guys please help us in removing it. We are located in Carrollton, Zip code - 75010. It is a residential Property
I just got my bees about a 10days ago, I checked the today I notice the have dry brood is there anything I can do to help them?
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does anyone know if tomorrow‘s “Intro to Beekeeping” is zoom? I clicked on “going” but have received no info on joining the meeting.
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FREE TESTING FOR YOUR HONEY BY: THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT SAN ANTONIO The Texas Honey Show is partnering with The University of Texas at San Antonio to do a study on Texas honey. We are asking all entries to the Texas Honey Show to fill out the document below so that after judging, we can send your honey to be tested. Just include this form with your entry forms. We are so excited to be able to offer this testing to all of you and we are excited to see the results. The testing could potentially be a boon for the Texas Honey Businesses meaning all of you. If you do not want to enter the Texas Honey Show but would still like to participate in the study. We will be collecting honey at the honey show to send on to the university. To learn more see the enclosed photos' and go to: https://texasbeekeepers.org/texas-honey-show-2020/
Getting ready to start the finishing phase of 3 hives I've been building over the past 3 weeks. I'll be sealing the inside and outside of the hives with a low VOC caulk, patching all the nail holes and sanding, and the final touch will be two coats of a good quality low VOC primer white paint. I'll then load the hives into my truck and deliver them to their new homes and bee colonies.
I need suggestions - friend of mine has a severe anaphylactic reaction to bees (will likely die). their neighbors recently put in a bunch of bee hives and now there are a bunch of bees on my friend's porch. This never happened before neighbors started beekeeping. They are unable to go outside due to (rightful) fear... what can they do? They really don't want to kill the bees or do anything toxic to the hives but as of right now, their back porch is unusable. Help!!
This is my first year having bees and I have a question. I was going to take off my supers two weeks ago but a lot of the honey had not been capped. I checked them out again today and saw a lot was still not capped. So should I leave them alone until they finish? On some one side is finished but they are still working on the other side.
I’m excited to have found this page because while being quarantined, I have been really interested in learning more about bees and the beekeeping process. My favorite way to learn is through watching movies. I think cinema can be a powerful tool to bring awareness to issues we face today. I came across a documentary that I really liked called “More Than Honey” using a streaming platform called Film Festival Flix. The documentary “More Than Honey” brings attention to why bees worldwide are becoming extinct. I was blown away to see how important bees are in our life. If you’re interested in expanding your knowledge through cinema I really think Film Festival Flix is a great place to start.
Hi, a friend, in Carrollton near the public golf course, wants a hive or two in his backyard and wants someone to manage them. Do you know anyone who provides hives and hive management services year-round? Thanks.
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