Autumn is here! This signals a drastic change for beekeepers, as we are less able to effectively inspect our hives. Cooler temperatures are the culprit of this and I am often asked “what temperature is too cold to inspect a hive?” The short answer is – somewhere around 60 degrees or warmer. But there’s a […]

Honey bees are known to be quite hygienic. They take care to ensure that their hive is clean. Nearly all hives are experts at removing foreign substances from their home – debris, non-welcomed insects, etc. Some hives even go as far as to remove problematic substances that could cause disease to take hold of their […]

The Boise State Bee Team continued their work alongside Dr. Brandon Hopkins and his amazing research team at Washington State University. We were first tasked with finding queens in colonies and marking them. This step was very important because it allowed us to the take frames of worker “nurse bees” and remove them from the […]

The Boise State Bee Team is at it again. School is out and it’s now vacation time – “edu-vacation” time, that is. The Bee Team took an educational vacation up to the Palouse region of Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington to visit Washington State University’s amazing beekeeping research program. We were so impressed and appreciative […]

Our edu-vacation to Oregon State University’s Honey Bee Research Lab eventually lead us to the actual science labs where graduate assistants are diligently working to collect useful data for unique projects, lead by a very intelligent man, Ramesh Sagili. One of the fascinating projects involved a set of observation hives. These are indoor hives with […]

Our hands-on learning at the Oregon State University Honey Bee Research Lab and apiaries continued as Ellen and Carolyn sent us out on a mission – inspecting yet another failing hive to determine the cause. Hive 2: We opened this hive to find a dwindling population of bees. We pulled out frames to inspect the […]

Day two of our edu-vacation at Oregon State University’s Honey Bee Research Lab was all hands-on! Ellen and Carolyn took us out to their research apiary which was on the edge of town in the rural farmland area. The knowledge we took away from this experience was invaluable. There is something to be said about […]

The Boise State Bee Team (the campus beekeeping club) took an edu-vacation to Oregon State University this summer. The eight students on the trip coined this term “edu-vacation” as the perfect description for our adventure because it was an educational vacation. Seemed fitting. We took this opportunity to visit the OSU honey bee lab and […]