Alberta Beekeepers 2014 Swarm Catchers

It is that time of year again, and the bees are once again active.  That means that the potential for swarms does exist.  THE ALBERTA BEEKEEPERS COMMISSION IS UNABLE TO DEAL WITH SWARM CALLS OF ANY KIND!!!!  If you call the Alberta Beekeepers Commission office with problem bee related issues, your call will not be returned.  Please refer to the attached document which contains a list of "swarm catchers" that may be able to assist you.  

Please note, this only refers to honeybees, not wasps/hornets/bumblebees.  If you are having concerns with any of these, please contact an extermination company. 

Click here for the Swarm Catcher list... (PDF):


61st Annual Beaverlodge Beekeepers Field Day, June 20, 2014

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The Alberta Beekeepers Commision appeared before THE STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY.  You can read the past proceedings here:  Issue 1  Issue 2

The transcript for the February 11 meeting.  Video of the same evidence.


National Bee Diagnostic Centre

The National Bee Diagnostic Centre is pleased to announce that we are now accepting samples for the 2014 season.  Attached is an updated Sample Procedures Fees and Services Brochure as well as a new Submission Form.  The NBDC has made some changes to the services, so please note that we have discontinued the Full Spectrum Analysis Package.  This will allow clients to customize what will constitute a full spectrum analysis specific for each beekeeper.  Please contact our office if you require assistance.  We look forward to your submissions for the 2014 season.  Please click the ACIDF/Research tab for links to submit your sample and for the applicable fees.


Beekeeper Photo of the Month

Nixon's in the field

Snow is no match for Nixon's out in the field

To submit a photo of the month, please email them to the office with the subject line: Photo of the Month

Important Notice

2014 Alberta Beekeepers AGM will be held November 3-5, 2014 at the Fantasyland Hotel in the West Edmonton Mall.  A list of speakers will be available soon.

2014 National Bee Diagnostic Centre Sample Procedures Fees and Services Brochure: