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Now here is something new in Santa Fe

If you are in town on June 25th there will be a grand opening of the Native Bee house.. It is being held at the Rail Yard Park.

We are proud of our Rail Yard Park. There is always something going on there. The Farmers Market on Tuesday and Saturday, free concerts and much more. Now about those bees.

It’s National Pollinator Week in Santa Fe! Join the Railyard Stewards on Saturday, June 25 from10:00 AM – Noon for a special National Pollinator Week event to celebrate the Grand Opening of our Native Bee House with a Native Bee House Tour in the Railyard Park. Come and meet District 1 City Councilors, followed by a talk on Native Bees with Dr. Olivia Carril, native bee specialist. Meet at the Railyard Park Community Room located on Callejon St. directly behind SITE Santa Fe.

Here are some questions that should be asked of all suppliers before purchasing bees:
What are the genetics? Are they European or Africanized (reared in an AHB zone)?
What are the bees fed and exposed to? High fructose corn syrup? Pure cane sugar? Herbs? Antibiotics? Acaricides (miticides) Pesticides?
When were the queen mothers produced? How were they produced and where?
If the answer is near industrial mono-cropped agriculture like the Central Valley of California, then care should be given to understanding the nature and quality of the forage and also that drones available for mating may come from hives of varied colonies of questionable genetics.
When were they harvested?
With anything less than 18 days post-virginal emergence, there is a higher rate of supercedure loss of the queen.
If they are early spring queens, how was the weather—volatile or calm?
If there was a volatile spring, mating could have been compromised. If a supplier is unable to thoroughly answer any of these questions, red flags are present. If sick bees are imported, will the keeper be knowledgeable and experienced enough to recognize and react appropriately? Most likely not. Therefore, it is best to wait to find healthy bees—preferably those that are regionally fortified.
In disclosing these issues, I seek to not only spare people the heartache of losing bees during however many attempts; foremost, I seek to protect the bees.
There have been increasing reports of managed hive losses from unknown causes. The most likely culprits are the newer viral pathogens. As many large-scale commercial beekeepers take their bees cross-country to California’s Central Valley almond bloom in February, it is akin to being at summer camp where damp, cooler spring weather conditions fuel and spread illnesses. As these caravans of bees leave when the bloom is done, the spread of any ailments is fast and furious. Beekeepers with bees for sale may inadvertently spread the debilitating condition nationwide.
While New Mexico hasn’t yet been labeled as having experienced CCD, it is no surprise that higher losses are being reported and that bees are dying from unknown causes. We are experiencing the effects of CCD through importation of stressed bees. Add on drought conditions, wildfires, bears and environmental stresses, and it is no wonder that our bees are struggling.
Another significant concern is that with the increase of imported honeybees, native bees are competing for the same marginal resources. More honeybees in any single area can be detrimental to native species of pollinators if the foraging resources are limited. And while managed bee colonies are better in communities than unmanaged ones, too many beekeepers and too many bees in any area will not yield healthy bees or produce extra honey and other bee products for consumption. If you have an interest in owning Bees and you don’t get enough info at the opening connect with these people. Hope you have great honey. Connect with me on Facebook  (put the link here please) or twitter (link here) or send me an email