Resources

Below are some links to web sites that you might find interesting and informative.  
(East Central Iowa Beekeepers are not responsible for the content on any of the sites.)


Local/State Organizations


List of honey suppliers provided by the National Honey Board

Beekeeping Information from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

Sensitive Crop Directory Login (To register or update your apiary registry in Iowa)


Beekeeping Supplies

Below is a basic list of suppliers of beekeeping equipment and supplies.  This is by no means to be considered an exhaustive list.  Some supply bees/queens as well, but not all.

B & B Honey Farms     Houston Mn.  Minnesota Hygienic Queens, supplies

Betterbee Inc.  Greenwich, NY.  Supplies and package bees

Brushy Mt. Bee Farm  North Carolina.  Supplies and products.

Dadant & Sons, Inc.   Hamilton, Ill.  General supplies and products.

Mann Lake LTD      Hackensack, Mn.  General supplies and products.

Miller Bee Supply     North Carolina.  General supplies and products.

Walter T. Kelley Co.      Kentucky.  General supplies and products

Blogs, Forums and Newsletters


Beesource--This is a great resource, with very active forums, tons of information.  

Walter T. Kelley Newsletter--published monthly, always full of good tips and information.  PDF format.  Go to this link to set up an account and you can view all of their archived newsletters.  

Mentorship
Starting out as a beginning beekeeper can be a confusing experience:  deeps, mediums, hive placement, installing packages, feed, etc.  Taking classes and reading can be very helpful and are strongly encouraged to learn as much as one can, but sometimes having a personal helping hand can make a big difference.  Are you interested in having a mentor (or being a mentor?)  We have several members of ECIBA who are willing to  help new  members learn more about beekeeping.  If you would like to have a mentor, or are willing to be a mentor, please fill out the comment section below and we will provide a response as soon as we can.

Planting for Pollinators
General tips for planting for bees:
Abundance- Clump plants so the bees can find and visit many flowers in one location.
This provides a worthwhile food stop! Coneflowers in a large clump will
attract honey bees and all types of native bees and butterflies.
Sequence – Plant for bloom succession. You need a succession of overlapping blooming
from spring to fall. Learn when specific plants bloom so you get a good
overlap.
Diversity - Select plants that will provide pollen as well as nectar. Bees need diverse
pollen and nectar sources for balanced diet. Don’t forget trees and shrubs
that can provide pollen and nectar.
Pesticide use - If possible, do not use pesticides! Insecticides can kill beneficial insects as
well as the insect you are trying to kill. Herbicides may kill plants
(dandelions and Dutch white clover) that bees can get pollen and nectar
from. So, do not go for that perfect lawn with no weeds in it.
Plant traits that may attract bees:
Flower color- bright white, yellow, blue or UV
Flower shape- shallow, have a landing platform, tubular, single flower top
Nectar guides present- guides the bees into the plant
Nectar is present- usually fresh, mild and a pleasant smell
Pollen- often sticky and scented 

The following websites have information regarding plants and guides for attracting and feeding pollinators.  

----For a specific guide to our area in the midwest, use this guide: EBFContinental  It is a pdf guide.

--This is a very nice guide for Indiana, but should be mostly applicable here in Iowa.  It lists plants that are good for nectar and/or pollen and the dates the plants bloom. Gardening for Honey Bees

--Xerces Planting Guide for the Midwest

    Miscellaneous

Iowa State University Extension has published a free guide for keeping your bees safe from pesticides.  
You can download the publication here:  Protecting Bees from Pesticides.
Another free ISU publication also gives advice for beekeepers and pesticide applicators to help keep our bees safe in our agricultural environment.  Download Protecting Bees in Iowa.
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Keeping track of your bees
Our former club secretary, Dave Campbell, provided us with this record card to keep track of what you are doing in your hive. You can tape it to the under-side of your top cover and fill it in when you get into the hive.  Download the link for the record file here.

Hive Tracks  This is another tool for keeping track of your bees. This free website allows the user to set up an account and record your hive management data.
********************************************* Cascadian Farms has a project in cooperation with the Xerces Society and the U of Minnesota Bee Lab to promote a better environment for bees.  Visit Bee Friendlier.

Watch Marla Spivak, from the University of Minnesota, talk about the disappearance of honey bees in this 15 minute talk on TED talks.


Hive Tracks  This free site allows the user to set up an account and record your hive management data

Ohio State University Bee Lab -- education and research related to honey bees and other bee pollinators.  Free webinars devoted to all aspects of beekeeping and honey production.

Ohio State Beekeepers Association--beekeeping videos  This is a good beginning series of videos.   Well worth watching.

University of Minnesota Northern Beekeeping Video Series  Beekeeping in a colder climate.  Several short videos on various topics.


Beekeeping Guide for All Ages--general resource guide with numerous links about bees and beekeeping, and resources for kids, who are the beekeepers of tomorrow.

Are Neonicotinoids killing our bees?  Read the report from the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Single Deep Brood Method.  
An Ontario beekeeper, Devan Rawn, produces a Youtube video series  in which he discusses keeping a colony in a single deep brood chamber.  His videos are straight forward, informative and intelligent presentations.  Watch Devan Rawn videos.

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Guide to Beekeeping for Adults and Kids

This is a general guide for some basic information about beekeeping.




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