Some first-time as well as experienced beekeepers had trouble keeping their bees from freezing to death in April and May. Others had trouble keeping their bees from swarming in June and July. Many of my first year students have done exceptional. Ann Johnson, Pam Nelson, Melissa Shippey, and Will and Jeremy were some of the students who had great queens, fantastic locations, and what I call a "Bee Thumb". . . Ann showed up to my queen caging demo and I found out that she was put on Earth to cage queens!! She spotted an unmarked Italian queen in my Carniolan hive. Then she went on to help another new beekeeper cage her queen. Jeremy and Will have a great location along the Noyes Slough which I was impressed with. Their bees are on top of a south-facing dirt mound where they come and go with out disturbing anyone in their yard. Pam Nelson's queen is one I would winter over if I had the proper facilities. She is checking into sending her bees south to have them wintered.
Melissa Shippey's bees are near the Botanical Gardens. They were simply, OVER THE TOP with honey. Congratulations to all of you who've had such a successful year!!!!!