Welcome to NBBA

NBBA is the provincial organization that represents the beekeepers of New Brunswick.  The NBBA has many members, including commercial and hobby beekeepers, and other people interested in the association and its activities.  There are many great reasons to become a member of the NBBA.

We offer our members:

    • An annual convention with feature speakers and exhibits
    • Seminars and field days to offer opportunities to meet with fellow beekeepers for the exchange of experiences and ideas.
    • An active Board of Directors.
    • Benefits of  a full-time office.
    • Group liability insurance program (optional)

Join the NBBA and support the beekeeping industry in New Brunswick!

See, our “Membership” page for your copy of the NBBA Membership Application.

Pollinator Protection

Pollinator ProtectionPrice: $32.00

Description: Back by popular demand, Pollinator Protection: A Bee & Pesticide Handbook is a summary of extensive laboratory research and field testing of insecticides and other pesticides on honey bees and other bee pollinators. The authors review miticides and other chemicals used by beekeepers, as well as those commonly used in the agricultural industry. This is a faithful reprint and, though the chemicals used may have changed since its original publication in 1990, the lessons and protection techniques described herein are well applied to current practices.

Go to http://www.wicwas.com/books and scroll down the page to find this title. In the bar across the top you will find ordering and payment instructions.

2. HOW TO REDUCE POISONING FROM PESTICIDES (update of PNW 591)

$5.00 plus shipping to purchase a glossy copy from Oregon State or Washington State University Extension.  Or, it can be downloaded and printed from a pdf at http://bit.ly/OSU_ReduceBeePoisoning or from Washington State’s http://www.step-project.net/NPDOCS/PNW%20591.pdf .

3. The Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists have recently released the 3rd update of their popular Honey Bee Diseases & Pests. Cost is $10.00 (Canadian) plus postage and I would suggest members order through their local club or association as bulk mailing t will reduce the overall cost of postage. Orders can be placed directly with Janet Tam at shrewless@yahoo.com

Honey & Pollen Plants for Canada`s Beekeepers

Honey and Pollen Plants for Canada`s Beekeepers

An Annotated Floral Calendar: www.beeflowerseasoncan.ca

(A mobile version of the website is also available – click here )

The electronic floral calendar offers information on over 270 honey and pollen plants found across Canada, including the type of resource it provides for bees (nectar, pollen, resins) and photos to aid in identification. The list of plants is easily searched by the scientific and common names or by blooming season (Spring, Summer, Fall).

Why Make a Floral Calendar?  Beekeepers are naturally interested in the flowers that provide sustenance for their bees.  Some flowers provide mostly nectar which the bees make into honey, others produce only pollen which is the protein source for bee nutrition, and most produce both.  Beekeepers find it useful to know what flowers are in bloom and when in their area of operation.  Books on the floral resources used by honeybees have always been part of beekeeping lore, and the new website makes this information readily available to anyone with internet access.

The new site builds on the floral calendar previously created for Ontario beekeepers that was developed with funding from Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and launched in late 2013. The expanded national version was created with in-kind support from NSERC-CANPOLIN and Seeds of Diversity, which is the official home of Pollination Canada.

Danger of Ice Crust on Wintered Beehives

Bee hives normally become partially or completely covered in heavy snowfalls.  Most hives have a top entrance allowing warm moist air to escape.  This helps prevent the creation and build up of ice inside the hives which interferes with the cluster’s ability to keep itself warm.  When snow covers the entrance, or the complete hive including the top entrance, it normally is not a problem.  In normal conditions snow does not interfere with the fresh air flow through the hive.  Most experienced beekeepers welcome heavy snow cover which does a good job of insulating hives against extreme cold and wind.

However in some winters there is a possible danger of ice crust forming on top of the snow that is covering the hives.  In a short period of time carbon dioxide will build up to deadly levels smothering the bees.  In the past I have lost an entire yard because I did not remove the ice crust and snow in time.  I now watch conditions closely and shovel the fronts out only, leaving the rest of the hive covered.

Always being aware of the possible danger of ice crust can prevent unnecessary hive losses.

Fletcher Colpitts

Nutritional Value of Bee Collected Pollens

This research report discusses the pollen qualities of 60 floral species which are presented in a convenient format ready to publish in industry journals and magazines, thus ensuring that beekeepers benefit from and increase their understanding of honey bee nutrition.

Learn more about bee pollens in this research study: Nutritional Value of Bee Collected Pollens