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Golden Horseshoe Beekeepers Association focuses on issues, problems beekeepers face and the best practices for beekeepers. Talks are given by individuals in the industry from the Ontario Tech-Transfer program or from other individuals in the beekeeping community. If you want to learn more about beekeeping, or share your experiences this is for you.





Golden Horseshoe Beekeepers thanks and acknowledges the support received from the City of Hamilton through the City Enrichment Fund grant which enables the GHBA to operate at the Ancaster Fairgrounds.

Email Gene at rgenie@outlook.com if you have any questions, comments or additions to the website.





Event of interest to beekeepers:
The Urban Toronto Beekeepers’ Association and Toronto District Beekeepers’ Association are pleased to invite you to attend two events that they have organized for June 21st and 22nd

On June 21st, we are hosting An Evening with Tom Seeley at the University of Toronto.  

An outstanding researcher into the behaviour and social life of honey bees, and author of books including Honeybee DemocracyThe Wisdom of the Hive, and the just-released Lives of Bees, the Untold Story of the Honey Bee in the Wild, Professor Seeley will show us how he tracks wild bees to their hives in the Arnot Forest in New York State, where he studies how they survive without human intervention. He will show us how we might follow wild bees ourselves. Copies of his books will be available for sale. 

For tickets, please go to https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/an-evening-with-tom-seeley-tickets-60442535250?utm_term=eventurl_text


On June 22nd, we are hosting the all-day OBA Summer Meeting at the beautiful Centre for Urban Ecology in the Humber Arboretum. 

Tom Seeley is our keynote speaker, talking about his latest research into honey bees that survive in the wild, and the lessons his research suggest for beekeepers.

We will also hear from up-and-coming Ontario bee researchers and hold practical sessions on living with Small Hive Beetle, making products from beeswax, and marketing and labelling your honey. A visit to an apiary in the meadows of the Arboretum is included! We'll also have a queen auction in support of the OBA Tech Transfer program. 

For a detailed program and tickets to this all-day event, please go to https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/oba-summer-meeting-featuring-thomas-seeley-tickets-56535839217?aff=ebdssbdestsearch



Progress pictures from our 2 teaching hives from 2016 can be found on the 2nd tab or click here.

Check out our GHBA Group Discussions page & add your questions or comments about beekeeping.  Please check them out & feel free to comment!

Annual membership in the GHBA is only $50.  You can register and join at one of our meetings.  You can also attend a meeting without charge or pressure to join, 

So you want to be a beekeeper!   Check out the OBA site on getting started for costs, time investment, rules, restrictions etc.  All you need to know!  OBA - getting started

If you have a topic of interest & would like to address the GHBA, please email Roy our program coordinator: rallemann@silomail.com

2018 GHBA field trip to UoG Research Centre


Meeting Dates:
 
Marritt Hall Ancaster Fair Grounds 7:30 pm.
3rd Thursday of every month. 

2019 Meeting dates, topics or speakers:
- May 16 Guest speaker to be determined

- Apr 18  Clement Kent, Ph.D. is a Senior Research Associate at York University
Clement's talk will focus on a few topics from the BeeOmics Project, led by Prof. Zayed. He'll describe efforts to make a "gene chip" which will detect Africanization in imported bees. Then he'll take us into the realm of "Marker-Assisted Breeding", a technique of applied agricultural plant and animal breeding, and what it reveals about traits like hygiene in a bee colony and how to breed for it.
- Mar 21 General discussion on what should we be doing to our bees NOW.
- Feb 21 Speakers are Marion and Rick Robertson, who will be talking about planting native trees for bees.  Marion and Rick have been hobby beekeepers for over 30 years. About 16 years ago they started growing trees and shrubs from Ontario seed because they could not find any trees and shrubs from local stock.

- Jan. 17 2019 Todd Kalisz from Dancing Bee. Dancing Bee is a supplier of equipment, nucs and queens located in Port Hope.  Todd will be talking about how they built their business and how beekeeping is more than just producing honey.  If any members wish to place an order with Dancing Bee, Todd has generously volunteered to bring the orders with him to our meeting so that our members can save on shipping charges.  For anyone placing orders, please get them in as early as you can and ensure Todd and his staff understand that you are with our club.











  
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GHBA supports local 4-H Club
For the past three years my niece, Amanda Henderson, my brother Scott Henderson and I have led an Apiculture 4-H club in Brant County. It is a bit challenging as there is no standard framework to guide the club as there is in other clubs and 4-H is all about hands on activities. We assemble boxes and frames (often a members first experience with a hammer & nails) inspect a hive at nearly every meeting (thanks to Ontario's gentle stock) and extract honey in the late summer. Last year our club visited the bee lab at Guelph, and Dutchman's Gold in Carlyle. We have had a couple of members become beekeepers, but mostly have developed an understanding of what honeybees are and where they fit in today's world. The Golden Horseshoe Beekeepers have each year purchased items from the Tech Transfer Team to give to the 4-H Apiculture Club members at their awards banquet. This year we gave each member a toque.
Jim Henderson






Videos of interest to beekeepers and potential beeks.
Anand Varma: A thrilling look at the first 21 days of a bee’s life
Fascinating TED Talk on the first 21 days of a bee's life.  Its short only 6 minutes.  The photographer's work was used in a National Geographic edition. 

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Looking in from the outside
Ever wonder what goes on inside a bee hive???

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Or in the air!                                                                 

Queen Honeybee Mating Flight

    

  
Bees - Alexandre Obnovlennyi

Organic honey in Toronto. Alexandre Obnovlennyi

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Magic School Bus is a video for kids that teaches them about bees and beehives.  The teacher transforms her students into bees & they fly into a beehive.  A great way for kids to learn basics about bees.

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"Apis Mellifera: Honey Bee" a high-speed short from Michael N Sutton / @MNS1974 on Vimeo.

Last week I wanted to film something in high-speed (I shoot something every week to keep it fresh). My Bullfrog film had done well on the internet and I wanted to step up and challenge myself. I have wanted to film bee's for quite a while and luckily for me there happened to be an apiary in my town. Allen Lindahl owner of www.hillsidebees.com stepped up and allowed me to film his hives. It was 92 degrees out and the sun was bearing down, but I was told sunny days are when the bee's are most active. Without a bee outfit, I was ready to shoot. I was able to get pretty close to one of the hives (about one and a half feet) which was perfect for using the Canon 100mm Macro IS. I primarily filmed with the Canon 30-105mm Cinema zoom lens wide open. I also used a 300mm Tamron and a Nikon 50mm. I had my trusty Sound Devices Pix 240i as a field monitor and for recording ProRes via the HD-SDI out of the Photron BC2 HD/2K. It was very hard to track the bee's as they fly very fast and were getting a little bothered by how close I was to the hives. I was only stung three times which is pretty remarkable due to my proximity and my lens poking almost into the entrance way of the hive. I shot for approx 2.5 hours each day. It was so hot I got a pretty bad sunburn and the camera was hot enough to cook a fat porterhouse. There was a few moments that were intimidating when bee's started landing on my arms, face, in my ear and on my eye. I just stayed still and they went on their way with the exception of the three stings (1 on the arm, 1 on the neck and 1 under my ear). Bee's are actually quite docile and would prefer not to sting. They just want to make honey.

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