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Posted:Tue, Sep 19th, 2017 7:32:51 pm

The Nova Scotia Beekeepers' Association and the Atlantic Technology Transfer Team for Apiculture are proud to present:

Paul Kelly, Research and Apiary Manager, University of Guelph

When: Saturday, October 21
Where: Cox 24 Theatre, Dalhousie Agriculture Campus, Truro
Time: 10am-4pm

This event is FREE for NSBA members. More details to come via e-mail and website.


Maritime Honey Festival

Posted:Tue, Sep 12th, 2017 2:14:56 pm

Professor Walter "Steve" Sheppard of Washington State University Keynote speaker at Maritime Honey festival on Friday 22 September from 7:00 pm (Free Admission).

The Maritime Honey Festival, Sept. 22 and 23 at the Capital Exhibit Centre Fredericton, hosted by Central New Brunswick Beekeepers Association, offers the public an opportunity to learn more about the fascinating world of bees and increase awareness of the importance of bees in food production. The festival will feature local honey, beeswax, other hive products as well as honey-based craft beers. Additionally, there will be beekeeping information sessions and even a Kids Zone for the younger visitors!

The Maritime Honey Festival is the place to "bee" with opportunities to purchase not only honey and other bee-related products such as beeswax candles but also assorted body care products made from beeswax, honey wine, and beer! Hobby and commercial beekeepers alike will also have the opportunity to purchase beekeeping supplies and chat with beekeepers. Local brewers have created honey craft beers for a unique beer garden.

See our full itinerary and schedule of events for both Friday 22 and Saturday 23 at



DR. ANDREW BYERS, President Central Beekeepers Association; 902 890

Further information available at

The Maritime Honey Festival is sponsored by Pollen Angels by Sunset Heights Meadery and Apiary, Atlantic Tech Transfer Team for Apiculture, New Brunswick Beekeepers Association, CropLife Canada, Nova Scotia Beekeepers Association, Atlantic Gold and Medivet.


CAPA Statement on Colony Losses

Posted:Wed, Aug 30th, 2017 6:24:11 pm

The Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA) coordinated the annual honey bee wintering loss report for 2016/2017 in Canada. Harmonized questions based on national beekeeping industry profiles were used in the survey as in previous years. The Provincial Apiculturists collected survey data. The respondents operated 413,342 honey bee colonies across Canada. This represents 53.8% of all colonies operated and wintered in Canada in 2016/2017. The national winter loss was 25.1% with provincial values ranging from 13.2% to 41.8%. The overall national colony loss reported in 2017 is in the middle of reported losses since 2006/2007. Despite higher than normal wintering losses during recent years, Canadian beekeepers have been successfully able to replace their annual dead colonies and increase the number of colonies. They increased the number of bee colonies from 589,254 in 2007 to 750,155 in 2016. This represents an increase of the total number of bee colonies by 27.3% during this period in Canada.

Please click here to read the complete CAPA Statement on Colony Losses [PDF]


Participate in the National Bee Health Survey

Posted:Wed, Aug 30th, 2017 6:21:45 pm

ATTTA is looking for Nova Scotian beekeepers who have a minimum of 10 full-size and strong hives. They are planning to sample 300 bees from each of 9 to 12 hives in one apiary. The 300 bee samples will be incubated in kits containing a strip of Apivar or Bayvarol. They are testing the efficacy of the miticides and with that data, whether any resistance within mites to the miticides can be inferred. In order to obtain data from these samplings, varroa mites need to be present at high enough levels in interested beekeepers' operations (ie. 3 mites per 100 bees). If you know your operation has mites at or around this level and you have not yet applied any summer/ fall mite treatment, and have a minimum of 10 strong hives, please contact Cameron Menzies with ATTTA at or 902-957-3427. Thank you.


Maritime Honey Festival

Posted:Sat, Jul 22nd, 2017 2:16:37 pm

Maritime Honey Festival
September 22 & 23
Capital Exhibit Centre
Fredericton New Brunswick

Maritime Honey Festival Poster [PDF]

A few high lights of the event:

* FREE for the public to enter the building.

· 200 Grade 4 students attending a hands-on learning experience

· Dr. Walter Sheppard from Washington State University – Keynote speaker.

· Business owners and craft persons provided opportunity to exhibit & sell apiculture and other agriculture related products.

· Bee R garden with several craft brewers offering a selection of limited edition Bee beer.

· Educational sessions available for experienced beekeepers and those wanting to get involved in beekeeping.
Plus much much more..........

September 22nd and 23rd. in Fredericton, NB.

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Fredericton has a block of rooms at discounted rates.... ask for the Honey Festival rate.

Sponsorship & Affiliations

*Pollen Angels by: Sunset Heights Meadery & Apiary* Atlantic Gold* New Brunswick Beekeepers Assoc.*Central New Brunswick Beekeepers Assoc.* Medivet* Crop Life Canada* Canadian Honey Council* Nova Scotia Beekeepers Assoc. * Holiday Inn Ex


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