Friday, February 10, 2023

2023 WHPA Spring Meeting

For Southern and Southeastern Districts

FREE for WHPA members; $5 for non-members at the door.

Sat, March 11, 20231:30 PM – 4:30 PM CST

Concord Community Center, W1095 Concord Center Drive Sullivan, WI 53178

Enjoy an afternoon of beekeeper fellowship over coffee and treats along with numerous door prizes!

Learn from and ask questions during a Panel Discussion covering the following topics:

-Varroa mite management from Spring to Fall

-Inspections and equalizing colonies

-Tips for increasing honey production

-Managing the brood nest for better over-Wintering

-And more...

Panel to include Wisconsin beekeepers: Bill Werning (Werning Apiaries, Sullivan, WI), Chad Nelson (Fairy Garden Hives, River Hills, WI), Bryan Bergner (Highlands Honey, Wauwatosa, WI), & Kent Pegorsch (Dancing Bear Apiary, Waupaca, WI).

Network and get to know other beekeepers in the area. Form relationships in the beekeeping community that provide resources and knowledge that go beyond the hive.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022


By: Arianna Delarosa, Outreach Coordinator from Consumer Notice

RoundUp can pose a risk to humans and animals. Organic alternatives and Home Recipes are available. We have published a page about RoundUp Alternatives to help keep our pollinators safe.

Click the link below to check it out!

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Honeybees at the Bird Feeder!

 Why are honeybees at the bird feeders?

If you were lucky enough to have any of your hives live through the winter, you probably are seeing the bees at your bird feeders. Pollen is scarce right now so they are scavenging the dust of the cracked corn for the traces of pollen in it. 

They will turn that pollen into bee bread to feed the larvae. While sugar gives them the carbohydrates they need, pollen gives them protein. The queen is starting to lay more now, so they need all the pollen they can get! 

Here is a link to an interesting read on it.

Happy Spring!!


Friday, March 18, 2022


Warmer weather means active bees.

The weather is in a warming trend. Everyone with survivors should be checking the food levels in the hives every 10 days or so until the end of April. Food being sugar and pollen patties, because it's too cool for syrup until we're consistently in the 50's. The colonies will be building up exponentially as more and more bees emerge, and the demand for food will also grow exponentially.  

Cold snaps will continue to occur and the nurse bees won't leave the expanding broodnest. Food should be directly above them so they can form a column up to it. If it gets real cold, the colony may contract and lose touch with the food. If it's of short duration, they should survive it. Two week ultra-cold snaps are what can freeze them out even when food is present, because the cluster contracts and they lose their connection to the food causing them to starve.

The Winter Survivors are not out of the woods yet, and won't be until May. A significant number of die-outs occur in March, often from starvation.  I checked my lone survivor colony today and they haven't touched the sugar disc that's been in there all winter, or the pollen patty that's been in there for a month.  I heard them in the upper deep and the super above it, with a louder buzzing in the super. Unfortunately I didn't have my infrared camera along, but I know they're nearing the top and building up their population.  When it hits 60 degrees and isn't windy, I plan to take a deeper look and am hoping to see a nice patch of capped worker brood. But the inspection will need to be quick, no lingering until we're in the 70's.

The survivor colony is in the Eureka apiary so I'm bumming that I won't be seeing bees in the bird feeders and chicken coop this year gathering protein powder from the grains. It had been a yearly event that I looked forward to. (That was also the time of year that Kathy turned chicken tending and egg collecting over to me, otherwise it's her turf.)

Check the food stores regularly.