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Ontario Beekeepers' Association News

CAPA Winterloss Report for 2019/2020

The Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists conducts an annual survey of Canadian beekeepers' overwinter losses.  The Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA) and Provincial Apiarists coordinated the annual honey bee wintering loss report for 2019-2020. As in previous years, the survey consisted of harmonized questions based on the national beekeeping industry, with Provincial Apiarists collecting survey data across all provinces.Respondents collectively…
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September 14, 2020
Ontario Beekeepers' Association News

How to identify and report suspected pesticide poisoning incidents.

It is important for beekeepers in Ontario to understand the signs of poisoning and the process for reporting in the event of a possible exposure and/or subsequent bee kill. Symptoms of acute pesticide poisoning of honey bees may be much easier to recognize than chronic symptoms. Provincial Apiarist, Paul Kozak provides the following list of symptoms for most types of insecticides,…
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June 17, 2020
Ontario Beekeepers' Association News

Mass Bee Kill

On June 5th, 2020 two Quebec beekeepers experienced a mass killing of their bees associated with the application of herbicides. 600+ hives were being prepared for travel to blueberry pollination sites when more than 50% of the colonies were destroyed. At the time of the kill, herbicides were being sprayed on a nearby field in windy conditions. The beekeepers affected…
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June 16, 2020
Ontario Beekeepers' Association News

Giant Asian Hornets

Do you think you have seen a Giant Asian Hornet?It's likely that it's a European Hornet.Please also see the comparison of a Giant Asian Hornet to a European Hornet.European hornets are not a threat to honey bees and do not need to be reported.Another option for what you have found is a Cicada Killer Wasp. This is also not something…
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May 26, 2020
Ontario Beekeepers' Association News

OBA Winterloss Survey

Every year we like to see how well the bees did over the winter. Please take part in our basic winterloss survey. This survey does not replace the official OMAFRA winterloss survey, which is used for provincial, national and research statistics and purposes, but we do like to see what is happening in Ontario with our members and followers.Thanks to…
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April 28, 2020
Ontario Beekeepers' Association News

Funding for E-Business Creation

Move your business online!Governments Invest $2.5 Million to Grow Agri-food e-Business During COVID-19. With the lack and diminished options to sell honey and hive products at physical locations, and the reduced demand from restaurants, the government has created funding opportunities for putting your business online. This targeted application intake features two funding streams:Bring Your Business Online. Eligible organizations and businesses can apply…
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April 28, 2020
Ontario Beekeepers' Association News

URGENT! OBA Spring Meeting Cancelled

Due to the COVID-19 threat, we have decided to cancel the OBA Spring Meeting -  March 26-27, 2020. It is with heavy hearts that we have decided to postpone our spring meeting.  There will be no in-person presentations or live streams happening. We have made this decision based on the increasing threat due to the COVID-19 virus.  If you had registered and…
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March 13, 2020