Wednesday, October 4, 2017

BIBA monthly meeting, Tue October 10, 2017

Where: Kamana Senior Center,  124 Kamana St.   Hilo  HI
When: Tue October 10, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm
Open to the public.  Come and learn about Bees, beekeeping, pollination and
how important bees are to food production and survival of our planet.   Pupu
potluck starts at 6:00 PM followed by a brief business meeting at 6:30 PM.
There is usually a bee related presentation.
Oct. 2017 topic:  Open discussion about the BIBA Honey Challenge event this month.

Contacts Name: Jim Klyman
Contacts email: Contacts Ph. No.: 805-339-BIBA (2422)

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Selecting Plants for Pollinators

A Regional Guide for Farmers, Land Managers, and Gardeners

By adding plants to your landscape that provide food and shelter for pollinators throughout their active seasons and by adopting pollinator friendly landscape practices, you can make a difference to both the pollinators and the people that rely on them.

Why support pollinators?
Animal pollinators are needed for the reproduction of 90% of flowering plants and one third of human food crops. Each of us depends on these industrious pollinators to provide us with the wide range of foods we eat. In addition, pollinators are part of the intricate web that supports the biological diversity in natural ecosystems that helps sustain our quality of life.
Abundant and healthy populations of pollinators can improve fruit set and quality, and increase fruit size. In farming situations this increases production per acre. In the wild, biodiversity increases and wildlife food sources increase. 
Macadamia nuts, avocados, watermelon, guava, and coffee are some of the crops that rely on honey bees and native bees for pollination.

Here is the link to the PDF document that these excerpts were taken from.  It also has a fairly extensive list of plants that various pollinators prefer.


Thursday, September 14, 2017

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Get Out and Get Testing!

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Report your data at WWW.MITECHECK.COM!

Participants will monitor the level of mites (number of mites per 100 bees) using a standardized protocol utilizing two common methods of assessment (powdered sugar roll or alcohol wash) and then enter data, including location, total number of hives, number of hives tested, local habitat, and the number of varroa mites counted from each hive. The published information will not identify individual participants.
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Thank you,

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

BIBA Monthly meeting 9/12/2017 @ 6:00 PM

Kamana Senior Center,   124 Kamana St.  Hilo,  HI  

This month’s Big Island Beekeepers Association meeting will be:  Inspecting your hive for Varroa mites, and reporting your findings for the First Annual  MITE-A-THON project.
We will review the two standardized sampling protocols (alcohol wash, and powdered sugar roll) for counting mites.    A quick run down of the Mite-a-Thon data project should include:                                                                
Number of mites per 100 bees (% of hive infestation), Hive location, total number of hives, number of hives   tested, local habitat, and total number of Varroa counted from each hive.  The published information will not identify any individual participants. 

Jim K.  Media Person
Contact:  or voice mail  805 399-2422

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Varroa mites -- have genetic holes in their armor

August 14, 2017
Michigan State University
Michigan State University scientists have found genetic holes in Varroa mites' armor that could potentially reduce or eliminate the marauding invaders.
Credit: Zachary Huang
Full Story at:

Monday, August 14, 2017

The 2017 Hawaii Honey Challenge is ON !

For contest rules and entry forms - see the instructions at:

This year we are looking at 5 categories of Honey,  1 solid form, 1 Comb, and 3 liquid in a dark, medium, light color classification.  See the website for details, or drop us a line for more information.  or  call to leave a message at (805) 399-2422