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To follow LCBA's 2016 Youth Scholars through their first year as beekeepers, scroll down the page!
2016 LCBA Youth Scholar Sam is a 5th grader from Napavine, where he is a 4.0 student in the Highly Capable program (because of his age, we're withholding his last name). Sam wants to learn how bee colonies work & hopes one day to sell his honey. Sam also plays piano & soccer. He's being mentored this year by LCBA Secretary Susanne Weil.
Above, 2016 LCBA Youth Scholar Sam constructs his first hive box, a medium Langstroth super, with mentor Susanne Weil; below, Education Coordinator Peter Glover supervises as Sam assembles frames in a jig:
Above, Peter & LCBA VP Bob Harris, who invited our Youth Scholars to assemble their gear in his workshop at Rose of Sharon Farm, guide Sam's dad Brian in assembling the inner cover for a hive; below, dad Brian, Sam, brother Ben, & grandfather Michael with all their assembled gear loaded into the car for transport. Next step will be setting up the home apiary. Bees will arrive sometime in April - more photos will be posted then!
Hiving Sam's Bees on Bee Pickup Day:
Above, Sam chose Italians for their honey production. He understands that he may not get honey this first year. Meanwhile, dad Brian bought a package of Carniolans so that he & Sam can share the bee adventure this year. They plan to compare & contrast the two bee races. Below, photo by Brian of a "hitchhiker bee" clinging to one of the packages:
The week before bee pickup, Sam & Brian visited mentor Susanne's apiary to do their first hive inspections, building confidence before their own bees arrived. Below, Sam pulls his first ever frame:
Below, Sam & Brian look for the queen:
LCBA's workshops are a core aspect of our Youth Scholars' bee education. Sam attended LCBA's May workshop on hive inspection & watched a splits demonstration. Below, Sam is front & center smelling the fermented syrup as Community Outreach Coordinator Dan Maughan tells newbees what NOT to do in feeding bees:
Below, Sam listens as Dan explains how he assesses frames to move in making a colony split:
Soon-to-be 6th grader Sam is doing nicely with his bees: above, a hive inspection on July 4. So far, neither colony has shown signs of Varroa – with mentor Susanne, they went over sticky boards & will do so again later on.
Below, Sam & dad Brian saved some cross-comb with brood by doing their very first cut & pin – the bees had attached the comb to the frame nicely at their next inspection:
As of their last inspection, last week of July, both Sam's Italians & his dad Brian's Carniolan colonies had active queens and good brood patterns!
Note the "play cup," above, at the bottom of the frame. Bees do this to be ready to develop a new queen if necessary. Thanks to diligent inspections, Sam's bees have apparently not felt crowded & have not swarmed.
Above, Sam is having a great time with his bees! Below, Sam & Dad Brian inspecting together:
2016 LCBA Youth Scholar Josiah Cowin is a 4.0 home-schooled student in Chehalis. Josiah is an avid piano player who participates in Performing Arts to Homeschoolers (PATH) & performs in recitals & competitions. Josiah loves animals & has been concerned about the plight of the honey bee: he's excited to learn how to care for bees of his own. Josiah's mentor is LCBA member & longtime beekeeper Gottfried Fritz.
Above, LCBA's other Youth in Beekeeping Scholarship student, Josiah Cowin, assembles his hive boxes with an assist from mentor Gottfried Fritz (left) & father Joel (right); below, fitting the dovetails together:
Above, Gottfried shows Josiah how to use the square to be sure the box is assembled precisely, so that there will be no leakage to chill the bees; below, Josiah works with the squares:
April 22: Bee Pickup Day!
Below, Josiah & Gottfried with Josiah's bees. Josiah chose Carniolans for their wet climate tolerance:
Below, mentor Gottfried helping at Beeline Apiaries on Bee Pickup Day. Gottfried has been keeping bees for 53 years and has already had Josiah visit his bee yards with him to help prepare for Josiah's own bees.
Above, bee-themed pies lent a sweet note to pickup day at Beeline Apiaries & many beekeepers went home with strawberry rhubarb, blueberry, or blackberry pies. Thanks again to Beeline Apiaries for their generous discounts on LCBA Youth Scholarship equipment!
Josiah is doing great with his bees, which have built into their third medium brood box. With mentor Gottfried, he's gone on swarm captures, & he's been to all of LCBA's workshops this year, as well as most monthly meetings. Below, LCBA mentor Rick Battin shows Josiah some hive inspection techniques at our May workshop...
....below, Josiah & his own mentor, Gottfried Fritz, participating in a splits workshop in May:
Above, Josiah learning to do the alcohol shake to test bees for Varroa mites.