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Ordering Honeybees and Equipment
The Community Hive- A collaborative purchase of honeybees and equipment every spring here in Calgary. Discounts, local bees, and locally made products. Contact every January to participate.
Kootenay Beekeeping Supplies- Based out of Castlegar, this beekeeping store has a little bit of everything that a hobbiest could need.
Tony Lalonde- Seller of honeybees and Canadian made beekeeping equipment, the Lalonde family has a long history of offering high quality products at an excellent price.
BeeMaid Bee Store- Selling equipment and package bees from down under for generations here in Alberta
Sweet Acre Apiaries- Sells nucs and queens to beekeepers in across Canada. A provincial hive inspector, and well respected bee breeder, Bill Staggs bees will leave you buzzing. Contact in January to get your order in as he sells out by March.
Les Miels D'Anicet- Russian queen breeder in Quebec.
Calgary and District Beekeepers Association A wealth of resources on their website to beekeeping in Calgary
Michael Bush Prolific beekeeping writer and EXCELLENT resource for beginner beekeeping tools
HoneyLove- Urban beekeeping advocacy in Los Angeles
UC Davis Bug Squad Blog- Leaders in Research in bees, this blog offers excellent photographs and stories about their work with bees
Randy Oliver is a biologist with lots of interesting research projects and lots of great information for beginning beekeepers.
Sam Comfort is the East Coast Top Bar Guru and previous guest of A.B.C.
Free Online Documentaries
Natural Beekeeping PBS Special After 40 years of watching this problem develop, Dunbar sees part of the solution in an elimination of all artificial intrusion into the bee’s life; in letting its natural biology and immune system build up strength, restoring balance. He envisions a future in which people around the world discover and take up apiculture, building a network of healthy small-scale beekeeping operations, creating a buffer against Colony Collapse Disorder.
Dennis vanEngelsdorp: a plea for bees Produced By: TED Online Synopsis: Looking at the challenges facing beekeeping Length: 16min 23sec
World Without Bees Produced By: Futuris Synopsis: More and more beekeepers all over the world are witnessing a sharp drop in the number of bees they keep. Look at how biodiversity and chemicals are effecting honeybees. Length: 8 min
Silence of the Bees Produced By: PBS Synopsis: NATURE's "Silence of the Bees" premieres Sunday, October 28 at 8 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings). In this online-only video, scientists and bee experts featured in the program discuss the crucial role that honeybees, a "keystone species," play in our economy and ecosystems, as well as bees' fascinating social organization and what we can do to reverse the decline of nature's pollinators. Length: 8min 12 sec
Backwards Beekeepers TV: Produced by Russell Bates (beekeeper and snickers commercial producing fame) and starring KirkoBeeo (LA's Kirk Anderson)
Honey Bee Man is here to help you with all your Honey Bee and Honey Questions
Calgary's A.B.C beekeepers have made www.backyardhive.com Golden Mean design our mainstay design due to its excellent blueprints and managability. A.B.C has made a few alterations to the design to suit the Alberta climate, so if you are interested in purchasing one of these hives, please click here.
Beemaster Forum - A wealth of Q & A about beekeeping. A direct way to interact with beekeepers across the globe.
Barefoot Beekeeper - Top-Bar Beehive Information. Blueprints, literature, and pictures.
The Community Hive- Alberta based beekeeping forum.
Calgary and District Beekeepers Association- Yahoo Group chat room for local beekeepers.
BEE-L- Very active and very indepth conversations in current beekeeping topics.
Provincial and Federal Connections
Canadian Honey Council: The CHC is the national association of beekeepers representing 7,000 apiculturists across Canada. The CHC provides a forum where producers, packers, professionals, provincial associations and officials from different levels of government can talk and recommend action in the best interests of the Canadian honey bee industry.
Beekeeping for Beginners: Agriculture Alberta - This fact-sheet is primarily a guide for someone who is thinking about keeping bees.Beekeeping In Western Canada: Literature - Whether you are just thinking about keeping bees or you are an experienced beekeeper, this book gives you the information you need to manage honey bees successfully.