Alaska Bee Initiative yard upgrade
In order to improve the stock of Alaskan honeybees, we are breeding queens exclusively from surviving colonies. In order to do this, we are developing isolated bee yards where there are no other honeybees, so that we can insure that our queens are mated only to surviving drones.
In the 2016-17 winter, moose destroyed our electric-only fence. Our fence was a four-foot tall electric fence (as shown below)
We need to replace the last year's fence with something much more sturdy. Because these isolation yards are in wilderness areas, we need to construct them so that they are bear-proof and also moose-proof. This requires sturdy, six-foot tall fencing, with an outer electric fence to deter wildlife from attempting to enter.
The money we receive from our GoFundMe campaign will be used for the following items:
* Wood and steel fence posts
* 6-foot tall agricultural fencing
* Solar panel
* Electric Fence Charger
* Assorted lumber for on-site storage shed
We would also gladly accept donations of any of these items in lieu of a cash donation.
If there are funds left over after these items are acquired, we would use the additional funds for:
* Land Use Permit fees
* Import promising queens for future breeding programs.
We need to have the bee yard ready for colonies to be on-site by June 20, 2017. Some of our work can be deferred until later in the season, but we do need to have a sturdy, wildlife-proof enclosure in place before we can place bees on site.
We believe that this is a very important project. Alaskan beekeepers import several thousand bee colonies into Alaska each year. Creating a sustainable population of honeybees in Alaska is a very worthy goal.
Thanks to everyone that has donated so far! Please share our update with your friends on social media!
Your contributions are making all of this possible... but we still have a ways to go. Thanks for your contributions so far, and please share this post with your friends on social media!
We could still use some help, in a lot of ways. Here are some things you can do:
* Share our posts on your social media feeds, so your friends can find out about us.
* If you have any spare materials we can use at the beeyard, including fence materials, scrap lumber, fence posts... those sorts of things... we can use those, too!
* If you're handy and would like to spend an afternoon helping at the beeyard, we would love to have some help.
* Any donations you can make to help us towards our goal.
This video is from 2015. These are caged virgin queens that Wigi made. If you listen to the audio carefully, you can hear several of the queens piping.
I was hoping to put a few boxes on my property. This is a great idea.
Joe and Barbara, Those who study and want to advance beekeeping in Alaska are the scientist involved in this project. I am one such individual. Researching and developing a plan for sustainable beekeeping in Alaska. There is currently only one isolation apiary. It is at Summit Lake. The government is involved only at the level of giving a permit of approval for our project. I believe WIGI payed $500.00 for the permitting fee. I have given several hundred dollars in materials I paid for and over 30 hours of physical labor building the fence. I am in the process of grafting queens from my surviving colonies for mating next month.
Barbara: I responded to Joe's questions in our first update. I hope that answers all of your questions! Wigi
Just like Joe Carman, I'd like information about who is responsible for the science of this work? And who all is involved. As I did not know anything about this, I recently contacted Oregon State University about including their bee work in my will. Please provide more detailed information. Or email me. Thank you.
Would like more info please. Like what scientists Where are bee yards. Is this a personal prodject? Is the gov. involved? Questions of that nature.