A New Opportunity At The Foothills Learning Center!!!!

Starting this beekeeping season I volunteered to be the liaison between the Treasure Valley Beekeeping Club and the Foothills Learning Center here in Boise!  What this entails is managing the three beehives the club currently has located at the FLC along with coordinating several projects like the bi-annual garden cleanup and Foothill Family Day about bees in September.  I am really looking forward to this opportunity!

On Friday I went up there to check the status of the hives and was excited to see bees were flying!  I also had the opportunity to use my new FLIR One thermal imaging camera to check where the cluster is located.  It is useful for a beekeeper to know the location of the cluster since as they eat through their honey they move up in the hive.  By checking the weight and location of the cluster I can determine if a hive is running low on food without having to open the hive and disturb the bees/cause a heat loss.

As you can see in the pictures the bees have moved up to the top box and are off to the sides.  Since the hives all weight approximately the same this tells me I will need to check again in the next 3-4 weeks and possibly have to give them a little snack to get them through the rest of winter.

With temperatures being nearly 50 the last few days and bees flying it is safe to say spring is coming!

FLC Hives in Feburary
Thermal image of right FLC hive on Feb 2, 2017
Thermal image of left FLC hive on Feb 2, 2017
Thermal image of center FLC hive on Feb 2, 2017