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Sunday January 10th, 2010
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This morning, I went to see Linda, then returned to pack and plan.

Ellen: Today's reading is 67. The four pack and scale were very dry today and the weather is warm...about 5 above at the highest.

Allen: Thanks.  Have you noticed any water running out the entrances? We are
wondering if that accounts for some of the sudden weight loss.

We should not disturb the hives on the scale, but I wonder if you can lift a lid or two on the non-scale hives and see if there is still frost in there? There was frost around the edges of the pillows when I looked before.

Is it warm all day, or just for a few hours?

Ellen: Yesterday there was a lot of moisture all along the doorsteps but none today. There was general dampness on the entire four pack yesterday tho' so it is hard to know if any came from within the hives especially in that I was wasn't looking for it.

It has been warm all day. It was about +5 this morning at 10 A.M. and now 6:20 PM) it is -1.3. The bees were flying around and taking 'dumps'. The snow was no longer pristine!

I can take a peek tomorrow for frost around the edges.

Monday January 11th, 2010
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I got up at 5:30 and was on the road in the dark, in the snow headed south to Toronto and the Toronto International Boat Show.  I got there around 12 and met up with my friend, John H.

Ellen sent me the hive info and the weight drop on the hives has returned to around normal again.  Could be that in the coldest weather, the water vapour freezes in the hive, reducing the loss and when it warms, the ice melts and runs out.

I have pictures of water running off the entrance, below.  Some comes off the sides, so it is hard to tell.  Larger images to follow.

I continued on to Buffalo, parked my van and slept soundly.

Tuesday January 12th, 2010
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The early morning flight to Orlando was uneventful and by noon, I was picking up my rental car.

This was my first experience with the Buffalo airport and JetBlue.  I have to say that it was actually fun flying.  The airport was efficient and the staff very pleasant.  JetBlue people were casual and attentive.

Orlando airport has free Wi-Fi, but I did not stop to use it.  I got my car and drove west.

I assumed the Wyndham Orlando Resort would have Wi-Fi, but I did not see much with Inssider, and what they do have costs $9 per day.  I checked in and found my room.  I have a room mate to share the cost.  Peter was reading the diary and responded a while back.  He arrived in the afternoon.

Wednesday January 13th, 2010
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The room we got was small and the lock did not work at midnight when I retuned to the room and I had to go to the desk several times. Later, it turned out that the safe did not work either.  We had to move rooms and had the presence of mind to ask for an upgrade.  They obliged and we have a much nicer room.

Thursday January 14th, 2010
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The North American Beekeeping Conference continues in Orlando.  The warmer weather continues in Alberta.

Friday January 15th, 2010
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The North American Beekeeping Conference continues.

   

What ever happened to SMR?  SMR work is still alive and well at Baton Rouge.  VSH came out of it and the line is being improved with commercial properties, but it is still recommended to be used for hybridization.  Now the other SMR possibilities are being pursued.  New genetic techniques may help speed development.  Here are some slides from Jose Villa's presentation.  Dr. Harbo was at the meeting and it was good to see him again.

 

 

Saturday January 16th, 2010
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The conference winds up today.  I'll have more time later to comment on some of what went on.

Below are two interesting slides showing the interaction between ag chemicals and how the application of one can enhance or limit the effects of another applied a bit later.

 

Here's a file I was sent to me with permission to post.  It's a pdf of a slide presentation of a study on the effects of Movento on bees, or apparent lack of effect.  Personally, I am not too excited about the study and have some reservations, so I hope that people won't just assume this one study is definitive.  It is definitely a good start, but I need more proof before I become a cheerleader for any environmental pesticide.

Sunday January 17th, 2010
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Monday January 18th, 2010
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At home the weather has been warm.  When the temperatures rose after 5 weeks of cold, the weight loss went up.  Now it is moderating again.

I drove east to the coast and decided to visit the Kennedy Space Center.  I was surprised at what a huge operation it is and how much there is to see.  I spent the afternoon and saw less than half of what I'd like to see.  Then I got on the 'net at MacDonalds and found a motel.

 

Tuesday January 19th, 2010
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That's in Alberta.  I'm in Fort Meyers at the Econolodge.  I spent the afternoon visiting a Real Estate guy, then driving around Cape Coral.  What they say about foreclosures and cheap, new houses for sale by the hundreds is true.

Good-sized newer houses on large lots (over an acre) are selling for fractions of $100K, and some are on canals.  The neighbourhoods look pretty decent, too.

I booked my flight to BUF tonight and my hotel in Orlando.  I tend to waste a lot of time booking on the Internet, but like to know what I am getting and save as much as I can, too.

I can't figure why the scale hive weights fluctuate the way they do.  Some days it seems they use nothing, then the next they use more than average.  Is it the scale, or is it the bees?

Either way, I can't see how.  Could it be environmental?  Humidity, perhaps?

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