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AUSSIE BEE EMAIL UPDATE
NEWS ON THE LATEST NATIVE BEE
ARTICLES, BOOKLETS, EVENTS AND RESEARCH

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Number 34 / November 2017

Topics in this Issue:

1. STINGLESS BEE KEEPERS: STORIES NEEDED FOR ABC BOOK

2. NEW SPECIES OF TEDDY BEAR BEE DISCOVERED

3. NSW SCHOOL COMPETITION: INVESTIGATE BEES IN 2018

4. ANOTHER CHANCE TO GET A BEE B&B HOTEL FOR YOUR SCHOOL

5. UPCOMING NATIVE BEE EVENTS


1. STINGLESS BEE KEEPERS: STORIES NEEDED FOR ABC BOOK

ABC Organic Gardener is collecting stories and photos from backyard beekeepers for a new photographic book. Your stingless bee hives and/or honeybee hives could be featured!

Whether you live in town or the bush, anywhere in Australia; and whether you have one hive or many, they'd like to hear your experiences and know why you enjoy keeping bees. The new book will be released in September 2018.

ABC Organic Gardener says, 'Show Us Your Bees!' Send in your entry (up to 500 words, with one to five photos) before midnight 6 December 2017. Full details: http://www.organicgardener.com.au/backyardbees


2. NEW SPECIES OF TEDDY BEAR BEE DISCOVERED

A 'Bush Blitz' expedition to far north Queensland has discovered a beautiful new Teddy Bear Bee species with bold golden bands. Remko Leijs of the South Australian Museum found the yet-unnamed species on a hibiscus flower near Laura on Cape York.

This is one of five new Teddy Bear Bee species that have been discovered since the Bush Blitz project started in 2010. To see a photo of the new species and read more, visit: http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/news/2017/11/new-species-of-teddy-bear-bee-discovered

Teddy Bear Bees are cute, chubby bees that nest in the ground. Many species have dense orange-brown fur, giving them their common name. These large native bees (about 15 mm long) make a loud buzz as they fly but they are not aggressive. To see photos by Erica Siegel, visit: http://www.aussiebee.com.au/teddy-bear-bee-dec2012.html


3. NSW SCHOOL COMPETITION: INVESTIGATE BEES IN 2018

In 2018, Stage 3 students will have the chance to Investigate Bees in a NSW Department of Primary Industries competition! The top four projects will receive prize money of up to $1000.

Students will find out which insects are visiting their gardens and learn what they can do to help bees. A teacher's handbook and learning sequence will be provided.

Tocal College says, 'Most students have heard about the plight of bees and the important role that they play in the environment and in food production. This investigation encourages students to take their knowledge a bit deeper and take action to support bees - both honey bees and Australian native bees.'

To register for '2018 Investigate Bees', visit: http://www.tocal.nsw.edu.au/home/investigate


4. ANOTHER CHANCE TO GET A BEE B&B HOTEL FOR YOUR SCHOOL

Weleda Australia is releasing another batch of their popular Bee B&B Hotels for primary schools!

This generous program has already supplied free Bee Hotels to hundreds of schools, helping more than 70,000 primary school students learn about the importance of pollinators and food security. Due to the overwhelming success of the program, Weleda is also offering some Bee B&B Hotels for purchase at minimal cost. Funds raised will support the ongoing school program.

For more details, visit: http://beehotel.weleda.com.au/teachers-2/


5. UPCOMING NATIVE BEE EVENTS

Like to see some Australian native bees? See what's on in your area:

QUEENSLAND

WORKSHOPS ON STINGLESS BEEKEEPING
BY TIM HEARD and/or TOBIAS SMITH
http://www.sugarbag.net/events
Generally the workshops are a mix of a photographic slideshow showing
the biology of the bees with a practical session on keeping them. Tim
demonstrates how to split hives and extract honey, and use the bees
for pollinating your garden. Attendance price varies. Contact the
organisers directly for details and to register.

Windsor, Brisbane, Queensland
2 December, 2017, 9am to 4pm
Northey Street City Farm,
16 Victoria Street, Windsor, Brisbane, Queensland 4030
Tobias Smith presenting Tim Heard’s workshop
Cost: $100/$85 Health Care Card Holder + Booking Fee.
Bookings: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/native-stingless-bees-with-dr-tobias-smith-presenting-tim-heards-workshop-tickets-38570102214

Mitchelton, Brisbane, Queensland
Saturday, 13 January 2018, 9am - 3pm
Mitchelton Library, 37 Heliopolis Pde, Mitchelton
Full day workshop on stingless bees and how to keep them
Free but bookings essential.
Phone Mitchelton Library on (07) 3403 7410 to reserve your place.

Holland Park, Brisbane, Queensland
Saturday, 19 January 2018, 9am - 3pm
Holland Park Library, 81 Seville Road, Holland Park
Full day workshop on stingless bees and how to keep them
Free but bookings essential.
Phone Holland Park Library on (07) 3403 7755 to reserve your place.

Yandina, Sunshine Coast, Queensland
Saturday, 20 January 2018, 9am - 12.30 pm.
Yandina Community Gardens, Sunshine Coast
Australian native bee keeping workshop presented by Tim Heard
To register, email: info@yandinacommunitygardens.com.au
More information at Yandina Community Garden's Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/YandinaCommunityGardens

Eatons Hill, Queensland
Saturday, 20 January 2018, 9.30am - 3.30 pm
Yuraba Conference Centre, 240 Church Road, Eatons Hill
Tobias Smith presenting Tim Heard’s workshop
Cost: $40/person (Morning Tea and Lunch included)
More information: https://www.kumbartcho.org.au/events
Book through: info@kumbartcho.org.au
or call Kim on (07) 3325 3492

Yandina, Queensland
Sunday, 21 January 2018, 10.30am
The Ginger Factory, Yandina
Tim Heard will present a talk on Australian stingless bees at the Ginger Flower & Food Festival 2018


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NEW SOUTH WALES

WORKSHOPS ON STINGLESS BEEKEEPING
BY TIM HEARD and/or TOBIAS SMITH


Tim plans to run stingless bee workshops in New South Wales in February and October 2018. Details are yet to be confirmed. Please check Tim's website for upcoming dates: http://www.sugarbag.net/events


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SEMINARS ON NATIVE BEES
BY MEGAN HALCROFT

www.beesbusiness.com.au/workshop.html
Megan presents seminars about Australia's stingless and solitary native bees and their importance for pollination.

Berry region, New South Wales
Friday, 1 December 2017, 8.45am - 3.30pm
Berry region - location to be advised.
Full day seminar and workshop on bees and other important insects in your gardens, orchards or farms. Bring a net (if you have one), sturdy shoes, hat and willingness to have fun and learn!
Details: https://southeast.lls.nsw.gov.au/resource-hub/events/2017/native-bee-workshop-berry

Mt Tomah, New South Wales
Saturday, 27 January 2018, 10.30am - 1.30pm
Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens
The Buzz on Native Bees - Summer
Find out about bees and how they drive biodiversity and support food security. Learn how to encourage many species by conserving or providing nest habitat.
Cost: $22.50 - $25
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-buzz-on-native-bees-summer-tickets-37932492105

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COURSES AT ACE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
BY FRANK ADCOCK


Frank runs courses through ACE College at Lismore, New South Wales.

Benefits of Keeping Native Bees
Lismore ACE Community College
17 February 2018, 9.30-3.30pm
Cost: $60
More details: https://www.acecolleges.edu.au/course-category/leisure-and-lifestyle/relaxation/benefits-of-keeping-native-bees-field-trip/


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POLLINATION EVENTS
AT THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS


Sydney, New South Wales
Daily (except Christmas Day and New Years' Eve), 10am - 4pm until 29 July 2018
A spectacular free floral display featuring blue banded bees and masses of orchids, daisies and gardenias, including the largest floral wall in Australia. Information and videos about pollination.
The Calyx, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
Details: https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/the-calyx

Sydney, New South Wales
Wednesday, 6 December 2017, 11am - 12.30pm
Guided garden Walk on Pollination.
Learn why some of our largest trees are dependent on our smallest insects, and much more...
Cost: $15 - $20
Details: https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/whatson/pollination-at-the-calyx-garden-walk

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Check the Aussie Bee website for updates:
http://www.aussiebee.com.au/seminars.html


Also please let us know if you would like your native bee event
listed on Aussie Bee website.



Best wishes for the holiday season!
Bye for now.

Anne Dollin
Aussie Bee


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