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Beekeeping Manuals and DVDs

Managing Alternative Pollinators: A Handbook for Beekeepers, Growers, and Conservationists

Mader, E.; Spivak, M.; Evans, E.


This handbook is a first-of-its-kind, step-by-step, full-color guide for rearing and managing bumble bees, mason bees, leafcutter bees, and other alternatives to honey bee pollinators. The book features 130+ color photos, 10 chapters, 7 appendices, nest construction details, parasite and disease management guidelines and a sample contract. Includes a bibliography and list of additional resources.

For Beekeepers: Detailed information on each alternative pollinator's biology and susceptibility to disease, pests and chemicals, as well as step-by-step instructions on how to rear and manage alternative pollinators.

For Growers: Guidance for understanding the business of pollination, matching pollinators to crops, and deciding how best to pollinate for successful agricultural production and pollinator protection.

For Conservationists: Easy-to-understand accounts of the honey bee's plight, the business of pollination, and what can be done to protect pollinators and our food systems.

Price: $ 23.50 Purchase
or download free pdf of book

Befriending Bumblebees: A practical guide to raising local bumble bees

Evans, E.; Burns, I.; Spivak, M.


In "Befriending BumbleBees", you will learn how to raise your own colonies of bumble bees. This step by step guide provides you with all the information you will need to find, capture, house, and feed the next generation of bumble bees. Bumble bees are formidable pollinators, pollinating crops such as tomatoes, cranberries, blueberries, and squash, in addition to native wildflowers. Enjoy the benefits these bees can provide to your gardens and crops while helping to support native ecosystems by encouraging populations of these amazing bees. 76 pp. Full color. For beekeepers, gardeners, nature lovers, and anyone interested in pollinators.

Price: $ 19.99 Purchase
orders of 10 or more are $11.99/book 

Beekeeping in Northern Climates

Furgala, B.; Spivak, M.; Reuter, G.


Provides basic management principles and methods for managing wintered honey bee colonies in northern climates. Includes ten illustrations, a resource list and glossary. 75 pages. For beekeepers. entomology students, and others interested in beekeeping. A 40-minute companion video is included.  Also included in the package is a copy of Honey Bee Diseases & Pests (see below)

Purchase Two manuals with 40-min DVD Beekeeping in Northern Climates: $27.50

Honey Bee Diseases & Pests: A companion to Beekeeping in Northern Climates

Spivak, M.; Reuter, G.


Updated for 2013. This 32-page booklet contains up-to-date information on controlling diseases, parasitic mites and other pests of honey bees. For beekeepers, entomologists, and apiculture students. This is included with the Beekeeping in Northern Climates package but is available here for the most up to date information and purchase alone.

Price: $ 7.50   Purchase 

Successful Queen Rearing Manual

Spivak, M.; Reuter, G.


Provides how-to information on biology of queens and drones, stock selection and maintenance, Doolittle method, mating yards, making queens, timing of rearing queens, and record keeping. Includes designs for making your own equipment. 80 pages. A companion video is also included with the manual. For hobby and commercial beekeepers and professionals who work with beekeepers.

Purchase manual and DVD Successful Queen Rearing: $25.00


Resources for Beekeepers

Beekeeping manuals and videos

Bumblebees and Native Pollinators

Free-bees (lots of free and useful information!)


Amazing bee identification photos

Our education resources for beekeepers are part of University of Minnesota Extension.