RESOURCES FOR PREPARING FOR THE EAS MASTER BEEKEEPER EXAMS

Listed below are major references that will be used by the Master Beekeeper Advisor in preparing the written exam. We feel the library of ‘Master Beekeepers’ or resources they should have ready access to should have several of these references—the first 4 Basic Resource Books listed will be primarily utilized to develop exam questions. This list, however, should not be considered complete. There are many other excellent written resources available to beekeepers.

Individuals preparing to take the exams are not expected to read all of the books listed here however, those wishing to taking the exam will find it helpful to have a working knowledge of the subject material represented by these texts. Several questions will be contemporary issues, those aspects being written about in current bee journal articles and discussed at bee meetings. A Master Beekeeper should be up-to-date and knowledgeable about current trends and newer scientific findings/management practices of beekeepers.

Sources for various items are given. Many of the books are available at Amazon, but can also be obtained from bee equipment suppliers and from the publishers.

Basic Resource Books

Reference Books

Beekeeping Journals and Newsletters

The following are books grouped by specialized topics.

Anatomy

Basic Beekeeping

Bee Biology and Behavior

Beeswax

Dance Language

Diseases and Pests

 Because of rapidly increasing research findings on diseases and pests of honey bees, the following books cannot be considered current. Little on viruses, CCD or PMS.  Numerous scientific names are now incorrect.

General Reading

Honey

Plants

Information on plants for honey bees and other pollinators can be obtained from state and local Cooperative Extension Service offices, state and local beekeeping associations   and also on the Internet by searching plants and honey bees.

Pesticides

                See also Managing Alternative Pollinators in section on Pollination.

Pollination

Queens

Top Bar Hive

Collections & Databases

                http://plants.usda.gov/java

Listserve/Blogs