Month: June, 2014
Bees swarm in the spring. In Colorado, bees swarm from April 15th until the end of the summer with May and June being the busiest months. If you are lucky enough to witness one of nature’s most fascinating migrations, a swarm, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO KILL THEM! Do not spray them with insecticide or water! These bees are “survivor bees” and are crucial to our environmental health. Call your local bee swarm hotline. We have beekeepers throughout the state ready to be dispatched to collect the bees and transfer them to a new home. For FREE!
The CSBA Summer Bee College is one week from today!
As threatened, the early bee registration discount will come to an end at the stroke of midnight tonight. I still contend $3 is $3 and I would take it in my pocket. The CSBA Summer Bee College will take place on Saturday, June 14th at the home of Paul and Nanci Limbach in Silt, CO. All information may be found here.
Maybe you’re still holding out for more information on the afternoon sessions. Wait no longer!
Ed Colby–and his lovely partner Marilyn went to Apimondia in the Ukraine last year and what a tale they have to share. Have you ever thought about going to an international bee conference? Listen in and find out what fun it can be!
Kristina Williams–is back with her queen marking expertise. Derrick will catch us a bunch of drones and you will practice, practice, practice on queen marking OK–drone marking–but it is the practice that matters. With the confirmation of Africanized bees overwintering in Western CO, queen marking will take on new importance as it will be essential that you know the genetics of every queen in every hive.
Nancy Stead–is a formally trained honey judge and is the judge for the CSBA Big Money Honey Contest at our annual Winter Meeting in November. She will share with you the tips and tricks of preparing honey to take home the money!
Nanci Limbach–Paul’s wife Nancy runs a Wildlife Rehabilitation on site. She has quite the collection of wild animals in various stages of rehabilitation and it is always interesting to see the bears, mountain lions, baby raccoons and deer. Some of the tales are tragic and some inspiring.
Kris Holthaus–Last but not least, Colorado Queen Honey Bee Testing Project coordinator (and top notch queen breeder) is here with the first round of grant funded, Colorado bred, virgin queens for distribution. This is a very exciting initiative and I thank all of you who are participating in this important work.
At 6pm, we will have an optional free tour of a Habitat Hero award winning garden located in Silt. Christie Cutright will meet us at the Limbach’s and guide us to her home to view her extraordinary garden that uses native and xeric species of plants and no additional water. I am excited to add this opportunity to our agenda this year. Signup will take place at the registration booth at the Summer Bee College. Click the link above to learn more about the Habitat Hero garden program and take away some ideas to make your own garden fit for a butterfly or a bee.
The Beekeepers Ball is SOLD OUT!
Way to jump on it, beekeepers! The Beekeepers Ball filled in record time! The Ball will be held at Maud’s on Main in New Castle and will begin at 8:00 pm. We will have a “mingle” across the street at the Silver Club Saloon beginning at 7:30. All are invited to the mingle whether you are attending the Ball or not. The CSBA will have a cheese board and you are welcome to bring small jars of the honey that you produced, or found on your journeys, to share. I am so looking forward to another wonderful meal. Muchas, muchas gracias to Ed and Marilyn for coordinating the fete.
Pollinator Week begins Monday, June 16th and goes through Sunday, June 22nd. On Saturday, June 21st, we need volunteers to man booths at each of our participating nurseries. Booths need staffing from 10am to 2 pm. The following nurseries are still in need of 1-2 volunteers for shifts. What do you need to do? Answer the public’s questions about bees and beekeeping. Hand out brochures on plants for pollinators. Wear a bee hat (not really). Bring an observation hive. In short, do whatever you would like to engage the public in pollinator importance and protection.
These nurseries are NEW PARTICIPANTS in Pollinator Week and we need to make sure their experience is a good one. Please volunteer if you live near one of these nurseries and support our mission and theirs. Contact me if you can assist.
Country Fair Garden Center at Colorado Blvd. – Denver
Nick’s Garden Center – Arvada
Tagawa Gardens – Centennial
Phelan Gardens – Colorado Springs
Rick’s Garden Center – Colorado Springs
Pollination Planet is a non-profit organization with the following mission statement: Educate and inspire communities to protect our food supply by providing habitat for pollinators. We are delighted that their mission so closely dovetails with ours.
Pollination Planet is hosting a FREE screening of More than Honey at the Louisville Middle School on Saturday, June 21st at 7pm. They have requested CSBA presence and we will be there with a booth. Can you help for a bit beforehand and afterwards? If so, let me know. I appreciate it.
Pollination Planet has also started a Kickstarter campaign to increase awareness of the role of bees as integral to our food supply. Watch the video. Donate $25. Get a 100% organic cotton tee shirt. Click here.
BCBA beekeeper and PP Board member, Norm Klapper, will be speaking about the organization at our summer bee college, too.
The Highway BEE Act has been reintroduced in Congress this year. The CSBA has signed on as a supporting organization on the bill but they are looking for more support from like-minded organizations, companies, and researchers. Know anyone that fits that bill? Send them the link!
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