It has been a busy month with the arrival of this early spring! All of the newbees are busy pounding together equipment and eagerly anticipating their package arrivals. All of the old bees have been busy with bee yard maintenance. In my case, this consists of pulling feeders (and putting in honey frames, if needed), reversing hive bodies, hive maintenance including the removal of old comb, removing burr comb, cleaning out the bottom boards, and substituting freshly painted and constructed equipment for that in the field that needs to be replaced or repaired.
I have taken to dating my frames in order to keep a better eye on their rotation. The general recommendation is to replace your frames on a three to four year cycle to minimize pesticide contamination and disease buildup. Putting a date on the top of the frame makes it easy to see what needs to be checked for removal.
As it has been so terribly dry, please remember your bees need water. Provide it for them so they don’t pester the neighbors for it.
The Colorado State Beekeepers Association is delighted to welcome the Western Colorado Beekeepers Association as one of our regional affiliates. Thank you for joining. Together, we’re better!
There is a new club starting up in Denver– The Lady Beekeepers of Colorado. If you are interested in more information, the inaugural meeting will be held at To Bee or Not to Bee from 7-9 pm on April 25th.
4th Annual Palisade International Honeybee Festival
The 4th Annual Palisade International Honeybee Festival will take place on Friday, April 13th and Saturday, April 14th. The festival is looking for vendors. If you are interested in participating, here’s the registration form. Here is a link to the website: http://palisadehoneybeefest.org/. As I am speaking on Friday evening, I hope to see you there!
Update on Neonicotinoids
As I write this, the national news syndicates are picking up on BCBA member Tom Theobald’s persistant campaign against neonicotinoid pesticides due to their negative effects on honey bees and pollinators in general. Lots of research on these, and other insecticides, was presented at the ABF conference in January. This month, however, measureable and major progress was made. A formal legal petition was filed with the EPA. The legal petition was filed cooperatively between several pollinator and food organizations. The CSBA also signed. In addition, there was a public petition that garnered several thousand signatures. Finally, there were two new studies published in the peer reviewed journal Science linking these pesticides with honey bee and bumble bee declines. You may read about the petitions and the associated articles on the CSBA website under Resources, Insecticides.
The Bee Informed Partnership Survey
is now open! Please sign up and participate. http://beeinformed.org/.
The Honey Queen is Coming!
The Honey Queen, Alyssa Fine, will be in Colorado from May 16th to the 18th. If you would like her to make an appearance for your organization, please contact Terry or Theresa Dorsey at firstname.lastname@example.org. A big thank you to Terry and Theresa for, once again, hosting the Honey Queen.
Did you lose a hive late this season? Did you decide to order bees too late? There is still another option for ordering bees. Lyle Johnston is bring back 5 frames nucs from California at the end of this month, April. They are $95.00.
You may call Lyle at 209-617-2537 to place an order.
I am out of town until April 9th. I will be sending all of the newsletter name suggestions to the CSBA officers when I return and we will have a newsletter name next month. Thank you to all who participated and I appreciate your patience for a bit longer.
As always, please feel free to email/call me with any suggestions or concerns you may have. Thank you for being a member.