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01 Mar

High Country Bee, Edition 4, Volume 3, March, 2015

Beth Conrey blog

All–Well, you know what they say, “February–in like a lamb out like a lion.”  NOT!!!!!

The BIG NEWS of the month appears to be the “Flow Hive”!  I have never seen so much interest in a bee gadget in my life.  You’d think these folks were the 21st century equivalent of  L. L. Langstroth.  How this type of “buzz” get generated or, in modern terms, how this goes “viral” has always been of intellectual interest.  These folks launched a crowd fund raising campaign that netted over 3 MILLION dollars at last check.  Give me a Pet Rock or a Hula Hoop or a Flow hive, I say!

The CSBA event calendar is full of class offerings and for sale ads from our local bee groups and businesses.  Please take the time to check out both.  Next on the CSBA calendar will be the arrival of Kim Flottum, editor of Bee Culture.  He will be in town on April 29 and 30.  Details soon.

Comments Due March 6th on Oxalic Acid!

PSC cannot have made it any easier!  PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE–Submit a comment supporting the addition of oxalic acid as a varroa control option for US beekeepers.

Oxalic Acid has been used in the UK for about ten years; in Europe it has been used for at least 20 years.  It is highly effective; kills varroa by dessicating the mouthparts, and only affects honey bees in a very minor way.  In the UK a beekeeper stated there are three methods of applying oxalic acid:
•    Vaporization  (rarely if ever used these days – too technical, expensive and “fiddly” – hot metals and electricity involved)
•    Spraying  (rarely used – danger of breathing in spray or contaminating eyes)
•    Trickling.   This is the standard method – easy, cheap, no heat or electrics needed, no masks, no eye protection.   With trickling, you simply trickle an oxalic acid/ sugar solution into each “seam” of bees.

For a US beekeeper’s input on using oxalic acid go to Scientific Beekeeping  . . .  and  

Approval of the application for the registration of oxalic acid use would give U.S. beekeepers another tool in their fight against Varroa.  It is however, not a remedy which will be utilized by all beekeepers.  Beekeepers know what is best for their honey bees.  A reduction of Varroa mite population is the key to healthy honey bees.  The beekeeper’s voice is the most important one here: make yourself heard. Your comments must be received by the EPA by March 6th. 

Applications for new active ingredients (Other products are part of this application for “new active ingredients:” the link to the docket is below.)!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2015-0043-0001

Your comments must be received on or before March 6, 2015.

Make the beekeeper’s voice heard.  Send your comment today.

The process is fairly simple and we have drafted a letter for you:
1.    Copy the text of the letter below
2.    select the link to the Docket at

     Applications for new active ingredients (Other products are part of this application for “new active ingredients:” the link to the docket is below.)!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2015-0043-0001

3.    select the COMMENT NOW button on the right side of your screen
4.    paste the letter into the Comment box
5.    add your own comments
6.    and follow the prompts to submit your comments at
7.    your comment will appear within 24 hours in the docket.

Copy the text below, then paste it into the comment section at (use this link!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2015-0043-0001 )

Susan Lewis, Registration Division (RD) (7505P)
Office of Pesticide Programs
Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
Washington, DC 20460-0001

Re: Docket ID number: EPA-HQ-OPP-2015-0043;  Oxalic Acid Dihydrate.

Dear Ms. Lewis,

Registering oxalic acid to aid beekeepers in controlling their Varroa mite populations is an important tool in managing the health of honey bees.  Beekeeping is a diverse industry of commercial, sideline, and backyard beekeepers.  Our honey bees encounter different stresses; pests, pathogens, pesticides, and poor forage in varying levels of severity. The registered use of oxalic acid will be another tool to help beekeepers.  As a beekeeper, I may not use this pending registered product, but other beekeepers will need to use it.  Honey bees experience a broad area of the environment, and work tirelessly to pollinate our crops and wild lands.  Having another tool to aid in controlling Varroa mite would help reduce the pest and pathogen stress upon our honey bees.

I support the approval of oxalic acid for in-hive use to control Varroa mites.


Master Beekeeper Committee Request:

The Master Beekeeper Committee is in the process of detailing/setting up its education events for the 2015/2016 years.  We need your help in identifying great local talent.   Do you know a very experienced beekeeper who loves to teach AND is a good presenter?  If so, please send us their contact information.  If you would like to nominate yourself, feel free to do so as well and include your area of interest and level of experience. We look forward to hearing from you  Thank you!

Swarm Hotline:

With great regret, I announce that I will have to step down from the overall management of the swarm hotline.  It has been a great run–7 years and counting–but my other responsibilities have finally gotten the best of my time and I need to concentrate on them.  The swarm hotline originated at NCBA and NCBA had a great idea–get a toll free vanity number–and set up a statewide call number that would automatically move calls to dispatchers for each of the regional associations.  I will be sending out the detailed information on this new and exciting service to the Officers and Liaisons soon.  Thanks to NCBA for the idea and its execution!

Of Interest:

ABF’s Conversation with a Beekeeper March 5, 6:00 pm Effective Varroa Management through IPM

PSC Pollinator News

Honey Bee Health Initiative Offered by Vita  This is something the CSBA or any of its regional affiliates could fill out an application for.

OSU Bee Lab Beekeeping Webinars 2015 Some very nice offerings indeed!  Also a strong collection of previously recorded webinars worth visiting.

2015 Bayer Bee Care Community Leadership Award Nominations now due

ABJ Extra News–February–News on NHB Research Proposals Funded | Vita Honey Bee Health Initiative | Bayer Bee Care Awards | Valentine’s Recipes from the NHB | PPDC Webinar Info | Farmer Shift to Biopesticides | Paramount Farming buys Headwaters Farms | Project Apis M. Receives Award

WAS Editor, Fran Bach, has been posting newsletters.  I have converted them into documents and they can be found here. 02/06/15, 02/13/15, 02/27/15

Kelly Newsletter, 2/2015

For Sale:

To Bee or Not to Bee Open for Business in their new location!

Clark’s Honey Farm

will be bringing in 5 frame nucs for distribution in late April/early May.  $170  Pick up at Clark’s Honey Farm in Hudson.  Clark can be reached at or 303-717-0899.

Prairie Wind Bee Supply in Cheyenne, Wyoming is now taking orders for package bees and nucs.

Get your order in soon as they are filling up fast. Our bees are bred from the best stock available. We select for high honey production & disease and pest resistance.

3# Package Bees:
1-19 = $115/each
20+ = $108/each
Breeds: Carniolan or Italian (your choice)
Pickup in Cheyenne on April 25, 2015 or delivery to a drop point in Denver also on April 25th for a fee of $5.00 per order

5-Frame Nucs:
1-9 = $145/each
10+ = $140/each
Breed: Italian
Pickup in Cheyenne on May 9, 2015 (no delivery to Denver)

Order now! Full payment is required at time of order: via cash or check. No order will be officially booked until payment is received in full. Contact us with your order via email and we will confirm ASAP.

Refund policy: We withhold a 15% administration fee on any cancellations before April 1. After April 1, there will be no refunds for cancelled orders.

Ben for Prairie Wind Bee Supply

For Sale 14 (Mid) Illinois Supers and frames–Chad Pfitzer–Broomfield

I used to keep bees a long time ago.  I still have some equipment around that I’m looking to sell.  You know anyone that might be interested in buying 14 mid (Illinois) supers.  I bought these from Kelley Company and used them for 3 seasons.  They are in excellent condition, lightly used.  Each super has 10 constructed frames, minus foundation or comb.  I’d like to sell them all at once.

 I live in Broomfield.  If you know of anyone who might be interested in them, they are for sale on Craig’s List (Denver), or they could just give me a call at 605-850-4035.

Thank you for being a member.

Beth Conrey



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01 Feb

High Country Bee, Edition 4, Volume 2, February, 2015

Beth Conrey blog

It is beginning to feel like spring in the bee world! || This year’s legislative activity is focused on the Sunset Review of the Colorado Pesticide Applicators Act (PAA). If you think that 10 more years is too long for the PAA to not even mention the word pollinators, we need your help! || The Western Apicultural Society Conference that is being held in Boulder on October 1-3, 2015. We are “Putting the Bee in Boulder!” with a 3 day community-wide celebration.

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02 Jan

High Country Bee, Edition 4, Volume 1, January, 2015

Beth Conrey blog

Next week, the two national bee associations, National Honey Producers Association (NHPA) and the American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) will be hosting their annual conferences. | 3 new clubs joined the CSBA. Direct memberships increased by approximately 15%. | Goals for 2015 | Mark Winston book signing at Boulder Book Store. | Several Beekeeping classes are available.

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02 Dec

High Country Bee, Edition 3, Volume 12, December, 2014

Beth Conrey blog

Today, December 2nd, is Giving Tuesday, the kick-off event for the holiday giving season. You can make a tax-deductible donation to the CSBA any time of the year. || Next Tuesday, December 9th, is Colorado Gives Day and I love this event! “Give Where You Live” is their slogan and I couldn’t agree more! || There are but 2 seats left to Ross Conrad’s Advanced Beekeeping Seminar at the Crescent Grange in Broomfield on Saturday, January 24th from 8:30 to 5:00 pm. || Winter Meeting Recap and a LOT more!

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