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05 Sep

High Country Bee, Edition 3, Volume 9, September, 2014

Beth Conrey blog

Sorry this is a bit late.  Honey harvest is upon me!

September is National Honey Month and there are lots of activities celebrating the harvest season.  For those of you in the Denver area, there are 2 events that are a lot of fun!  Sadly, I will not be able to make either of them–but the show must go on!  See the CSBA Event Calendar for all the details on the Honey Bee Jubilee at To Bee or Not to Bee on Saturday, September 6th and the Colorado Honey Festival at Denver Urban Homesteading on Saturday, September 20th.  Have a great time and support the businesses that support us.

The Pollinator Stewardship Council has a petition for you to sign to ask your Senators and Representatives to support the US honey industry.  Click here to be redirected to the petition and THANK YOU!

Western Apicultural Society Conference (WAS):

Will be held at the University of Montana in Missoula from September 17-20, 2014.  I will be attending and have rounded up a roommate.  The CSBA Event Calendar has been updated to reflect the most recent information, too. Next year, the CSBA will be hosting the WAS conference here in Colorado.  Plans are underway now to finalize a venue.  More details to follow.  This will take a LOT OF EFFORT and I cannot do it alone.  If you have any skills in the event/conference planning arena, please step forward and share your expertise.

CSBA Winter Meeting:

The CSBA Winter Meeting will be held at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Saturday, November 8th from 8 am to 5 pm.  Featured speaker is Katie Lee.  Katie is Marla Spivak’s PhD candidate and the Bee Informed Partnership Midwest Tech Team leader.  She is one of the “new generation” speakers and I am excited to have her!  Click here for a bio and a description of her featured talks.  In addition, she will be joined by Melanie Kirby of Zia Queen Bee speaking on compromised forage.  The schedule has been finalized and is posted here.

The bi-annual election is scheduled to take place at the Winter Meeting.  I will be posting the Officer and Advisor position requirements soon.  If you are interested in running for any of the Officer positions, we are interested in having you!  Stay tuned.

I am working on getting the PayPal buttons up and running for pre-registration.  Bear with me for a bit longer.  We will be having an Executive Committee meeting next week and will finalize the details and update the site.  I will keep you posted when it is done.

Of Interest:

Michael Wren has a couple of complete beehives for sale outside of Parker.  He can be reached at:

Beekeepers Need a Living Wage by Don Studinski

Bee Wear  (Just love the name!)

ABJ Extra–Controlled by Genes?  The Case of Honey Bee Work Assignments

Honey Flavor Wheel–Fascinating!

Venom Gets Good Buzz as Potential Cancer Fighter

Thank you for being a member.

Beth Conrey



16 Aug

Happy National Honey Bee Day!

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Happy National Honey Bee Day!

Thank you to all who are volunteering today!  The CSBA is truly appreciative of your efforts!

The public is currently very interested in bees, beekeeping, and the problems with bee health.  As beekeepers, it is our responsibility to educate the public on these issues.  Like it or not, public outreach and education is a non-stop and essential duty of all beekeeping associations as well as the CSBA.  If you volunteer, THANK YOU!  If you do not, please consider it.  Not all volunteer needs require public engagement.  It does not take much time and is extremely gratifying.

We are still lacking a statewide coordinator for National Honey Bee Day.  Interested?  Contact me at 970-213-3099 or

Cottage Industry Labels 

How’s your harvest?  Going to sell some honey this year?  The CSBA has Cottage Industry Bill labels available for all of you who are packing honey in your homes.  They are $4 for 100 or $30 for 1000.  These labels are good for any cottage industry product including honey.  If you need some labels, please contact me at 970-213-3099 or  I will need to know the quantity desired and a physical mailing address.

Colorado State Fair

NCBA member Ronda Koski is coordinating the first ever bee booth at the Colorado State Fair.  VOLUNTEERS ARE STILL NEEDED!  It would be really nice if the regional associations could each muster enough volunteers to take one–just one–day at the booth.  Many hands do, indeed, make light work.  This is an excellent opportunity to reach out to potential new members.

For those of you who volunteer, you can sell product, too.  This is a terrific opportunity to expand your market for your product.  I will be setting up the booth this Thursday, August 23rd and the fair runs through Labor Day weekend.  Please contact Ronda if you can assist.  She can be reached at 970-217-5286 or  Thank you Ronda for your efforts.

Africanized Honey Bee Testing Info

I just wanted to let you know that so far all the honey bee samples received have had very high likelihood (0.89-0.0999) that they were European rather than African.

It has taken us quite a bit longer to get materials together and to have confidence in the measurements we are doing, but I think we are now good to go.

So, if you know of anyone who wishes to send in a sample for the simple FABIS measurements assessing likelihood of European or African parentage, we would be happy to receive them and can now turn them around quickly.

Samples should involve a minimum of 30 bees – 50 is preferable.  They need to arrive in good shape (particularly wings), preferably having a fresh weight we can use reliably (but not shipped so that they mold en route).

If anyone wishes to send a sample it is suggested that they email a head of time so that we can expect them: Whitney.Cranshaw@ColoState.EDU

Samples should be sent to my attention:  Whitney Cranshaw, Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management-1177, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO  80523

There will be no charge for any samples received in 2014.  If we decide to extend this in 2015 we may revisit this, but for this year I will absorb all the costs while we figure out whether this is something worth significant time/effort in the future.

Whitney Cranshaw

Western Apicultural Society (WAS) Conference

The WAS conference will be held at the University of Montana in Missoula, MT on September 17-20.  I will be going and could still use a female roommate at the hotel.   Holler at me if you are interested.  All the details can be found on the CSBA Event Calendar.

 CSBA Winter Meeting

Hard to believe that the CSBA Winter Meeting is right around the corner—but it is!  Put November 7th and 8th on your calendar now!  We will be back at the easy-to-get-to Douglas County Fairgrounds.  Featured speakers will be Katie Lee, Marla Spivak’s PhD candidate and a member of the Bee Informed Partnership and Melanie Kirby from Zia Queen Bees.  Final details are still being hammered out but it will be another full day of activities.  There will be an Election of Officers as well as the BIG MONEY HONEY contest!  See you there!

Of Interest

Bee researchers raise more concerns about neonicotinoid pesticides

Pesticide Use Rises as Herbicide-resistant Weeds Undermine Performance of Major GE Crops, New WSU Study Shows

Bayer study shows European bees at their best health levels in years

Our friends at the CDA are looking for Colorado Proud participants in Colorado School Meal Day.

Farming with Native Bees–New book from Xerces Society!

Have you checked out the CO Agritourism website?  You should!

The CSBA website and calendar has been updated to reflect the new events.  I have also put up a page on Emerald Ash Borer.

Thank you for being a member.

Beth Conrey




01 Aug

High Country Bee, Edition 3, Volume 8, August, 2014

Beth Conrey blog

All–August is one busy month in the bee business! Harvest time is here for all of those who are getting one–which, sadly, does not include me. Crossing my fingers–but looking for honey. Last year, I had a record high yield. This year, a record low. Ahhhh–agriculture! There are a LOT OF EVENTS in August that need your help. The beekeepers of Colorado WILL BE participating in the CDA’s Agriculture Pavilion this year! || National Honey Bee Day is August 16th. The theme this year is “Sustainable Gardening begins with Honey Bees”. || Western Apicultural Society (WAS) Conference: University of Montana in Missoula from September 17-20, 2014. || September is National Honey Month. || Feds to Phase out Neonicotinoids in NW Wildlife Refuges–makes you wonder how they ever got to a refuge in the first place…Time to move the program east!

02 Jul

High Country Bee, Edition 3, Volume 7, July 2014

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Swarm season is officially over although there will still be a few stragglers. In celebration, I am leaving town today through the 9th of July. Have a wonderful Independence Day celebration. Marvel at all of the US successes and work towards correcting its shortcomings. The United States is US in more ways than one!

08 Jun

Swarm Hotline

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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!


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