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Mar
21
Thu
High Land Beekeeping Club Meeting @ Roxborough Community Center
Mar 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Tim Brod of Highland Bees will be speaking on queen selection for small scale rearing.

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NCBA March Meeting @ TBD
Mar 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

NCBA Swarm Hotline Sign-up/Recap of 2012 by Beth Conrey

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Apr
10
Wed
Brighton Beekeepers Monthly Meeting @ Brighton Agfinity Store
Apr 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Featuring Miles McGaughey, Boulder County Beekeepers Association president on making splits and nucs.

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Western CO Beekeepers Association Meeting @ Mesa County Fairgrounds Jockey Club
Apr 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Bob Hasse (Bee Bob) will be discussing getting ready for spring and will be talking about splitting hives and swarms.  Bob’s talks are always well done and we’re lucky to have him as a resource!

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Mile Hive Bee Club @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Apr 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

SWARMS!

CSBA President Beth Conrey will speak on the swarm hotline.

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Apr
12
Fri
5th Annual Palisade International Honey Festival
Apr 12 – Apr 13 all-day

Click here for all the details!

 

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Apr
18
Thu
High Land Beekeeping Club Meeting @ Roxborough Community Center
Apr 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Tim Brod of Highland Bees will be speaking on queen selection for small scale rearing.

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NCBA April Meeting @ Berthoud Community Center
Apr 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

April Meeting – Thursday, April 18 6:30 – 8:30 PM – Michele Pelanne will speak briefly about Driftwatch, the state-sponsored hive mapping program for Aerial Applicator Awareness. Our main program will be “Planting for Pollinators” – a presentation on bee-friendly flowering plants, with Master Gardener Charleen Barr and Ronda Koski; Bring your empty bee package boxes – we will be collecting them before the meeting.

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Apr
20
Sat
Michael Bush Seminar @ Utah County Health and Justice Building
Apr 20 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Apr
24
Wed
CO Women Who Bee Meeting @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Apr 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Featuring Kristina Williams, president of Mile Hive Bee Club chatting about spring management.

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May
1
Wed
Boulder County Beekeepers Meeting @ Longmont YMCA
May 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

We’ll pop open some nucs and see how bees and queens are doing.

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May
8
Wed
Western CO Beekeepers Association Meeting @ Mesa County Fairgrounds Jockey Club
May 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Our next meeting will be this Wednesday, May 8th at the Jockey club building at the Mesa County Fairgrounds at 6pm.  We’ll be talking about upcoming events and Gary McCallister will be presenting Surprising Facts About the Bee Life Cycle (and what it means to you).  Come and learn more about bees and how you can help bees in our community.
In June we won’t be having our regular meeting, but instead encourage our members and friends to attend the Colorado State Beekeepers Association’s Summer Meeting at Paul and Nanci Limbach’s in Silt CO (only about an hour from Grand Junction – check facebook as the event gets a little closer for carpool info).  There will be some great speakers this year and it’s always a fun and informative event.  Bee sure to preregister (remember, if you are current member of WCBA, you are, by default, a CSBA member).  More info here: http://coloradobeekeepers.org/summermeeting/
Because of the County Fair in July, we’ll be foregoing our meeting at the Jockey Club.  But, don’t fret, instead we’ll be setting up small, members-only workshops on bee inspections at local members’ bee yards.  We’ll have groups for Langstroth, Top Bar and Warre hives.  I’ll be sending more info about these group inspections soon!  (Also, if you are a Langstroth hive user that would be willing to show others (a small group – you can set the limits) how to do a hive inspection in July, please let me know and we can work out details.  We’d also like to know if anyone in the Montrose/Delta area or other places like Carbondale/Glenwood would be interested in hosting an inspection (any type of hive).  Again, please contact me to arrange details.

 

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May
16
Thu
High Land Beekeeping Club Meeting @ Roxborough Community Center
May 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Luan Akin will be coming from Tagawa’s Garden Center with plants for us to see and discuss.  Bet we’ll find some good bee plants in her collection.

We are also asking everyone to bring their bee vacs, swarm collecting devices, and any other cool bee containers you might have.  We want to show our new people how the old people (Jerry) do the job.  We’ll also take pictures of the different vacs and make a power point presentation.  That’s right!  You could be a bee-club, slide-show STAR!!!

 

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NCBA Meeting @ Jesus Rodarte Community Center
May 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

We will start the meeting with an open discussion of, followed by voting on, the proposed updates to the NCBA Constitution and Bylaws that have been tabled since our October business meeting.  These updates are intended to clarify the mission of the NCBA as well as the roles of the Executive Committee and its members; provide members more flexibility in matters brought to Membership for a vote; and address ways to handle changing circumstances that call for a response.

We believe strongly that these updates need to be approved, and will help protect the interests of Membership and promote the highly effective Association that you, our members, deserve.

Below you’ll find links to a more detailed summary of the changes and to the revised Constitution and Bylaws themselves.

The next topic is Spring Beekeeping Activities – with a discussion and open Question and Answer session.  We know this is a busy Beekeeping time of year, and want to help you be successful.

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May
18
Sat
Brighton Beekeepers Hive Inspection @ Apiary
May 18 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am

This Saturday, May 18, we’ll meet at the apiary at 8:00 a.m., inspect the hives, then sally over to Azadores (in the figure 8) for discussion and refreshment.  The apiary is located 15841 Riverdale Road.  Take Hwy 7 west out of Brighton; before climbing the first big hill (about 1/2 mile), turn left onto Riverdale Road; proceed about 1/4 mile.  The single-story white house with black shutters will be to the right.

The hives are accessible by crossing a horse pen, so please bring appropriate footwear.

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May
29
Wed
CO Women Who Bee Meeting @ To Bee or Not to Bee
May 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The May meeting will be a special, members-only screening of BEE PEOPLE, a documentary film made by Women Who Bee President Leslie Ellis and featuring local “Bee Guru” Gregg McMahan – as well as several other Colorado-area beekeepers.

It’s important that you RSVP as the room is small and can seat a max of 60 people.  Please bring a snack to share if your schedule permits; we’ll supply cups/plates/cutlery and wine and water. Please RSVP to Leslie@EllisEdits.com.

Format will be same as always: First a “round robin” of “how’s your bees?”, then the screening. Note that both activities may take us past the 9P end time. Also: Bring your calendars so we can zero in on some Spring/Summer field trips.

DUES

It is time to pay our 2013 DUES!

Annual dues for Women Who Bee are $20 if you don’t already belong to another club that is affiliated with the Colorado State Beekeeping Association (www.csba.org).  If you do belong to another club that is already paying your state fee, then annual membership for our club is $13.  Membership dues are good for a calendar year from date of payment.  Dues must be paid by cash or check.  If you are paying with a check, make the check out to “Susan Markley”, “cash” or leave it blank.

Dues are primarily used to pay for refreshments at our meetings and to help pay transportation costs for visiting speakers.

 

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Jun
9
Sun
4 Corners Beekeepers Spring Pot Luck @ Bryson and Robin's house
Jun 9 @ 4:00 pm – Jun 9 @ 8:00 pm

Here’s your reminder about the spring pot luck! Just in time for
summer. Come out and have some fun talking bees, (and chickens, and
pigs, and…) We’ll be at Bryson’s house this time, on Sunday the 9th
of June at 4 PM, and he’s thinking of bringing a pony keg from SKA, so
that will be nice, too. The club will provide plates, cups, etc.
Please bring a dish to share. Also, I know many people have plants
and bushes to share, so bring them as well, and we can all go home
with something new! Here are the directions to Bryson and Robin’s
house..
The address is 214 Whistling Horse Trail. 81301 google maps works
well. I will have balloons put out as well.

The best way I can describe it is that its about half way between
Bread and Edgemont. If you head out of town on Florida rd. a couple
miles once you have passed bread, the road is the first available
right that is a road and not a driveway after Ute Pass sub division on
your right.

I know that’s not super clear but between the balloons and google maps
it won’t be too hard to find it. 749-6122 is my number in case people
can’t figure it out and need to call.

Thanks and looking forward to it.

Lastly, Jim Bell has two sheep. He says anyone can have the wool
if they bring the equipment and sheer them. How cool is that?!

jimbell@centurytel.net
See you all on Sunday! T

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Jun
12
Wed
Brighton Beekeepers Monthly Meeting @ Brighton Agfinity Store
Jun 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Our next meeting is Aug 14th  at 6:30 PM in the ACE meeting room.
Our speaker, David, a local Greeley beekeeper.  He will share his care and
management practices, as well as pest management and feeding.  Plus honey super management.
He will show us how to make the winter covers he has been using on his hives.

 

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Brighton Beekeepers Monthly Meeting @ Brighton Agfinity Store
Jun 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Featuring Don Studinski, owner of Honeybee Keep and an Advisor to the Colorado State Beekeepers Association.

Don Studinski, beekeeper and entrepreneur, will discuss the sometimes controversial issue of smoking the bees with slides of splits using no smoke and using smoke. Two split techniques are covered: find the queen and don’t find the queen. Thetiming and motivation for splits is also covered in the context of living with varroa mites. Audience participation with questions is encouraged while time permits. We wrap up with topics including current local conditions, feeding and what’s happening in the beekeeping world today.
An enthusiastic promoter of permaculture techniques applied to the world of beekeeping, Don comes from the high-tech world of cubicles and computing.  After a BS in Computer Science from LSU, he immediately started a career with IBM.  A decade later, he completed a MS in Computer Information Systems and contributed to Avalon Imaging, StorageTek and McKesson where, as Director of Quality Assurance and Senior Project Manager, he decided to end his time in high-tech.
Don’s current focus is on honeybees that live.  They must live among all the challenges of our time and in our local climate. Don has written about beekeeping for Bee Culture magazine, Living Systems Institute and Pesticide Action Network. He offers a year-round beekeeping mentor program which involves on-line and in-person educational opportunities. Students participate locally and from around the USA.  You can find details about Don’s products, services, teaching programs and reference articles at his website, HoneybeeKeep.com.
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Mile Hive Bee Club @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Jun 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Diane Wilson an ecologist from Applewood Seed Company has been putting together flower seed mixtures specifically for pollinators for 24 years and has agreed to come out and share her knowledge with us. The second part of the evening will consist of a discussion concerning Varroa Mites. Bring your questions, answers and experiences to share with the club.

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Jun
15
Sat
CSBA Summer Meeting @ Western CO Honey
Jun 15 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The CSBA Summer Meeting will be held at the beautiful property of Paul and Nanci Limbach is Silt, CO.  Featured speaker will be Dr. Dewey Caron.

 

More info soon!

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Jun
17
Mon
Pollinator Week
Jun 17 – Jun 24 all-day

Pollinator Week is June 17-23, 2013

The Colorado State Beekeepers Association (CSBA), along with two of its regional associations, Boulder County Beekeepers Association (BCBA)  and Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association (NCBA) is pleased to present Pollinator Week with special activities in the Northern CO and Boulder areas.

This year’s message is simple:  Plant for Pollinators, Eliminate Pesticides.  

In conjunction with our sponsor, BBB Seed, we have put together a beautiful publication for member use in education and outreach efforts.  Click here to view the publication.  If you would like any of these, please contact Beth at 970-213-3099 or president@coloradobeekeepers.org with your name, address and quantity needed, and I will mail them to you.  Brochures will also be available from your regional associations and at the Summer Meeting.

On Saturday, June 22 from 10-2, beekeepers will be at special Pollinator Week booths at participating nurseries to answer questions regarding bees and other pollinators.  Participating nurseries are:

Fort Collins Nursery–Fort Collins

Fossil Creek Nursery–Fort Collins

Bath Garden Center–Fort Collins

Downtown Ace Hardware–Fort Collins

Gardens on Spring Creek–Fort Collins

JAX Farm and Ranch–Fort Collins

JAX–Loveland

JAX–Lafayette

Flower Bin–Longmont

McGuckin Hardware–Boulder

Harlequin’s Gardens–Boulder

Sturtz & Copeland–Boulder

Please be sure to prioritize our sponsor, BBB Seed, as well as our participating nurseries and garden centers, when you shop for your landscape this year.

Would you like to participate in 2014?  Please contact Beth Conrey at 970-213-3099 or president@coloradobeekeepers.org.

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Jun
18
Tue
CO Women Who Bee Meeting @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Jun 18 @ 5:00 pm – Jun 18 @ 7:00 pm

We’re headed up to Beth Conrey’s apiary in lieu of a seated program this month. Beth is the President of the Colorado State Beekeeping Association and has 60 hives. Because of availability and people’s schedules, we’re doing this ON TUESDAY, JUNE 18, and there will be no meeting on Wednesday, June 26

Details to follow but generally speaking we’ll meet at To Bee or Not to Bee at 5P on 6/18. It’s about an hour to her place, in Berthoud.

Save the date!

DUES

It is time to pay our 2013 DUES!

Annual dues for Women Who Bee are $20 if you don’t already belong to another club that is affiliated with the Colorado State Beekeeping Association (www.csba.org).  If you do belong to another club that is already paying your state fee, then annual membership for our club is $13.  Membership dues are good for a calendar year from date of payment.  Dues must be paid by cash or check.  If you are paying with a check, make the check out to “Susan Markley”, “cash” or leave it blank.

Dues are primarily used to pay for refreshments at our meetings and to help pay transportation costs for visiting speakers.

 

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Jul
10
Wed
Mile Hive Bee Club @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Jul 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Club business
  • Recap of varroa mite discussion that took place at the June meeting. (Do a mite count before the tenth so we can compare how our hives are doing.)
  • Gregg will discuss what he has seen and what beekeepers should be seeing in first and second year hives
  • Open discussion forum

 

Since it was so hot in the upstairs room in June, we’ll have the meeting in the outdoor area by the entrance of To Bee or not To Bee.

 

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Jul
18
Thu
NCBA July Meeting @ Pulliam Building
Jul 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The program for the meeting on Thursday July 18th 6:30-8:30 PM at the Pulliam Building in Loveland is still a bit up in the air.  If his schedule permits, Tim Brod will be making a presentation on queens.  Our backup plan is to host a presentation of the film “More Than Honey”.  Either way, it promises to be a special evening, and we look forward to seeing you all there!

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Jul
21
Sun
CO Women Who Bee Meeting @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Jul 21 @ 10:30 am – 3:00 pm

The CSBA Traveling Road Show will be coming to town!  Current President Beth Conrey and past President Terry Dorsey will perform hive inspections for CO Women Who Bee members.  We will NOT be meeting on July 31st.

We will meet at To Bee or Not to Bee at 10:30 and have a brief discussion on mite testing then head to the field to do some!  Bring your bee suits and some lunch stuff to share.

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