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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
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
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
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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Aug
17
Sat
National Honey Bee Day
Aug 17 – Aug 18 all-day

This year’s theme is:  “Beekeeping–Ask me how to get Started”.  http://www.nationalhoneybeeday.com

 

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Aug
25
Sun
CO Women Who Bee Meeting @ Leslie Ellis' house
Aug 25 @ 1:00 pm

The field, in this case, is at my place. Eastbound 6th Ave & Locust — near Lowry. We have a 2-frame extractor, and gladly volunteer it and our garage to harvest your honey frames! Because you are all so good at bringing snacks, feel free to bring snacks. :-)

Date: Sunday, August 25. Time: TBD depending on how many frames need harvesting. Details to come, but, note that Terry said he might come down to lend a hand. Cool!

***If you have Langstroth frames with capped honey:****

1. Bring them BEE-LESS (hubby is enthusiastic but allergic in a big way). It helps to put the frames in a covered container.

2. BYOB – bring your own bucket. Note that you will also need a fine-net filter, to filter out the bee parts (legs, etc). But you can do that part later. For purposes of honey extraction, bring your frames,  your bucket, and no bees.

If you are seriously fearless, I could use some help with our feral (but super active) hive. (Sigh.)

May your bees have a productive August nectar/pollen season! Remember to test/treat your hives for mitesby coating them with powdered sugar. I use a flour sifter. No they don’t like it, but, mitigation matters.

 

Please RSVP to me if you’re coming on the 25th and how many frames you’re bringing, ok? Thanks!

 

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Sep
14
Sat
CO Women Who Bee Meeting @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Sep 14 @ 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

the Honey Bee Jubilee!

Hosted by Highland Honey Bees, Rocky Mountain Bee Rescue and To Bee Or Not To Bee.

Bring friends, family and colleagues to join the festivities.

Everyone is invited.

The event will take place at To Bee Or Not To Bee on

Saturday, September 14th

from 11:30AM ~ 2:30PM.

There will be live music and numerous 20-minute bee related presentations with 10 minute Q & A.

§  Gregg McMahan: open forum for any questions or concerns you may have.

§  Tim Brod: TBA

§  Donald Studinski: Pesticides and pesticide alternatives.

§  Greg Rye: Presentation on native bees.

§  Kristina Williams: Presentation on bumblebees.

There will be judging of honey related items:

Honey. For the tasting, bring 3 to 4 tablespoons from your hive (or more if you want).

If you have more, bring it to share with your fellow beekeepers!

Baked goods made with honey.

Sauces and condiments.

Cosmetics.

Soaps and candles. We are looking for the most creative!

Prizes will include: bee packages, queens, mentoring, classes, hive set up, native bee boxes, and more!

Now is the time to be creative and honor your bees! Entries are unlimited, decide what you are going to bring! $3.00 entry fee.

Bring your favorite beverage, we will be grilling for the occasion!

To Bee Or Not To Bee is looking for judges – call us to volunteer! 303.728.4422

 

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Sep
24
Tue
Scott Hoffman Black @ Alexander Dawson School
Sep 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation Lecture Series

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation is a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. Established in 1971, the Society is at the forefront of invertebrate protection, harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to implement conservation programs worldwide. The Colorado State Beekeepers Association, along with Colorado State University and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, will be hosting the Xerces Society’s Executive Director, Scott Hoffman Black, for a lecture series September 24th through 26th, 2013.

Tuesday, September 24th – Lafayette

Bring Back the Pollinators: Scott Hoffman Black will discuss the importance of insect pollinators, what groups of insects provide pollination services in North America and conservation measures that can be taken to provide habitat for pollinators.  Scott will also discuss how each and every one of us can play an important role in pollinator conservation.

Time: 7pm

Location: Theater in Art Center, Alexander Dawson School, 10455 Dawson Drive, Lafayette, CO 80026

Directions: Please find a map of the Alexander Dawson School here (theater in art center #1 on map). The school is very easy to find and get to for the Boulder and Brighton Beekeeping groups and I expect strong attendance from both.  It also has great parking.

Tickets: $5 for non-CSBA members, $5 suggested donation for CSBA members

Wednesday, September 25 – Fort Collins

Citizen Science and Invertebrate Conservation:  A look at how citizen science can help with our conservation efforts and an overview of Xerces citizen science efforts.  Bumble bees, migratory dragonflies, monarchs and freshwater mussels.

Time: 12pm (noon)

Location: Behavioral Science Building, Room 103, Colorado State University.

Directions: The Behavioral Science building is located north of Pitkin with parking to the east. With school in session parking may be limited. Please allow time to park and walk to building. Click here for a map of the CSU campus, then click on printable PDF for a plain map (Behavioral Science building on grid is on 5 between D and E).  Hopefully, we will see some NCBA members in attendance!

Tickets: $5 for non-CSBA members, $5 suggested donation for CSBA members and students

Thursday, September 26 – Denver

Bringing Back the Pollinators: Scott Hoffman Black will discuss the importance of insect pollinators, what groups of insects provide pollination services in North America and conservation measures that can be taken to provide habitat for pollinators.  Scott will also discuss how each and every one of us can play an important role in pollinator conservation.
Link to DMNS lecture.

Time: 7 pm

Location: Ricketson Auditorium, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80205

Tickets/registration: $8 adult member (DMNS and *CSBA); $10 for non-members.

*Please note that DMNS has set up a special promotional code for CSBA members.  Use promo code: CSBKA when purchasing tickets on the Museum webstore to get the same rate as DMNS members. Enter the number of nonmember tickets you wish to purchase, add to cart, and enter the promo code on the next page.

EACH EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and I would appreciate you “spreading the word” in your community.  We will also be putting notices on the community pages of local radio stations and newspapers.  Any further suggestions on where to advertise would be appreciated.  Please contact me at 970-213-3099 or email me at president@coloradobeekeepers.org.

Please support our efforts to bring in additional speakers throughout the year.  I always learn something from our guests and I hope to see you at one of the lectures.

 

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Sep
25
Wed
Scott Hoffman Black @ CSU Campus
Sep 25 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation Lecture Series

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation is a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. Established in 1971, the Society is at the forefront of invertebrate protection, harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to implement conservation programs worldwide. The Colorado State Beekeepers Association, along with Colorado State University and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, will be hosting the Xerces Society’s Executive Director, Scott Hoffman Black, for a lecture series September 24th through 26th, 2013.

Tuesday, September 24th – Lafayette

Bring Back the Pollinators: Scott Hoffman Black will discuss the importance of insect pollinators, what groups of insects provide pollination services in North America and conservation measures that can be taken to provide habitat for pollinators.  Scott will also discuss how each and every one of us can play an important role in pollinator conservation.

Time: 7pm

Location: Theater in Art Center, Alexander Dawson School, 10455 Dawson Drive, Lafayette, CO 80026

Directions: Please find a map of the Alexander Dawson School here (theater in art center #1 on map). The school is very easy to find and get to for the Boulder and Brighton Beekeeping groups and I expect strong attendance from both.  It also has great parking.

Tickets: $5 for non-CSBA members, $5 suggested donation for CSBA members

Wednesday, September 25 – Fort Collins

Citizen Science and Invertebrate Conservation:  A look at how citizen science can help with our conservation efforts and an overview of Xerces citizen science efforts.  Bumble bees, migratory dragonflies, monarchs and freshwater mussels.

Time: 12pm (noon)

Location: Behavioral Science Building, Room 103, Colorado State University.

Directions: The Behavioral Science building is located north of Pitkin with parking to the east. With school in session parking may be limited. Please allow time to park and walk to building. Click here for a map of the CSU campus, then click on printable PDF for a plain map (Behavioral Science building on grid is on 5 between D and E).  Hopefully, we will see some NCBA members in attendance!

Tickets: $5 for non-CSBA members, $5 suggested donation for CSBA members and students

Thursday, September 26 – Denver

Bringing Back the Pollinators: Scott Hoffman Black will discuss the importance of insect pollinators, what groups of insects provide pollination services in North America and conservation measures that can be taken to provide habitat for pollinators.  Scott will also discuss how each and every one of us can play an important role in pollinator conservation.
Link to DMNS lecture.

Time: 7 pm

Location: Ricketson Auditorium, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80205

Tickets/registration: $8 adult member (DMNS and *CSBA); $10 for non-members.

*Please note that DMNS has set up a special promotional code for CSBA members.  Use promo code: CSBKA when purchasing tickets on the Museum webstore to get the same rate as DMNS members. Enter the number of nonmember tickets you wish to purchase, add to cart, and enter the promo code on the next page.

EACH EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and I would appreciate you “spreading the word” in your community.  We will also be putting notices on the community pages of local radio stations and newspapers.  Any further suggestions on where to advertise would be appreciated.  Please contact me at 970-213-3099 or email me at president@coloradobeekeepers.org.

Please support our efforts to bring in additional speakers throughout the year.  I always learn something from our guests and I hope to see you at one of the lectures.

 

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Sep
26
Thu
Scott Hoffman Black @ DMNS
Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation Lecture Series

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation is a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. Established in 1971, the Society is at the forefront of invertebrate protection, harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to implement conservation programs worldwide. The Colorado State Beekeepers Association, along with Colorado State University and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, will be hosting the Xerces Society’s Executive Director, Scott Hoffman Black, for a lecture series September 24th through 26th, 2013.

Tuesday, September 24th – Lafayette

Bring Back the Pollinators: Scott Hoffman Black will discuss the importance of insect pollinators, what groups of insects provide pollination services in North America and conservation measures that can be taken to provide habitat for pollinators.  Scott will also discuss how each and every one of us can play an important role in pollinator conservation.

Time: 7pm

Location: Theater in Art Center, Alexander Dawson School, 10455 Dawson Drive, Lafayette, CO 80026

Directions: Please find a map of the Alexander Dawson School here (theater in art center #1 on map). The school is very easy to find and get to for the Boulder and Brighton Beekeeping groups and I expect strong attendance from both.  It also has great parking.

Tickets: $5 for non-CSBA members, $5 suggested donation for CSBA members

Wednesday, September 25 – Fort Collins

Citizen Science and Invertebrate Conservation:  A look at how citizen science can help with our conservation efforts and an overview of Xerces citizen science efforts.  Bumble bees, migratory dragonflies, monarchs and freshwater mussels.

Time: 12pm (noon)

Location: Behavioral Science Building, Room 103, Colorado State University.

Directions: The Behavioral Science building is located north of Pitkin with parking to the east. With school in session parking may be limited. Please allow time to park and walk to building. Click here for a map of the CSU campus, then click on printable PDF for a plain map (Behavioral Science building on grid is on 5 between D and E).  Hopefully, we will see some NCBA members in attendance!

Tickets: $5 for non-CSBA members, $5 suggested donation for CSBA members and students

Thursday, September 26 – Denver

Bringing Back the Pollinators: Scott Hoffman Black will discuss the importance of insect pollinators, what groups of insects provide pollination services in North America and conservation measures that can be taken to provide habitat for pollinators.  Scott will also discuss how each and every one of us can play an important role in pollinator conservation.
Link to DMNS lecture.

Time: 7 pm

Location: Ricketson Auditorium, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80205

Tickets/registration: $8 adult member (DMNS and *CSBA); $10 for non-members.

*Please note that DMNS has set up a special promotional code for CSBA members.  Use promo code: CSBKA when purchasing tickets on the Museum webstore to get the same rate as DMNS members. Enter the number of nonmember tickets you wish to purchase, add to cart, and enter the promo code on the next page.

EACH EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and I would appreciate you “spreading the word” in your community.  We will also be putting notices on the community pages of local radio stations and newspapers.  Any further suggestions on where to advertise would be appreciated.  Please contact me at 970-213-3099 or email me at president@coloradobeekeepers.org.

Please support our efforts to bring in additional speakers throughout the year.  I always learn something from our guests and I hope to see you at one of the lectures.

 

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Oct
30
Wed
CO Women Who Bee Meeting @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Oct 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

It’s time for another meeting!

October 30, 7 – 9 pm Meeting, To Bee or Not To Bee, 725 W. 39th, Denver (303)728-4422
The last meeting of the year will be a members only* viewing of “More Than Honey”, a film by Markus Imhoof.

This film has won a lot of awards and is very compelling.  What’s weakening our bee populations world wide?  Come watch the movie and see what the experts think.
“If bees were to disappear from the globe, mankind would only have four years left to live.”  Albert Einstein

Please bring a snack and a beverage to share if you have time and are so inclined.

*We’re not trying to be exclusive; the screening room available to us has limited seating.  Not sure if you’re a member?  Email Stephanie (stephaniewilsonthomas@gmail.com) and she’ll tell you if you’ve paid your dues.  Want to be a member?  Bring your dues to the meeting on the 30th!  $20 annual dues ($13 if you are a dues paying member of another state affiliated bee keeping organization).

No meeting November and December due to 3rd Wednesday being so close to holidays.

 

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