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Apr
10
Wed
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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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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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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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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Aug
14
Wed
Western CO Beekeepers Meeting @ Jockey Club at Mesa County Fairgrounds
Aug 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
We’ll be discussing extracting and asking the membership for some input on future meeting topics.
For our upcoming meeting, if anyone has an extractor to bring for demo/exhibition, it would be much appreciated. An automated one would be great too. Call Suzanne at 801-815-5334 if you have one to offer or have questions. If you have one, but can’t
make it to the meeting, pick-up can be arranged.  Thank you!

 

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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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Sep
11
Wed
Western CO Beekeepers Meeting @ Jockey Club at Mesa County Fairgrounds
Sep 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Hello Western Colorado Beekeepers Association Members and Friends,

Our next monthly meeting will be held on September 11, 2013 at 6:30pm at the Jockey Club at the Mesa County Fairgrounds.  We will be talking about things beekeepers need to be doing in September (examples: taking honey off, weighing hives, feeding, mite treatment and ventilation) and also will be looking for a couple of new board members to help the club.  We hope to see you there!
Board Member Search: A couple of board members will be leaving this year due to other commitments or new family members!  We’re looking for a few good people to fill in behind them.  There is some flexibility in responsibility and positions that the new board will work out (our current positions are President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Media Officer).  Time commitments for board members typically include a board meeting (usually 2 hours or less per month) and attendance at the monthly meeting and some other special events.  If you are interested, please respond to this email or let us know or tell us at the upcoming meeting!  You can also contact us if you have any questions.
As WCBA members you also have a membership with the Colorado State Beekeepers Association!  Here is the CSBA’s September newsletter, the High Country Bee: http://coloradobeekeepers.org/high-country-bee-edition-2-volume-9-september-2013/
WCBA Survey – Last month we passed around a survey about what you’d like to see the club do and the direction we should head.  We’ll be passing that around again at our next meeting to get even more input.
There is a Fruita City Council meeting on September 17th at 7pm that WCBA members and “friends of bees” have been invited to attend and support. There is an ordinance against beekeeping in Fruita that an organization called BRICK wants changed. We are working with them to find out what they need and we will present details at the WCBA meeting on September 11th. If you have an area of knowledge, (environmental, health, educational, etc) you feel you can share with the council, let us know at the meeting on the 11th. It should be interesting and fun!  Help us make beekeeping legal within Fruita city limits!
Our minutes from the last meeting are also attached!
Thank you for your interest in beekeeping and helping the bees!

 

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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
9
Wed
Western CO Beekeepers Meeting @ Jockey Club at Mesa County Fairgrounds
Oct 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Our AGENDA will be—
1.How to winterize your hive(s)
2.Local HONEY tasting– if some of you could bring a little of your honey for us to sample. Please bring some for all to enjoy.
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3.Q & A time
4.Door prize
You will find the minutes from our last meeting attached.
Hope to see you there.
WBCA Board

 

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