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Apr
10
Wed
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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Jun
12
Wed
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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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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Aug
14
Wed
Mile Hive Bee Club @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Aug 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • The scheduled meeting will include:
    1) A continuation of mite counting. This month do your mite count and bring in your bottom board so that we can do some of the counts together.
    2) We will be getting ready for extracting honey. We have several different ways to do this, in the club. Bring in your extractors so we can get a “hands on” look at what everyone is doing.
    Gregg said he will bring two jars of honey to give away at this month’s meeting.
    So bring your mite boards, magnifying glasses, photos, and questions and we’ll see you on August 14.
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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
Mile Hive Bee Club @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Sep 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • The meeting will consist of:

    • Tim Brod has agreed to chat with us about different types of honey and winterizing your bees
    • Final information on The Honey Bee Jubilee (if you can help Friday afternoon or Saturday please call Vicki at (303)728-4422 or email vicki@tobeeornottobee.us
    • How is harvesting you honey goin’?
    The Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz: from our members
    Sorry this is later than usual.
    A big Mile Hive welcome to Mark, Greg and, yes Ray you are on my list (sorry for the mix-up).

     

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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
Mile Hive Bee Club @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Oct 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  •  As always we will meet at To Bee Or Not To Bee: 725 W. 39th, Denver, CO 80216 (303)728-4422. We will be discussing ways to give our girls the best chance to weather the coming Winter.
    If you are in need of bee help for the winter, let me know and I will include it in the reminder next week.

    The Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz: from our members

    Eleven Honey Facts and Myths

    1. Fact: Honey is sweeter than table sugar.
    So use less of it. Such as in drinks and as spreads on food like bread, buns, and pastries.

    2. Myth: Honey is best taken when mixed in hot water.
    Pouring hot water into honey would not only reduce its aroma and flavor, but also destroys the natural enzymes present in it.

    3. Myth: Honey should not be scooped using a metal spoon.
    While Honey is acidic, scooping it with a metal spoon is such a quick action that corrosion of the metal is unlikely. If in doubt, use a wooden or porcelain spoon.

    4. Myth: Honey never spoils, even when it’s stored opened.
    Honey absorbs moisture from the air when left opened, and this leads to fermentation. Keep the lid tightly sealed and in a cool place.

    5. Myth: Honey comes in cream, liquid and powder form.
    Honey comes in cream and liquid form, but not in powder form.

    6. Fact: Honey’s quality is not affected by crystallization.
    Crystallization does not affect the nutritional value and quality of honey. Crystallization can occur when honey is kept refrigerated.

    7. Fact: Honey is healthier than artificial sugar.
    Artificial sugars can cause harm to our bodies.

    8. Fact: Honey contains no cholesterol.
    Honey is cholesterol free. (This is good news for people with high cholesterol and a sweet tooth)

    9. Myth: Honey contains a tiny amount of fat.
    Honey has zero fat.

    10. Fact: Honey helps burn fats when we sleep.
    According to the Hibernation Diet, honey acts as a fuel to burn body fats while we are asleep.

    11. Fact: Honey is a natural preservative.

    Honey looks like liquid.  However it has a very low water content.  That is why it can prevent water preferring bacteria from growing. Some scientific research indicates that honey creates a viscous barrier against bacteria and infection. It creates a sticky barrier between itself and other ingredients in a product.  The barrier acts as a trap and it prevents bacteria from contaminating the ingredients which could easily spoil when exposed to air and water based bacteria.

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Nov
4
Mon
Come Rain or Come Shine a benefit for Front Range Farm Relief @ Balistreri Vineyards
Nov 4 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join Grow Local Colorado, Waste Farmers, Slow Food Denver and The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union for a night of fun, food, and music to benefit front range farmers affected by the floods.

All tickets are donations to support the Front Range Farm Relief Fund, supported by The Local Food Shift, The Boulder Community Foundation and the Boulder County Farmers Markets.   All funds will go into a special Front Range Farm Relief Fund for grants and low-interest loans to farms, ranches and food producers impacted by the floods.

Select whichever donation amount is meaningful to you.  Let our local farmers, ranchers and food producers know how important they are to each of us and to our community!

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