Hello Mile Hivers!
The April meeting for the Mile Hive Bee Cub will be help on Wed. April 9. We will meet in the To Bee Or Not To Bee classroom (725 W 39 Ave, Denver, CO 80216). Meetings begin at 7:00 PM.
The Agenda is as follows:
1. Final vote on a club logo. See below for options and, if you can, print the attached ballot and bring it to the meeting.
2. The main portion of the meeting will cover the installation of Nucleus Colonies (Nucs) and Packages. If you have new bees coming in the next couple of weeks you will want to make sure that you have everything ready, beforehand.
3. Hopefully, we will have some updates on the other projects that have been brought up at previous meetings.
For the meeting: Bring in frames of brood that did not make it through the winter so we can all observe and discuss. We will, also, be looking at how and when to start the Spring feeding. Thanks, Gregg.
We will be discussing how we can get a head start on giving our bees the best shot at a great Spring and Summer.
Tim Brod has agreed to fill us in on his recent trip to India, as well.
We are hoping to have some ideas for a logo brought in to this meeting. This is your chance to make a contribution that will be a part of the club going on into the future.
Kristina will be bringing us up on the Elm Bore issue and what we can do to help our Bees from being exposed to lethal pesticides.
If you are having trouble getting the membership form to print out or have not officially joined us, I will have forms with me.
The Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz: from our members:
I have heard that many bees are bringing home pollen. Anyone know what it is from?
Make sure that you have worked out your 2014 dues with Mitch.
I am putting this reminder out to over 70 different email addresses! We can get a lot done with all these interested parties. What would you like to see us accomplish this year? See you at the meeting!
Make sure to give your hives a “lift” in order to see how they are doing for winter stores. My hive became very light over the last cold spell.
November 16, 2013 from 10AM to 12 Noon.
16980 W 12th Ave, Golden, CO
1 – systemic poisons in brief, but that’s not all the bees must survive
2 – recent weather events killing bees (April freezes & September floods)
3 – beehive build as a group … take one home with you in February
4 – suggested plants … when gardeners want to help the bees
5 – bee safe neighborhoods
6 – host a swarm trap
All classes are Tuesdays evenings from 7:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. There are eight class sessions in each course.
Most participants come to the Beekeeping Class with an interest bees, their place in our world, and to learn just what is involved in beekeeping. Some are completely new to the hobby while others have been or are current beekeepers wishing to refine and update their knowledge.
The program’s mission is to develop knowledgeable beekeeping ambassadors to help educate and inform the larger community. The welfare of bees and beekeeping is of utmost importance, now more than ever, so the program aims to improve awareness of beekeeping issues in Boulder County, Colorado and beyond.
- A Beginner’s Year
- The History of Beekeeping in Colorado
- Honey Bee Biology
- Bees & Wasps of Colorado
- Honey Bee Health
- Alternative Approaches to Beekeeping
- The Hardware of Beekeeping
- The Beekeeper’s Year
- Tom Theobald
- Tom Nangle
- Suzanne Connolly
- Doyen Mitchell
- Phil Bradbury
- Tracy Bellehumeur
- Julie Finley-Ridinger
- Whitney Cranshaw
- Miles McGaughey
- See more at: http://www.bouldercountybeekeepers.org/classes/
We meet from 6-8 p.m. at the Roxborough Community Center.http://gallery.mailchimp.com/faab5d795f2a24e9abc494c09/files/Directions_to_Rox._Comm._Cntr.pdf
This month we are having a honey bake off contest. We will award $100.00 to the best tasting honey recipe. Ribbons will be awarded for 2nd and 3rd place. Break out your most fabulous recipe that uses honey, bake up enough so the club can taste, and bring it to the meeting. You might go home with $100.00!…. or a ribbon.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!!!
We are also having a products from the hive contest. If you have a product you make that uses pollen, propolis, royal jelly, beeswax, or bee venom, bring it – enough for the club to try , or see, (and you can sell some if you have enough), and we will decide who has the best product. The winner will receive $100.00. 2nd and 3rd place winners recieve recognition and ribbons (wah wahhhhh).
In between sampling baked items, and checking out and maybe buying some of the products from the hive, we will have a panel of beekeeping experts sitting at a table waiting to answer all your bee-related questions and dilemmas. Free advice! What more could you ask for – the best prize ever!!
It’ll be great fun. See you there!
There is so much to talk about, honey extracting, leaving honey for winter, preparing the hive for winter (done in September), and of course whatever is on your minds. I'd really like to hear from you all about what is going on in your hives, what you have learned, all that! Congrats to Del and Jodi for talking home both the Grand Champion and Champion in the honey competition at the fair! Thanks to all who entered! Don't forget to clip the grass around your electric fence, the rain is really making it grow, and good electric fencing is really the only way to be sure to protect your hive. As long as you are out there, you might as well check the water in your battery, too!