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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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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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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
15
Thu
NCBA August Meeting @ Johnstown Community Center
Aug 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Our August meeting will feature Tim Brod speaking on queens.  The owner of Highland Honey Bees LLC, he is a Boulder-area beekeeper who has long been raising queens.  This promises to be an informative and entertaining presentation.  We will also have a brief extractor demonstration at the end of the meeting for those new to the process. Thursday August 15, 2013 6:30-8:30 P.M Venue: Johnstown Community Center, 101 Charlotte Street, Johnstown, CO 80534

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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
4
Wed
SouthEast Beekeepers Club @ North Pinery Firehouse
Sep 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Good morning bee friends.
Are you harvesting your honey yet?  Are you planning to?

Why not come to the Wednesday meeting and bring a sample of the harvesting equipment that you are planning to use/have used.  And share.  If it’s not possible to bring the actual equipment, at lease plan on talking about it so that folks can ask questions.  We can all learn something from each other and what better way than picking each others’ brains.  Bill is bringing that 3 bucket system; I know several others have figured out a way to harvest their honey that works for them – especially if you don’t do Langstroth….

So come and share your ideas and equipment and of course your questions.

Hope to see you Wednesday evening.

Bev Rampey

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Boulder County Beekeepers Meeting @ Niwot Grange Hall
Sep 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Topics will include: Fair update and a viewing of the movie More Than Honey. Bring your friends and snacks to share with your fellow beekeepers. Hope to see you all there!

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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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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
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
19
Thu
NCBA September Meeting @ Loveland Centennial Park Pavilion
Sep 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Annual Honey Party & Harvest Celebration

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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
1
Tue
Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping COURSE @ Boulder County Fairgrounds
Oct 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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.

Class Topics

  • 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

Instuctors

  • 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/

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Oct
7
Mon
Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping COURSE @ Boulder County Fairgrounds
Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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.

Class Topics

  • 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

Instuctors

  • 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/

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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.
.
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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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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Oct
14
Mon
Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping COURSE @ Boulder County Fairgrounds
Oct 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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.

Class Topics

  • 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

Instuctors

  • 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/

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Oct
16
Wed
WAS Conference @ La Fonda Hotel
Oct 16 @ 3:00 pm – Oct 19 @ 6:00 pm

Stay tuned for more details!

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Oct
21
Mon
Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping COURSE @ Boulder County Fairgrounds
Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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.

Class Topics

  • 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

Instuctors

  • 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/

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Oct
26
Sat
Spanish Peaks Beekeeping Association Meeting @ La Veta Library
Oct 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Oct
28
Mon
Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping COURSE @ Boulder County Fairgrounds
Oct 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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.

Class Topics

  • 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

Instuctors

  • 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/

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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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Nov
4
Mon
Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping COURSE @ Boulder County Fairgrounds
Nov 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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.

Class Topics

  • 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

Instuctors

  • 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/

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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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Nov
6
Wed
Boulder County Beekeepers Meeting @ Niwot Grange Hall
Nov 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

In this meeting we will discuss the WAS meeting that was in October and we will also talk about the WAS meeting we will host in 2015 (State of Colorado). We also plan on talking about wintering your bees and beekeeping in the early spring.

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Nov
8
Fri
CSBA Winter Meeting
Nov 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Friday night “Meet and Greet” is back for a second year after meeting with resounding success the first year.  Stay tuned for more details as the event draws near.

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Nov
9
Sat
CSBA Winter Meeting @ Douglas County Fairgrounds
Nov 9 @ 8:00 am – Nov 9 @ 5:00 pm

Colorado State Beekeepers Association Winter Meeting

The Colorado State Beekeepers Association Winter Meeting will be held at Kirk Hall at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Saturday, November 9th, 2013 from 8 am to 5 pm.  The Fairgrounds are located just east of I-25 off Exit 181.

On Friday evening from 7-9 pm, we will have the “Meet and Greet” at the Lowell Ranch at Plum Creek. Dave Mendes will be in attendance as will Senator Gail Schwartz of Aspen.  There will be light food and beverages as well as a bee trivia contest.  Prizes will be awarded.

The featured speaker on Saturday is Dave Mendes.  Dave is former president of the American Bee Federation.  Dave is also a large—very large—migratory beekeeper from North Fort Myers Florida and he will be delivering two talks:  “A Year in the Life of Headwaters Farm” and “Honeybee Nutrition 101”.

While Dave is the “Main Event”, he is not the only event.  We have a full day of interesting speakers!

The meeting will also feature the BIG MONEY HONEY contest.  The top honey entry winner will take away a prize package worth $300, a beautiful hand carved wooden plaque and the traveling trophy with their engraved nameplate.  Rules and entry forms can be found on the CSBA website.

The CSBA would like to invite ALL Colorado beekeepers to the meeting and look forward to seeing you there.  Take advantage of discounted pre-registration fees by returning the form by October 31st or register online at: http://coloradobeekeepers.org/wintermeeting/

I hope to see you there!

Beth Conrey

CSBA President

970-213-3099

president@coloradobeekeepers.org

 

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Nov
11
Mon
Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping COURSE @ Boulder County Fairgrounds
Nov 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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.

Class Topics

  • 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

Instuctors

  • 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/

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Nov
18
Mon
Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping COURSE @ Boulder County Fairgrounds
Nov 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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.

Class Topics

  • 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

Instuctors

  • 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/

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Dec
6
Fri
NCBA Bee-zaar! Holiday Craft Sale and Sustainability Fair @ Chilson Center
Dec 6 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Bee-zaar Holiday Sustainability Fair and Craft Sale

Friday, December 6th 5:00 – 9:00 PM at the Chilson Center in Loveland, NCBA is sponsoring its first large-scale event intended for participation by the general public. A combination Holiday Craft Sale and Sustainability Fair!

Our Bee-zaar will feature:

  • A wide spectrum of local crafters selling their products (not limited to bee-based products),
  • A variety of information tables sponsored by local non-profit and sustainability-oriented organizations,
  • Two free showings of the award-winning film “More Than Honey” (Maximum 50 viewers per showing)
  • and possibly, mead tastings!

For more information about the event or to apply as a vendor, see http://nocobees.org/beezaar

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Jan
4
Sat
Bee Safe Neighborhoods @ Janet Kilby's home
Jan 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

You are invited to my home at 1571 Judson Drive at 10 AM on Saturday, January 4th to learn how to make your neighborhood Bee Safe one for our families and our pollinators. We can reduce health risks for people and pollinators living in neighborhoods by establishing greatly reduced or pesticide free zones. Two items will be covered:

1. Nancy Griffith of Bee Safe Neighborhoods | Living Systems Institute / Honeybee Keep / Nice World will present a model for approaching neighbors in an outreach to reduce or eliminate pesticide use and to increase pollinator plantings. Our focus is friendly, listening based, educational outreach which offers tools to make it easier for people to consider going pesticide free.

After hearing the presentation, if you decide you would like to approach your neighbors, we will have sample print outs and electronic links to information to support you such as:

  • brochure on the importance of pollinators;
  • list of neonicotinoids and related systemics so people can check labels;
  • list of plants that support pollinators and make lovely landscape additions;
  • handout on cancer and pesticides, especially child health
  • list of eco friendly garden centers or landscape management companies
  • a pledge sheet to track address of people committed to a pollinator friendly yard.

We hope you will decide to join us the adopting the goal for your neighborhood of reaching 75 contiguous homes pledged to Bee Safe. Bring a neighbor or a few from your area and we can work as teams. Many hands make light work, as they say!

Finally, in midsummer, anyone from our January gathering who has collected pledges to create a Bee Safe Neighborhoods will be invited to a mid summer picnic to celebrate our success.

 

  1. We will also provide an update on the status Mesa Park at Hartford and Table Mesa in Boulder. Discussion will center around promoting a family and pollinator healthy park design.

We are planning a quick and concise meeting with plenty of written handouts to support your efforts. We expect the business to be done by 11, but if you wish to stay to network until noon, you are welcome to do so. Please do RSVP so I know how much tea and goodies to provide. Janet Kilby at jskilby@gmail.com

 

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Jan
7
Tue
2014 Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping Course @ Boulder County Fairgrounds Natural Resources Building
Jan 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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.

Course Topics
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

Instructors
Tom Theobald
Tom Nangle
Suzanne Connolly
Doyen Mitchell
Phil Bradbury
Tracy Bellehumeur
Kristal Domenico
Julie Finley-Ridinger
Whitney Cranshaw
Miles McGaughey

The BCBA Beekeeping Course is offered by Boulder County Beekeepers’ Association at the Colorado State University Extension Office Boulder County. Our initial program was offered during the fall of 1998. From comments and experience gained over time, we are continually modifying and developing the program.

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Jan
8
Wed
Western CO Beekeeping Association Meeting @ Mesa County Jockey Club
Jan 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

To Start the year off right, our first meeting of 2014 will be January 8th at 6:30pm, at the Jockey Club, and will address what beekeepers should be doing right now and planning for spring.  We’ll talk about different types of honeybees and ways to obtain bees. We are hoping local beekeepers who have packages, nuks, queens or other supplies will come to the meeting to pass out cards or info. or post on our FB page. We would like to hear from members that have had experience with bees other than Italians or Carniolans. We would also like to hear about members experiences with obtaining bees (how, where, etc.). 

Hope to see you all soon! 

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Mile Hive Bee Club @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Jan 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Hello all,
Hope you are all ready to get the year going! Our first meeting of 2014 will be held at To Bee or Not To Bee on Wednesday 1/8/14. We start, upstairs, at 7 PM.
Dues
Attached is a membership form.  Please, complete the form, print it and bring a check or cash to the meeting.  Dues are $25 which is inclusive of the $7 for CSBA membership.  At the meeting, Mitch will field questions about dues and the membership form.
Bylaws
Also attached are the proposed bylaws for the club.
Meeting agenda
We will be watching the movie “ More than Honey” and looking at logo ideas for the club, during the meeting. Please bring your ideas for a logo.
Bringing food and drink to share during the meeting would be fun.
The Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz: from our members
I apologize for the short notice. You all know my heart is in a better place than this.
Here is a US News and World Report article on a new study: study-bee-venom-kills-hiv

 

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Jan
11
Sat
4 Corners Beekeepers Association Beginning Beekeeping Course @ La Plata County Fairgrounds
Jan 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

All classes will be held at the Exhibition Hall at the La Plata County Fairgrounds.

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Jan
14
Tue
2014 Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping Course @ Boulder County Fairgrounds Natural Resources Building
Jan 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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.

Course Topics
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

Instructors
Tom Theobald
Tom Nangle
Suzanne Connolly
Doyen Mitchell
Phil Bradbury
Tracy Bellehumeur
Kristal Domenico
Julie Finley-Ridinger
Whitney Cranshaw
Miles McGaughey

The BCBA Beekeeping Course is offered by Boulder County Beekeepers’ Association at the Colorado State University Extension Office Boulder County. Our initial program was offered during the fall of 1998. From comments and experience gained over time, we are continually modifying and developing the program.

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Jan
15
Wed
NCBA January Meeting @ Fort Collins Council Tree Library, Community Room
Jan 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Program: an open panel discussion with some of our more experienced members. We had a similar program two years ago that proved to be very popular, and this week’s program will feature Alan Epperson, Kris Holthaus, David Litoff, John Maday and John Pohly.

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