Oct
10
Thu
Western CO Beekeepers Meeting @ Jockey Club at Mesa County Fairgrounds
Oct 10 @ 12:30 am – 2:30 am
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

 

Oct
12
Sat
Grampa’s Gourmet Honey Lab Workshop @ Grampa's Gourmet Honey
Oct 12 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Mead Making

Oct
15
Tue
Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping COURSE @ Boulder County Fairgrounds
Oct 15 @ 1:00 am – 3:00 am

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/

Oct
16
Wed
WAS Conference @ La Fonda Hotel
Oct 16 @ 9:00 pm – Oct 20 @ 12:00 am

Stay tuned for more details!

Oct
22
Tue
Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping COURSE @ Boulder County Fairgrounds
Oct 22 @ 1:00 am – 3:00 am

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/

Oct
26
Sat
Grampa’s Gourmet Honey Lab Workshop @ Grampa's Gourmet Honey
Oct 26 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Queen Breeding 101 with Chuck Whitmer

Spanish Peaks Beekeeping Association Meeting @ La Veta Library
Oct 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Oct
29
Tue
Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping COURSE @ Boulder County Fairgrounds
Oct 29 @ 1:00 am – 3:00 am

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/

Oct
31
Thu
CO Women Who Bee Meeting @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Oct 31 @ 1:00 am – 3:00 am

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.

 

Nov
2
Sat
Grampa’s Gourmet Honey Lab Workshop @ Grampa's Gourmet Honey
Nov 2 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Beeswax Candle Making with Elena Miller

Making Hard Candy for Bees
Nov 2 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

During this event, we will discuss:

  1. Feeding bees
  2. Various recipes
  3. Time of year variations:  Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter
  4. Why and Why not
  5. Demonstration of creating a hard candy brick for Winter feeding

Cost:  $20.00
Class Size:  This class is limited to 10 participants.  First 10 to RSVP will get the address.  The class will be taught at my friend’s house in Broomfield.  Please RSVP to Don Studinski using:  dstudin@yahoo.com

Nov
5
Tue
Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping COURSE @ Boulder County Fairgrounds
Nov 5 @ 1:00 am – 3:00 am

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/

Come Rain or Come Shine a benefit for Front Range Farm Relief @ Balistreri Vineyards
Nov 5 @ 1:00 am – 5:00 am

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!

Nov
7
Thu
Boulder County Beekeepers Meeting @ Niwot Grange Hall
Nov 7 @ 2:00 am – 4:00 am

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.

Nov
9
Sat
CSBA Winter Meeting
Nov 9 @ 2:00 am – 4:00 am

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.

CSBA Winter Meeting @ Douglas County Fairgrounds
Nov 9 @ 3:00 pm – Nov 10 @ 12:00 am

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

 

Grampa’s Gourmet Honey Lab Workshop @ Grampa's Gourmet Honey
Nov 9 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Queen Breeding 102 with Chuck Whitmer

Nov
12
Tue
Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping COURSE @ Boulder County Fairgrounds
Nov 12 @ 1:00 am – 3:00 am

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/

Nov
14
Thu
Beekeeping Basics @ The Inn at Hudson Gardens
Nov 14 @ 1:00 am – 3:00 am

Are you curious about beekeeping or looking to start your first hive next year? If so, this course is for you! During this workshop, Hudson Gardens’ Lead Beekeeper Bob Shiflet will introduce you to the art of beekeeping and guide you through the basic steps needed to start your own colony. Not only will you learn how much time you’ll need and what financial commitment to expect, you’ll also gain practical advice on how to get your hive off to the best start. After a brief lesson on honeybee biology, we’ll delve into the basics of establishing a hive, including choosing the “right” honeybees, selecting an appropriate hive management system, and securing the essential tools and equipment. And because every good beekeeper needs to know the “rules”, this course will wrap up by reviewing the current local laws and ordinances that surround hobbyist beekeeping. Experience level: Beginner.

Registration: $21/member, $24/nonmember. Call the Education Department at (303) 797-8565 ext. 306 or visit shop.hudsongardens.org to register.

Native Bees and Beehive Mechanics @ Stapleton Development Corporation Conference Room
Nov 14 @ 1:00 am – 2:30 am

Amber Partridge, Entomologist Manager of Terrestrial Invertebrates at the Butterfly Pavilion, will be presenting the program next Wednesday, November 13th, in the Stapleton MCA Meeting Room, 2823 Roslyn Street, Denver from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. The talk will be followed by time for questions and discussion. Please check our website blufflakenaturecenter.org for more information.

Nov
16
Sat
Community Beekeeping @ Living Systems Institute Classroom
Nov 16 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Community Beekeeping 

Suggested Donation:  $40.00 per person, but don’t let that stop you from coming.  All are welcome.
November 16, 2013 from 10AM to 12 Noon.
Learn why we should all come together to help the bees. There are many ways to contribute. You don’t have to be a beekeeper, but you can!
Location: Living Systems Institute (LSI) classroom, Golden (Peggy’s place)
16980 W 12th Ave, Golden, CO
You are highly encouraged to use mapquest to find this address. GPS systems frequently get it wrong. Parking is out front … 1st house off S. Golden Road.
Topics covered will include:
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
Nov
19
Tue
Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping COURSE @ Boulder County Fairgrounds
Nov 19 @ 1:00 am – 3:00 am

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/

Dec
6
Fri
What Honeybees Taught me about Pesticides @ Crescent Grange
Dec 6 @ 2:00 am – 4:00 am
I have been studying about pesticides, following along in Tom Theobald’s footsteps since 2009.  Winter of 2012, the Colorado State Beekeepers Association elected me their Pesticide Committee Chairman.
It is in the capacity of CSBA Pesticide Committee Chairman that I finally realized my obligation to my community. I must speak out about the important things I’ve learned with respect to pesticides. Systemic poisons have become so pervasive in our environment they are damaging the nervous and immune systems of all living things.
I have created a slide presentation covering:
  1. Why everything related to pesticides is so hard to understand and how to simplify it.
  2. How we arrived on pesticide treadmill and how to get off.
  3. The domino effect of sub-lethal doses and how everything is getting exposed.
This class runs about 90 minutes.  An additional 30 minutes for question and answer is anticipated.
Dec
7
Sat
NCBA Bee-zaar! Holiday Craft Sale and Sustainability Fair @ Chilson Center
Dec 7 @ 12:00 am – 4:00 am

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

Grampa’s Gourmet Honey Lab Workshop @ Grampa's Gourmet Honey
Dec 7 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Home made Holiday Gifts:  Bee Smooth Hand Balm with Elaine Patarini

Dec
12
Thu
Beekeeping Express–Part 1 of 2 @ The Inn at Hudson Gardens
Dec 12 @ 12:30 am – 3:30 am

Spend time with Hudson Gardens’ Lead Beekeeper Bob Shiflet for this intensive two-part course spanning the basics of starting, inspecting, and maintaining a healthy colony of honeybees. Natural beekeeping management methods will be emphasized. Topics will include The Amazing HoneybeeBeekeeping Basics, Honeybee Hive Management SystemsHoneybee Hive Management SystemsHive Startup: Installing Package Bees and Nucleus HivesHoneybee Hive Inspection, and Overwintering Honeybee Hives.  Experience level: Beginner- Intermediate.

Class will be held at The Inn at Hudson Gardens.

Registration: $99/member, $109/nonmember.  Call the Education Department at (303) 797-8565 ext. 306 or visit shop.hudsongardens.org to register.

Jan
4
Sat
Bee Safe Neighborhoods @ Janet Kilby's home
Jan 4 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

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

 

Jan
8
Wed
2014 Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping Course @ Boulder County Fairgrounds Natural Resources Building
Jan 8 @ 2:00 am – 4:00 am

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.

Jan
9
Thu
Beekeeping Express–Part 2 of 2 @ The Inn at Hudson Gardens
Jan 9 @ 12:30 am – 3:30 am

Spend time with Hudson Gardens’ Lead Beekeeper Bob Shiflet for this intensive two-part course spanning the basics of starting, inspecting, and maintaining a healthy colony of honeybees. Natural beekeeping management methods will be emphasized. Topics will include The Amazing HoneybeeBeekeeping Basics, Honeybee Hive Management SystemsHoneybee Hive Management SystemsHive Startup: Installing Package Bees and Nucleus HivesHoneybee Hive Inspection, and Overwintering Honeybee Hives.  Experience level: Beginner- Intermediate.

Class will be held at The Inn at Hudson Gardens.

Registration: $99/member, $109/nonmember.  Call the Education Department at (303) 797-8565 ext. 306 or visit shop.hudsongardens.org to register.

Western CO Beekeeping Association Meeting @ Mesa County Jockey Club
Jan 9 @ 1:30 am – 3:30 am

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! 

Jan
11
Sat
NCBA Beginning Beekeeping Course @ Thomas McKee Building
Jan 11 @ 3:30 pm – Jan 25 @ 8:00 pm

Beekeeper Classes

NOW TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2014 CLASS!  Learn a new hobby! Each January the Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association offers a beekeeping course that will provide beginners with enough knowledge and assistance to assemble a bee hive, populate it with bees and safely manage the hive. Students also have the option to participate in the group purchase programs NCBA volunteers make happen each spring.

2014 NCBA Beginning Beekeeping Class

Enroll now for the 2014 Beginning Beekeeping Class!  The class dates are Saturdays January 11th, 18th and 25th, 2014.  This is a 3 week class which meets on Saturday from 8:30am to 1pm. We will meet at the THE RANCH – the Larimer County Fairgrounds & Events complex in the Thomas McKee Building – Berthoud Meeting room (5280 Arena Cir, Loveland, CO 80538). Coffee/teas will be served with some doughnuts.Registration is now open – click here for the registration form in Microsoft Word format or in Adobe PDF format.   Registrants MUST PRE-REGISTER and pre-pay for the class.

Fees are: $70.00 for a student, $80.00 for an individual and $120.00 for up to three members of the same household (living as family at the same address) ages 12 and over.  The spaces in the class are limited and will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

Course content recommended for children over 12.
For more information or to enroll: call Carolina Nyarady (970) 663-7305 or email
education@nocobees.org

Beginning Beekeeping Year 1 @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Jan 11 @ 4:00 pm – Jan 12 @ 12:00 am

Everything you need to know for your first year of beekeeping.  Recommended reading is “Beekeeping for Dummies” or any beginning book.

4 Corners Beekeepers Association Beginning Beekeeping Course @ La Plata County Fairgrounds
Jan 11 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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

Jan
14
Tue
2014 Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping Course @ Boulder County Fairgrounds Natural Resources Building
Jan 14 @ 2:00 am – 4:00 am

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.

Jan
16
Thu
NCBA January Meeting @ Fort Collins Council Tree Library, Community Room
Jan 16 @ 1:30 am – 3:30 am

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.

Jan
17
Fri
Introduction to Beekeeping @ Denver Urban Homesteading
Jan 17 @ 2:00 am – 4:00 am

This 2-hour introductory class is being offered by Don Studinski, CEO of Honeybee Keep. Don teaches this class just a few times each year and enrollment is limited. This class is limited to 20 participants.

Cost: $40.00 / person
Registration is required, as is payment, in advance, to hold your seat. Register and pay at the Denver Urban Homesteading.

Location:
Denver Urban Homesteading
200 Santa Fe Dr, Denver

Topics covered:

  1. Honeybees: Facts You Should Know
  2. Getting Bees: Nuc, Package, Swarm, Split, Structural Removal
  3. Hive Alternatives – Top-Bar, Warre, Langstroth
  4. Tools of the Trade
  5. Recognizing Cells
  6. Preventing Mice
  7. Industry Challenges
Jan
18
Sat
NCBA Beginning Beekeeping Course @ Thomas McKee Building
Jan 18 @ 3:30 pm – Feb 1 @ 8:00 pm

Beekeeper Classes

NOW TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2014 CLASS!  Learn a new hobby! Each January the Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association offers a beekeeping course that will provide beginners with enough knowledge and assistance to assemble a bee hive, populate it with bees and safely manage the hive. Students also have the option to participate in the group purchase programs NCBA volunteers make happen each spring.

2014 NCBA Beginning Beekeeping Class

Enroll now for the 2014 Beginning Beekeeping Class!  The class dates are Saturdays January 11th, 18th and 25th, 2014.  This is a 3 week class which meets on Saturday from 8:30am to 1pm. We will meet at the THE RANCH – the Larimer County Fairgrounds & Events complex in the Thomas McKee Building – Berthoud Meeting room (5280 Arena Cir, Loveland, CO 80538). Coffee/teas will be served with some doughnuts.Registration is now open – click here for the registration form in Microsoft Word format or in Adobe PDF format.   Registrants MUST PRE-REGISTER and pre-pay for the class.

Fees are: $70.00 for a student, $80.00 for an individual and $120.00 for up to three members of the same household (living as family at the same address) ages 12 and over.  The spaces in the class are limited and will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

Course content recommended for children over 12.
For more information or to enroll: call Carolina Nyarady (970) 663-7305 or email
education@nocobees.org

Beekeeping Year 2 and Beyond @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Jan 18 @ 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Preparing your hives for the upcoming year.  Successful brood and honey production.  Varroa control.

4 Corners Beekeepers Association Beginning Beekeeping Course @ La Plata County Fairgrounds
Jan 18 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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

Introduction to Beekeeping @ Denver Urban Homesteading
Jan 18 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

This 2-hour introductory class is being offered by Don Studinski, CEO of Honeybee Keep. Don teaches this class just a few times each year and enrollment is limited. This class is limited to 20 participants.

Cost: $40.00 / person
Registration is required, as is payment, in advance, to hold your seat. Register and pay at the Denver Urban Homesteading.

Location:
Denver Urban Homesteading
200 Santa Fe Dr, Denver

Topics covered:

  1. Honeybees: Facts You Should Know
  2. Getting Bees: Nuc, Package, Swarm, Split, Structural Removal
  3. Hive Alternatives – Top-Bar, Warre, Langstroth
  4. Tools of the Trade
  5. Recognizing Cells
  6. Preventing Mice
  7. Industry Challenges
Jan
19
Sun
Introduction to Beekeeping @ Living Systems Institute Classroom
Jan 19 @ 10:00 pm – Jan 20 @ 12:00 am

This 2-hour introductory class is being offered by Don Studinski, CEO of Honeybee Keep. Don teaches this class just a few times each year and enrollment is limited. This class is limited to 20 participants.

Cost: $40.00 / person
Registration is required, as is payment, in advance, to hold your seat. Register and pay by contacting Don at dstudin@yahoo.com or 303-248-6677.

Location:
Living Systems Institute Classroom
16980 W 12th Ave, Golden, CO

You are highly encouraged to use mapquest to find this address. GPS systems frequently get it wrong. Parking is out front, or across the street … 1st house off S. Golden Road.

Topics covered:

  1. Honeybees: Facts You Should Know
  2. Getting Bees: Nuc, Package, Swarm, Split, Structural Removal
  3. Hive Alternatives – Top-Bar, Warre, Langstroth
  4. Tools of the Trade
  5. Recognizing Cells
  6. Preventing Mice
  7. Industry Challenges
Jan
21
Tue
2014 Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping Course @ Boulder County Fairgrounds Natural Resources Building
Jan 21 @ 2:00 am – 4:00 am

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.

Jan
25
Sat
3rd Annual Honeybee Hive Build–FULL! @ Living Systems Institute Classroom
Jan 25 @ 3:00 pm – Jan 26 @ 12:00 am

THIS EVENT IS FULL.  KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR OUR NEXT YEAR’S EVENT . . . OR . . . BETTER YET . . . HOLD AN EVENT OF YOUR OWN

http://livingsystemsinst.org/content/dons-hives-0

Living Systems Institute / Honeybee Keep present:
Third Annual Honeybee Hive Build, 2014
Saturday, January, 25, 2014 from 8AM to 5PM, backup bad weather date February 1, 2014.
Lunch will be provided, organic, local vegetarian and chicken.
Location:
14020 W. 32nd Ave
Golden, CO 80401

Come and work with other beekeepers to build your own hive. Meet kindred spirits, talk about bees, work hard, get fed lunch and take home your hive at the end of the day. Bring your camera. Plan to have fun and go home tired. You contribute $150 toward the work of Living Systems Institute to make Food Production Cells and you take home your own modified Langstroth hive. Payment is required in advance to reserve your spot. Mail your check to the address above.

The 2014 Hive Build will be for a modified Langstroth design: All 8-frame mediums (4) and top entrance. Frames will be foundationless with wooden starter strip suggestion for building comb.

What you get:
Top with built-in reducible entrance.
Four 8-frame medium boxes with the 32 frames for inside.
Bottom Board.

You can see pictures of past builds and get an idea of what the 2014 build will create by looking here:
Date:
Saturday, January 25, 2014 – 8:00am to 5:00pm
Project:
Bee Safe Neighborhoods
NCBA Beginning Beekeeping Course @ Thomas McKee Building
Jan 25 @ 3:30 pm – Feb 8 @ 8:00 pm

Beekeeper Classes

NOW TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2014 CLASS!  Learn a new hobby! Each January the Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association offers a beekeeping course that will provide beginners with enough knowledge and assistance to assemble a bee hive, populate it with bees and safely manage the hive. Students also have the option to participate in the group purchase programs NCBA volunteers make happen each spring.

2014 NCBA Beginning Beekeeping Class

Enroll now for the 2014 Beginning Beekeeping Class!  The class dates are Saturdays January 11th, 18th and 25th, 2014.  This is a 3 week class which meets on Saturday from 8:30am to 1pm. We will meet at the THE RANCH – the Larimer County Fairgrounds & Events complex in the Thomas McKee Building – Berthoud Meeting room (5280 Arena Cir, Loveland, CO 80538). Coffee/teas will be served with some doughnuts.Registration is now open – click here for the registration form in Microsoft Word format or in Adobe PDF format.   Registrants MUST PRE-REGISTER and pre-pay for the class.

Fees are: $70.00 for a student, $80.00 for an individual and $120.00 for up to three members of the same household (living as family at the same address) ages 12 and over.  The spaces in the class are limited and will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

Course content recommended for children over 12.
For more information or to enroll: call Carolina Nyarady (970) 663-7305 or email
education@nocobees.org

Beginning Beekeeping Year 1 @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Jan 25 @ 4:00 pm – Jan 26 @ 12:00 am

Everything you need to know for your first year of beekeeping.  Recommended reading is “Beekeeping for Dummies” or any beginning book.

4 Corners Beekeepers Association Beginning Beekeeping Course @ La Plata County Fairgrounds
Jan 25 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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

Backyard Beekeeping 101 @ Wardle Feed and Pet Supply
Jan 25 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

What is it?

Our local bee expert, Greg Rye of www.dakotabees.com, teaches everything you need to know to get started in backyard beekeeping.

Cost?

$35 per couple

Details?

10AM to NOON

What does it cover?

–Equipment
–Installation of bee package
–Hive Maintenance
–Honey Collection
–Winterization of Hive
–A Beekeeper’s Year

How can I sign up?

Call 303-424-6455 or use the link above to sign up through the online form
My Favorite Pollinators and How to Attract Them @ Fort Collins Nursery
Jan 25 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Pollinating insects are crucial to any garden’s success – without them, most plants won’t produce the fruit and seeds they need to thrive! But honey bees are only a small part of the pollinator spectrum – there is a wide variety of alternative pollinators all around us. Would you like to learn more about these fascinating and essential creatures?  Beth Conrey, President of the Colorado State Beekeepers Association along with Dr. Carolina Nyarady, Master Gardener, will teach you how to identify alternative pollinators and how to care for your landscape to attract and keep them.

Jan
26
Sun
Backyard Beekeeping @ Buckley's Homestead Supply
Jan 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

-Equipment

–Installation of bee package

–Hive Maintenance

–Honey Collection

–Winterization of Hive

–A Beekeeper’s Year

Jan
28
Tue
2014 Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping Course @ Boulder County Fairgrounds Natural Resources Building
Jan 28 @ 2:00 am – 4:00 am

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.

Feb
1
Sat
Beginning Beekeeping Year 1 @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Feb 1 @ 4:00 pm – Feb 2 @ 12:00 am

Everything you need to know for your first year of beekeeping.  Recommended reading is “Beekeeping for Dummies” or any beginning book.

Feb
2
Sun
9-hour Introduction to Beekeeping (aka Beekeeping 101) Class @ Lockheed Martin Club House
Feb 2 @ 3:00 pm – Feb 3 @ 1:00 am

The class will be held at the Lockheed Martin Club House from 8 am to 6 p.m. on Sunday, February 2nd. This class will give you all the basics needed to start beekeeping in 2014. The cost is $100.00 for the 9 hours. This price includes a flash drive containing information pertinent to every aspect of beekeeping. No one under 18, please, due to insurance constraints.

Please e-mail HLBKC1@gmail.com to reserve your spot or for further information. Class size is limited so you’ll want to sign up soon. Payment must be made by January 15th to attend the February 2nd class.

Feb
4
Tue
2014 Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping Course @ Boulder County Fairgrounds Natural Resources Building
Feb 4 @ 2:00 am – 4:00 am

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.

Feb
8
Sat
Beekeeping Year 2 and Beyond @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Feb 8 @ 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Preparing your hives for the upcoming year.  Successful brood and honey production.  Varroa control.

Backyard Beekeeping 101 @ Wardle Feed and Pet Supply
Feb 8 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

What is it?

Our local bee expert, Greg Rye of www.dakotabees.com, teaches everything you need to know to get started in backyard beekeeping.

Cost?

$35 per couple

Details?

10AM to NOON

What does it cover?

–Equipment
–Installation of bee package
–Hive Maintenance
–Honey Collection
–Winterization of Hive
–A Beekeeper’s Year

How can I sign up?

Call 303-424-6455 or use the link above to sign up through the online form
Feb
9
Sun
Backyard Beekeeping @ Buckley's Homestead Supply
Feb 9 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

-Equipment

–Installation of bee package

–Hive Maintenance

–Honey Collection

–Winterization of Hive

–A Beekeeper’s Year

Feb
11
Tue
2014 Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping Course @ Boulder County Fairgrounds Natural Resources Building
Feb 11 @ 2:00 am – 4:00 am

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.

Feb
13
Thu
Honeybee Hive Management Basics @ The Inn at Hudson Gardens
Feb 13 @ 1:00 am – 3:00 am

Learn why “bee space” is important and how to choose a management system that will maximize the efficiency of your hive. Hudson Gardens’ Lead Beekeeper Bob Shiflet leads this session, which will cover the various hive management systems that are available for housing and maintaining your colonies. You’ll glean insight as to how the different systems impact seasonal management (including honey extraction and re- queening), and the importance of selecting compatible equipment. An emphasis is placed on hive management systems that align with natural beekeeping methods, which are minimally invasive, chemical free, and non-toxic. Experience level: Beginner.

Class will be held at The Inn at Hudson Gardens.

Registration: $21/member, $24/nonmember. Call the Education Department at (303) 797-8565 ext. 306 or visit shop.hudsongardens.org to register.

Western Colorado Beekeepers MEETING @ Jockey Club
Feb 13 @ 1:30 am – 3:30 am

Dues are now due for everyone who hasn’t renewed for 2014!! We’re cleaning up our membership list, so to keep receiving e-mails and such, please renew at the February meeting (2/12/14, at the Jockey Club, 6:30pm!) or mail your dues to us at PO Box 2954, GJ, CO, 81502. The cost is a mere $25 per person or $40 for a family!

We are also considering hosting a booth at Fruita Farm and Ranch Day, which is March 16th, and at The Palisade International Honeybee Festival. No dates for that yet, but usually mid-April. We’re looking for volunteers to help with a booth for 2-3 hours at a time, and you don’t have to be an expert! We just need people to help answer questions and hand out information, so please consider donating some of your time! Just let us know if you’re interested – Thanks in advance!

Feb
15
Sat
Beginning Beekeeping Year 1 @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Feb 15 @ 4:00 pm – Feb 16 @ 12:00 am

Everything you need to know for your first year of beekeeping.  Recommended reading is “Beekeeping for Dummies” or any beginning book.

Introduction to Urban Beekeeping @ Front Range Community College--Boulder County Campus
Feb 15 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Beekeeping is fun and educational.  Have you ever considered beekeeping? This class will teach you how to determine if beekeeping is allowed in your community; what supplies you will need; options for purchasing them and your bees; expenses associated with beekeeping and where to go for additional support. (Minimum course size is 8 and maximum is 30.)

Instructor: Beth Conrey CSBA President

Beginning Beekeeping Class @ Wilmore Outdoor Living Center
Feb 15 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Honey Beekeeping Seminar

Honey Bees

Presented by Steve Lechner, owner of Busy Bee Farm

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

10 am to 2 pm

Lunch Provided

$65 per person

Do you want to keep honey bees, but aren’t sure how to get started? Then this is the class for you! Steve will cover everything you need to know from day one through the first full year of your bee keeping adventure. Seminar will cover housing, handling, harvesting, equipment, common problems, benefits, and all the other questions you have about your hive. Sign up now, class space is limited.

What you will need to do:

  • Sign up for the class at Wilmore Nursery and pay the registration fee of $65. (You can also do a phone registration with a credit card by calling the store at 303-795-5339.)
  • Keep your receipt; this will be your pass into the class.
  • Bring a copy of “Bee Keeping for Dummies” with you.
  • Bring a note pad and pencil to keep notes.
  • Come hungry; lunch is provided.

We need a minimum of 12 people to sign up for the seminar by 5 pm on Wednesday, February 12th.  If this quota is not met, the class will be postponed and we will email you. Cancellations must be made no later than 5 pm, Wednesday February 12th. You can sign up for the class until it starts on Saturday, February 15th, but spaces are limited to 25 people. Please retain your receipt for record of payment and for refund if needed.

Feb
18
Tue
2014 Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping Course @ Boulder County Fairgrounds Natural Resources Building
Feb 18 @ 2:00 am – 4:00 am

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.

Feb
20
Thu
Diana Sammataro @ Plaza Event Center
Feb 20 @ 2:00 am – 4:00 am

The CSBA, in conjunction with the Front Range beekeeping association members, is pleased to bring Diana Sammataro, author of the Beekeeper’s Handbook, back to town for a series of presentations along the Front Range.  Diana was here 4 years ago–believe it or not! Her expertise is in mites, both tracheal and varroa, and fungicide effects on colony health.  Diana is an easy going and knowledgeable speaker who will put you at ease during her presentations.  Her knowledge is vast yet accessible.

On Wednesday, February 19th, she will be speaking at the Longmont Plaza Event Center from 7-9 pm.

On Thursday, February 20th, she will be speaking to the Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association at their monthly meeting at the Berthoud Community Center from 6: 30 to 8:30.

On Monday, February 24th, she will be speaking in Denver at Denver Urban Homesteading from 7-9 pm.

Diana’s curriculum vitae may be found here.

Here is a synopsis from the Florida State Beekeepers Association. Thanks to Allan Brown, the most well read man I know, for the synopsis!

Feb
21
Fri
Diana Sammataro @ Berthoud Community Center
Feb 21 @ 1:30 am – 3:30 am

The CSBA, in conjunction with the Front Range beekeeping association members, is pleased to bring Diana Sammataro, author of the Beekeeper’s Handbook, back to town for a series of presentations along the Front Range.  Diana was here 4 years ago–believe it or not! Her expertise is in mites, both tracheal and varroa, and fungicide effects on colony health.  Diana is an easy going and knowledgeable speaker who will put you at ease during her presentations.  Her knowledge is vast yet accessible.

On Wednesday, February 19th, she will be speaking at the Longmont Plaza Event Center from 7-9 pm.

On Thursday, February 20th, she will be speaking to the Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association at their monthly meeting at the Berthoud Community Center from 6: 30 to 8:30.

On Monday, February 24th, she will be speaking in Denver at Denver Urban Homesteading from 7-9 pm.

Diana’s curriculum vitae may be found here.

Here is a synopsis from the Florida State Beekeepers Association. Thanks to Allan Brown, the most well read man I know, for the synopsis!

NCBA Monthly Meeting @ Berthoud Community Center
Feb 21 @ 3:30 am – 4:30 am

Diana Sammataro and Miles McGaughey

Diana Sammataro will be in the area in February, and has agreed to speak at our meeting on February 20th in Berthoud. She is a nationally-known researcher at the Carl Hayden Honey Bee Research Center in Tucson, AZ. If you are unfamiliar with Diana’s work, a profile/biography can be found here:http://www.ars.usda.gov/pandp/people/people.htm?personid=31186. She also co-wrote the Beekeeper’s Handbook which used to be the text reference for the NCBA beginning beekeeping class. She was here about 4 years ago and was very well received. Our thanks goes out to Beth Conrey, who is helping to coordinate Diana’s Colorado schedule, and let us know of this opportunity. Our meeting will start with BCBA President Miles McGaughey telling us about “Shaking Bees” – how he and Tom Theobold produce packages of bees for local beekeepers each year out at Koehnen’s in California.

Feb
22
Sat
Beginning Beekeeping Year 1 @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Feb 22 @ 4:00 pm – Feb 23 @ 12:00 am

Everything you need to know for your first year of beekeeping.  Recommended reading is “Beekeeping for Dummies” or any beginning book.

Brighton Beeginning Beekeeping Class @ Brighton Agfinity Store
Feb 22 @ 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Mr. Izaguirre will offer a beginning beekeeping class on Saturday, February 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Agfinity’s upstairs room.  The fee is $20.00 per student, and a Subway lunch will be provided.  Even those of us who are old hands at beekeeping could probably use a refresher and pick up a couple new ideas.
Click here for a printable flyer.
Introduction to Urban Beekeeping @ Front Range Community College--Westminster Campus
Feb 22 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Beekeeping is fun and educational.  Have you ever considered beekeeping? This class will teach you how to determine if beekeeping is allowed in your community; what supplies you will need; options for purchasing them and your bees; expenses associated with beekeeping and where to go for additional support. (Minimum course size is 8 and maximum is 30.)

Instructor: Beth Conrey  CSBA President

Backyard Beekeeping 101 @ Wardle Feed and Pet Supply
Feb 22 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

What is it?

Our local bee expert, Greg Rye of www.dakotabees.com, teaches everything you need to know to get started in backyard beekeeping.

Cost?

$35 per couple

Details?

10AM to NOON

What does it cover?

–Equipment
–Installation of bee package
–Hive Maintenance
–Honey Collection
–Winterization of Hive
–A Beekeeper’s Year

How can I sign up?

Call 303-424-6455 or use the link above to sign up through the online form
Feb
23
Sun
Backyard Beekeeping @ Buckley's Homestead Supply
Feb 23 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

-Equipment

–Installation of bee package

–Hive Maintenance

–Honey Collection

–Winterization of Hive

–A Beekeeper’s Year

Feb
25
Tue
2014 Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping Course @ Boulder County Fairgrounds Natural Resources Building
Feb 25 @ 2:00 am – 4:00 am

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.

Diana Sammataro @ Denver Urban Homesteading
Feb 25 @ 2:00 am – 4:00 am

The CSBA, in conjunction with the Front Range beekeeping association members, is pleased to bring Diana Sammataro, author of the Beekeeper’s Handbook, back to town for a series of presentations along the Front Range.  Diana was here 4 years ago–believe it or not! Her expertise is in mites, both tracheal and varroa, and fungicide effects on colony health.  Diana is an easy going and knowledgeable speaker who will put you at ease during her presentations.  Her knowledge is vast yet accessible.

On Wednesday, February 19th, she will be speaking at the Longmont Plaza Event Center from 7-9 pm.

On Thursday, February 20th, she will be speaking to the Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association at their monthly meeting at the Berthoud Community Center from 6: 30 to 8:30.

On Monday, February 24th, she will be speaking in Denver at Denver Urban Homesteading from 7-9 pm.

Diana’s curriculum vitae may be found here.

Here is a synopsis from the Florida State Beekeepers Association. Thanks to Allan Brown, the most well read man I know, for the synopsis!

Mar
1
Sat
Maura Rieman Opening Night: BEES HERE NOW @ EDGE Gallery
Mar 1 @ 1:00 am – 5:00 am

Very excited to be doing an installation piece at EDGE Gallery. Please join us for the Opening FEB 28th 6-10pm.

MAURA RIEMAN
“BEES HERE NOW”
EDGE Gallery
Opening FEB 28th 6-10pm
thru March 23

EDGE Gallery
3658 Navajo Street
Denver, CO 80211
303.477.7173
Gallery Hours

Friday: 6 – 10 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 1 – 5 PM

WWW.MOZEFIRE.COM
WWW.EDGEART.ORG/MAURA
WWW.MOZEFIRE.COM

Hands-On Beekeeping Series Course, Session I: Introduction to Top Bar Beekeeping @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Mar 1 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Hands-On Beekeeping Series

Come join us for a hands-on series of 8 classes that will support you through the beekeeping season from March to October.

Location: Classes are held at the Growing Gardens Greenhouse 1630 Hawthorn Ave Boulder, CO or at hives around our city
Time: 9am to 12pm/1pm one Saturday per month

Cost: $400 per person, including instructional materials

Beekeepers with some experience are welcome to register and drop-in any class for a fee of $60.00
http://www.growinggardens.org/beekeeping

Class I: Introduction to Top Bar Beekeeping

Date: Saturday, March 1st Time: 9:00a-12:00p

This class will cover expectations and an introduction to keeping bees in your back yard. We will have an opportunity to meet our fellow beekeepers. There will be a demonstration hive available for inspection and plans for building your own top bar hive.

Class II: Understanding the Bees

Date: Sunday, April 6th Time: 9:00a-12:00p

In this class we will focus on basic honeybee biology, the caste and rolls of bees that live in a colony and cover the ecology of honeybees. In the lab we will learn about hive preparation, location, how to install packaged bees or swarms, and what to look for in your new expanding colony.

Class III: Honeybee Colony Care I

Date: Sunday, April 27th Time: 9:00a-12:00p

In this class we will share how our colonies are settling in. You will learn how to handle combs, trouble-shoot problems, manage build-up, and maintain the overall health. The lab will apply the knowledge gained from the class through hands-on beekeeping.

Class IV: Honeybee Colony Care II

Date: Saturday, May 31st Time: 9:00a-12:00p

We will review how to maintain healthy colonies and discuss nectar sources and methods of understanding nectar flows. In the lab we will review proper handling of the combs, assessing queen vitality and brood development and we will learn how to observe brood patterns and colony strength through the seasons.

Class V: Practical Lab I *off-site*

Date: Saturday, July 12th Time: 9:00a-1:00p

In this lab you will have the opportunity to gain confidence and familiarity with honeybees and learn how to work a top-bar hive successfully. You will gain knowledge in how to manage hives for optimum honey production and colony health. We may begin to harvest honeycomb.

Class VI: Practical Lab II *off-site*

Date: Saturday, August 2nd Time: 9:00a-1:00p

This lab will give you a chance to improve your skills and gain more experience handling combs and bees. We may be able to harvest honey. We will discuss and practice sustainable techniques for monitoring and preventing diseases and parasites.

Class VII: Fall and Winter Care

Date: Saturday, September 6th Time: 9:00a-12:00p

In this class we will review methods and preparations for maintaining a healthy hive. We will also learn alternative honey processing techniques. We will also learn the steps needed to prepare the hives for winter and demonstrate a variety of winterization techniques unique to top bar hive management.

Class VIII: Honeybees Give Us More than Honey

Date: Saturday, October 4th Time: 9:00a-1:00p

Here we will learn how to process wax and how to make mold candles, salves, medicinal honey syrup, honey ointment and lip balms. This practical lab will be devoted to making samples of these various products and enjoying the fruits of your labor.

WAS Conference, Oct. 1-3, Boulder, CO

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