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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
Beekeeping Express–Part 2 of 2 @ The Inn at Hudson Gardens
Jan 8 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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.

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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
NCBA Beginning Beekeeping Course @ Thomas McKee Building
Jan 11 @ 8:30 am – Jan 25 @ 1:00 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

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Beginning Beekeeping Year 1 @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Jan 11 @ 9:00 am – Jan 11 @ 5:00 pm

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

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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
13
Mon
2014 Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping Course @ Boulder County Fairgrounds Natural Resources Building
Jan 13 @ 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
14
Tue
Mile Hive Bee Club @ The Garden
Jan 14 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Our January meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 14th from 7-9pm. The meeting will be held at The Garden, located at 3435 Albion Street Denver, CO 80207. This location is one block east of Colorado Blvd and 35th St, just across the street from the Park Hill gold Club. I have included a map below to help you find your way.

We will be accepting dues for 2015 at this meeting.

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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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Jan
16
Thu
Introduction to Beekeeping @ Denver Urban Homesteading
Jan 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 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
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Jan
18
Sat
NCBA Beginning Beekeeping Course @ Thomas McKee Building
Jan 18 @ 8:30 am – Feb 1 @ 1:00 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

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Beekeeping Year 2 and Beyond @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Jan 18 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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

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4 Corners Beekeepers Association Beginning Beekeeping Course @ La Plata County Fairgrounds
Jan 18 @ 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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Introduction to Beekeeping @ Denver Urban Homesteading
Jan 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 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
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Jan
19
Sun
Introduction to Beekeeping @ Living Systems Institute Classroom
Jan 19 @ 3:00 pm – Jan 19 @ 5:00 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 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
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Jan
20
Mon
2014 Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping Course @ Boulder County Fairgrounds Natural Resources Building
Jan 20 @ 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
25
Sat
3rd Annual Honeybee Hive Build–FULL! @ Living Systems Institute Classroom
Jan 25 @ 8:00 am – Jan 25 @ 5:00 pm

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
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NCBA Beginning Beekeeping Course @ Thomas McKee Building
Jan 25 @ 8:30 am – Feb 8 @ 1:00 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

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Beginning Beekeeping Year 1 @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Jan 25 @ 9:00 am – Jan 25 @ 5:00 pm

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

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4 Corners Beekeepers Association Beginning Beekeeping Course @ La Plata County Fairgrounds
Jan 25 @ 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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Backyard Beekeeping 101 @ Wardle Feed and Pet Supply
Jan 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 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
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My Favorite Pollinators and How to Attract Them @ Fort Collins Nursery
Jan 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 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.

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Jan
26
Sun
Backyard Beekeeping @ Buckley's Homestead Supply
Jan 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

-Equipment

–Installation of bee package

–Hive Maintenance

–Honey Collection

–Winterization of Hive

–A Beekeeper’s Year

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Jan
27
Mon
2014 Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping Course @ Boulder County Fairgrounds Natural Resources Building
Jan 27 @ 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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Feb
1
Sat
Beginning Beekeeping Year 1 @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Feb 1 @ 9:00 am – Feb 1 @ 5:00 pm

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

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Feb
2
Sun
9-hour Introduction to Beekeeping (aka Beekeeping 101) Class @ Lockheed Martin Club House
Feb 2 @ 8:00 am – Feb 2 @ 6:00 pm

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.

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Feb
3
Mon
2014 Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping Course @ Boulder County Fairgrounds Natural Resources Building
Feb 3 @ 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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Feb
8
Sat
Beekeeping Year 2 and Beyond @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Feb 8 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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

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Backyard Beekeeping 101 @ Wardle Feed and Pet Supply
Feb 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 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
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Feb
9
Sun
Backyard Beekeeping @ Buckley's Homestead Supply
Feb 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

-Equipment

–Installation of bee package

–Hive Maintenance

–Honey Collection

–Winterization of Hive

–A Beekeeper’s Year

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Feb
10
Mon
2014 Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping Course @ Boulder County Fairgrounds Natural Resources Building
Feb 10 @ 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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Feb
12
Wed
Honeybee Hive Management Basics @ The Inn at Hudson Gardens
Feb 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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.

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Brighton Bee Club Meeting
Feb 12 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The club meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on February 12 and will feature Tim and Claudia Ferrell, to speak about Berry Patch Farms, their efforts to protect and enhance bees and beneficial garden residents, and their suggestions for plants favored by bees.

The presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m., affording us time to collect members’ dues and to confirm package orders with Dave Swanson.  Please either attend the meeting, or call Dave at 303-659-1230 to confirm your bee package request.

Board members are requested to meet together at 6:00 p.m. February 12, prior to the regular meeting.

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Western Colorado Beekeepers MEETING @ Jockey Club
Feb 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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!

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Feb
15
Sat
Beginning Beekeeping Year 1 @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Feb 15 @ 9:00 am – Feb 15 @ 5:00 pm

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

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Introduction to Urban Beekeeping @ Front Range Community College--Boulder County Campus
Feb 15 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 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

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Beginning Beekeeping Class @ Wilmore Outdoor Living Center
Feb 15 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 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.

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Feb
17
Mon
2014 Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping Course @ Boulder County Fairgrounds Natural Resources Building
Feb 17 @ 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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Feb
19
Wed
Diana Sammataro @ Plaza Event Center
Feb 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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!

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Feb
20
Thu
Diana Sammataro @ Berthoud Community Center
Feb 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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!

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NCBA Monthly Meeting @ Berthoud Community Center
Feb 20 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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.

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Feb
22
Sat
Beginning Beekeeping Year 1 @ To Bee or Not to Bee
Feb 22 @ 9:00 am – Feb 22 @ 5:00 pm

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

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Brighton Beeginning Beekeeping Class @ Brighton Agfinity Store
Feb 22 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 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.
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Introduction to Urban Beekeeping @ Front Range Community College--Westminster Campus
Feb 22 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 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

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Backyard Beekeeping 101 @ Wardle Feed and Pet Supply
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 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
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Feb
23
Sun
Backyard Beekeeping @ Buckley's Homestead Supply
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

-Equipment

–Installation of bee package

–Hive Maintenance

–Honey Collection

–Winterization of Hive

–A Beekeeper’s Year

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Feb
24
Mon
2014 Boulder County Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeping Course @ Boulder County Fairgrounds Natural Resources Building
Feb 24 @ 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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Diana Sammataro @ Denver Urban Homesteading
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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!

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Feb
28
Fri
Maura Rieman Opening Night: BEES HERE NOW @ EDGE Gallery
Feb 28 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

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Mar
1
Sat
Hands-On Beekeeping Series Course, Session I: Introduction to Top Bar Beekeeping @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Mar 1 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 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.

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Mar
5
Wed
Boulder County Beekeepers Meeting TONIGHT! @ The Grange in Niwot
Mar 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Beekeepers,
Please remember that tonight is our meeting! It will be 7pm at the grange in Niwot, please bring your friends and treats for the rest of the beekeepers.

We also ask that you bring any old bee packages you wish to recycle.

Peace!
Miles McGaughey

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Mar
8
Sat
Backyard Beekeeping 101 @ Wardle Feed and Pet Supply
Mar 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 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
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Honey Beekeeping Seminar @ Wilmore Garden Center
Mar 8 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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.

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Mar
9
Sun
Backyard Beekeeping @ Buckley's Homestead Supply
Mar 9 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

-Equipment

–Installation of bee package

–Hive Maintenance

–Honey Collection

–Winterization of Hive

–A Beekeeper’s Year

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Mar
12
Wed
Hive Startup: Installing Nucleus Hives and Package Bees Part 1 of 2 @ The Inn at Hudson Gardens
Mar 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Don’t miss this extensive session covering the best techniques for installing package bees and nucleus frames into new and existing hives. You’ll uncover the ins and outs of nucleus hives versus package bees, and how to select your bees’ genetic stock based on an overview of the various honeybee races. In the second session, you’ll witness first-hand the installation of a package of bees at one of Hudson Gardens’ hives!

Hudson Gardens’ Lead Beekeeper Bob Shiflet leads this session, which will also include an in-depth discussion of queening a hive, including marking, placing, and encouraging acceptance. Basic beekeeping equipment and hive inspection techniques will also be discussed. Experience level: Beginner.

The first session will be held at The Inn at Hudson Gardens. The second session will be held at The Hudson Gardens’ Apiary. *Date will be determined based on the scheduled delivery of the package bees and will be finalized and posted as soon as possible.

Registration: $33/member; $37/nonmember. . Call the Education Department at (303) 797-8565 ext. 306 or visit shop.hudsongardens.org to register.

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Mar
20
Thu
High Land Beekeeping Club Monthly Meeting @ Roxborough Community Center
Mar 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

We will have Laura Phillips, (our awesome treasurer and fabulous nurse), do an Epi-Pen demo and then let everyone practice. This is a recommended refresher for ALL OUR BEEKEEPERS! Everyone should have and know how to operate an Epi-Pen. If not for yourself, for anyone else that might take a random sting and go into anaphylactic shock. Our motto with this training is: better prepared than dead or scared!

Then, we will have our Buzzapaloosa. Bring any of your bee equipment, hardware, craft items, inventions, or any and all bee stuff that you have. New or used, it doesn’t matter. We will then buy, sell, and trade everything. Just like a flea market.

Bring food if you like – we will have an EXCELLENT TIME!!! See you there!

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Protecting Your Backyard Bees @ East Boulder Recreation Center
Mar 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Thursday, March 20th, 2014, 7:00 pm
East Boulder Recreation Center
5660 Sioux Drive, Boulder, 80303

A forum on the importance of bees, how to protect bees, and what kills bees—and other pollinators. Honey bees are in trouble. Butterflies and bumblebees and other pollinators are in trouble. We can help.

Forum Panelists:
Rella Abernathy, PhD, City of Boulder’s Integrated Pest Management Coordinator
Carol Kearns, PhD, CU researcher and teacher and expert on bees and other insects
Diana Oliveras, PhD, CU researcher and teacher and expert on bees and other insects
Tom Theobald, beekeeper, plaintiff in a lawsuit to stop bee-killing pesticide use

We’ll also show a short film clip from More than Honey, a recent documentary on bees. Q&A afterward.

Come learn what you can do to protect bees and other wonderful insects.

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Mar
22
Sat
Wyoming Bee College Conference @ Laramie County Community College
Mar 22 – Mar 24 all-day

The University of Wyoming Laramie County Extension office is hosting the Wyoming Bee College Conference at Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, Wyoming, over the weekend of March 22-23. This is two days of hands on workshops and lectures, offering two educational concurrent sessions. This conference is open to everyone and anyone wanting to learn more about bee health, beekeeping, native bees, bumble bees and value added bee products.

The first day session one is for beginner’s or current beekeepers wanting to improve their skills with an all-day hands-on hive workshop (bring your bee suit if you have one) taught by local beekeeper Michael Jordan (A Bee Friendly Company). The second session on Saturday will cover advanced beekeeping topics and issues. Several of the advanced classes will be taught by our keynote speaker, USDA ARS Utah Bee Lab entomologist Dr. James Strange.

The second day, Sunday, March 23, will cover marketing finding a place for your product hands on workshop for value added products on bees wax and a class on making mead. Native Bees and building an Orchard Masson hive. There will be a class on dealing with drought and still have flowers for bees taught by Nancy Loomis.

The conference cost of $50 for both days includes two lunches, snacks and a banquet dinner on Saturday night, or you can register for one day at $35/day. Go to eventbrite.com Wyoming Bee College to register.

Our speaker line up:

Keynote speaker and instructor Entomologist Dr. James Strange, from the USDA Agriculture Research Station at the Utah Bee Lab.
Michael Jordan, Beekeeper, entrepreneur, world traveler, owner operator of A Bee Friendly Company, Cheyenne Wyoming
Brenna Marsicek, University of Wyoming, Berry Bio-Diversity Center
Cole Ehmke, Agriculture Economics and Extension Specialist, UW
Polly Cross, Wyoming Department of Agriculture, protecting your bees
Jeff Edwards, Pesticide Specialist at Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station, Lingle, Wyoming. Owner operator of Wind Harvest Farms a raspberry ranch east of Torrington, Wyoming.
Nancy Loomis owner operator of Antique Central in Cheyenne, Wyoming where she developed an amazing rain garden during the severe drought of 2012, flourished and supports a wide range of good insects

For more information contact Catherine Wissner at 307-633-4383.

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Backyard Beekeeping 101 @ Wardle Feed and Pet Supply
Mar 22 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 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
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Mar
23
Sun
Backyard Beekeeping @ Buckley's Homestead Supply
Mar 23 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

-Equipment

–Installation of bee package

–Hive Maintenance

–Honey Collection

–Winterization of Hive

–A Beekeeper’s Year

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Beginning Beekeeping Class @ Echter's Garden Center
Mar 23 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Honey Beekeeping Seminar @ Echter’s Garden Center
Mar 23 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Do you want to keep honey bees, but aren’t sure how to get started? The class will cover everything you need to know from day one through the first full year of your new adventure, including housing, handling, harvesting, equipment, common problems, benefits and other questions you might have.
Bring a copy of Bee Keeping for Dummies and note pad and pencil for notes.
Lunch will be provided by Busy Bee Farm
Registration Required – $65.
Space is limited. Reserve at 303-424-7979
Instructor: Steve Lechner, Owner, Busy Bee Farm
Sunday, March 23, 11:00am–3:00pm

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Mar
26
Wed
Women Who Bee March Meeting @ To Bee or not To Bee
Mar 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Hello Beekeepers!

Quick reminder that our next meeting is this Wednesday, 7-9P, at To Bee or Not to Bee.

Topic: What to Look For In Your Hive in Spring / Investigating Winter Losses

Plan: Gregg McMahan will rejoin us and asks that we dig into any colonies that *didn’t* over-winter, and pull some brood frames. Then bring that or those frames to the meeting. Intent is to show us how to look at frames as we pull them out of our hives. Also: What to be doing for your bees in Spring. And a general orientation to the season.

It’s going to be plenty warm enough to get into our hives on Wednesday afternoon, so if you can make it work, have a look and bring your questions/frames.

Lastly: Bring a snack / beverage if your schedule permits.

Thanks and see you then!

Leslie Ellis
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Please join us at To Bee or Not To Bee on Wednesday, March 26, from 7-9P, to gear up and get prepped for the 2014 beekeeping season. We’re grateful for and excited to welcome back Gregg McMahan, The Bee Guru, to guide the discussion.

NOTE: If you already know you’ve lost a colony over the winter, and want to bring a brood frame for examination, please do! One of the harder things to learn, as new beekeepers, is what to look for. Gregg will show us, and share his knowledge about what we should be doing with our hives, new bee packages, and feeding activities in the month of April.

Vicki and I will provide beverages (water, wine), plates, cutlery, etc., and a few things to nibble on. Please feel free to do the same, if your schedule permits.

Because it probably won’t be warm enough out for us to meet under the pergola outside of the actual store, we’ll be meeting in the upstairs classroom of the building adjacent to the store. It’s the building closest to the entrance into the lot. We will remember to put up directional signs this time for any late arrivals!

Directions to To Bee or Not to Bee here: www.tobeeornottobee.us

LASTLY: BEE PEOPLE, the backyard beekeeping film produced by Women Who Bee Co-Founder Leslie Ellis, and starring BEE GURU Gregg McMahan, was selected by the Denver Film Society’s WOMEN+FILM week and will be shown at the Sie Entertainment Center at 12:30 on Saturday, March 22. Ticket info here (enter “VOICES14″ for $2 off): http://www.denverfilm.org/filmcenter/detail.aspx?id=26306

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

leslieE

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Mar
29
Sat
Honey Beekeeping Seminar @ Paulino Garden Center
Mar 29 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

March 29th, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Honey Bee Keeping, Presented by Steve Lechner, owner Busy Bee Farm
$50 per person, lunch will be provided
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. We need a minimum of 10 people to sign up. If this quota is not met, the class will be postponed or cancelled. Sign up now, class space is limited. Please call 303-429-8062 to register.

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Beekeeping 101 at Tagawa Gardens @ Tagawa Gardens
Mar 29 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Please come and join us for this very special class on Beekeeping in Colorado!  The season is almost upon us, and the bees will be coming soon and it’s time to start thinking about how you can help our fuzzy friends to make honey for everyone to enjoy!  If you are interested in the art and science of beekeeping, then you need to be at this class!  Greg is one of Colorado’s foremost bee experts, and he will be presenting a two hour class that is half presentation, half essential q & a that will take you through a full year of being a beekeeper; from installing your bees to wintering them as well!  Fee: $35 per family, payable to the instructor in cash or check.  Please register for this class by clicking on the link below, or calling 303-690-4722 ext 101.  More Info: Click here to register

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Apr
5
Sat
Honey Beekeeping Seminar @ City Floral Garden Center
Apr 5 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Do you want to keep honey bees, but aren’t sure how to get started? This class will cover everything you need to know about beekeeping from day one through the first full year of your new adventure, including housing, handling, harvesting, equipment, common problems, benefits and other questions you might have.

Bring a copy of Beekeeping for Dummies and notepad and pencil for notes.

Lunch will be provided by Busy Bee Farm
Date: Saturday Feb 22nd 10-2pm
Cost: $50.00 each or $60.00 for a couple
Instructor: Steve Lechner, Owner, Busy Bee Farms

Registration: Limited Space available, so please call the City Floral Garden Center office at 303-399-1177

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Backyard Beekeeping 101 @ Wardle Feed and Pet Supply
Apr 5 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 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
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Apr
6
Sun
Hands-On Beekeeping Series Course, Session II: Understanding the Bees @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Apr 6 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 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.

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Backyard Beekeeping @ Buckley's Homestead Supply
Apr 6 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

-Equipment

–Installation of bee package

–Hive Maintenance

–Honey Collection

–Winterization of Hive

–A Beekeeper’s Year

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Apr
9
Wed
Honeybee Hive Inspections @ The Inn at Hudson Gardens
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Learn a systematic approach to opening and inspecting your hives to gain maximum efficiency with minimal upset to your honeybees. Hudson Gardens’ Lead Beekeeper Bob Shiflet will give you key insights on how to open your hives, make assessments about the conditions inside the hive, troubleshoot problems, and record your observations. This discussion will also outline the impact of weather on hive conditions and how it affects inspections. 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.

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Brighton Beekeepers Monthly Meeting
Apr 9 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Our Wednesday night club meeting on April 9 at 6:30 p.m. will feature the return of Miles McGaughey from Boulder. He will cover package bees installation, has some slides to share, and lots of answers to our questions.

This will be a fantastic talk, covering everything we need in anticipation of the arrival of the package bees on April 26.

PLEASE, if you are to receive bees and want ANY information or help with installing them, ATTEND. Let me know whom to anticipate attending. Dave Swanson anticipates a lot of new beekeepers, and a lot of experienced beekeepers to attend, since Miles has years of knowledge to share. We want to make sure we have room for everyone.

ATTENTION DAVE SWANSON!!! I’ve received many requests for a meeting time this Saturday at Sue’s, for hive inspection and splitting. What time should we meet? Because we’re disrupting the happy lives of the hive we wish to split, everyone attending should wear their bee suits and veils.

Spring has begun, let’s celebrate it together by giving bees a warm, knowledgeable welcome!

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Apr
10
Thu
Splitting Hives with Tim Brod @ To Bee or not To Bee
Apr 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm

FOUNDATIONAL SKILL BUILDING CLASS

BeeKeepers, Many of you have requested a class on making splits. This is a critical and foundational skill. There are a plethora of techniques for splitting a hive. So many in fact, that many bee keepers are confused. This class will demystify the process! We will hone your skills with assessing your hive(s) and review splitting techniques. After this class you will be able to choose the appropriate technique for splitting your hive.

The class will be held Thursday evening, the 10th of April, 7-8:45 PM, at To Bee or Not To Bee in Denver. There is limited seating available, you must RSVP to the following email ToBeeRSVP@gmail.com (Please do NOT respond to my email address unless it is a question) The fee for the class is $20. If you have a financial hardship, email me directly, otherwise come with cash or a check.

I realize this is short notice-but spring is approaching and we all are crazy busy. This is right around dinner time. Feel free to bring food and libations! And, if you get more then one email with this notification-my apology, you are in more then one mail group.

Best Wishes

Tim Brod
Highland Bees
www.highlandbees.com
303 514 9257

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Apr
12
Sat
Honey Beekeeping Seminar Presented by Steve Lechner @ CALF’s Lowell Ranch ~ Ag Barn
Apr 12 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Honey Beekeeping Seminar Presented by Steve Lechner, Owner of Busy Bee Farm Saturday, April 12th, 2014 10 am to 2 pm CALF’s Lowell Ranch ~ Ag Barn Lunch Provided ~ $65 per person ($15 per person of this standard fee will be donated to CALF) 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 by calling Steve at 303-657-5360. • Bring a copy of “Bee Keeping for Dummies” with you. • Bring a note pad and pencil to keep notes. • Come hungry; lunch is provided. A minimum of 6 people signed up is needed by 5 pm on Wednesday, April 2nd for the class to be conducted. 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 April 2nd. Walk-ins are allowed, but spaces are limited to 25 people. Directions to CALF: From the North – I-25 south to Exit 182 (Wilcox and Wolfensberger Exit). Turn left at the light (east) and proceed under the I-25 bridge. Merge right onto Wilcox Street. Travel through downtown Castle Rock and proceed south. From Plum Creek Parkway continue approximately 3 miles on the East Frontage Road. You will pass Medved Autoplex, Crystal Valley Parkway, and Creekside Bible Church. Watch for the left turn lane into Creekside Bible Church but don’t turn yet. Shortly after you pass the church, on your left there will be a round sign with a 4-H clover in the middle that says “The Lowell Ranch at Plum Creek”. From the South – I-25 north to Tomah Road. Exit Tomah Road, turn right (east) and then immediately left (north) onto the East Frontage Road. Travel north approximately 4.3 miles past Columbine Open Space and Bell Mountain Parkway. The driveway is on the right-hand side approximately nine-tenths of a mile after Bell Mountain Parkway. You will see a round sign with a 4-H clover in the middle that says “The Lowell Ranch at Plum Creek”. Turn right onto the gravel drive

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Apr
13
Sun
Beekeeping 101 at Tagawa Gardens @ Tagawa Gardens
Apr 13 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Please come and join us for this very special class on Beekeeping in Colorado!  The season is almost upon us, and the bees will be coming soon and it’s time to start thinking about how you can help our fuzzy friends to make honey for everyone to enjoy!  If you are interested in the art and science of beekeeping, then you need to be at this class!  Greg is one of Colorado’s foremost bee experts, and he will be presenting a two hour class that is half presentation, half essential q & a that will take you through a full year of being a beekeeper; from installing your bees to wintering them as well!  Fee: $35 per family, payable to the instructor in cash or check.  Please register for this class by clicking on the link below, or calling 303-690-4722 ext 101.  More Info: Click here to register

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