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.

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

Mar
8
Sat
Backyard Beekeeping 101 @ Wardle Feed and Pet Supply
Mar 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
Honey Beekeeping Seminar @ Wilmore Garden Center
Mar 8 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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.

Mar
9
Sun
Backyard Beekeeping @ Buckley's Homestead Supply
Mar 9 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

-Equipment

–Installation of bee package

–Hive Maintenance

–Honey Collection

–Winterization of Hive

–A Beekeeper’s Year

Mar
13
Thu
Hive Startup: Installing Nucleus Hives and Package Bees Part 1 of 2 @ The Inn at Hudson Gardens
Mar 13 @ 12:00 am – 2:00 am

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.

Mar
21
Fri
High Land Beekeeping Club Monthly Meeting @ Roxborough Community Center
Mar 21 @ 12:00 am – 2:00 am

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!

Protecting Your Backyard Bees @ East Boulder Recreation Center
Mar 21 @ 1:00 am – 3:30 am

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.

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.

Backyard Beekeeping 101 @ Wardle Feed and Pet Supply
Mar 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
Mar
23
Sun
Backyard Beekeeping @ Buckley's Homestead Supply
Mar 23 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

-Equipment

–Installation of bee package

–Hive Maintenance

–Honey Collection

–Winterization of Hive

–A Beekeeper’s Year

Beginning Beekeeping Class @ Echter's Garden Center
Mar 23 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Honey Beekeeping Seminar @ Echter’s Garden Center
Mar 23 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 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

Mar
27
Thu
Women Who Bee March Meeting @ To Bee or not To Bee
Mar 27 @ 1:00 am – 3:00 am

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
———————————-
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

Mar
29
Sat
Honey Beekeeping Seminar @ Paulino Garden Center
Mar 29 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 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.

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

Apr
5
Sat
Honey Beekeeping Seminar @ City Floral Garden Center
Apr 5 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 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

Backyard Beekeeping 101 @ Wardle Feed and Pet Supply
Apr 5 @ 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
Apr
6
Sun
Hands-On Beekeeping Series Course, Session II: Understanding the Bees @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Apr 6 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 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.

Backyard Beekeeping @ Buckley's Homestead Supply
Apr 6 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

-Equipment

–Installation of bee package

–Hive Maintenance

–Honey Collection

–Winterization of Hive

–A Beekeeper’s Year

Apr
10
Thu
Honeybee Hive Inspections @ The Inn at Hudson Gardens
Apr 10 @ 12:00 am – 2:00 am

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.

Apr
11
Fri
Splitting Hives with Tim Brod @ To Bee or not To Bee
Apr 11 @ 1:00 am – 2:45 am

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

Apr
12
Sat
Honey Beekeeping Seminar Presented by Steve Lechner @ CALF’s Lowell Ranch ~ Ag Barn
Apr 12 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 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

Apr
13
Sun
Beekeeping 101 at Tagawa Gardens @ Tagawa Gardens
Apr 13 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 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

Apr
19
Sat
Hive Startup: Installing Nucleus Hives and Package Bees Part 2 of 2 @ The Inn at Hudson Gardens
Apr 19 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 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.

Pikes Peak Beekeeping Association Special Meeting
Apr 19 @ 4:00 pm – Apr 20 @ 2:00 am

All … Remember to post your calendar for the events on April 19th. This will be a great opportunity to hear a presentation by Michael Bush, author of The Practical Beekeeper. Mr. Bush will be conducting a beeyard presentation in the morning and two lectures that afternoon and evening. The schedule of talks is attached. I strongly encourage you to attend if possible.

In order to plan for seating etc. please let me know which of the presentations you plan to attend. I need this information not later than the 12th of April. Look forward to seeing you there.

The April Pikes Peak Beekeepers General Membership Meeting will be on SATURDAY, APRIL 19TH. (This is instead of the usual Thursday meeting,which would have been on the 17th of April.) We have a special guest speaker scheduled: Mr. Michael Bush, author of The Practical Beekeeper, Beekeeping Naturally.

Here’s Mr. Bush’s biography: “Michael Bush is one of the leading proponents of treatment free
beekeeping. He has been keeping bees since the mid 70’s, usually from two to seven hives up until the year 2000. Varroa forced more experimentation which required more hives and the number has grown steadily over the years from then. By 2008 it was about 200 hives. He is active on many of the Beekeeping forums with last count at more than 50,000 posts between all of them. He has had an eclectic set of careers from printing and graphic arts, to construction to computer programming and a few more in between. Currently he is working in computers. He has a web site on beekeeping at www.bushfarms.com/bees.htm

Here’s the schedule of events on April 19th:

10:00 – 12:00 AM: Bee yard visit at Steve Hench’s apiary (1150 Gold Camp Road). Steve will have
one or two on his hives available for Mr. Bush to inspect. Mr. Bush will address whatever he sees
or feels should be presented at this hands-on event.

1:00 – 3:00 PM: Lecture by Michael Bush entitled: “Spring Management with Emphasis on Swarm
Prevention.” A Question/Answer session will follow the talk. This meeting will be in the Community
Room at the Village at Skyline.

6:00 – 8:00 PM: Lecture by Michael Bush entitled: “Queen Rearing: Management, Equipment,
Timing, and How-to.” This lecture will also be in the Community Room at Village at Skyline. Even if
you are not planning on raising your own queens, this will be an informative lecture on how queens
are “reared” and should be of value to all our beekeepers!

FYI – the Community Center at the Village at Skyline (2365 Patriot Heights, off of Lower Gold
Camp Road) is in the Administration building. While there is some parking in front, if you continue to
drive around the facility, there is more parking in the back (on the north side).

Mike Halby
PPBA Secretary
Home: (719) 528-5483
Cell: (719) 651-9399
mandshalby@comcast.net

Backyard Beekeeping 101 @ Wardle Feed and Pet Supply
Apr 19 @ 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
Apr
20
Sun
Backyard Beekeeping @ Buckley's Homestead Supply
Apr 20 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

-Equipment

–Installation of bee package

–Hive Maintenance

–Honey Collection

–Winterization of Hive

–A Beekeeper’s Year

Apr
26
Sat
Hive Startup: Installing Nucleus Hives and Package Bees Part 2 of 2 @ The Inn at Hudson Gardens
Apr 26 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 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.

Apr
27
Sun
Hands-On Beekeeping Series Course, Session III: Honeybee Colony Care I @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Apr 27 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 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.

May
2
Fri
Spring 2014 Pollinator Lecture Series: Dr. Tom Seeley
May 2 – May 4 all-day

Northern NM Sweet Spring Sting Pollinator Symposium featuring:

Dr. Tom Seeley- renowned Conservation Biologist from Cornell University & author of Honeybee Democracy will be visiting NM.

Venue and time to be announced soon!

Dr. Tom Seeley Workshop

*Sponsored by The Rocky Mountain Survivor Queenbee Cooperative with grant support from NM Dept. of Agriculture

The RMSQB Cooperative is an educational based service organization with the mission to promote Capacity Building through Professional Development Opportunities, Rural Entrepreneurship, Honeybee Stock Improvement Programs, Alternative/Native Pollinator Production & Apitherapy (medicinal use of bee products). All community members are invited and encouraged to participate in mindful pollinator stewardship. Que Viva Las Abejas!

May
23
Fri
Spring 2014 Pollinator Lecture Series: Dr. Juliana Posada- Rangel
May 23 – May 26 all-day

Dr. Juliana Posada- Rangel, President of the American Association of Professional Apiculturists & The American Bee Research Conference from Texas A&M

Venue and time to be announced soon!

Dr. Juliana Posada- Rangel Workshop

*Sponsored by The Rocky Mountain Survivor Queenbee Cooperative with grant support from NM Dept. of Agriculture

The RMSQB Cooperative is an educational based service organization with the mission to promote Capacity Building through Professional Development Opportunities, Rural Entrepreneurship, Honeybee Stock Improvement Programs, Alternative/Native Pollinator Production & Apitherapy (medicinal use of bee products). All community members are invited and encouraged to participate in mindful pollinator stewardship. Que Viva Las Abejas!

May
31
Sat
Hands-On Beekeeping Series Course, Session IV: Honeybee Colony Care II @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
May 31 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 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.

Jun
6
Fri
Spring 2014 Pollinator Lecture Series: Dr. Wyatt Mangum
Jun 6 – Jun 9 all-day

Dr. Wyatt Mangum, Top Bar Beekeeping Columnist for American Bee Journal, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Mary Washington, and author of “Top-Bar Hive Beekeeping: Wisdom and Pleasure Combined”

Venue and time to be announced soon!

Dr. Wyatt Mangum Workshop

*Sponsored by The Rocky Mountain Survivor Queenbee Cooperative with grant support from NM Dept. of Agriculture

The RMSQB Cooperative is an educational based service organization with the mission to promote Capacity Building through Professional Development Opportunities, Rural Entrepreneurship, Honeybee Stock Improvement Programs, Alternative/Native Pollinator Production & Apitherapy (medicinal use of bee products). All community members are invited and encouraged to participate in mindful pollinator stewardship. Que Viva Las Abejas!

Jun
14
Sat
CSBA Summer Meeting @ Western CO Honey
Jun 14 @ 3:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The CSBA Summer Meeting will be held at the beautiful property of Paul and Nanci Limbach is Silt, CO.  Featured speaker will be Dr. Jim Tew.

 

More info soon!



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Jul
10
Thu
Boulder Bee Safe Neighborhoods Information Meeting @ BOULDER ELKS' LODGE
Jul 10 @ 1:00 am – 3:00 am

Dear Bee-friendly friends,

We want to invite you and your bee-friendly friends and neighbors to an important and helpful information meeting devoted to making Boulder and beyond Bee Safe!

The Melody-Catalpa Neighborhood in north Boulder is the first Bee Safe Neighborhood in Colorado, and we are working as a team to make Boulder and beyond healthy for pollinators. We have received numerous requests for information from you and others, and we want to help. Since one of our goals is to educate about pollinators, especially bees, and promote Bee Safe Neighborhoods, we invite you to join us in this effort. We also want to explain a few organizing tricks that helped us gather more than 200 pledges from our neighbors in a few weeks, to become bee safe–and not to use systemic pesticides. Our neighborhood has become a healthier and stronger community as a result of this project, and we believe yours will, too. Please plan to join us, as we hope that our experiences and activities will help you build community and make your neighborhood bee safe.

The meeting will include information about bees and other pollinators, health risks of the systemic pesticides, and explanation plus materials to help you build a Bee Safe community. A more detailed program for the meeting will be sent to you in about ten days, but please forward this message to your friends and family in Boulder and beyond. Invite them to join this project and save the date. Together, we can help to save the bees and other pollinators, and to make our environment, our homes, our families and friends healthier and happier through pesticide free Bee Safe Neighborhoods.

BEE SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS BOULDER and BEYOND MEETING

JULY 9, 2014
7-9 P.M.
BOULDER ELKS’ LODGE
3975 28TH STREET, BOULDER

Thanks so much for your interest in pollinators and this project. We’re looking forward to seeing you at the meeting. If you have questions, please reply to this email; however, as most of our team must be out of town for a few days, we will respond after June 23. Again, thank you for your interest in good health and a healthy environment. NO BEES + NO FOOD.

Anne Bliss, Molly Greacen, David Wheeler
Team Leaders
Melody-Catalpa Bee Safe Neighborhood

Jul
12
Sat
Hands-On Beekeeping Series Course, Session V, Practical Lab I @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Jul 12 @ 3:00 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.

Jul
16
Wed
NCBA Meeting @ Loveland Public Library
Jul 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Joyce Durol on Best Practices for handling honey products at home.  Beth Conrey on the Colorado Cottage Industry Act – how to be compliant; Kris Holthaus on Varroa, how to inspect and treat.  Venue: Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams, Loveland, Colorado 80537 in the Gertrude Scott room.

Aug
2
Sat
Hands-On Beekeeping Series Course, Session VI, Practical Lab II @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Aug 2 @ 3:00 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.

Aug
9
Sat
Bee Fest 2014 @ UNL Douglas/Sarpy Extension office at 80th & West Center Road, Omaha, NE
Aug 9 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Bee Fest 2014
Saturday, August 9
10am-4pm

UNL Douglas/Sarpy Extension office at 80th & West Center Road, Omaha, NE

Come help the Omaha Bee Club celebrate bees and beekeeping. We invite you to learn about bees in a fun and safe festival atmosphere.

Kid Games • Bake Sales • Live Observation Bee Hive

bee-fest

Bee and Child Safe Lawns & Gardens @ First Presbyterian Church, 15th and Canyon, Boulder (right across from Farmer’s Market)
Aug 9 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Bee and Child Safe Lawns and Gardens Event Poster

What: Bee and Child Safe Lawns & Gardens—a panel and workshop on bees, pesticides, and healthy lawns & gardens

When: Saturday, August 9th, noon – 3 pm

Where: First Presbyterian Church, 15th and Canyon, Boulder (right across from Farmer’s Market)

Did you know that 51 percent of garden bedding plants purchased at places like Home Depot and Lowe’s are treated with toxic poisons that have been proven to kill bees? They aren’t labeled as containing pesticides, and when we put these plants in our gardens we are inadvertently poisoning pollinators (bees, butterflies, bats, and birds). Come learn more about your own backyard and how to make it as healthy as possible for pollinators and you—and learn how to work together with your neighbors to build bee-safe communities.

Sponsored by: City of Boulder, Sierra Club, Bee Safe Neighborhoods, Harlequin’s Gardens, Highland Honey, Butterfly Pavilion, & Osborne Organics

See the Friends of the Earth study on pesticides, begging plants, and bees for yourself:

http://www.foe.org/news/news-releases/2014-06-new-tests-find-bee-killing-pesticides-in-51-percent-of-bee-friendly-plants

Aug
14
Thu
Beyond the Basics: Advanced Topics in Beekeeping @ The Inn at Hudson Gardens
Aug 14 @ 12:00 am – 2:00 am

What pests and diseases do beekeepers need to worry about in Colorado? Why, how, and when should I make a split? Is a combine the right solution for my weak hives? Learn the answers to these questions and more, during this course designed for experienced beekeepers. Led by Hudson Gardens’ Lead Beekeeper Bob Shiflet, this course will offer ample opportunities for questions and discussion regarding several not-so-basic beekeeping topics such as pests and diseases, splits and combines, advanced hive inspections, and honey harvesting. Experience level: Intermediate- Advanced. Participants must have at least one year of beekeeping experience.

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.

Sep
5
Fri
Central CO Beekeepers Monthly Meeting @ Crest Academy
Sep 5 @ 12:30 am – 2:00 am

We had a GREAT meeting with Jamie and Mike from Beeyond the hive. We learned so much about disease and many other questions were answered! We did not have time for Jamie to get into the harvest, but hopefully at a later date.

At our last meeting it was decided to just accept donations of about $20 to put in a kitty for expenses and if we have a large expense we can ask for more donations. I will keep a running list of who donates and what our balance is. It would still help to have the membership forms completed as this will give us an idea of interests etc of our members. I know Carol & Jim took the traveling beekeeper to dinner and if you can let me know the amount I will get the money to you to reimburse. We will talk about a 501C at a later date, as we do not have the manpower right now to do this.

If you would like to donate, please bring to meeting or you can mail to me at:
Kris Bielak
87 E Zabrisky Lane
Howard, Co 81233

Thanks everyone and let me know if any other suggestions fo the September meeting!

Happy almost fall!!!
Kris Bielak

Sep
6
Sat
Hands-On Beekeeping Series Course, Session VII: Fall and Winter Care @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Sep 6 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 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.

2nd Annual Honey Bee Jubilee @ To Bee or not To Bee
Sep 6 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

“The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.”
Henry David Thoreau

Thank you to our Sponsors: Mile Hive Bee Club ● To Bee or Not to Bee ● Swingle ● Highland Honey Bees ● Rocky Mountain Bee ● Women Who Bee ● Alameda Wholesale Nursery ● City Floral ● Ace on the Fax ● House of Chiropractic ● Citrus Solutions ● and Others

• Free Admission
• Honey and Product Judging
(entry fee $5.00)
• Beekeeper Speakers
• Activities for Kids
• Live Music
• Food and Beverages for
purchase

Sep
11
Thu
Overwintering Honeybee Hives @ The Inn at Hudson Gardens
Sep 11 @ 12:00 am – 2:00 am
Learn what happens to honeybees during their “dormant” winter months and what you can do to carry your hives successfully into the next season. Hudson Gardens’ Lead Beekeeper Bob Shiflet will help you discover how to assess the strength of your colony and determine the appropriate amount of honey stores your hive will need the upcoming winter months. Supplemental feeding, including when and how to feed, will be explained. You’ll discover the various methods available for protecting your hives from wind and cold temperatures, and how each method impacts honeybees. The course will conclude with a discussion of winter pest management techniques and an off-season “to-do” list for improving your beekeeping knowledge and skills. 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.

Brighton Beekeepers Monthly Meeting @ United Power HQ
Sep 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This month’s meeting will be held at the United Power Building on March 11th at 6:30pm. Miles McGaughey will be our guest speaker and will be covering topics relevant to this time of year.

Other topics for the meeting:
– Status update of “Birds & Bees” ordinance in Brighton
– Colorado Swarm Hotline changes for this year.
– USDA/Cindy Einspahr, distribution of seed purchased with grant money.
– Update on sources for packaged bees.
– Design contest for club logo?

Sep
17
Wed
WAS Conference
Sep 17 – Sep 21 all-day

Western Apicultural Society Conference
Sept 17-20, 2014
The University of Montana – Missoula

G. PHILIP HUGHES PRESENTATION
Interest is high, as expected, in the announcement of G. Philip Hughes as a speaker and there have been questions about how a White House Writers Group guy has the expertise to speak to us on neonics.
No, Hughes isn’t a scientist. That’s not the point. What he will tell us is what information was originally given to the Press Corps, and what they did with it to get us to the point of pure confusion we are currently seeing. That he does know about, and how political and personal motivation can persuade a journalist to ‘bend’ the information to suit a particular purpose.
When I started as a journalist, the basic rule was, “The facts, Ma’am, just the facts.” The journalist was expected to portray both sides of a question faithfully, equally, without judgment and to maintain sound sources for his/her information. “Everybody knows” was a big red flag and we were expected to hit the research trail right now, because such a declaration meant only that someone hadn’t done their homework. One doesn’t see a lot of that attitude today. I am anticipating a stimulating presentation from Mr. Hughes.
GETTING TO THE CONFERENCE
The 2nd International Workshop on Hive and Bee Monitoring and the 2014 WAS conference will be held in the University Center (UC) building on the University of Montana campus in Missoula. PLEASE DO NOT MISTAKE THIS FOR MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY. Though UM will be in full session during the dates of the conference, the campus is easy to get around on and for anyone who is less agile, there is a drop-off point at the UC and an elevator to the third floor where the meetings will be held.
The August issue of the WAS Journal has just been mailed and is also posted on the WAS website. Maps and directions are contained in it. Click ucnar.edu/sites/was2/WAS_Journal and then on the link at the bottom of the paragraph on the right to get to the digital version.
For a downloadable registration form, speaker agenda etc., visit the Conference Information section.
If there is other information you need, email me at febach3@gmail.com or call me at 509-573-4245.

 

Sep
20
Sat
3rd Annual Colorado Honey Festival @ Denver Urban Homesteading
Sep 20 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

This year’s Colorado Honey Festival organized by Denver Urban Homesteading will be Saturday, Sept 20, 2014 from noon to 4pm. You are invited. You can participate at our location, 200 Santa Fe Drive, but if you are a nearby merchant you can participate from your location.

This festival will be bigger than last year’s, and we have more merchant partners nearby who will participate.
NEW participants this year are:

466 Santa Fe Drive
COVERED WALLPAPER has bee & flower themed wallpaper

475 Santa Fe Drive
BLACK SKY BREWERY
This microbrewery will have honey beer.

925 W 9th Avenue
RENEGADE BREWERY
This microbrewery will have honey beer.

657 Santa Fe Drive
LUXE DE VIL
Honey based skin cream

There is no charge to the public or to vendors/merchants for this event.

James Bertini
Denver Urban Homesteading
200 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
303 572-3122

Sep
21
Sun
Fall Beekeepers Potluck @ Marta and Garth's house
Sep 21 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Marta and Garth have opened up their wonderful home to us for our annual Fall Beekeepers Potluck. Come one come all, bring a dish and a story! We love to sit and talk bees, we can all learn so much from each others experiences. We begin at 4 and continue until 6 on Sunday September 21st, so it is only a week away.

Paula N. Nelson
President
4 Corners Beekeepers Association
970-903-1877

Oct
2
Thu
SouthEast Beekeepers Club Monthly Meeting @ North Pinery Firehouse
Oct 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The SouthEast Beekeepers Club is a fairly unstructured group of beekeeping people who get together once a month to share information, ask questions, get news, etc. Other than having a pot luck prior to and during the meeting, we don’t have an agenda. When we do have speakers or special interest discussions, we send out notices to our group.

We have no dues. Everyone is welcome, all you need is an interest in bees.

Oct
4
Sat
Hands-On Beekeeping Series Course, Session VIII: Honeybees Give Us More than Honey @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Oct 4 @ 3:00 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.

Oct
8
Wed
Beginning Beekeeping Course @ Boulder County Fairgrounds Natural Resources Building
Oct 8 @ 1:00 am – 3:00 am

Tuesday: October 7 – December 2, 2014

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Location:
Boulder County Fairgrounds
Natural Resources Building
9595 Nelson Road
Longmont, CO 80501

Registration and Cost:
$100 for 8 sessions
Pre-registration required

Register via the BCBA website:
http://www.bouldercountybeekeepers.org/classes/

Mail payment to:
BCBA Bee Class
P.O. Box 383
Niwot, CO 80544

Contact:
Tom Nangle
303-678-5631
or
Email
classes@bouldercountybeekeepers.org

Description:
Since 1998 the Boulder County Beekeepers Association has provided this multi-session class to beginning and novice beekeepers. Participants come with an interest in bees, their place in our world, and to learn what is involved in managing bee hives. Whether you are brand new to the hobby or have some experience the class provides opportunities to learn from a team of long-time beekeepers.

Topics include:

The Beekeeper’s Year
The History of Beekeeping in Colorado
Honey Bee Biology
Alternative Approaches to Beekeeping
Hardware, Equipment and Tools
Honey Bee Health – Pests & Diseases
How to Install a Package
Bees & Wasps of Colorado

The program’s mission is to develop knowledgeable beekeeping ambassadors to help educate and inform the larger community.

For more information or to register visit the Boulder County Beekeepers Association website http://www.bouldercountybeekeepers.org/classes/

Directions:

https://www.google.com/maps/dir//40.154195,-105.129847/@40.1541899,-105.1641798,13z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m4!4m3!1m0!1m1!4e1?hl=en

Brighton Beekeepers Monthly Meeting @ United Power HQ
Oct 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This month’s meeting will be held at the United Power Building on March 11th at 6:30pm. Miles McGaughey will be our guest speaker and will be covering topics relevant to this time of year.

Other topics for the meeting:
– Status update of “Birds & Bees” ordinance in Brighton
– Colorado Swarm Hotline changes for this year.
– USDA/Cindy Einspahr, distribution of seed purchased with grant money.
– Update on sources for packaged bees.
– Design contest for club logo?

Oct
11
Sat
Fifth Community Honeybee Hive Build @ Living Systems Institute
Oct 11 @ 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Living Systems Institute and Honeybee Keep present:
Fifth Community Honeybee Hive Build, October, 2014
Lunch will be provided, organic, local vegetarian and chicken.

When: Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 8AM to 5PM, backup date in case of bad weather is October 25, 2014.
Where: 14020 W. 32nd Ave., Golden, CO 80401

There are only eight slots available. Payment reserves your spot.

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 promote Community Sufficiency, to make Food Production Cells and much more. You take home your own modified top entrance Langstroth hive. Payment is required in advance to reserve your spot. Mail your check to the address above.

This Hive Build will be for a modified top entrance Langstroth design:
All 8-frame mediums (4) and top entrance.
Frames will be foundationless with wooden starter strip suggestion for building comb.
This hive design is based on Michael Bush’s book, The Practical Beekeeper.

What you get: Top with built-in reducible entrance.
Four 8-frame medium boxes with the 32 frames for inside.
Bottom Board.
Why the upper entrance? Answer: better climate control inside the hive.
Why 8-frame? Answer: weight.
Why mediums? Answer: ability to interchange frames at any time.
You can see pictures of past builds and get an idea of what the 2014 build will create by looking here:
Hive Build | Living Systems Institute / Honeybee Keep / Nice World

Honeybee Keep
Donald P. Studinski, Beekeeper, CEO, 303-248-6677,
Colorado’s FIRST Certified Naturally Grown Apiaries
Year-round Beekeeping Mentor Program,
Collecting Swarms, Providing Pollination, Performing Structural Removals
Join my yahoo group, BeekeepingStudents
I do not facebook, text or twitter. Let’s make a human-to-human connection.
Community Activist:
Crescent Grange 136, President (Master)
Living Systems Institute, Board of Directors & Treasurer
Colorado State Beekeepers Association, Adviser to the President

CSBA Beginning Beekeeping Course (Apprentice) @ The Ranch
Oct 11 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Interested in becoming a beekeeper or have bees and are in need of learning more about the basics? 
 
This class, lead by a group of experienced beekeepers, will cover all the basics from: familiarizing yourself with the equipment needed for a Langstroth style hive, bee biology and understanding the members within a bee hive, how to manage and maintain a hive your first year, as well as discuss pests and diseases.
 
The class dates are Saturdays October 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-Loveland / Ft Collins Meeting room (5280 Arena Cir, Loveland, CO 80538). Coffee/teas will be served with limited snacks.
Oct
13
Mon
CSU Monarch Butterfly Conservation Lecture @ E008 Plant Sciences Building
Oct 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management Seminar

Scott Hoffman Black
Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

“Landscape-level monarch butterfly conservation: how farmers, federal and state agencies, and others can help save this iconic species”

Monday, October 13, 2014
12:00 p.m.
E008 Plant Sciences Building

Oct
14
Tue
Beginning Beekeeping Course @ Boulder County Fairgrounds Natural Resources Building
Oct 14 @ 1:00 am – 3:00 am

Tuesday: October 7 – December 2, 2014

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Location:
Boulder County Fairgrounds
Natural Resources Building
9595 Nelson Road
Longmont, CO 80501

Registration and Cost:
$100 for 8 sessions
Pre-registration required

Register via the BCBA website:
http://www.bouldercountybeekeepers.org/classes/

Mail payment to:
BCBA Bee Class
P.O. Box 383
Niwot, CO 80544

Contact:
Tom Nangle
303-678-5631
or
Email
classes@bouldercountybeekeepers.org

Description:
Since 1998 the Boulder County Beekeepers Association has provided this multi-session class to beginning and novice beekeepers. Participants come with an interest in bees, their place in our world, and to learn what is involved in managing bee hives. Whether you are brand new to the hobby or have some experience the class provides opportunities to learn from a team of long-time beekeepers.

Topics include:

The Beekeeper’s Year
The History of Beekeeping in Colorado
Honey Bee Biology
Alternative Approaches to Beekeeping
Hardware, Equipment and Tools
Honey Bee Health – Pests & Diseases
How to Install a Package
Bees & Wasps of Colorado

The program’s mission is to develop knowledgeable beekeeping ambassadors to help educate and inform the larger community.

For more information or to register visit the Boulder County Beekeepers Association website http://www.bouldercountybeekeepers.org/classes/

Directions:

https://www.google.com/maps/dir//40.154195,-105.129847/@40.1541899,-105.1641798,13z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m4!4m3!1m0!1m1!4e1?hl=en

Oct
17
Fri
Neonic Pesticides and the Prospects for Future Life on Planet Earth @ Salt Lake Community College
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Eco Bee Box and Albert Chubak has invited G. Philip Hughes of the White House Writers Group from Washington, DC., to present “Let Me Tell You ’Bout the Birds and the Bees: Neonic Pesticides and the Prospects for Future Life on Planet Earth.

Time: October Friday 17th at 7pm
Place: Salt Lake Community College at 9750 South 300 West, Sandy, Utah.
Limited seating – $5 per person. Call or text 801-654-9700 to reserve a seat. Please prepare to be seated prior to 7pm. I urge all Utah beekeepers to attend as well as those interested in our environment.

Phillip Hughes has served in many senior policy posts in the White House and Departments of State, Commerce and Defense. These positions involved him in intelligence, trade, diplomacy, including finalizing negotiations of the Missile Technology Control, enforcement of US export control and anti-boycott laws, overseeing operation of the National Security Council for H.W. Bush and ambassadorships in Latin America, Eastern Caribbean, and Barbados. Ambassador Hughes is a graduate of the University of Dayton and holds graduate degrees from Tuft’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Harvard University. He is currently a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic & International Studies. Senior Vice President and Secretary of council of American Ambassadors, a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training, and Adjunct Professor of Diplomacy at the Institute of World Politics in Washington D.C.

Oct
18
Sat
CSBA Beginning Beekeeping Course (Apprentice) @ The Ranch
Oct 18 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Interested in becoming a beekeeper or have bees and are in need of learning more about the basics? 
 
This class, lead by a group of experienced beekeepers, will cover all the basics from: familiarizing yourself with the equipment needed for a Langstroth style hive, bee biology and understanding the members within a bee hive, how to manage and maintain a hive your first year, as well as discuss pests and diseases.
 
The class dates are Saturdays October 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-Loveland / Ft Collins Meeting room (5280 Arena Cir, Loveland, CO 80538). Coffee/teas will be served with limited snacks.