Event Calendar

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Hive Startup: Installing Nucleus Hives and Package Bees Part 2 of 2 @ The Inn at Hudson Gardens
Apr 19 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 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.

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Backyard Beekeeping 101 @ Wardle Feed and Pet Supply
Apr 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

What is it?

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


$35 per couple


10AM to NOON

What does it cover?

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

How can I sign up?

Call 303-424-6455 or use the link above to sign up through the online form
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Pikes Peak Beekeeping Association Special Meeting
Apr 19 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

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

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Backyard Beekeeping @ Buckley's Homestead Supply
Apr 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


–Installation of bee package

–Hive Maintenance

–Honey Collection

–Winterization of Hive

–A Beekeeper’s Year

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Cortez Bee Club Meeting @ Let It Grow Nursery, Cortez
Apr 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

For those of you who missed our first meeting we had a great turn-out, Tina showed up from our recent bee school and really
helped out. We established our next two meeting site and times:

Tuesday April 22nd at 6:30 pm at the Cortez Journal Public Meeting Room

Tuesday May 20th at 6:30 pm at the Cortez Journal Public Meeting Room

I spoke with Jude of Let-it-Grow, and starting in June he would be open later in the evening and would like us to have our meetings
back at the Let-it-Grow nursery. I think that sounded like a great idea, probably better ambience. So we can talk about that some more.

Okay, hope everyone is enjoying the early spring…maybe the wind will slow down a bit, hopefully.

Alright, see all of you soon!

Curtis Pattillo
Cortez Bee Club Coordinator

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