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Jan
1
Wed
SouthEast Beekeepers Club @ North Pinery Firehouse
Jan 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

We’re looking forward to a crowd again – but this time YOU all are our speakers.  Please come and bring observations about your hives/bees, questions that we can share and maybe answer, news about what’s going on in the bee community, maybe how you did at the Honey Festival in Parker, etc.  How are your honey supers doing?  Come and talk about them.

We are a good group of beekeepers, both old and new, so do come and share the bees with us.  Everyone is welcome.

Also, if you’d like, bring a dish for our put luck.  The club will furnish utensils, napkins, plates, and water.  Who knew – great beekeepers = great cooks…..There may be honey for sale at the meeting.

The library will be there also for your use.

For you newbees, the parking lot in front of the firehouse fills up rapidly, but there is plenty of parking just past the firehouse in an athletic field public parking lot.

We hope to see you there.  Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or need directions to the firehouse.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

Most participants come to the Beekeeping Class with an interest bees, their place in our world, and to learn just what is involved in beekeeping. Some are completely new to the hobby while others have been or are current beekeepers wishing to refine and update their knowledge.

The program’s mission is to develop knowledgeable beekeeping ambassadors to help educate and inform the larger community. The welfare of bees and beekeeping is of utmost importance, now more than ever, so the program aims to improve awareness of beekeeping issues in Boulder County, Colorado and beyond.

Course Topics
A Beginner’s Year
The History of Beekeeping in Colorado
Honey Bee Biology
Bees & Wasps of Colorado
Honey Bee Health
Alternative Approaches to Beekeeping
The Hardware of Beekeeping
The Beekeeper’s Year

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

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

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

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

Class will be held at The Inn at Hudson Gardens.

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

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Brighton Beekeepers Monthly Meeting @ Brighton Agfinity Store
Jan 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The Brighton Bee Club Meeting on January 8, 2014, will again be held at 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs conference room at Agfinity.  The featured speaker will be David Izaguirre, of Greeley.  David has a large apiary in Greeley, managing just under 100 hives.  His last presentation to us pertained to the insulating and winter feeding of the colonies for winter.  This month he’ll address spring buildup, feeding, splits, and other timely information for March and April.
In addition to preparing those of us who already have hives carrying over the winter, 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.
January is the month to collect member’s dues.  Please have $20 cash or check available for David Brenton to collect.  The $20 dues covers each family, not each person, for the year – what a bargain!  Once collected, the club can forward to the CSBA its share of the dues, for membership with the state club.  Don’t hesitate!  Good things come in small packages, and this small membership fee certainly provides good things.
As her final offering to the club, former Treasurer Diana Heyneker presented the 2013 accounts, indicating a deposit of $860 from sale of honey this last fall.  With that input, the club’s ending balance was $1,085.00, with which the club can expand its apiary and purchase equipment to assist club members with beekeeping chores.  Some monies will go toward enticing excellent speakers and advertising efforts.  In retrospect, Brighton Bee Club is becoming a beneficial and recognized community entity.  Congratulations on giving the pollinators a well-deserved boost last year!
Keep up the momentum – we’ll see each other Wednesday night!
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