Pikes Peak Beekeeping Association Special Meeting

April 3, 2014 admin
When:
April 19, 2014 @ 10:00 am – April 19, 2014 @ 8:00 pm
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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

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