The Summer Bee College is on June 11th!  Pre-registrations top 80 right now so THANK YOU to all of you who have pre-registered.  I am releasing this HCB early to remind you that TOMORROW, MAY 31, it the expiration day for the Early Bee Discount!  If you have been thinking about coming to the Summer Bee College, then do it RIGHT NOW and take advantage of the savings! (Only $15 for lunch AND the meeting!)

American Foulbrood Report

The CSBA has received a report of nucs delivered into southern Colorado from a producer in the Grand Junction area.  I, myself, do not know the names of the involved parties but I do know that American Foulbrood is HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS and ALWAYS LETHAL.  American Foulbrood is the reason that Apiary Inspectors came into existence.  Regrettably, we do not have an apiary inspector program in Colorado.  This means that the burden is upon the beekeeping community to self regulate. Do YOU know the symptoms of American Foulbrood so YOU can take care of YOUR colonies?  This is extremely important!  Come to Dr. Carolina Nyarady's talk at the Summer Bee College and familiarize yourself with this disease.

CSBA Summer Bee College Right Around the Corner!

You guys are doing a terrific job of pre-registering for the College with over 80 pre-registrations already received!  The College will be held in Silt/Rifle on June 11, 2016. The Early Bee discount will be ending TOMORROW, May 31!  Take advantage of the super deal to attend--a mere $5.  Add another $10 for a full lunch including tip and taxes.  All information, including pre-registration forms, maps, schedule and speaker bios are to be found here.

Tony Fronczek has worked with the Farm Fresh Cafe in Rifle and has a wonderful meal lined up for us for lunch.  Remember that the cost of the College WITH lunch included is only $15!!!!!!!  It would be really, really helpful if you would continue to pre-register so that we can get an estimated head count to the restaurant by the end of the month when the Early Bee discount runs out.  So--take advantage of the discount and pre-register NOW!

The Beekeepers Ball has only 6 seats remaining.  Have you checked out the menu?  Molly and crew have come up with another winning menu and you should treat yourself to a delightful evening of fine food and conversation at Maud's in New Castle.  Pre-register here.

Summer Bee College--Master Beekeeper Apprentice Test

will be administered at the Summer Bee College.  Are you interested in taking your beekeeping to the next level?  You should consider the CSBA Master Beekeeper Program (MBK) program.  Dr. Nyarady and her team have done a wonderful job putting together this program.  The Apprentice level is the first step on your journey to the Master level.  All info on the program can be found on the Master Beekeeping Program web page.  I encourage you to join your fellow beekeepers in improving your knowledge and beekeeping skills.  YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER!  For those of you who have pre-registered, please be sure to bring all the gear you need to perform a hive inspection.  

Summer Bee College--QUEENS!  

I was unable to attend the ABF conference this past January but sent Laurent Cilia as the delegate for Colorado.  One of the responsibilities of the delegates is to sell raffle tickets.  The CSBA lessened this burden by purchasing a book of tickets.  Laurent won us 50 queens from Wooter's and Strachan's in California.  The queens will arrive in Silt on Thursday, June 9, and will be placed in a queen bank for the meeting.  Do you need queens?  Take a chance of winning some at the Summer Bee College--merely by showing up.  The rest of the queens will be sold as a fundraiser for the CSBA.  Make an offer at the meeting and take home some queens while simultaneously supporting the CSBA!

Summer Bee College--Swarm Photo Contest

Have you taken a great shot of a bee swarm?  Share it and see if you can win the CSBA's Swarm Photo Contest.  Send all entries to me at by June 4 and I will put together a presentation and ballots for attendees to vote for the winner.  I am still figuring out a prize but assure you it will be worth your while to submit your photo.  I've seen some great ones so far this season and am looking forward to seeing some more.  At present, there are not enough entries to host this event.  It is not as though we are short on photos--we are just short on ENTERED photos.

Beekeepers Ball

There are only 6 seats left for the Beekeepers Ball.  Pre-register here.  This event is a LOT of fun.  The food, atmosphere and camaraderie are not to be missed.  All our speakers will be there, too.

Pollinator Summit

The CSBA is pleased to be joint sponsor, along with People and Pollinators Action Network (PPAN) and the Butterfly Pavilion, of the first ever Colorado Pollinator Summit.  This gathering will bring together organizations working on the conservation and protection of Colorado’s pollinators. This timely meeting will include featured speaker Michele Colopy of Pollinator Stewardship Council (and a special guest!), breakout sessions focused on collaboration, and networking opportunities. The event will be held at the Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC) in Boulder.  The event is FREE.  Pre-registration is available on Eventbrite.  Are you working on pollinator issues in your community?  Then you should attend!  Know someone else who is?  Then you should invite them, too!  There are well over 100 registrants at this time.  This is an indicator of how high the interest is in pollinator health.  I hope to see you there.

Master Beekeeper Program

The CSBA Journeyperson Master Beekeepers need to work on their disease diagnostic skills!  As such, they will be offering free diagnostic testing for CSBA members.  A complete list of Journeyperson candidates offering this service, as well as the requirements for sample submissions, will be posted to the CSBA Master Beekeeper page soon!

Of Interest

ABF's Conversation with a Beekeeper:  Creating Critical Pollinator Habitat with the Honey Bees and Monarch Butterfly Partnership with Pete Berthelsen May 31.  I have heard Pete speak and he is very good.  Register here.

The Corn Dust bee kills continue:

Secrets of Resistant Varroa Revealed

NASS (National Agricultural Statistics Survey) Colorado Honey Bee Colony loss report  Commercial Honey Bee Colonies down 8%.

Gardener's Flock to Bees Defense and Dump Pesticide Way to vote with your pocketbook!

As always,

Thank you for being a member.

Beth Conrey