Swarm season looks to have come to a close without so much as a whimper. Here we all were, busy as bees, and then poof! it was over. Swarm season was basically on time but very intense. To all of you who are swarm catchers, hats off to you! To all of you who are swarm dispatchers, you are saints! Sincere gratitude goes to all of the structural removers who will continue to do their best to remove hives from structures for the rest of the summer.
I am heading to the river and will return on the 4th. I will be out of all electronic communication range while I am gone. Have a wonderful Independence Day.
CSBA Summer Bee College Recap
With over 130 people in attendance, the CSBA Summer College was another rousing success! The decision to reverse the morning and afternoon sessions was validated as a good one as temps were will into the 90's that day. Thank you to our morning hands-on presenters, Tina Sebestyen, Don Studinski, Greg Rye, Vera Krischik and Derrick Maness. After lunch at the Farm Fresh Cafe, the afternoon sessions began with featured speaker Vera Krischik on her imidacloprid work. Randy Mandel's presentation on pollinators and their food sources was well received. Paul Limbach gave a slide presentation on the history of NW beekeeping that was high entertainment! Dr. Carolina Nyarady had a tough spot to fill as last speaker of the day but did not fail us with her fine and well-researched presentation on brood diseases. Kudos to all of our speakers! Your efforts on our behalf are much appreciated. Special thanks goes to CSAB VP Paul Limbach and to Tony Fronczek for their organizational efforts. It is a LOT OF WORK to put on an event of this magnitude and all went extremely well. Did you lose a glove or a pair of glasses? I have them and am happy to return them to you if you give me an address.
The College wouldn't be complete without the Beekeepers Ball and hats off to the owners and staff at Maud's on Main in New Castle for their 3rd year of hosting the event. The caliber of the food was fantastic as was the camaraderie and networking. I just love this event and hope it continues after my departure as your president.
Yes, I am not rerunning for the role of President at the Winter Meeting in November. I announced this at the end of last year but, as the end of my third term is in sight, it bears repeating. This organization works for YOU, the beekeeper. Please keep it viable and pertinent by participating in some form or fashion. In November, Officer and Advisor elections will be held. There are many positions open and all of them could use fresh insight and inspiration. Please consider running for an office. It would be good to have a contested election. The elections will be held on Saturday, November 5th at the CSBA Winter Meeting at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Details will be forthcoming.
Pollinator Summit Recap
Why on earth I decided to host 2 events of such magnitude in the same week is beyond me! The first annual Pollinator Summit was hosted by the CSBA, People and Pollinators Action Network (PPAN) and the Butterfly Pavilion. With over 175 registrants representing 90 agencies and organizations, interest in Pollinator Health is clearly at an all-time high. Here's a than you note from the organizers.
We can't thank you enough for taking time from your busy life to join us yesterday for the Summit. This was indeed a first step in a long journey!
We appreciate how you participated with an open mind and shared your thoughts in breakout groups, on breaks and at lunch. We hope you made some great new connections and that you will use the directory sent in the previous email to reach out.
Please be on the lookout for the post-summit survey. We will be sending that out within the next two weeks, asking for your evaluation as well as your interest in participating in a network going forward.
Special thanks to our facilitators and note takers who took such good care of our 19 breakout sessions.
Thanks to Whole Foods, King Soopers and Chef Connie Gordon for fueling us, and to CU Environmental Center for hosting this event.
But mostly, thank you to YOU for bringing your unique skills and perspective.
As Beth Conrey reminded us at closing, United we stand. Divided we fall. If we want to make a difference, it will be together. We look forward to working with you for years to come as the network grows.
p.s. For those that weren't able to attend, we understand that life happens! You'll receive the post-summit survey and hopefully we'll meet soon.
Dr. Reed Johnson from Ohio State University will be teaching the Master Beekeeping Journeyperson class on August 13 and we have arranged for him to conduct a talk on Friday, August 12. Mark your calendars NOW and details will be provided in the August High Country Bee on venue and timing.
Dave Goulson, author (A Sting in the Tale, A Buzz in the Meadow), biologist, conservationist and all around cool guy, has accepted a speaking slot at the Jaipur Literature Festival in Boulder in late September. Dave is the leading authority on bumblebees in the world and is founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. The CSBA and PPAN will be hosting Dave for a very special Beevent after the literature festival concludes on Monday, September 26th. Stay tuned for further details but be sure to not miss Dave while he is in the country.
Colorado State Fair
The Colorado State Fair will be coming up at the end of August, the 24th through September 5th. For the past 3 years, with the grateful assistance of Ronda Koski, we have had a presence at the Fair. Hopefully, this year our newly minted Pueblo Bee Club will be able to provide us with some maintenance throughout the event. If you are going to the Fair, we would love some help! Details forthcoming.
CSBA is in need of a new webmaster. This individual will be responsible for all aspects of CSBA's website including setting up a Member Only section. The webmaster also manages Facebook. This is a paid position. Please submit a resume to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
Holy Cow is there a lot of cool new stuff out there!
Friends of the Earth--Buzz Kill--How the Pesticide Industry is clipping the wings of of bee protection efforts across the US
Bee Thinking's Bee Survey
One Thousand Bees Art Show--Simply beautiful!
ABF Call for Presentations--Another JOINT conference taking place in Galveston on January 10-14, 2017.
Emerald Ash Borer found in Longmont. Distressing for both trees and bees!
As always, thank you for being a member!