Swarm season is in full swing and I want to take the time to thank all of our swarm catchers and hive removers for all of their efforts, this season and every season! It is a heck of a lot of work to be on call during swarm season. This year, as in the past 6 years, I have run the swarm hotline for Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association (NCBA). I have kept track of all calls received during the swarm season over this period. I am glad that I have because I can analyze the data and compare it to previous years. For example, I can see that there are certain areas that are having far less swarms and areas that are seeing more. I can see there are areas that started a tad earlier and ended earlier, too. In fact, there is a lot of interpretation that can be made. The data is fascinating.
It does make me think that, as a statewide entity, we need to be doing a far better job of managing information. NCBA has data–but do any of the other participating associations or commercial operations? If you do, I would sure like you to share. If you do not, I think you should consider beginning the collection process or, better yet, helping the State Association to implement a centralized process that will help us all. It is very difficult to convince the public, as well as any State and Federal agencies, that you have a potential issue or a problem if you have nothing more than heresay evidence to present. Data collection on winter losses; package losses; swarm season, honey production, etc. all need to be collected so that appropriate decisions can be made.
At both the Summer meeting and the Winter meeting, the CSBA has a business meeting where one of the topics of discussion is planning future goals. You can rest assured that data collection will be near the top of my list for funding and priority for next year. Start thinking now of what you would like to see the CSBA do that would be of the most help to ensure the future success of your business or organization and come to one or both of the meetings and share your thoughts. Your participation will make a difference and the CSBA welcomes your input. Can’t make a meeting? Send me an email or give me a call.
CSBA Summer Meeting–June 16th
The CSBA Summer meeting will take place on Saturday, June 16th at the apiary of Paul Limbach in Silt. The final agenda for the CSBA Summer Meeting is ready and will feature Colorado beekeeping and beekeeping issues. Pre-registration will begin at 8:15 am and a full day of speakers will follow. This year, in light of the economy, the meeting is FREE to CSBA members and a mere $10.00 for non-members. A fully catered lunch will be available for $15.00. The Holiday Inn Express in Silt has given us a lodging discount, too. Last year, we held a “Beekeepers Ball” at the Pullman in Glenwood Springs. It was a 6 course meal and featured HONEY–of all things. As it was such a success, we will be repeating it this year. All information regarding the Summer meeting can be found on the CSBA website under Event Calendar/summermeeting or by clicking here.
Pollinator Week follows hot on the heels of the Summer Meeting beginning June 18th and ending June 24th. This year, the CSBA is running a trial promotion in Larimer and Boulder counties. We are working with NCBA, BCBA and BBB Seed company and will have booths at 18 area participating nurseries and garden centers which will feature pollinator information. In addition, the booths will be manned on June 23rd from 10-2 with beekeepers to answer questions from the general public. Can you help? If so, we could use a few more beekeeping folk to assist. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-213-3099. You do not need to set up or tear down. You just need to be present for the shift.
The CSBA printed 10,000 copies of 2 of the brochures available from the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC): “Inviting Bees to Your Property–No Fear of Stings” and “Solving your Pest Problems without Harming Pollinators”. Follow this link to check them out for yourselves. Do you need some for your outreach efforts? Please contact me at email@example.com or 970-213-3099 and I will get you some.
The swarm at Coors Field during the Rockies game sure put bees in the media! Coors Field is to be commended for their handling of the situation. MSN carried an incendierary headline but the video was good. I loved it because all the fans just flapped their programs and the game went on. No one ran screaming through the stands. My right hand web man, Tim Hardy, has set up another heading on our website for “Bees in the News”. Go to Resources/Bees in the News to watch some video and read some articles on local bee folk.
As always, please feel free to email/call me with any suggestions or concerns you may have. Thank you for being a member. I hope to see you at the Summer Meeting!