High Country Bee, Edition 2, Volume 12, December, 2013

December 3, 2013 Beth Conrey blog


Thank YOU for attending the best CSBA Winter meeting that we’ve had under my watch!  There were well over 100 of you in attendance and the Douglas County Fairgrounds were simply perfect for the event.

We are expecting a major change in the weather tomorrow and I am hustling to replace all of my insulators that were destroyed by the flood.  Today is my final day to get them on–so that will be the plan.

As president of the CSBA, I find that people occasionally forget that I actually run a business, too.  In fact, I have a family also!   Between these 2 commitments, and the flood cleanup exercise, I am behind.  Please forgive me.  It has been a trying few months and the light is not at the end of the tunnel yet–but it is getting closer–and I do not think it is a train.

Happy Holidays to all of you from the CSBA leadership.  Enjoy the time with your loved ones.


The CSBA relies heavily on volunteers to accomplish its lofty goals every year.  As you can see from the events listed below, this is an ongoing need.  There are lots of different ways that you can volunteer for CSBA without being in the limelight.  Please consider helping on CSBA projects.  It is most appreciated.  Next month, I will feature some volunteering opportunities on CSBA committees.


What the heck is that?  The quasquicentennial is the 125th anniversary celebration of the CSBA’s incorporation!  How many entities can you think of that have survived 125 years?  This is an event truly worth celebrating and we are planning on doing so for all of 2014!  Due to the ongoing nature of the celebration, there is a great need for volunteers around the state to make sure that each of your communities is aware of this milestone and can participate in educational events if they choose to do so.  Tony Fronczek is all pumped up about FINALLY participating in a valuable way at the Colorado State Fair in 2014.  He would like some help.  Unfortunately, being the social media idiot that I am, I can not find his contact info.  Just get in touch with me and I will figure out how to get in touch with Tony.

Winter Meeting Recap

The Winter Meeting was a tremendous success!  This year, we moved to Kirk Hall at the Douglas County Fairground facility right off of I-25 and Exit 181 in Castle Rock.  The venue was perfect–generously sized so there were tables available for all attendees; adequate room for vendors; proper facilities for the caterer and plentiful and close parking.  The weather, too, cooperated and we had beekeepers in attendance from all corners of the state as a result!

Our featured speaker was Dave Mendes and he gave 2 down-to-earth, practical speeches on his beekeeping operation, Headwaters Farm, and on what works for bee nutrition in his operation.  Dave runs 20,000 hives which is darn close to the number of hives that we have in the entire state!  I will get the slides of his presentation posted to the CSBA site soon–especially the “recipe” for his protein patties.  It would be good if we could get a little protein patty manufacturing operation going to capitalize on some cost savings…

The BIG MONEY HONEY contest had over 60 entries this year and kept our honey judges busy the entire day!  Special thanks goes to Chief Judge, Nancy Stead, for persevering through all of the entries.  She was joined by Mike Halby and John Hartley who also deserve a round of applause for their efforts.  The grand prize winner was Debi Daly for her light honey–extending the Daly dynasty supremacy for yet another year.  This makes 3!  CONGRATULATIONS to the Professionals!  Second place overall went to David Izaguirre of Izzy’s Honey in Greeley for his beeswax and third place overall went to Don Studinski for his amber honey.  Competition was stiff in all categories and I am delighted that we had such a strong showing!  This contest just keeps getting better and better–but it is not quite perfect yet.  I am going to solicit the Daly’s assistance in fixing the final few details that need to be addressed and, hopefully, next year we can claim perfection.

This year, we also hosted a Silent Auction for Flood and Fire victims and nearly $1000 was raised!  A HUGE THANK YOU to all who donated to the Silent Auction as well as to all who engaged in the bidding.  A final tally is still in the works and then the money will need to be distributed.  If you sustained losses relating to either the floods or fire this year, please contact me so that we may attempt to offset some of your losses through this fund.

Summer Meeting

We don’t rest on our laurels around here!  The Summer Meeting will be held in Silt on June 14th, 2014.  We have outgrown Paul’s facility, too and are looking at alternative venues for the morning lecture session.  We will keep you posted but mark your calendars now because the featured speaker will be Jim Tew!

WAS Conference 2015

Colorado is the proud host of the Western Apicultural Society Conference for 2015!  This is an exciting opportunity for us and I am looking forward to it.  This will be a joint meeting of the CSBA and WAS.  Very preliminary efforts are underway to research various conference facilities around the state and, if you are interested in helping, we could use your assistance!  Contact me and I will get you all together.  Let’s make this the best WAS conference yet!

Of Interest

There is a bill in Congress that needs your support called the Save America’s Pollinators Act.  A link can be found here.  You may notice, if you go to the site, that not a single Colorado representative is a co-sponsor!    Please, please, please, make the time to contact YOUR representative and let them know you support his bill.  There are several petitions circulating online, too–but calls and emails are better!

Restoring the Balance in Beekeeping by Phil Chandler

Oregon Restricts Pesticides after 50,000 Bumblebees were killed this summer

Crop Pollination Exposes Honey Bees to Pesticides Which Alters Their Susceptibility to the Gut Pathogen Nosema ceranae

Europe is banning bee-harmful pesticides.  The US should take a lead.

Monarch Butterfly Migration at Lowest Number on Record–I find this so terribly sad!

As always, thank you for being a member!

Beth Conrey









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