High Country Bee Edition 2, Volume 3, March, 2013

March 1, 2013 Tim Hardy blog

Finally some moisture!  Although it is no where near enough to get us back on track–it is good to see the white stuff.

I have two seasons in my world:  bee and ski.  I am square in the middle of the latter and will be out of town for the next week as a result.  I find February to be a month in which I get a tremendous amount of work caught up and woodenware constructed.  Feeders are out and, with the anticipated break in the weather this weekend, I will see if the girls are touching them.

I have spent quite a bit of time traveling to various Club meetings this past month and am impressed by all of the new faces.  I hope we can engage and inspire the newest members of our ranks to help shoulder some of the volunteer responsibilities of both their regional and state associations.

As threatened, I am catching up on recipes so there are 2 more recipes this month.  The first, Strawberries with Lavender Honey and Goat Cheese, is one of the recipes from the Meet and Greet before the Winter Meeting last year.  This is a beautiful presentation!  I get my lavender honey from France as my sister and brother-in-law live in Paris.  It won’t be long before we can start producing this on a greater scale from Western Slope lavender.  The second is Delicious Cornbread and it lives up to its name.  It is a well-balanced recipe that brings out the flavors of all the ingredients.  I felt these two to be perfect for March as we are in the transition between winter and spring.  There’s still plenty of soup and chili to be served but spring is just around the corner.

Time is running out for Packages and Nucs!

If you have not ordered your packages or nucs, then your time is rapidly running out!  All of the ads for packages and nucs can be found in one handy location here.  Don’t dally any longer if you want bee packages and nucs.

Bee Informed!

At the 2012 Winter Meeting, our featured speaker was Dennis vanEnglesdorp of the Bee Informed Partnership.  Bee Informed is a survey of bee losses and management strategies that is conducted annually.  The dates for 2013 are March 29th to April 15th.  I will send out another reminder next month.  This year, it is extremely important that you participate!  We need to know what is happening in this state with our bees and this is the easiest (and cheapest) way for us to do this.  If we get 300 people to participate, then our state data is broken out separately.  Click here for more information on the survey and understand that I will be pressuring all of you to respond.

New Sponsor–Granite Seed Company

We have a new sponsor that joined as an auxiliary member this month.  It is Granite Seed and Erosion Control.  Granite Seed offers seed mixes especially tailored to promote pollinators and bees.  They also have many forb and wildflower species available. They can be reached on the web at:  http://graniteseed.com

As many of you know, one our statewide initiatives this year is FORAGE!  Forage is crucial to the success of our bees, native bees and our honey crops!  As we prepare to enter into another drought year, thoughts of turf mitigation and planting of native and xeric species is high on the list of things that anyone can do to help our pollinating species.  Do your part and patronize our seed sponsors!

Sponsors are key to our ability to maintain and, hopefully, REDUCE our dues in the future.  Our success in attracting and maintaining sponsors hinges on your patronage.  Please, take a minute to look at the rotating ads of our sponsors and to check out their websites and purchase their product.

Summer Meeting

I know it is not even spring but I already have the Summer Meeting on my mind!  This year’s meeting will be held in its usual location which is Vice-President Paul Limbach’s home in Silt.  It will be held from 9-4 on Saturday, June 15th.  Our featured speaker will be Dr. Dewey Caron.  In addition, we will have a full agenda featuring Danny Culhane of Honeyville in Durango fame, Project apism talking about their forage initiative ad Dr. Ron Fessenden chatting about honey and health!  Afternoon workshops will focus on queen introduction with Kristina Williams and triangulation to find a wild hive with this cool little gadget of Miles McGaughey’s.  Paul and Nanci will be providing tours of their packing facility and the wildlife rehabilitation center.  I encourage you to join us in Silt on June 15th!  More information will follow soon.

As always, if you have any questions or issues, please do not hesitate to call or email.

Thank you for being a member.

Beth

 

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