High Country Bee, Edition 2, Volume 9, September, 2013

September 4, 2013 Beth Conrey blog

Happy September!  Normally, September is when I harvest my honey but not this year.  This year my husband’s niece in Montana decided to claim Honey Harvest Day as her Wedding Day.  Just as well as I was out of equipment and could barely move the supers I had on they were so full!  All around Northern CO, I am hearing tales of bumper honey crops while in the SW section I am told they are feeding.  There is no justice in agriculture or apiculture.  For those of you with a wonderful harvest, enjoy!  For those of you without, let’s hope for a mild winter and a better crop next year.

The CSBA Road Show will be making its final 2 stops in Brighton and Durango this upcoming weekend.  This has been a lot of fun and incredibly educational for those involved.  Interest has been high and I hope to continue the road show next year, too.

Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation Lecture Series

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation is a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. Established in 1971, the Society is at the forefront of invertebrate protection, harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to implement conservation programs worldwide. The Colorado State Beekeepers Association, along with Colorado State University and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, will be hosting the Xerces Society’s Executive Director, Scott Hoffman Black, for a lecture series September 24th through 26th, 2013.

Tuesday, September 24th – Lafayette

Bring Back the Pollinators: Scott Hoffman Black will discuss the importance of insect pollinators, what groups of insects provide pollination services in North America and conservation measures that can be taken to provide habitat for pollinators.  Scott will also discuss how each and every one of us can play an important role in pollinator conservation.

Time: 7pm

Location: Theater in Art Center, Alexander Dawson School, 10455 Dawson Drive, Lafayette, CO 80026

Directions: Please find a map of the Alexander Dawson School here (theater in art center #1 on map). The school is very easy to find and get to for the Boulder and Brighton Beekeeping groups and I expect strong attendance from both.  It also has great parking.

Tickets: $5 for non-CSBA members, $5 suggested donation for CSBA members

Wednesday, September 25 – Fort Collins

Citizen Science and Invertebrate Conservation:  A look at how citizen science can help with our conservation efforts and an overview of Xerces citizen science efforts.  Bumble bees, migratory dragonflies, monarchs and freshwater mussels.

Time: 12pm (noon)

Location: Behavioral Science Building, Room 103, Colorado State University.

Directions: The Behavioral Science building is located north of Pitkin with parking to the east. With school in session parking may be limited. Please allow time to park and walk to building. Click here for a map of the CSU campus, then click on printable PDF for a plain map (Behavioral Science building on grid is on 5 between D and E).  Hopefully, we will see some NCBA members in attendance!

Tickets:  FREE for CSBA members and students.  Donations gladly accepted.

Thursday, September 26 – Denver

Bringing Back the Pollinators: Scott Hoffman Black will discuss the importance of insect pollinators, what groups of insects provide pollination services in North America and conservation measures that can be taken to provide habitat for pollinators.  Scott will also discuss how each and every one of us can play an important role in pollinator conservation.
Link to DMNS lecture.

Time: 7 pm

Location: Ricketson Auditorium, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80205

Tickets/registration: $8 adult member (DMNS and *CSBA); $10 for non-members.

*Please note that DMNS has set up a special promotional code for CSBA members.  Use promo code: CSBKA when purchasing tickets on the Museum webstore to get the same rate as DMNS members. Enter the number of nonmember tickets you wish to purchase, add to cart, and enter the promo code on the next page.

EACH EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and I would appreciate you “spreading the word” in your community.  We will also be putting notices on the community pages of local radio stations and newspapers.  Any further suggestions on where to advertise would be appreciated.  Please contact me at 970-213-3099 or email me at president@coloradobeekeepers.org.

Please support our efforts to bring in additional speakers throughout the year.  I always learn something from our guests and I hope to see you at one of the lectures.

National Honey Month

September is National Honey Month according to the National Honey Board.  In fact, it has been recognized as national honey month for over 20 years! The National Honey Board has press kits available for delivery to local media, at no cost to beekeepers.  Please contact Andrea at the Honey Board at Andrea@nhb.org or 800-553-7162 to request your kit.  The National Honey Board is located right here in Colorado and you should visit their website every so often to see what’s new.

September Activities

WOW!  There are some pretty neat events going on around the State in September!

On September 14th, To Bee or Not to Bee will be hosting the Honeybee Jubilee!  All the details may be found on the CSBA calendar.   As this is the aforementioned wedding day, I will not be able to attend and I am TOTALLY BUMMED about that–but it will give someone else a chance to win in the baking contest…

On September 28th, Denver Urban Homesteading will be hosting the Colorado Honey Festival.  All the details may be found on the CSBA calendar.  I will be in attendance at this event and am looking forward to it.  I attended “The Bee Festival” at DUH this spring and there must’ve been 800 people in attendance!

Finally, Brent Edelen of Grampa’s Gourmet Honey is really shaking things up in Southern CO!  He has opened a new store in Alamosa and is hosting his first annual honey and food pairing event featuring his line of gourmet honeys and Laz Ewe 2 cheese and local fruits.  The event is free and the whole family is welcome.

Again, please support your local beekeepers and beekeeping community.  Together, we’re better!

Of Interest:

A Sperm Bank for Better Bees

Swingle Relocates Bee Colony–I wish all of the tree companies were this bee considerate!

As always, thank you for being a member!

Beth Conrey

President

president@coloradobeekeepers.org

970-213-3099

 

 

 

 

 

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