High Country Bee, Edition 3, Volume 3

March 1, 2014 Beth Conrey blog

March is finally here and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  March is a tough month in the bee business.  It is the month of many losses.

One way to help ensure that your bees make it through the month is by feeding them.  Many do not–and for a host of different reasons.  I feed my bees for one reason–it is a cheap insurance policy.  I’d rather throw the sugar water out than buy bees and sometimes, that is the only difference.  Feeding cane sugar in a 1:1 ratio with water in a hive top feeder is my methodology of choice.

I usually like to have all my feeders out by President’s Day–but the flood has done nothing for my schedule–and I am behind.  I got 10 put out the other day and was pleased with the size of the clusters.  Out of the 10, 8 were splittable and 2 were fine sized–just not big enough to split in half any time soon.  None were weak.  Next warm day, take a peak in yours.  Consider giving them some food.  They’ve made it this far–see if you can get them over the finish line!

Educational Offerings

Thank you to all of you who attended the Diana Sammataro talk series along the Front Range.  All of the talks were attended at anticipated levels and the CSBA appreciates your support!

First, is Michael Bush.  He is coming to Durango courtesy of the 4 Corners Beekeeping Club on March 15th.  All details can be found on the CSBA Event Calendar.  Well done 4 Corners!

Next will be the CSBA Summer Meeting featuring Dr. Jim Tew.  The Summer Meeting will be held June 14th at Western CO Honey in Silt.  Paul has got a new and bigger space for us to have our meeting this year! (We have been having a heck of a time keeping our venues ahead of our attendance.) Plan on both sitting AND hearing the speakers this year!  Plans are coming together quickly and most of the details will be finalized this month.  Stay tuned!

Rumor has it Jerry Hayes of Monsanto will be here in the summer, too.  Waiting on details.

CSBA advisor, Don Studinski of Honeybee Keep, has finished the legwork of a seminar with Ross Conrad in January of 2015 already!  Ross will be teaching an ADVANCED beekeeping class at the Crescent Grange in Broomfield on January 24, 2015 from 8:30 am to 5 pm.  Class is limited to 30 adults.  Advance registration and payment of $150 is due by March 31, 2014.  Price includes morning beverages, lunch and afternoon fruit pick-me-up.  The CSBA Event Calendar has all the details.

Click here for a registration form.  Call Don if you have any further questions.  303-248-6477.

Agritourism

The CO Heritage and Agritourism Program is of great interest to me for a few reasons but mainly because it has a dedicated generous funding stream.  In the current legislative session, there is a bill that the program is sponsoring that could use your support.  It is HB14-280–Agritourism Limited Civil Liability.  One of the main reasons that I do not allow classrooms to come to my beekeeping operation is because I do not want to worry about liability if someone gets stung.  Further, this type of insurance is expensive!  This bill attempts to address those concerns by limiting liability for engagement in agritourism activities similar to the waiver granted to ski areas on “inherent risk” and “personal liability”.  Please contact your representative and senator and show your support for this bill.  Thank you.

I am meeting with one of the Board members of the Agritourism program on Monday to see how we can further capitalize on this program within our industry and will keep you posted.

Bee Kill Info

I am working on a project of great importance to all of you and I need some data.  If you have had a bee kill, for any reason, within the past 10 years, AND YOU REPORTED IT TO THE CDA, I would like the CDA case number and any other info you do not mind sharing.  The sooner the better on the data, please.  THANK YOU!!!!

Bee People

Leslie Ellis, president of CO Women Who Bee and a filmmaker, has had her movie BEE PEOPLE accepted by the Denver Film Society’s Women+Film festival.  It will be shown at the Sie Center on Saturday 3/22 at 12:30. Tickets on sale now.  Here’s the link: http://www.denverfilm.org/filmcenter/detail.aspx?id=26306

Of Interest

Help the Monarchs–All of these actions will help your bees, too.

The National Honey Board is offering a new cookbook, “Delicious Dishes and Tasty Treats: Honey Recipes for Every Occasion”, in limited quantities for $5.  Contact the NHB at 800-553-7162.

USDA Spends 3 MILLION dollars on FORAGE for bees   I think this is a step in the right direction even if there are folks that disagree.

A new citizen science project from our friends at the Xerces Society (and some other friends of theirs, too)–Bumble Bee Watch!

Urban Bees using plastic to build hives

High fructose corn syrup implicated in bee losses

For Sale:

This just came in:  Forest Hill Woodworking

Looking for drums or burlap?

We have two things that I wondered if you, or a beekeeper you may know, would have interest in.  (Who knows, maybe you could maybe make a “coop” buy with some of your fellow apiculturists!?!)

1)      Used 55 gal Steel Drums w/ Locking Lids.  We just got in a semi load of these barrels.  All the barrels previously contained, you guessed it, honey.  Selling these for $40/barrel in small quantities or $20/barrel if you purchase a whole semi load of Qty 250.  Location of Barrels:  Denver, CO  (see attached pictures)

2)      We also have burlap sacks for sale.  We’ve had beekeepers purchase these to burn in their smokers.  These are bales of burlap sacks with approximately 600 sacks per bale.  The bags are typically in the 30″ x 40″ size range.  Price is $475/bale which includes FREE SHIPPING.

Damon Carson  repurposedMATERIALS  303.321.1471

www.repurposedmaterialsinc.com   www.repurposedauctions.com

Denver Location:  Hours: 9am-5pm Mon-Fri   Address: 10220 Brighton Rd, Unit 7 Henderson, CO 80640 (NE Denver…1 mi north of Mile High Flea Market)

As always, thank you for being a member!

Beth Conrey

President

president@coloradobeekeepers.org

970-213-3099

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