High Country Bee, Edition 2, Volume 10, October, 2013

October 1, 2013 Beth Conrey blog

All–

The saying “come hell or high water” has taken on new meaning here in Colorado this year! In June, CSBA Treasurer John Hartley and his wife Donna, lost their home and bee business in the Black Forest Fire “hell”.  And on Friday, the 13th of September, many of us in Northern Colorado fell prey to “high water”.

Personally, I was flooded to the tune of 4 foot 10 inches in my basement.  It was a near total loss.  And yes, uninsured as business, homeowners and even flood insurance do not cover anything under ground level.  Thankfully, my older son Patrick came down from CSU and moved bees to higher ground and saved a lot of items in the basement.  (We were out of town at a wedding which, of course, we then missed.)   A mighty mess of mud and river water.  I have posted some photos that can be found here–if you still have any interest in looking at the damage.  But I was but one of many NoCo beekeepers adversely impacted and I only lost 4 hives.  Hundreds of hives were lost  from Longmont to Loveland and beyond.  My thoughts go out to those with heavy losses.

The CSBA has taken the liberty of setting up a donation button on our website.  In addition, I have written or emailed all of the major vendors requesting a price or shipping break to affected beekeepers as they work to rebuild their apiaries for the inevitable arrival of spring and another bee season.  Hopefully, they will be able to assist in some form.

Scott Hoffman Black

Many thanks to all of you who came to any of the Xerces Society talks featuring their Executive Director, Scott Hoffman Black.  All of the talks were well attended and I would like to extend a special thank you to Alexander Dawson School–and particularly member Tom Nangle–for their help with the Lafayette talk; to Colorado State University–and especially Drs. Boris Kondratieff and Whitney Cranshaw–for all of their organizational and promotional assistance.  Dr. Cranshaw kindly donated the use of his home to Scott for both his accommodations and an “after-party” on Wednesday evening.  Lastly, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science–and especially Liz Davis, Adult Program Coordinator–for a yet another well attended event at the DMNS.

Western Apicultural Society (WAS) Conference

There are quite a few Coloradans heading to the WAS conference in Santa Fe, NM on October 16-19th at the La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe.  For more information on lodging, conference details, maps, registration info, etc. click here.  Here is a copy of the agenda which sounds busy indeed–with something for everyone  My parents live in Santa Fe so I will take the opportunity to visit them and attend the conference.  Hope to see you there!

CSBA Winter Meeting  November 9th

It seems like the CSBA WInter Meeting is just about here also!  In response to some complaints on the difficulty in finding Roxborough Community Center last year (even though it is beautiful!), we have changed the venue yet again.  This year, the CSBA Winter Meeting will be at Kirk Hall at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Saturday, November 9th from 9-5.  Doors open at 8 for pre-registration and entries for the BIG MONEY HONEY contest.  It can not be easier to find as it is right off of I-25 in Castle Rock.

Featured speaker this year is Dave Mendes–former president of the American Beekeeping Federation and owner of Headwaters Farm, a 20,000 colony commercial pollination beekeeping operation in North Fort Myers, FL.  He will be speaking on “A Year in the life of Headwaters Farm” and “Honeybee Nutrition 101″.  Dave will be joined by speakers from the Farm Service on the Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) which is available to cover losses on honey due to both drought as well as flood (imagine that!) and a contingent of CO beekeepers who would like to start a CO queen breeding program.  Here is a link to the agenda.

On Friday evening, we will have a Meet and Greet at the CALF facility, Lowell Ranch on Plum Creek.  This, too, is just off the highway in Castle Rock.  Here is a link to a map.  Our featured speaker Dave Mendes will be there as will Senator Gail Schwartz from Aspen, sponsor of the Cottage Industry Bill.  Otherwise, we will just be socializing and networking.

I have posted all of the information on the CSBA website.  Click here to be redirected to the Winter Meeting page.

Of Interest:

Honey Laundering Article

New Proposed EPA Bee Label:

Washington Examiner

Truth.org

Marla Spivak on TED

The Save America’s Pollinators Act of 2013

More Neonic Stuff to Ponder:

Health Canada–Bee deaths linked to insecticides

All sorts of info from AHPA on Neonics and EPA label

 Beyond the Birds and the Bees–Effects of Neonicotinoid Insecticides on Agriculturally Important Beneficial Insects

As always, thank you for being a member!

Beth Conrey

President

president@coloradobeekeepers.org

970-213-3099

 

 

 

 

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