High Country Bee, Edition 2, Volume 11, November, 2013

November 1, 2013 Beth Conrey blog


I have survived the first month of post-flood and have actually succeeded in making visible progress on some fronts.

The first success came quickly with the arrival of Scott Hoffman Black, Executive Director of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.  Scott gave three talks at three separate venues along the Front Range  a week after the flood and was warmly received.  Thank you to ALL of you who attended.  It encourages the CSBA to bring in more speakers when we have this volume of interest.

I also succeeded in attending the Western Apicultural Society Conference in Santa Fe.  Melanie Kirby and the entire WAS Executive Board did a fine job on the conference.  It was EXTREMELY WELL ATTENDED by Colorado Beekeepers and, for some odd reason, I was really pleased by this.  It had nothing to do with me but makes me realize that “together we’re better”.   The proof is in the attendance and I want to say a special thank you to those who ventured south.

Flood Assistance

Come Rain of Come Shine is a benefit that will be held on Monday, November 4th at Balistreri Vineyards from 6 to 10 pm.   This event is hosted by a long list of local agricultural support groups and sounds like a lot of fun!  Click here for more information.  If you are a beekeeper, and you have been adversely affected by the flooding, you may also qualify as a recipient of funds raised from the event.  For an application, click here. (Note:  This will open in Word as an editable file.  It needs to be filled out and emailed to lm@localfoodshift.com.)

Depending on your damages, you may also qualify for several State and/or Federal programs, too.  Colorado United is a website that has been set up to consolidate information.  Click here to go to the Business and Farmer section.

There was a large meeting at the Ranch in Loveland yesterday, October 31, that brought together all sorts of different organizations that are assisting in some form or fashion.  Present and available to help were the following:  CSU Extension (organizer), USDA-NRCS, USDA Farm Service agency, Small Business Administration (SBA),  Colorado Farm Bureau, Local Food Shift group, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, all of the Senators and Representative offices in the affected areas, Colorado Spirit, Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA), CSU, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), and CSU Marriage and Family Therapy.  Please use this list for additional support opportunities.

Further, if you know of any support opportunities for flood victims that are not mentioned above, please let me know.  (Not including FEMA and the Red Cross.)

Finally, if your beekeeping operation was adversely affected by the flood, please drop me an email or give me a call and let me know the extent of your damages.  970-213-3099 or president@coloradobeekeepers.org.

CSBA Winter Meeting

Early Bee registration has come to an end but you are still welcome to attend the CSBA Winter Meeting next weekend.  A little financial incentive goes a long way and I thank all of you who pre-registered.  Makes it easier to get a head count to the caterer!

The festivities begin Friday evening at 7 pm at the Lowell Ranch at Plum Creek as we host our second annual “Meet and Greet”.  Come on down for a relaxing evening with Dave Mendes, our featured speaker.  Senator Gail Schwartz, sponsor of the Cottage Industry Bill, will also be in attendance.  We will have beverages from some of our local mead makers and brewers as well as non-alcoholic beverages and light refreshments.

On Saturday, the main event will take place at Kirk Hall at the Douglas County Fairgrounds located at I-25 and Exit 181 in Castle Rock.  You can’t miss it!  This venue is a bit larger than our previous venues as we have been a bit cramped for space and this gives us ample room for vendors.  Of course, the BIG MONEY HONEY contest is back, too.  We will have lots of prizes and will also host a Silent Auction to benefit Flood and Fire beekeeping victims in Colorado.  If you would like to donate something to the auction, we will gladly accept it.  Otherwise, plan on having some fun for a good cause. Registration begins at 8 and the meeting at 9.  All information from pre-registration forms to speaker bios to agendas, hotel deals and honey contest rules can be found here:  http://coloradobeekeepers.org/wintermeeting/.  I hope to see you there.

WAS Conference coming to Colorado!

Kudos to Miles McGaughey, President of Boulder County Beekeepers Association, who successfully put in the Colorado bid for the 2015 conference!  The WAS conference has never been held in Colorado and it will be a pleasure to show off our state to the WAS beekeeping group.  If you are interested in assisting with this conference, please contact me at 970-213-3099 or president@coloradobeekeepers.org.  It will take a lot of us working together for quite a while to successfully host this conference.  I know it is a long way off–but it will be here before we know it!  Thank you in advance for volunteering.

Of Interest:

Scientists Discover Key Molecule Linking Neonicotinoid Pesticides to Bee Viruses–fascinating and exciting!

Kauai Moves to Curb Gene-Altered Crops, Pesticide Testing

Bee Inspired 2014 Bee Calendar now available from Kodua Photography.  Discounts available for bee groups for fundraising.

Epi Pen Website–Discounts on Epi-Pen

Interested in Beekeeping in Lithuania?  Here’s a tour opportunity!

As always, thank you for being a member!

Beth Conrey






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