High Country Bee, Edition 2, Volume 4, April, 2013

April 1, 2013 Beth Conrey blog

Happy April Fools’ Day!  It is early, but I am on guard.

Bee Informed Partnership Survey OPEN NOW til April 15!

I cannot write this any better than the folks at Bee Informed:

The Bee Informed Partnership, a joint project among numerous universities and laboratories, is a project whose aim is to help beekeepers make better management decisions and thus reduce colony losses.  To do this effectively, we need beekeepers, lots of beekeepers, to participate in our survey. We are asking you to please participate in two surveys.  Both surveys are open only from 29 March through 15 April 2013.
You can learn more about the Bee Informed Partnership at beeinformed.org.

Please click on the link below or paste it into your browser to participate in the National Winter Loss and Management Survey:

http://10.selectsurvey.net/beeinformed/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=BIP2012

The winter loss survey should take less than 5 minutes and the management survey should take less than 20 minutes.

The purpose of the Bee Informed Partnership is to use beekeepers’ real world experiences to help solve beekeepers’ real world problems. We will use the data generated from these two surveys to help you decide which management practices are best for beekeepers like you, who live where you do and have operations similar to yours.  For this to work, we need as many participants as possible…so please take the time to fill out the questionnaire and SEND THIS EMAIL TO ALL THE BEEKEEPERS YOU KNOW asking them to fill out these questionnaires too.

You can see what type of results we will generate by visiting the Beeinformed.org website and browsing through our results section. Currently we are in the process of posting last year’s management results, so visit the site often to see these results as they are posted and discussed in our BLOG section.

Depending on the number of participants we hope to have the results from this year’s survey broken down by region and should have those results posted within months of the survey close date now that we have built the infrastructure needed to automate report generation.

Should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us at askbeeinformed@gmail.com or call us at 443.296.2470.

You can learn more about the Bee Informed Partnership at beeinformed.org.

BE INVOLVED, BE INCLUDED, BEE INFORMED.

Special Speaker Announcement!!!!!!

The CSBA, in conjunction with CSU, is pleased to announce that Scott Hoffman Black, the Executive Director of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, will be a special speaker in September.  Click here for more information on the Xerces Society.  “Bringing Back the Pollinators:  What we can all do to protect these essential creatures” is the title of his talk.  On Tuesday, September 24th, he will speak at the Alexander Dawson School in Lafayette at 7 pm.  On Wednesday, September 25th, he will speak on the CSU campus at noon.  Mark your calendars NOW so you don’t miss this exciting opportunity!

Legislative Update

The Cottage Industry Bill was successfully updated to change the training requirement to “Food Handlers” training.  Click here to go directly to the ServSafe site to enroll.  The Food Handlers training is an online course with an online test that will cost $15.  Thank you to Sen. Gail Schwartz who heard my plea and proposed and successfully negotiated the amendment.

Thanks also goes to the planning staff, especially Heather Guntherless and Nina Ruiz,  and the Commissioners of Jefferson County for passing beekeeping restrictions last Tuesday, March 23rd.  I attended the meeting and there was no one else in attendance either for or against the ordinance so it sailed through with little comment.

CSBA Summer Meeting

On Saturday, June 15th, the CSBA Summer Meeting will be held at the home of CSBA Vice-President Paul Limbach’s home in Silt, CO.  Featured speaker will be Dr. Dewey Caron.  Final details are being put into place right now.  Click here to be taken to the Summer Meeting information.

Final Notes

I requested an update from all of the CSBA Committees last month and did not include it in my newsletter as it was already a tad lengthy.  This newsletter is having the same problem!  Bottom line is that you can access the committee reports online here.

I have also posted 2 breakfast recipes with honey:  Buttermilk Waffles with Honey Whipped Cream and Crunchy Honey Vanilla Granola.  These are both quite delicious.

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

Thank you for being a member.

Beth

970-213-3099

president@coloradobeekeepers.org

 

 

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