Summer is here in Colorado as we all know from the clouds of forest fire smoke in the air. Sadly, CSBA Treasurer and Black Forest Honey owner, John Hartley’s home burnt in the Black Forest fire. John and his wife Donna escaped unscathed along with their dog and some important possessions but lost their home and their apiary. Our thoughts and wishes go out to John and Donna during this time of hardship. Kudos to both of them for coming to the Summer Meeting even though their house had burnt down just 4 days previously! As they put it, they were going to be in a hotel room somewhere, might as well be amongst their fellow beekeeping friends.
Summer Meeting Recap
Thank you to all who attended the CSBA Summer Meeting in Silt! The meeting was a big success with approximately 90 attendees from all over the state. There were beekeepers from as far away as Meeker, Lamar, and Durango with solid attendance from the Western CO beekeepers association as well as the Front Range beekeeping clubs. Of course, there were folks that were unable to make it due to the fire situation, too. Nanci Limbach had expanded her presentation room in the last year and we still packed it to the gills! I just LOVE having the meeting at Paul and Nanci’s property. It is beautiful. Next year, however, we may need to consider having the lectures in Glenwood and the picnic and the hands-on workshops at the Limbach property. This may allow us the best of both worlds! The presentations have all been posted to the CSBA site. Thank you to my webmaster, Tim Hardy for taking care of this.
Pollinator Week was June 17-23rd and the CSBA, along with our sponsor BBB Seed, set up multiple booths in Boulder and Larimer counties. The booths featured informational brochures on bees and other pollinators. On Saturday, June 22nd, the booths were manned by BCBA and NCBA beekeepers. Thank you to all of you who volunteered to help during Pollinator Week. We will have a recap meeting in a couple of weeks and assess the successes as well as any improvements that need to take place before next year’s event.
If you are interested in having a Pollinator Week event in your area in 2014, call or email me at 970-213-3099 or email@example.com and we will keep you in the loop next spring. Also remember that the CSBA prints brochures that you may use for any educational or outreach events of your own. Contact me at the number or email above if you need some sent your way.
Pollinator Week got off to a tough start with the pesticide deaths of over 50,000 bumblebees from a misused pesticide in Portland, OR. This is the largest bumblebee poisoning on record and it is a very sad situation indeed. The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation is based in Portland and issued this statement in response. It is well worth the read. http://www.xerces.org/2013/06/27/scientists-call-for-an-end-to-cosmetic-insecticide-use-after-the-largest-bumble-bee-poisoning-on-record/ Here is a link to a video, too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rspfc-vqpzg&feature=youtube
Scott Hoffman Black, Executive Director of the Xerces Society, to speak on the Front Range
The Colorado State Beekeepers Association, along with Colorado State University and NOW and NEW, the Denver Museum of Science and Nature, will be hosting Scott Hoffman Black on September 24th through 26th, 2013. On September 24th, he will be lecturing at the Alexander Dawson School in Lafayette in the evening. On the 25th, at the CSU campus at noon. (Scott is a CSU graduate.) The Denver Museum on Nature and Science will host him the evening on September 26th. Please plan on attending. Further details, including times and fees (if any) will be forthcoming shortly.
From the American Bee Federation
The ABF is currently seeking proposals for presentations for the 2014 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow. The conference will be held at the River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, January 7-11, 2014. All selected presenters will receive complimentary registration to the conference.
Please make your membership aware of this opportunity and encourage them to complete the “Call for Papers” form. The conference committee will review all submissions and advise of acceptance by early September. The deadline to submit a proposal is Friday, August 16, 2013. We would greatly appreciate any assistance you can provide in spreading the word about this opportunity as this is the first time the ABF has utilized a “Call for Papers” system for creating the conference agenda.
Should you have any questions regarding this request, please contact Tara Zeravsky, Conference Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another one bites the dust…
Thank you to member Matt Swedbergh who single-handedly got the Town of Mead to adopt a bee ordinance. Way to go Matt!
Folks–if you are in a place that does not support beekeeping, please call upon the CSBA to give you a hand in getting the situation corrected. Much of the public, and many municipalities, are very aware of the crisis regarding bees and the timing is GREAT to get these archaic regulations off the books. But–the CSBA cannot do it for you! We need citizens to step forward and perform their civic duty and get the ball rolling. A list of those mis-bee-having communities that the CSBA is aware of can be found here.
The Western Apicultural Society meeting will take place in Santa Fe on October 16-19th. I will be attending and would be delighted to carpool with anyone else who is interested in going. I can be reached at 970-213-3099 or email@example.com.
This month’s recipe is Strawberry Rhubarb Pie–with honey! I think I finally perfected my Cherry Pie made with honey, too, so I will try to get that one out next.
I will be on vacation and out of both cell phone and computer range from July 8 through July 15th.
As always, if you have any questions or issues, please do not hesitate to call or email.
Thank you for being a member.
Summer Meeting–Last Call
The Summer Meeting is one week from today! Thank you to all of you who have pre-registered for the event. For all of you who are still considering, now is the time to act! Please go to the CSBA Summer Meeting web page for all the details on lodging, speakers and food.
Of note on lunch: lunch is generously prepared by Paul and Nanci Limbach. All funds for lunch are applied against their expenses and, if there is any extra, the balance will be donated to Nanci’s on-premise Wildlife Center. So–the money just keeps going round and round!
The Beekeepers Ball has 4 seats remaining! See the CSBA Summer Meeting web page for the menu and sign up now. Seating is first-come, first-serve. Many have been asking what to wear, what to wear?! Some attendees do dress up but most just look a little nicer than jeans. Some are in shorts and a tee shirt. In other words, no tux or bling required! Come in whatever you are comfortable wearing. And I have heard rumors of a beehive cummerbund that I might just need to see! Just be prepared to enjoy wonderful food, beverages and company and camaraderie.
New Online Course for all levels of beekeepers
Continue learning with an online course.
The Beekeeper Education and Engagement System (BEES) is a new online resource for beekeepers at all levels. The system is entirely internet based and open to the public. The structure of the BEES network is broken into three ascending levels of difficulty (Beginner, Advanced, and Ambassador) and three general areas of content (honey bee biology, honey bee management, and the honey bee industry).
Earlier this week, there was a story on a long time New York beekeeper who was going out of business due to his horrendous bee losses year after year. There was quite a bit of discussion on the BCBA listserv about the story.
Many of you have heard me say the following: ”The commercial keepers are the saving grace of the hobbyists and the hobbyists are the saving grace of the commercial keepers.” I say this because the commercial beekeepers possess the hive numbers and the generated revenues that allow anyone in the realm of politics to care at all about hobbyists. Further, the hobbyists possess the sheer numbers, as well as the time, to engage in politics to get the commercial beekeepers the help they need. The Farm Bill is a classic example of how hobbyists can help commercial beekeepers (and themselves). PLEASE, weigh in with your senators and representatives NOW on the amendments to the Farm Bill. As noted previously, the Farm Bill is SIX MORE YEARS of policy.
The Farm Bill continues to work its way through Congress. The Boxer Amendment is still an important focus for Pollinator Protection. The Boxer Amendment is now identified as Amendment Number 1027.
Senator Barbara Boxer has proposed the following amendment #1027 that would:
1. Create an interagency task force on bee health and commercial beekeeping
2. Encourage a more proactive approach to protecting pollinator health at U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, U.S. Dept. of the Interior, and the Environmental Protection Agency; and
3. Require feasibility studies for modernizing one current ARS honey bee research laboratory, and establishing one new ARS pollinator research laboratory.
Please be advised Senate Amendment 984 submitted by Senator Fischer is an amendment to define seed and the importation of seed:
SEC. 10013. IMPORTATION OF SEED.
Section 17(c) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (7 U.S.C. 136o(c)) is amended– (1) by striking “The Secretary” and inserting the following:“(1) In general.–The Secretary”; and (2) by adding at the end the following:“(2) Importation of seed.–For purposes of this subsection, seed, including treated seed, shall not be considered to be a pesticide or device. “(3) Applicability.–Nothing in this subsection precludes or limits the authority of the Secretary of Agriculture with respect to the importation or movement of plants, plant products, or seeds under– “(A) the Plant Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.); and “(B) the Federal Seed Act (7 U.S.C. 1551 et seq.).”.
It appears that item number 2 of the Fischer amendment codifies seed treatments as a non-application of pesticides. The Farm Bill is still moving through the Congress. If seed treatments are not regulated as a “pesticide,” what will be the recourse for bee kills such as the one recently in Minnesota. Regrettably, there have been incidences of bee kills when seed treatment dust has killed bee hives. (select this YouTube link to a bee kill www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxXXaILuK5s )
The Farm Bill reauthorization, and amendments such as the Boxer Amendment #1027, and the line concerning seed treatments will be voted upon soon. Please call or email your Senators and Representatives today, and voice your opinion concerning these important issues to beekeepers and pollinators.
Michele Colopy Program Director National Pollinator Defense Fund, Inc.
P.O. Box 193 Danbury, Texas 77534 832-727-9492
Thank you for being a member. I hope to see you next Saturday.