Spring is springing and swarm season has begun. Swarm season appears to be “on pattern” and I would expect the season to go into full swing by the week of the 13th. For those of you who are on swarm catching lists, good luck and bee ready! All of the information on the CSBA Summer Bee College, including the agenda, speaker information, pre-registration form and maps can be found on the CSBA Summer Bee College 2014 page. Beekeepers Ball information to follow.
80,000 colonies killed or damaged during almond pollination. The ramifications are deep and wide. If this isn’t a call to action I don’t know what is. // As we enter into the growing season, I remind you that the PSC offers a bee kill reporting service that you should utilize if you incur bee damage. Reporting is free and confidential. // Recently, I have heard an ad on multiple radio stations for “Spectracide”. An MSDS and a Product Label can be found here. Kills 260 insects listed on contact! Bees, too…
April is National Volunteer Month. CSBA needs Liaisons for Pollinator Week, State Fair, WAS Conference is being hosted by CO next year. Talk about a lot of effort needed to get this event pulled off successfully! Contact me at 970-213-3099 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Got a project you would like us to help with? Call or email me and we will try to “git ‘er done”! Colorado Queen Honey Bee Testing Project for Increased Sustainability | Check out the website for Colorado reaered queens | CSBA Summer Meeting | Ross Conrad Early Bird Pre-Registration Extended | Tis the Pesticide season | Point/Counterpoint on Feeding: if you ask 10 beekeepers how to tend bees you’ll get 11 answers | 19 Crops that would disappear without bees | “Heavy Costs: Weighing the Value of Neonicotinoid Insecticides in Agriculture”.
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. | Michael Bush is coming to Durango courtesy of the 4 Corners Beekeeping Club | CSBA Summer Meeting featuring Dr. Jim Tew: June 14th at Western CO Honey in Silt. Rumor has it Jerry Hayes of Monsanto will be here in the summer, too. | Agritourism | Bee Kill Info | Bee People |The National Honey Board cookbook, “Delicious Dishes and Tasty Treats: Honey Recipes for Every Occasion”, in limited quantities for $5. Contact the NHB at 800-553-7162 | Bumble Bee Watch | Urban Bees using plastic to build hives | High fructose corn syrup implicated in bee losses | For Sale: Forest Hill Woodworking | More!