16 Apr

Mid-April Update

Beth Conrey blog

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…

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01 Apr

High Country Bee, Edition 3, Volume 4

Beth Conrey blog

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 president@coloradobeekeepers.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”.

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01 Mar

High Country Bee, Edition 3, Volume 3

Beth Conrey blog

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!

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01 Feb

High Country Bee, Edition 3, Volume 2

Beth Conrey blog

I am at the point in my beekeeping career where I am absolutely aware of what the problem is with honey bee health. I want to discuss the solutions and I have shifted my focus to this phase. One of the reasons I was in Baton Rouge was to deliver a presentation on one of my solutions–“Making the City Pretty–a comprehensive guide to urban forage based upon land use”. It was well received and I am happy to spread the message to any groups that you think might be interested in hearing it–as well as yourselves. It is a rather long talk–75-80 minutes–but contains a tremendous amount of data! Any interested parties can contact me at 970-213-3099 or president@coloradobeekeepers.org and I will be happy to try to work you in to my schedule. | Bee Safe Neighborhood Campaign | Pollination Planet | Diana Sammataro retired yesterday from the USDA-ARS after a lengthy career with the Carl Hayden Research Center in Tucson. | Michael Bush | Dr. Jim Tew | Don Studinski of Honeybee Keep | For Sale page.

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31 Dec

Happy New Year!

Beth Conrey blog

Cheers to the end of 2013 which has been an especially difficult year for me, personally, and not too great for quite a few other folks, either.  And YEAHHH!!! for the arrival of 2014.  The CSBA is looking forward to 2014 and its 125 year celebration.

Vocabulary Lessons

2013 is the year of “spambot” and spambot is a word that I can absolutely live without in my vocabulary!   What is a spambot?  It is an automated spammer and spambots found the CSBA Forum and deluged my email for the past 2 months with new forum registration forms.  In addition, a bunch of garbage was posted to the various forum areas. My webmaster has tried several methods of removing us from the spambot list to no avail and a total revision of the CSBA Forum site is now needed.  This is neither fast nor cheap.  I could use a bit of feedback from the CO Beekeeping community on the CSBA Forum as long as it needs to be revised.  Please take a look at the Forum and provide me with any suggestions you have by 1/15/14.

2014 is the year of the “quasquicentennial”.  What the heck is that?  The quasquicentennial is the 125th anniversary celebration of the CSBA’s incorporation which occurred 125 years ago just yesterday!  How many entities can you think of that have survived 125 years?  This is an event truly worth celebrating and we are planning on doing so for all of 2014!  Due to the ongoing nature of the celebration, there is a great need for volunteers around the state to make sure that each of your communities is aware of this milestone and can participate in educational events if they choose to do so.  More to follow.

2013 Successes

The biggest success of 2013 is the acquisition of our non-profit 501c3 status.  Thanks to Fred Powell, the CSBA Secretary, for his efforts on the application.  The non-profit status will have significant ramifications for the CSBA and its regional affiliates in the upcoming year.  Stay tuned as we embark on the most significant change to the CSBA in 125 years!

Another really successfully executed idea of 2013 was the “CSBA Traveling Road Show”.  The Road Show is designed to bring some of the considerable expertise of the CSBA Officers and Board to the newer bee groups who lack this expertise.  The Board and I traveled to Durango, Walsenburg, Brighton, Denver and Grand Junction in the inaugural year of the Road Show.  Take advantage of this expertise and invite us to your club next spring and fall!

The CSBA printed a new publication for Pollinator Week this year:   Save the Pollinators! Sincere thanks to the amazing staff at BBB Seed and to Julie Finley-Ridinger for their assistance in the design and execution of this brochure.  You can download it here or holler at me in some form or fashion with a snail mail address and I will send you some for your outreach efforts.

Despite the spambot issue, the CSBA website has made great strides.  If you are not utilizing this resource, you are missing the boat on a TON of invaluable information from class schedules to Urban Beekeeping regulations to plants for bees.  Check out the CSBA website here:  http://coloradobeekeepers.org.

2014 Goals

The CSBA has several goals for 2014 and, of course, they cannot be reached without YOU!

The number one goal will be the rollout of the 501c3 information and how it impacts the regional associations.

Number 2 is the 125 anniversary celebration of the CSBA’s incorporation.

We will continue to work on the removal of bee bans across the state and their replacement with “responsible” code.  Do you have a bee ban in your community?  What is your response?  Hide your bees?  Change the law?  If the answer is the latter, then be sure to utilize the considerable resources on the CSBA website.  We have been successful at 100% of the bee bans we have worked on.  Let us put that success to work for you in your community.  We need bee bans removed in Fort Lupton, Broomfield and Commerce City.  If you vote in these communities, WE NEED YOUR HELP to get the ball rolling.

Finally, social media needs to be better utilized to expand our beekeeping membership to younger members and the liaison role needs to be better defined so that communication between the regional associations and the CSBA is more fluid.

ABF Conference/AHPA Conferences

The ABF Conference will be held in Baton Rouge on January 7-11 and the AHPA will be held in San Antonio on the same dates.  I will be speaking at the ABF and, thus, will be in Baton Rouge next week.  Anyone going to the AHPA?  THe CSBA would be very interested in a report from the convention if so.  I like to take the opportunity at these annual meetings to meet other beekeepers from around the country; get new ideas on successful programs; recruit speakers for our semi-annual meetings and familiarize myself with the latest in bee research.  If you have never been to a national convention, you should go!  They are a lot of fun!

Of Interest

Bee Safe Neighborhoods–an idea whose time has come.  There is a meeting in Boulder on this concept this Saturday.  See the CSBA event calendar for more information.

Lots of nucs/packages available now.  Better get your orders in!

Harvest Lane Honey is offering free shipping through tonight at midnight!

New North Dakota Pollinator Plan

Neonicotinoid Pesticides and Honey Bees–Report from Washington State University

As always, thank you for being a member!

Beth Conrey




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6:30 pm Brighton Beekeepers Monthly Meeting @ United Power HQ
Brighton Beekeepers Monthly Meeting @ United Power HQ
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Mile Hive Bee Club @ Mercury Café
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Hello Mile Hivers, Don’t forget our next meeting is this Wednesday 2/11/15 at 7 PM. We will meet at the Mercury Café which is located at 2199 California St Denver, CO 80205. Regards John
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Class II: Understanding the Bees @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
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