As threatened, there is A LOT going on and here is an updated newsletter for the middle of this month. Happy Fall! Hope you've got your honey supers off and your mite treatments in/on.
I was out treating one of my yards the other day and the homeowner asked me if I thought the bees were more aggressive than usual. I said I hadn't noticed it but it was certainly possible. He said he had one that was just nagging the hell out of him. He had a name for that bee. Oh, I said, "What is it?" S-O-Bee, he replied! Ha! Thought you'd get a kick out of that.
More County Fair Award Winners
Perry and Pam Baker and Brett Gingery of Outlaw Apiaries won Grand Champion at the Routt County Fair!
Pollinator Appreciation Month
Boulder is always one step ahead of us on these things! The City of Boulder is celebrating Pollinator Appreciation Month all month long! Still lots of opportunities to support pollinators in Boulder and terrific ideas for the rest of us.
World Bumble Bee Expert Dave Goulson speaking for FREE!
Noted bumblebee ecologist and conservationist, Dave Goulson, will be speaking at the Butterfly Pavilion on Monday, September 26th at 6 pm. Dave is the author of "A Sting in the Tale" and "A Buzz in the Meadow" as well as founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. Dave hails from England so do not miss the chance to see and hear him while he is in town. TIckets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis here. Details on the event here.
Winter Meeting Update
The CSBA Winter Meeting will be held at Kirk Hall at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Saturday, November 5, from 8-5. In addition, we will be hosting a "Meet and Greet" with our featured speaker, Keith Delaplane, on Friday evening, November 4. Doors will open at 5 for pre-registrations, honey contest entry and vendor setup and then the Meet and Greet will begin at 7 and go til 9. All of the details may be found on the newly finished Winter Meeting page!
I am still in need of a couple of instructors for the hands-on sessions teaching beeswax candles (dipped/mold or rolled) and how to make creamed honey. If you can help, there's a meal ticket and a hotel room in it for you!
Thanks to Mile HIve Beekeeping Club and, in particular, Brigid McClaire, we have a NEW BROCHURE for you to hand out at your education and outreach events. It is titled "Why Join a Bee Club" and looks great! It is a tri-fold brochure and the back page has a space for you to put your business card, club sticker, or stamp with your Club's information on it. Do you want some? Feel free to pick some up at the CSBA Winter Meeting or send me an email with your address and number of brochures needed and I will pop them in the mail for you.
High Number of Pesticides within Colonies linked to Honey Bee Deaths The ABJ Extra had this quote of note: “Our results fly in the face of one of the basic tenets of toxicology: that the dose makes the poison,” said Dennis vanEngelsdorp, an assistant professor of entomology at UMD and senior author on the study. “We found that the number of different compounds was highly predictive of colony death, which suggests that the addition of more compounds somehow overwhelms the bees’ ability to detoxify themselves.”
Golden Goose Award Goes to Researchers Who Turned Honey Bee Foraging Patterns into Powerful Web-Hosting Tool
Millions of Bee Deaths after South Carolina Sprays for Zika Mosquitos--Ah...the tangled web.
Todd Wynn has 100 medium supers for sale with drawn wax foundation. He is asking $15 for them and can be reached at 970-481-1053.
Clark Sloan has Queens for sale. $40 each or 5 or more for $35 each. 303-717-0899 He lives in the Hudson/Fort Lupton area.
Thank you for being a member.