WAS Conference

The CSBA is pleased to host the Western Apicultural Society annual conference. The conference will be held in Bee-utiful Boulder on October 1-3, 2015 at the Millennium Hotel. Colorado is stunning in the fall. The elk are bugling in Rocky Mountain National Park, the aspens are turning, the days are warm and the nights are crisp.

The conference theme is “Putting the Bee in Boulder” and we are indeed! The first two days will be “Healthy Bee” and will focus on topics supporting bee health. The final day is “Bee Healthy” and is focused on bees and human health/interaction and will be a community celebration featuring the ABF’s “Kids and Bees” program as well as Matt Camper from CSU performing a “bee beard” (or two)! We have reached out to CU to change their “Be Boulder” theme to “Bee Boulder” for the occasion as well as to encourage CU students to support the conference.

The chosen weekend has also been declared Homecoming weekend by CU and we are absolutely delighted to have secured our lodging early on. The secured room rate is $159 per night. Rooms without the WAS rate are $249–if you can find them at all! PLEASE NOTE THAT ROOM PRICING IS VALID UNTIL AUGUST 31, 2015!!!!! Use code WAS2015 to make the reservation.

Don’t forget that the Denver International Airport is serviced by Southwest Airlines! Flying to Denver is an inexpensive proposition. I just did a search for tickets from Seattle ($220 RT), Portland ($175 RT), Phoenix ($180 RT), Salt Lake City ($200 RT), San Francisco ($300 RT), and Los Angeles ($200 RT). Not bad at all.

The hotel has a preferred shuttle service, Green Ride Boulder. Use the link to make your reservations for this convenient shuttle service.

The Oregon Ducks will be playing the CU Buffaloes and I should be in possession of 2 – 4 tickets for the game. I might even be willing to wager with those Oregon folks–but not a lot–given the state of the CU football program. We are planning on using the tickets as a promotional giveaway or silent auction item.

The conference pre-activities will start with National Honey Month. The National Honey Board (hopefully), Colorado State Beekeepers Association (CSBA), along with the Boulder Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Downtown Merchants Association will be holding a honey craft cocktail contest with the winner being served at the Bee Buzz Social on Wednesday evening at the CU Museum of Natural History! The contest is still in the development phase with constant meetings occurring right now but I will keep you posted on how it all finally comes down. Suggestions? I’ll take ’em!

We have a full schedule of top-notch speakers. We also have something for everyone! If you are a beginner, we have education opportunities for you! If you are an intermediate/advanced beekeeper, then we have education opportunities for you! One of the things I really enjoyed about the MT conference were the talks on other subjects relating to bees–forage, other programs by folks helping bees/pollinators, etc. and we have thrown a few of them into the mix also. Speakers have all been secured at this time. We have speakers scheduled for both lunch and dinner, too. These events will be “first come-first serve” but we have allowed time for people to patronize nearby establishments if they “snooze and lose”.

On Sunday, we will be offering some additional tour options for WAS members. From Banjo Billy’s Bus Tours of Boulder to Rocky Mountain National Park from the Butterfly Pavilion and the Denver Botanic Gardens to the Celestial Seasonings tea tour, there will be an optional activity for everyone! Please stay tuned as we finalize the details on the tour plans but be prepared for a Sunday as filled with activity as the conference itself.


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Upcoming Events

May
30
Sat
4:00 pm Celebrate Boulder Being a Bee Sa...
Celebrate Boulder Being a Bee Sa...
May 30 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Bee Safe Boulder invites you to attend a celebration in honor of Boulder becoming a bee safe city! Saturday, May 30th 4-6pm 3373 4th St, North Boulder Live Music • Hors d’oeuvres • Wine •[...]
Jun
3
Wed
6:30 pm SouthEast Beekeepers Club Monthl... @ North Pinery Firehouse
SouthEast Beekeepers Club Monthl... @ North Pinery Firehouse
Jun 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The SouthEast Beekeepers Club is a fairly unstructured group of beekeeping people who get together once a month to share information, ask questions, get news, etc. Other than having a pot luck prior to and[...]
7:00 pm Boulder County Beekeepers Meeting @ Lefthand Grange
Boulder County Beekeepers Meeting @ Lefthand Grange
Jun 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
BCBA meeting and election scheduled for this Wednesday, April 22nd at 7:00 pm at the Niwot Grange. Our organization has been without meaningful leadership since Miles McGaughey stepped down last year. Philip Bradbury and Tim[...]
Jun
4
Thu
8:30 am Bee Guardianship Hive Doctor Cer...
Bee Guardianship Hive Doctor Cer...
Jun 4 @ 8:30 am – Jun 11 @ 12:30 pm
June 4-11 Boulder, CO Choose any dates that fit your schedule, 16 days to choose from. Intensives limited to 4 people per session. Out of town folks, we have recommendations for lodging and camping accommodations[...]
Jun
6
Sat
7:45 am Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers’ ...
Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers’ ...
Jun 6 @ 7:45 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, June 6th, 2015 Registration: 7:45-8:45, Program 8:45-5:00 Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper, Lawrence KS Fee includes lunch, beverages, snacks & homemade ice cream and a full day of fun! Bring your hat & veil[...]
9:00 am Beekeeping Seminar w/ Dr. Dewey ... @ Fort Lewis College
Beekeeping Seminar w/ Dr. Dewey ... @ Fort Lewis College
Jun 6 @ 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Seminar details are found in this PDF
9:00 am Class IV: Honeybee Colony Care II @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Class IV: Honeybee Colony Care II @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Jun 6 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
We will review how to maintain healthy colonies and what this looks like, and discuss how to recognize pests and diseases, and what you can do to support your bees. In the lab we will[...]
Jun
8
Mon
12:30 pm Central Colorado Beekeepers Meeting @ Crest Academy
Central Colorado Beekeepers Meeting @ Crest Academy
Jun 8 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
We meet the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30 at 12th & G Street at Crest Academy, Salida, Co 81201. See our Facebook group: Central Colorado Beekeepers Association. Ask to join. Thanks and hope[...]
Jun
10
Wed
6:30 pm Brighton Beekeepers Monthly Meeting @ United Power HQ
Brighton Beekeepers Monthly Meeting @ United Power HQ
Jun 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
This month’s meeting will be held at the United Power Building on March 11th at 6:30pm. Miles McGaughey will be our guest speaker and will be covering topics relevant to this time of year. Other[...]
7:00 pm Mile Hive Bee Club @ Mercury Café
Mile Hive Bee Club @ Mercury Café
Jun 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Hello Mile Hivers, April is here and we are already to the time for our April meeting. The Mile Hive will be meeting this WEDNESDAY April 8th from 7-9 at the Mercury Café. Many of[...]

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