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Educating Our Communities, In Service To Beekeeping

  1. Links of interest

    Pesticides, Honeybees and Political Influence .Nominations being taken for the National Honey Board National Honey Board announces new online catalog BIP Sentinel Apiary Program—WAS was supposed to be subsidizing some of these. Anyone want to follow up for the money? Honeybee head-butts say more than we thought I have a student looking for an internship position with a Front Range beekeeper. Contact me if you can assist. 970-213-3099 US Government Accountability Office Report on Bee Health Honey Bee Hive Collapse Mystery Rooted in Hive Size
  2. Presidents Message – April

    NCBA Members: Don’t forget to vote about our constitution and bylaw changes:click here. Please consider participating in the Bee Informed Partnership Survey in 2016. The data is important to us all.  Go to:https://beeinformed.org/ I’m writing this on 3/29 and it’s been another beautiful day for looking at bees on the front range.  I hope you have taken advantage of the warm weather days.  You should be very familiar with how your bees are doing by now.  If you found them light on stores, then you fed them.  If they had dysentery, then you cleaned them up as best you could and perhaps gave them a clean bottom board.  If they have a queen that is fading out, then you are considering a supersede or you may be considering a purchased queen.  Local queens will soon be available and I hope you will support your local vendors when forced to spend. By the time you read this, there are already colonies on the front range preparing to swarm.  Will you be doing swarm prevention activities this year? Are your bees a likely candidate colony to produce a swarm?  Wouldn’t it be nice if you could land that swarm in exactly the box you want them to live?  Now is the time to perform these activities or, at a minimum, get your plan together for the near future. You might need new equipment for additional colonies. You might have a colony to sell to another local beekeeper! You might have the best gene pool on the...
  3. Volunteer Recognition – Dave Primer

    Thank you to: Dave Primer Did you know that Dave is one of the founding members of our club?  Dave, along with nearly 40 others founded NCBA back in 1984!  He has been involved from the beginning and, as you all know, he is always a reliable volunteer for whatever needs to be done. I hear he even does bee beards!  After all these years I suspect Dave has performed nearly every job possible for our club. I know he is a past vice president for sure. Dave’s family used honeybees to their advantage back in California and Dave noticed how the bees increased yields when he was quite young. Dave got started in beekeeping with the benefit of a mentor, Cynthia Manuel, and he has happy memories of those early days. He also spent time working at commercial beekeeping here in Colorado. He has been a long standing volunteer in the Wellington area to help with outreach requests, especially the Rehab Program. I can tell you that as a new president, I was counting on Dave immediately and he has been the key contributor securing our packages and nucs in 2016. Please join me in thanking Dave for all his many years of support for our club!
  4. News, Announcements, Information

    FYI About Your Club Our cash flow in a year is just under $50,000. Of that, nearly $35,000 is the honeybees, packages and nucs. We break nearly exactly even on our revenues and our expenses in a year. 2016 Packages and Nucs: We are sold out. If the rest of the process (delivery and distribution) goes smoothly, then we may choose to do more next year. This is a decision that will be made by the Executive Committee. Want to participate in that decision? I’m seeking a vice president!  Call Don at 303-248-6677 to volunteer. Package delivery is estimated to be 4/30/2016 at 2:00 PM. Packages will be available for pickup until 6:00 PM. Do not show up early. We will be getting ready and cannot have extra people getting in the way. If you don’t pick up your bees by 4PM, then we will make one and only one attempt to contact you by phone to remind you to get your bees. Pick up at this address: 19092 WCR 3 (West County Road) Berthoud, CO 80513 Directions: I25 Exit 250 then go West to County Road 3 then turn South for about 2 miles; road turns to dirt then look for House and outbuildings on the East side with blue metal roofs Questions? Call Don at 303-248-6677. In the beekeeping industry, there is an assumed 4% “dead on arrival” for package queens. Prairie Wind will be providing queens to cover this issue. You will have 2 days to notify...
  5. Colorado State Beekeepers Association Summer Meeting

    Colorado State Beekeepers Association (CSBA) will be holding their summer meeting June, 11th, 2016 in western Colorado.  More details will be posted on the CSBA website. I encourage you to attend. As a member of NCBA you are already a member of CSBA.
  6. Colorado Department of Public health and Environment Registration

    The annual Rocky Mountain Food Safety Conference (RMFSC) is just around the corner with pre-conference workshops on the 23rd of May and the full conference on the 24th and 25th. If you have not been to RMFS before, it is a great learning and networking opportunity for industry, academia and regulators. The conference committee works hard to bring speakers and subject matter experts with various backgrounds and views to provide information on current issues, problems and developments. This year, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) State Manufactured Food Program is lucky enough to speak as part of a pre-conference workshop with Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) where both groups will be covering the Fundamentals of Food Product Successes and Good Manufacturing Practices 101. Please visit the RMFS Conference website for more details about the conference agenda. Register for the pre-conference workshop here!
  7. Citizen Science

    Hundreds of citizen science projects world wide involve hundreds of thousands of volunteers contributing valuable information to research. The Citizen Science Alliance held an inaugural conference in 2015 in San Jose, CA, and had representatives from 25 countries. Collaborators range from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Geographic, California Academy of Science to London Natural History Museum. One local representative was Greg Newman from CSU. The next conference is scheduled for 2017. Current Citizen Science projects on bees: The Bee’s Needs local group (there are also international groups) website features in-depth info on Colorado bees (there are over 900 native bees here!) and also information on how individuals can help by monitoring bees, taking photos, etc. Bumble Bee Watch (through Xerces, a pollinator conservation organization based in Oregon) informational website and ways to get involved.
  8. Presidents Message

    NCBA Members: It’s nearly the spring equinox, March 20, 2016. Honey bees are expanding their workforce rapidly. They need to be ready for the abundant food that is nearly upon us. This is the time of year when Colorado will certainly provide us with sunny days warm enough to open and inspect a hive thoroughly. I’ll be starting my “first inspection” activities mid March. I call this “first inspection” because it’s the first time in the calendar year I’ll be looking through every frame, all the way down to the bottom board. This will be the smallest amount of bees for the entire year. Some colonies will be struggling with dysentery. This is an opportunity to swap in a clean bottom board so the dirty one can be scrubbed. Every colony should be assessed for the likelihood of swarming and, if swarm prevention is desired, then necessary actions should be scheduled. There are two articles I wish to point out in the new Bee Culture Magazine. First, is the article about Oxalic Acid. The second article is about digital thermal cameras. I bought a FLIR in 2015 and am finding it quite useful. These cameras are quite expensive, but if you care to see what they can do, check out the article. I don’t check email every day.  If you need to talk to me and it’s time sensitive, then please call me on the phone the old fashioned way.  Let’s Talk. Don Studinski, 303-248-6677

Upcoming NCBA Events

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6:30 pm NCBA June Meeting @ Berthoud Community Center
NCBA June Meeting @ Berthoud Community Center
Jun 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Speaker, Greg Rye, Topic: Oxalic Acid Vaporizer, Location: Berthoud. Berthoud Community Center 236 Welch Ave, Berthoud, CO 80513
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6:30 pm NCBA July Meeting @ Edge Sports Center
NCBA July Meeting @ Edge Sports Center
Jul 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Speaker, Topic: Location: Fort Collins, Edge Sports Center 4450 Denrose Ct, Fort Collins, CO 80524
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6:30 pm NCBA August Meeting @ Rodarte Community Center
NCBA August Meeting @ Rodarte Community Center
Aug 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Speaker, Topic: Location: Greeley, Rodarte Community Center 920 A St, Greeley, CO 80631

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About NCBA – Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association

The Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association (NCBA) is an organization of both hobbyist and commercial beekeepers.  We exist to provide a forum for education in beekeeping both to our members and to the general public, and for exchange of ideas and experiences.  We also enjoy some ability to provide savings in equipment and bees by purchasing as a group.  We are affiliated with the Colorado State Beekeepers Association.  We meet once a month with the above objectives in mind.  Each meeting strives to discuss one or two subjects of interest in beekeeping.  Whenever possible we will discuss beekeeping and hive maintenance activities appropriate for the next month.  We also like to provide time for members to discuss beekeeping among themselves.  Once a year, usually around January, we conduct a multi-session beginning beekeeping class.  On completion of the class, we offer you the opportunity to join the association, to order beekeeping equipment and bees, and we offer you a mentor to help you get off to a good start.  If you have any interest in keeping bees, we encourage you to join us. We believe joining a beekeeping association such as ours is one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to start beekeeping. By joining now you will receive our news letter as well as notification of upcoming classes and meetings.  Dues are modest and affiliates members with the Colorado State Beekeepers Association. See the pages about future and past meetings for examples of meeting content..

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