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  1. Package & Nuc Customers Read This!

    I’ve sent out a news update on 4/8 and on 4/10 to ALL customers, members and non-members. If you didn’t receive that email, then I have an error on my side. Please let me know! Don Studinski; 303-248-6677 or
  2. Honeybee Packages & Nucs

    To order, go here and read the directions:   Packages Sold Out …. Nucs Sold Out   So far, 181 people have ordered —————————————— 350 packages sold of 350 … Estimated delivery date Saturday 4/29/2017   +++++++++++++++ 55 Nucs sold of 55 … Estimated delivery date Saturday 5/6/2017
  3. Volunteer Recognition

    Thank you to: Mitch Cheek, Bryan Davis, Gene Wolf, Pete Linde, Len Ewy Mitch pulled together our parking team which has done an amazing job of managing the parking during our Meetings and Classes at the Kerst facility. This has been a huge help to us all in caring for the property and getting us efficiently in and out. Thank you parking team!!! Marrin Sampson Marrin has provided the monthly artwork for our newsletter.  This brightens up our news in a very handsome way.  Thanks to you Marrin!!!
  4. Presidents Monthly Message

    Bee season is here.  Things are really getting intense.  The phone is lighting up and the tasks can’t be finished fast enough or within the energy available.  Welcome to beekeeping in spring. We expect the packages to arrive 4/29/2017.  I need 4 able bodied volunteers (young and energetic!) to help deliver packages to the customers as they drive through the delivery spot.  The idea is that folks don’t need to park.  Please contact me (303)248-6677 if you can help. The nucs ETA is mid May.  We don’t have a date yet. Stay tuned to the website to see the latest status on sales and delivery. I’ve treated all my bees with 3 Oxalic Acid vapor treatments.  Now, I’m doing sugar roll mite counts. Some zero, some not.  Do your counts.  More and more long-time beekeepers are getting to where they don’t even want to talk about your bee problems until you can tell them your mite counts.  It feels almost like this:  IF you don’t know your mite counts, THEN your bees died of mites.  Do you want to be a responsible husband to your bees?  If yes, then please do your mite counts. See educational opportunities below. First inspections are all done.  Bottom boards are all cleaned.  Split assessment is done and splits are starting to get planned out on the calendar. The spring harvest is nearly done (mostly from dead colonies).  Honey is in jars, but not yet labeled. The EC has approved a $4000 annual budget for...
  5. NCBA Beekeeping Educational Scholarships can be Awarded

    Our club has been collecting contributions to our scholarship fund for a few months now.  The balance in the fund is healthy.  If you or someone you know can benefit by attending further beekeeping educational opportunities and you have a need for help funding that endeavor, please contact George Ottenhoff at This is specifically intended for members of NCBA. Scholarship Recipient Thank You I received a very nice hand written note from Deborah Stewart, our first NCBA scholarship recipient. Here’s what she wrote: Dear Fellow Beekeepers, I would like to express my deep appreciation for the scholarship you provided for this years ‘Beginning Beekeepers Class’. Because of your kind generosity, you now have beekeeping friends in Haiti. Thank you again to the scholarship selection committee. Warmest regards,  Deborah M. Stewart
  6. Who’s a Beekeeper?

    Extracted from March Bee Culture. In 2017, 86% of beekeepers are over 45, down from 92% in 1997. 53% have a college education, up from 43% 20 years ago. 72% have 10 or less colonies. 63% are rural, 37% are urban, changing from 90% and 10%. Only 14% read a local association newsletter. NCBA readership hovers around 60% of our 412 members
  7. Pesticides In Colonies Linked to Honey Bee Deaths

    From March Bee Culture, by Kirsten Traynor and Dennis vanEngelsdorp, pg 38: “A new study is the first to systematically assess multiple pesticides that accumulate within bee colonies. The researchers found that the number of different pesticides within a colony – regardless of dose – closely correlates with colony death. … “The addition of more compounds somehow overwhelms the bees’ ability to detoxify themselves. … “A total of 93 different pesticide compounds found their way into the colonies over the course of the season… “The fungicides most closely linked to queen deaths and colony mortality disrupted sterols – compounds that are essential for fungal development and survival. … “All colonies with high pesticide contamination in the wax lost a queen during the beekeeping season. … “The research team did not find a significant contribution from neonicotinoid pesticides.” See Nature Scientific Reports, “In-hive Pesticide Exposome: Assessing risks to migratory honey bees from in-hive pesticide contamination in the Eastern United States”
  8. Honey Bee Health Coalition

    From the Honey Bee Health Coalition I am not familiar with the HBHC, but I am curious about this set of videos. I have not looked at any of them.  If you choose to look at them, please let me know your assessment.  Don Studinski HBHC Varroa videos: Varroa mite PSA Video 1 – IPM Video 2 3 – Sampling methods Video 4 – Essential oils Video 5 – Using Apivar  Video 6 – Using Apistan or Checkmite+  Video 7 – Formic acid  Video 8 – Using HopGuard Video 9 – Using Oxalic Acid Video 10 – Using sanitation, screen bottoms Video 11 – Using drone brood removal Video 12 – Using requeening         o    Tools for Varroa Management   o    Quick Guide to Reporting A Bee Kill   o    Beekeeper Guide  o    Grower Guide   o    Bee Healthy Roadmap
  9. Presidents Message

    NCBA Members: We need a new volunteer to manage the extractors during the off season. I’m getting requests to use the extractors and that is what they are for. But, we know that without inventory before and after each use we end up with damaged and missing equipment. If are willing to manage the extractors during the off season, 11/1 through 8/1, please contact me and we will get a year-round program set up.  Thanks! I am term limited in this position. We should be voting in a new president in October. I encourage you to consider this position for our club and for the beekeeping community. If you are interested to take this on, I would like to start working with you to get you acquainted with the tasks involved.  Please contact me. The season is here. I’ve just started thorough inspections of my living colonies. I’m using Oxalic Acid vapor for mites. How are your bees doing? Have a look. Beekeeping is husbandry. Be engaged. 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

6:30 pm Club Meeting – Kristal Domenico ... @ Kerst Barn
Club Meeting – Kristal Domenico ... @ Kerst Barn
May 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
@ 5PM before the meeting: Josh Vaisman will teach “Performing a sugar roll test for Varroa mites.”  $20 per student Featured Speaker: Kristal Domenico; Topic: YouTube Beekeeping: What to believe and what to stay away from. NCBA speaker: Cathy Weber   The Northern CO Beekeepers monthly meeting, meeting are third thursdays of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Kerst Barn, 17765 Hwy 392 (between CR 35 & CR 37) Greeley CO 80631. East of Windsor, 14 miles off I-25 Look for the Beekeeper’s Meeting sign and light at the drive on the north side of the street. This event is open to all NCBA members and the public is welcome. Free for NCBA members, $5.00 for non-members. Social time and refreshments included. For more information visit the NCBA (Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association)
4:52 pm Rocky Mountain Food Safety Confe...
Rocky Mountain Food Safety Confe...
May 22 @ 4:52 pm – May 23 @ 5:52 pm
The Rocky Mountain Food Safety Conference will be held at Johnson and Wales University on May 23rd and 24th, 2017. Pre-conference workshops will be held on May 22nd.

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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 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 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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