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  1. February Newsletter

    Only paid members will be allowed to sign up for the swarm list in 2016. Dues are $20 if paid before February 29, 2016. After that date, dues are $25. Reduce your dues fee by $7 if you have already paid CSBA dues elsewhere (another Colorado regional association). In any case, paying your dues, starting now, will get you membership through February of 2017. NCBA really needs to fill two volunteer positions: Volunteer Coordinator Outreach Coordinator You need no beekeeping experience to perform these tasks. Please call Don Studinski (303-248-6677) to let us know you are willing. It makes you feel good to give time and effort back to the club and spreading out the load makes a lot possible. 2016 Packages and Nucs: We visited our new supplier Prairie Wind Bee Supply, Cheyenne, WY; on 1/28/2016. They will be getting bees fromNoble Apiaries in Dixon, CA. Italian and Carniolans selected for mite and disease resistance as well as production. Transport will be in air-conditioned van and trailer. NCBA is ordering 270 packages and 30 nucs. In either case, package or nuc, you can choose Italian or Carniolan. There is no limit to the number of either type. The queen breeder will be providing the correct queen in every case. Member price is $123 / package and $168 / nuc. Non-members add $10 per honeybee colony. If you wish to order bees, please get on our website, click on “Order Now” and send your hard-copy order form as well as...
  2. President’s Message

    NCBA Members: Our membership spreadsheet is over a thousand rows. It has become unmanageable for volunteers and it causes some of our computer processing to take unnecessary extra time. The actual paid membership is between three and four hundred. We want to be able to serve our membership well without unreasonably burdening our volunteers. Therefore, … This is the third and final notice to folks receiving this newsletter who are not paid up on their membership. The NCBA newsletter will only go to paid members.  Please update your membership dues if you wish to continue getting this monthly information. Your membership status is at the bottom of this newsletter. I’m experimenting with bees at high altitude. This is the second year. I checked bees at 9300 feet Friday, 1/22/2016.  They had been for sure down to <-30> and perhaps down to <-40>. These bees are not only alive, but thriving. We cleared the dead from the front door and the colony poured forth for cleansing flights in 36F ambient temperature. This hive has about one half inch of Styrofoam insulation around it, but nothing more. I am increasingly convinced that our big challenge is NOT the temperature. We should be much more worried about things like: poisons, parasites, viruses, bacteria and forage. 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.  Lets Talk. Don Studinski, 303-248-6677
  3. Volunteer Recognition – Beginning Beekeeper Class

    Thank you to: Geri and Gene Wolf These folks have been providing your refreshments at NCBA meetings and at the Beginning Beekeepers Class. They have been dedicated volunteers for 2 years. They are very reliable and always meet our needs or find someone who will. They haul around the refreshments to and from our meetings and coordinate the shopping.  They have also been featured in the Greeley Tribune about their beekeeping activities. Please take a moment to let them know that you really appreciate their efforts. Also, a big thank you goes out to all those contributing to the Beginning Beekeepers Class of 2016: Instructors: Kristal Dominico Dave Primer Josh Vaisman Greta Olsen Bill Bennet Bob Boggio Tracy Bellehumeur Volunteers: Merry Popa Nancy Jones Don Studinski Cathy Weber Linda Vap Deb Evangelista Gene and Geri Wolf Ed Bender Ronda Koski Annette and Garth Silvernale Pete Linde Govert Koetsier
  4. Upcoming Education and Outreach events

    Colorado State Beekeepers Association (CSBA) will be holding their summer meeting in June in western Colorado.  More details coming soon. As a member of NCBA you are already a member of CSBA. Harvest Farm, https://www.harvestfarm.net/, is a non-profit addiction recovery program for men located in Wellington, CO.  We are a working Farm that houses 72 men, and the men participate in something called Work Therapy during their time on the Farm.  This includes work in our Garden, where we maintain a few bee hives.  Several of our men are interested in learning more about beekeeping and we could use some professional assistance to help us care for and maximize our hives.  We’re looking for someone to come to the Farm on a semi-regular basis to provide instruction for our men on the proper care of the bees and guidance for our staff who maintain the hives. Interested? Contact: hpulley@denrescue.org The University of Wyoming Laramie County Extension Office is hosting the Wyoming Bee College at Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, March 19–20, 2016.The Wyoming Bee College is open to everyone interested in the health and welfare of pollinator insects.  The Bee College is a two day three track conference covering beginning beekeeping, advanced beekeeping methods, native bees and ways to help them all.  We bring in longtime beekeepers, researchers from USDA Bee Labs and University professors for up to-date information. Bee Buddy’s under the age of 14 with a paying adult to the Bee College are free. For more information; www.wyomingbeecollege.org,...
  5. Presidents message – 01/13/2016

    NCBA Members: The estimated delivery date for our packages from Prairie Wind Bee Supply is: 04/30/2016 Supply is limited. First come first served. There are only 270 packages. The estimated pick up date for our nucs from Prairie Wind Bee Supply is: 05/21/2016 We had some early confusion about a limit of one nuc per member. This is not the case. Nucs can be ordered in any quantity on a first come first served basis. There are only 30 available. Please send a hard copy order form to Bob Boggio even if you pay using Paypal. Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association c/o Bob Boggio, NCBA Treasurer 3905 Glade Rd Loveland, CO 80538 January Meeting CHANGE OF VENUE Our meeting will not be at the Pulliam Building as expected. City of Loveland has moved us to: Devereaux/Hach Room at the Rialto Theater Center 228 E 4th Street in Loveland Devereaux/Hach Room is upstairs of the “Door 222” Restaurant Parking in the back of the theater as well as a parking lot off of fifth street across from the Museum that is just “steps” to the Rialto on 4th. For liability purposes, we must collect a hard copy of the liability waiver form from every member every year. The most convenient time is when you renew your membership. This is because each time your membership expires, you have to renew the membership and the waiver. If you have not yet signed a liability waiver, please do so (available on the website) and get...

Upcoming NCBA Events

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18
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6:30 pm February meeting – 18th, Fort Co... @ Poudre Valley REA
February meeting – 18th, Fort Co... @ Poudre Valley REA
Feb 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Presenter:Don Studinski, Where do my bees come from? Current NCBA members free; non-member guests $5.00. Guests may enter for an additional $5 at the door. Location, Poudre Valley REA, 7649 REA Parkway, Fort Collins, CO 80528, Windsor Exit off I25, East of I25 West of Windsor
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6:30 pm March meeting – 3/17 @ Windsor Recreation Center
March meeting – 3/17 @ Windsor Recreation Center
Mar 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Ronda Koski, Plants for Pollinators. Current NCBA members free; non-member guests $5.00. Location, Windsor Recreation Center,250 N. 11th Street, Windsor, CO 80550; 970-674-3500
Apr
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6:30 pm April Meeting – 4/21 Swarms @ Pulliam Building, Loveland
April Meeting – 4/21 Swarms @ Pulliam Building, Loveland
Apr 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Beth Conrey, all about swarms. Current NCBA members free; non-member guests $10.00. Location, Pulliam Building, 545 Cleveland Ave, Loveland.

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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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