Next Meeting: Swarm Hotline Participant Training and 2012 Swarm Season Recap presentation by Beth Conrey. Thursday, March 21, 2013 6:30-8:30 PM in Fort Collins at the Preston Middle School, 4901 Corbett Dr., (2 blocks south of Harmony just west of Ziegler) in the Auditeria. Click here for a map. This meeting is mandatory for those who were not on the Swarm Hotline call list last year and wish to participate this year.
Swarm season is approaching, so let’s get started! In order to participate in the NCBA Swarm Collection and Hive Removal program – having your name on the list of people who will be called for swarm collection or colony removal from structures – you MUST be a current NCBA member AND have a current (2013 version), signed Membership Application and Liability waiver on file. Click here to download the application / waiver from the NCBA Membership Form page, and send it to the address on the form.
If you want to be called for hive removals from structures this year, you must have specific liability insurance for this activity – a new requirement this year. Contact Beth Conrey for agents offering this policy if you are having trouble sourcing it.
If you are interested in being a swarm catcher this year, AND YOU HAVE BEEN A SWARM CATCHER IN THE PAST, please provide me with the following information to update my records for this year:
Primary Phone Number
Secondary Phone Number
Whether you do swarm catching only or hive removals
Also how many swarms you are looking for
What city you live in
How far you will go to get a swarm
Any miscellaneous but important information such as: vacation days during swarm season, work availability, etc.
If you are interested in being a swarm catcher this year, AND YOU HAVE NEVER DONE IT BEFORE, you must attend my “So you want to be a swarm catcher” presentation at the next NCBA meeting on March 21st. Thank you! Beth Conrey
Finally some moisture! Although it is no where near enough to get us back on
track–it is good to see the white stuff.
I have two seasons in my world: bee and ski. I am square in the middle of the
latter and will be out of town for the next week as a result. I find February to be a
month in which I get a tremendous amount of work caught up and woodenware
constructed. Feeders are out and, with the anticipated break in the weather this
weekend, I will see if the girls are touching them.
I have spent quite a bit of time traveling to various Club meetings this past month
and am impressed by all of the new faces. I hope we can engage and inspire the
newest members of our ranks to help shoulder some of the volunteer
responsibilities of both their regional and state associations.
As threatened, I am catching up on recipes so there are 2 more recipes this
month. The first, Strawberries with Lavender Honey and Goat Cheese, is one of
the recipes from the Meet and Greet before the Winter Meeting last year. This is a
beautiful presentation! I get my lavender honey from France as my sister and
brother-in-law live in Paris. It won’t be long before we can start producing this on
a greater scale from Western Slope lavender. The second is Delicious Cornbread
and it lives up to its name. It is a well-balanced recipe that brings out the flavors
of all the ingredients. I felt these two to be perfect for March as we are in the
transition between winter and spring. There’s still plenty of soup and chili to be
served but spring is just around the corner.
Time is running out for Packages and Nucs!
If you have not ordered your packages or nucs, then your time is rapidly running
out! All of the ads for packages and nucs can be found in one handy location
here. Don’t dally any longer if you want bee packages and nucs.
At the 2012 Winter Meeting, our featured speaker was Dennis vanEnglesdorp of
the Bee Informed Partnership. Bee Informed is a survey of bee losses and
management strategies that is conducted annually. The dates for 2013 are
March 29th to April 15th. I will send out another reminder next month. This
year, it is extremely important that you participate! We need to know what is
happening in this state with our bees and this is the easiest (and cheapest) way for
us to do this. If we get 300 people to participate, then our state data is broken out
separately. Click here for more information on the survey and understand that I
will be pressuring all of you to respond.New Sponsor–Granite Seed Company
We have a new sponsor that joined as an auxiliary member this month. It is
Granite Seed and Erosion Control. Granite Seed offers seed mixes especially
tailored to promote pollinators and bees. They also have many forb and
wildflower species available. They can be reached on the web
As many of you know, one our statewide initiatives this year is FORAGE! Forage
is crucial to the success of our bees, native bees and our honey crops! As we
prepare to enter into another drought year, thoughts of turf mitigation and planting
of native and xeric species is high on the list of things that anyone can do to help
our pollinating species. Do your part and patronize our seed sponsors!
Sponsors are key to our ability to maintain and, hopefully, REDUCE our dues in
the future. Our success in attracting and maintaining sponsors hinges on your
patronage. Please, take a minute to look at the rotating ads of our sponsors and to
check out their websites and purchase their product.
I know it is not even spring but I already have the Summer Meeting on my
mind! This year’s meeting will be held in its usual location which is VicePresident Paul Limbach’s home in Silt. It will be held from 9-4 on Saturday, June
15th. Our featured speaker will be Dr. Dewey Caron. In addition, we will have a
full agenda featuring Danny Culhane of Honeyville in Durango fame, Project
apism talking about their forage initiative ad Dr. Ron Fessenden chatting about
honey and health! Afternoon workshops will focus on queen introduction with
Kristina Williams and triangulation to find a wild hive with this cool little gadget
of Miles McGaughey’s. Paul and Nanci will be providing tours of their packing
facility and the wildlife rehabilitation center. I encourage you to join us in Silt on
June 15th! More information will follow soon.
As always, if you have any questions or issues, please do not hesitate to call or
Thank you for being a member.