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EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT NCBA AND ITS PROGRAMS

Volunteering: NCBA is an all-volunteer organization.  Without the time and effort of our member-volunteers, there would be no NCBA or any of its programs.  Many hands make light work – please consider contributing to our success!  Visit our Outreach Activities page (click here) to see what’s going on.  When you see a NCBA activity you may enjoy joining in on, let us know – email volunteer@nocobees.org.

Next Meeting:  Thursday, August 21, 2014 – Program: Miles McGaughey, BCBA President, and Keziah Katz, CSU Doctoral Student and Bee Researcher.  Miles will talk about Honey Extraction methods around the world.  Keziah Katz will talk about her research: Foragers of all species must adaptively divide their time between consuming known resources (exploitation) and learning about new resources (exploration). How animals chose to divide their time between exploration and exploitation can depend on a number of factors. My work examines how individual nutrition, colony condition, and an individual’s foraging role affect a foraging honeybee’s decisions..  Venue: Fort Collins Harmony Library Meeting Room on the west end of the FRCC Campus at Harmony & Shields, 6:30-8:30 PM

Last Meeting: July Meeting – Wednesday, July 16, 2014 6:30-8:30 PM. – In the Kitchen, and Varroa in the Hive.  Kris Holthaus reinforced the need for testing for and treating Varroa in your hives – critical to maintaining healthy, winter-surviving colonies. Next, Beth Conrey spoke about the Colorado Cottage Food act and how to be compliant with it. Joyce Durol introduced Jeannine Riess, Public Health Administrator at CSU, who spoke about Best Practices for handling honey products at home, and additional do’s and don’ts for compliance with the Colorado Cottage Food Act, Senate Bill 12-048. Venue: Venue: Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams, Loveland, Colorado 80537 in the Gertrude Scott room.

Future Meetings:  We schedule most meetings to occur on the third Thursday of the month from January through October.  A year-end holiday special public outreach event is scheduled for the first Friday of December, 5:00-9:00 P.M.   Click here for a list of currently scheduled meetings.

Past Meetings:  Click here for information about past meetings, including program handouts and meeting minutes where available.

About the NCBA:  Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association is oriented around service to the Front Range beekeeping community, and is governed by an Executive Committee as described in our Constitution and Bylaws.  Click here for more information.

Contact Information: Want to contact an officer or key volunteer?  Click here for contact information.

Membership Benefits:  NCBA membership has many regular benefits, including participation in the annual Woodenware and Bee Package orders; membership in the Colorado State Beekeepers Association; participation in the Swarm Hotline to be called for collecting swarms in your area; free use of Association honey extractors, and discounted American Bee Journal subscriptions. Click here for more information, or click here to bring up the Membership application.

NCBA Sponsored Community Programs:   NCBA Volunteers provide a variety of educational and public outreach programs each year, including the Beginning Beekeeping Class taught in January each year, grade school educational programs, and an outreach presence at a variety of fairs and shows.  The Swarm Hotline provides the public with a central point of contact to report swarms during the spring and summer.  We also sponsor a web-based forum and an email-based discussion list (list serv) as information resources open to all with an interest in beekeeping.  Click here for more information.