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Educating Our Communities, In Service To Beekeeping

  1. Volunteer Recognition June

    Thank you to: Bob Boggio You guys have no idea how many hours of dedicated service Bob puts into NCBA. As treasurer, he tracks all the payments for everything: membership, packages, nucs, venues, equipment, etc. Plus, he is always there at every key moment, like package delivery and nuc delivery. If there was ever anyone you should personally thank for their many hours of dedicated work, it would certainly be Bob.  NCBA just doesn’t happen without him!!
  2. FYI – Thank you!

    Carl & Danielle Hosler, local manufacturers of bee equipment, have in the past and did again this year make a donation to NCBA, based on their sales, as a thank you for supporting their company.
  3. Presidents Message – May 2016

    NCBA Members: The vote for our constitution and bylaw changes is complete. Thank you for supporting your EC suggested changes. The constitution and bylaw updates will be posted on the website soon. By the time this news is sent, you will have your new honeybee packages and they will have been installed. I’ll be hoping that all went smoothly for you.  Next up, we will be getting our nucs.  Nuc, it’s short for nucleus colony or nucleus hive. We frequently use the terms interchangeably, but the hive is a house and the colony is what lives inside. The nucleus part is just a way of referring to these standard “small” hives and colonies. Generally, three, four or five frames, nucs are fully functioning honeybee colonies. There is no difference from a full sized hive, it just happens to be small. You will find a laying queen, brood, nurse bees, bee bread and honey inside. Our nucs will be traveling in style. We are renting a climate controlled trailer from Zach Owens at Lazy Bee Ranch. Zach is going to help us drive up to Cheyenne, WY to Prairie Wind Bee Supply and get the 30 nucs.  We will be getting the nucs on Friday, 5/20 in the afternoon.  Then we drive them down to Berthoud where we will open and inspect all 30 to ensure the queen is healthy and laying. This will disturb the workers and we want you to get your entire workforce, so we will let them...
  4. Volunteer Recognition May

    Thank you to: Glenn Wollam Glenn has been so great to allow us to use his property and bar for the big package delivery!  We are so grateful and we are so lucky to have such a wonderful space and such a generous member.  Thank you Glenn and your entire family!!!! Thank you to: Bill Harrell Bill, what a great guy! Got us 50 food grade 3.5 gal buckets with lids for free.  I understand there may be more coming.  Bill is so generous to donate his time to fetch these buckets and then make a sign and allow us to grab them at no charge during the package distribution.  If you didn’t get a bucket and have a need, there are plenty of members that should be willing to share. Thank you to: Merry Papa Merry showed up unexpectedly at the package delivery with coffee, brownies and cookies.  After the cold rain and snow, that was so much joy to find!!!  I gave myself permission to eat extra chocolate without feeling guilty.  Thank you, Merry!!!  I wish I would have thought of it!
  5. 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
  6. 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: 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...
  7. 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!
  8. 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...

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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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