March Meeting – SWARMS

Swarm Hotline Participant Training and 2013 Swarm Season Recap presentation by Beth Conrey.   Thursday, March 20, 2014 6:30-8:30 PM   Venue: Pulliam Community Building, 545 North Cleveland, Loveland, Colorado (Date shifted from Wed 3/19 to accommodate Beth’s schedule)

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 (2014 version), signed Membership Application and Liability waiver on file.  Click here to download the application / waiver from the NCBA website, and mail it to the address on the form.

This year, NCBA will not be coordinating hive removals from structures, but we will make available a list of people who perform this work to interested parties.

If you are interested in being a swarm catcher this year, AND YOU HAVE BEEN A SWARM CATCHER IN THE PAST, please provide Beth with the following information to update 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 20st.

Thank you!
Beth Conrey
970-213-3099 C

Leadership Support Team Needs

It is time to organize all program teams for the coming year, and you are needed to help support the work your NCBA does, either as a team leader, or in a team support role.

Where do your interests lie?

Package Bee Order?
Meet and Greet?
Photo Contest?
Extractor maintenance and loan?
Honey Party?
Beginning Beekeeping Class?


Also, we are still in need of NCBA Secretaries:

  1. Recording Secretary – the official Officer position in charge of meeting minutes and other official work;
  2. Membership Secretary – a Leadership Support Team role, receiving membership applications and keeping the membership roster updated.

Outreach-Education-Social Events for 2014

The NCBA Outreach committee met in Loveland on Tuesday, February 18th and established the following list of educational and social events for 2014.

Date  Event/who/what/where                Notes
Feb 15 Passion for Food at the Ranch        Ronda registered for this and set up the NCBA booth
Feb 17 School Out Science at the Loveland Public Library on Beekeeping, 36 attendees Presented by Bob Boggio
March 17 NARFE Community group- Active & Retired Federal workers, Fort Collins John and Ronda
March 31 School Out Science at the Loveland Library, 3-4 PM – Jim Boyd, master beekeeper will present a program for older children and teens in the Gertrude Scott room. Presenter: Jim Boyd
April 26-27 Spring Open House Fort Collins Nursery
May ?   Monroe Elem Career Days
June 14 NOCO Get Outdoors Day- Ft. Collins City Park.  Theme is to create “Villages” of like workshops, activities and exhibitors We will be with the Native Plant Society and Master Gardeners
June 16              Pollinator Week, coordinated by CSBA at area garden centers
June 19                NCBA Annual Meet and Greet at the Berthoud Town Park
June Share the Buzz Whole Foods, FC
August Larimer County Fair                                       Need NCBA members to submit samples for the Honey Judging Contest
Aug/Sept           State Fair Pueblo
Sept  17               NCBA Annual Honey Party Centennial Park, Loveland
Sept 20-21 Sustainable Living Fair Ft.Collins
Sept Gardens on Spring Creek Harvest Fest
Oct 7 Berthoud Oktoberfest Fickel Park
Nov Front Range Food Show NCBA members who sell honey
Dec  5 NCBA Holiday BeeZaar, Chilson Center, Loveland Need Committees


February Meeting Thursday February 20th, 2014 – Diana Sammataro and Miles McGaughey

Diana Sammataro and Miles McGaughey Diana Sammataro will be in the area in February, and has agreed to speak at our meeting on February 20th in Berthoud. She is a nationally-known researcher at the Carl Hayden Honey Bee Research Center in Tucson, AZ. If you are unfamiliar with Diana’s work, a profile/biography can be found here: She also co-wrote the Beekeeper’s Handbook which used to be the text reference for the NCBA beginning beekeeping class. She was here about 4 years ago and was very well received. Our thanks goes out to Beth Conrey, who is helping to coordinate Diana’s Colorado schedule, and let us know of this opportunity. Our meeting will start with BCBA President Miles McGaughey telling us about “Shaking Bees” – how he and Tom Theobold produce packages of bees for local beekeepers each year out at Koehnen’s in California. We meet from 6:30 – 8:30 PM, this month at the Berthoud Area Community Center, 248 Welch Ave, Berthoud, CO 80513

All Members – Education & Outreach Planning Meeting Tuesday, February 18th

All members interested in learning more about the NCBA education and outreach activities are invited to attend an information sharing and planning meeting at the Loveland Library, Tuesday February 18th. The Education and Outreach Committees are reviewing our current education material for use in schools and other workshops, as well as planning our 2014 schedules for exhibits at fairs, public events, and in-school programs. Our goal is to involve new members in this very important work of the NCBA, that of public awareness to the art of beekeeping, helping our bees stay healthy and productive, and the many uses of
honey. The meeting is 6:30 to 8:00 PM, and will be held in the Huron Peak meeting room at the library, located at 300 N. Adams in downtown Loveland. For more information please contact Nancy Jones, NCBA Outreach Coordinator at 970-290-0818.