Educating Our Communities, In Service To Beekeeping

  1. 2016 Bee package order

    New supplier Prairie Wind Bee Supply, Cheyenne, WY; getting bees from Noble Apiaries in Dixon, CA. Italian and Carniolans selected for mite and disease resistance as well as production. Transported in air-conditioned van and trailer. NCBA is ordering 270 packages and 30 nucs. Member price is $123 / package and $168 / nuc. Non-members add $10 per honeybee colony. If you wish to order bees, please send in your check to Bob, the treasurer, now. Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association c/o Bob Boggio, NCBA Treasurer 3905 Glade Rd Loveland, CO 80538 The paypal alternative will be available soon on our website. As an alternative for nucs, we are trying to pull together an order of Russian bee nucs from Coy apiaries in Wiggins, MS. If there is enough Russian nucs sold, we will go pick them up in person. The estimated price will be in the $170 / nuc neighborhood. We don’t have an exact price yet, but this will be the ballpark. Non-members add $10 per honeybee colony. If you are interested in having a nuc of Russian bees and queen, then please contact Don Studinski at 303-248-6677 right away. for more information and order forms to place your order. please visit:
  2. Newsletter update – members only

    Soon, the newsletter will go to only paid members. You should assume that this will be the last newsletter unless you are a paid member. If you enjoy getting this newsletter, please be sure to pay your membership dues. Your status is on the bottom of this newsletter. Only paid members will be allowed to sign up for the swarm list in 2016, will know our guest speakers and the location of our meetings, will know about class opportunities etc. 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. In any case, paying your dues, starting now, will get you membership through February of 2017.
  3. President Message 1/2/2016

    NCBA Members: The executive committee (EC) wants to make it easier to add voting members to our committee. We believe this will encourage further participation from NCBA members and make our club better for all. Unfortunately, our Constitution and Bylaws as currently written do not allow us to easily add EC members. The EC wants to make modifications which will fix this problem. See the Announcements section below for details. This is the second notice to folks receiving this newsletter who are not paid up on their membership. The NCBA newsletter will only go to paid members very soon. 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 hope your holiday season was pleasant. We are now past the winter solstice. That means days are growing longer and the bees are starting to think of increasing their population in anticipation of the abundant food which is coming in spring. I generally think of this time of year as “no peeking” season. Temperatures may or may not allow you to open a hive. I would not suggest opening a hive unless the bees have broken cluster. That usually occurs at temperatures about 50-degrees Fahrenheit or more. I’ve got hard candy on three and expect to put candy bricks on others whenever the temperature allows. This year, I’m using candy bricks that do not have the protein powder. I had a hard time finding the protein...
  4. Message from the new President of NCBA

    Hello and happy November, 2015, I will be your association president for this coming year.  I hope to bring you a new perspective on beekeeping and a few new twists on running the association.  November, we traditionally do not have a meeting.  Perhaps that will not be the case in 2016, we shall see.  In December, we will have our traditional potluck and sale party.  I hope you will bring some food to share ans some wares to sell.  I will be there with both.  All are welcome and encouraged to participate.  I will take that moment to introduce myself and to be available for suggestions on how to make our 2016 the best year ever.  Don’t be afraid to speak up! I want to make being a member of NCBA an easy and pleasant experience.  Every beekeeper in our geographic area should WANT to be a member.  Ideally, membership would be very low cost such that return on investment is obvious.  Suppose your membership in Colorado State Beekeepers Association is “no added charge:?  Suppose your membership in Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association was lessexpensive instead of more?  Suppose we could bring in top notch speakers from anywhere in the world.  Wouldn’t that be an association worth being a member?  That’s the association I want to create.  Want to help? … Volunteer!  I’m the kind of president that doesn’t ‘sort of’ delegate.  If you volunteer, you will be ‘in charge’ within a budget and an assignment. Your bees should...
  5. Election Results

    ELECTION RESULTS: CONGRATULATIONS to those volunteers ELECTED AND THANK YOU to all of the candidates for your willingness to help manage NCBA. Don Studinski, President Vacant, Vice President Nancy Jones, Secretary Bob Boggio, Treasurer Advisors: Dave Primer Josh Vaisman George Ottenhoff and Alfred Westlake The EC is looking for an OUTREACH Coordinator.  This person will be responsible for creating NCBA’s events calendar for 2016 and then completing the tasks necessary to be registered for an event and working with the Volunteer Coordinator to recruit members to staff our booth. More Swarm Hotline DISPATCHERS are needed in Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley and Berthoud.  IF you would like to receive the phone call from a resident or business that has a swarm and either retrieve the swarm yourself or contact swarm catchers OR hive removal specialists in these cities, please contact Bob Boggio at BALLOT ISSUES PASSED Term Limits  may be extended one year for an existing officer to continue to serve IF there are no candidates for his/her position. Annual Dues will INCREASE to $25 per year beginning March 1, 2016.  Annual renewals received from December 1, 2015 thru February 29, 2016 will remain $20.  Beginning November 1, 2015, multiple year renewals will be $25. Responsibilities  Divided: There will now be an EC appointed position of Education Coordinator and a separate Outreach Coordinator UPDATED Copies of NCBA’s Constitution and Bylaws will be posted on the website, under the category of ‘About’, by...
  6. December Meeting – Holiday Party

    December – HOLIDAY PARTY, Thursday, December 10th, 6:30-8:30 PM.  Bring your family, an appetizer to share, mead if you make it for others to sample, hive products or other crafty things to sell.  Location: Johnstown Senior Center (101 Charlotte St, Johnstown, CO 80534

Upcoming NCBA Events

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
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
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..


NCBA is a 501c3 organization, and donations are tax deductible.
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