BEE BITS – Our Newsletter – May 2019
Our Monthly Meeting – May 2019
Meeting Date: Wednesday, May 15th
Meeting Time: 7 PM
Place: Gateway Centre Suites
1313 E. Maple St, Bellingham, WA, Ste. 301, The Rainier Room
BEE TALK: That’s what MBBA is all about: local beekeepers helping each other, staying in touch, spreading the principles of successful beekeeping. We’ll discuss seasonal beekeeping issues, with a focus on the new 2019 Bee Season. Bring your questions and insights. The floor is all yours!
See you at the meeting!
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Mt. Baker Beekeepers Association presents: Swarm Catchers, our annually updated list of skilled beekeepers willing to retrieve honeybee swarms.
As spring weather warms, honeybee colonies prepare to “swarm.” Half the bees in a hive fly out all at once with their queen to find a new home. The mother colony produces a new queen and lives on. This is the bees’ way to spread their genetic heritage and assure the species’ survival.
Swarming bees move slowly away from the hive in a large “cloud,” coming to rest temporarily in trees, bushes, or practically anywhere. From there, they send out scouts to search for an apt new home site. After a few hours or days, they move on to their favored site.
We, as beekeepers, know that swarms are not welcomed by everyone, so we’re prepared every spring and summer to be on “swarm call.” If you sight a swarm, call us. We’ll safely capture the swarm and bring it back to our home apiary where the swarm will be “hived” and become a new citizen amongst our other hives.
Calling one of our members on the Swarm Catchers list ensures that you’ll get a qualified beekeeper to do the job correctly and safely. You’re also doing the bees a BIG favor, as a swarming colony will eventually perish if not captured and properly cared for. Honey bees, Apis mellifera, can no longer survive in the wild in most places in the world. They are dependent on good apicultural care in order to survive current pathogen and parasite challenges. Help us keep our bees alive, healthy, and productive.
CATCH A SWARM, SAVE A BEE!
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