Mt. Baker Beekeepers Association

BEE BITS – Our Newsletter – June 2019


No Monthly Meeting in July 2019

A heads-up for July:  we are NOT meeting at Gateway Centre on July 17th.  Instead we will have a potluck picnic and hive opening on Sunday, July 14th. Details below:

This year’s MBBA picnic is Sunday, July 14th, High Noon at Carol and Marco Hubert’s lovely backyard orchard:  4457 Dewey Road. Lost or questions: 360-739-7364

As always, bring your picnic favorites, tableware, chairs, games, clean-washed beesuits. Marco says, “Let’s gather and yak from Noon-1pm, have picnic lunch at 1, then bees and more yakking.”

Some “picnic pointers” from The Huberts:

1.  Parking will be on the cedar bark horse area, one driveway North of the house entrance.  Bee streamers/ signs will mark the entrance like last time.  

2.  We have individual yard seating for eight, and two picnic tables that will seat eight each, and three small card tables seating four each.  One large folding table and saw horses and plywood for another. Bottom line– bring some seating or blankets if you will.
 
3.  Please help us cut down on throw away plastic; bring your own cutlery, cups and serving utensils. Paper plates make sense and are compostable. There will be some sturdy plastic re-usable tableware and cups for those who forget.  

See you at the picnic!

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2019 “Swarm Catchers” List

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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