Mt Baker Beekeepers Association

Our Monthly Meeting  –  May  2018

Meeting Date: Wednesday, May 16th
Meeting Time: 7 PM
Bee-ginners Chat:  6:00 PM
Place: Gateway Centre Suites
1313 E. Maple St, Bellingham, WA, Ste. 301, The Rainier Room

Meeting Agenda:  “The Mite Meeting”

Bee-ginner Chat:  6:00 PM   New-Bee, Wanna-Bee or Low Mileage Beekeeper?  We’re here to help for a whole hour before the meeting.    

Meeting Starts:  7:00 PM

Interactive Software for Mite Control:  Randy Oliver’s very accurate and easy-to-use software will be demonstrated by Rebekah Lee and Meisha Horner. They will have a live example up and running at the meeting and some basic pointers on how to make it work. Take the guesswork out of mite control! Know what your Varroa infestation threat really is, when to treat and what your likely results will be. This is a major innovation on the beekeeping scene and will change the whole game for the better.

Miticides:    Michael Jaross will briefly discuss miticides, when to buy them, how to store them, shelf life. These products are necessary for bee health but are expensive to buy and information is sparse.  We’ll touch on Apivar, MAQS (formic acid), HopGuard and Oxalic Acid.  There are many other choices, but these four have proven reliable in our Whatcom County conditions.  Want healthy bees?  Control Mites!

Bee Talk:  That’s what MBBA is all about:  local beekeepers helping each other, staying in touch, spreading the tricks of successful beekeeping.  We’ll spend the rest of the meeting talking bees.  Bring your questions and insights.  The floor is all yours!

Refreshments Fuel Bee Talk!
Last names A-M, please bring something tasty to share, food or drink. We’ll try to break early enough to schmooze and make deals!  Bee Happy, Bee Munching!

Honey Bee Diseases & Pests” has finally arrived.  This is the best book of its kind for hobby beekeepers. It gives you science-based information and treatment suggestions for ALL the problems you are ever likely to encounter with your bees. None of the basic bee books have as good a treatment of this information.  Chapters are written by Canadian research scientists and Provincial Apiarists. The latest, full-color 3rd edition is well illustrated and clearly written.  This is what you will need to know to keep your bees in peak health, all in one book. Bees are valuable livestock and deserve the best care you can provide.

Books will be for sale at Bee-ginner’s Chat Session and after the meeting:  $15

See you at the meeting!

Our 2018 “Swarm Catchers” List

Mt Baker Beekeepers Association presents: Swarm Catchers, our annually updated list of skilled beekeepers willing to retrieve honeybee swarms.   Please forward this link to friends, any place in Whatcom County where there are honeybee hives.  That’s pretty much everywhere!

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, 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 the 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 assures 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.  Honeybees, Apis mellifera, can no longer survive in the wild in most places in the world.  They are dependant on good apicultural care in order to survive current pathogen and parasite challenges.  Help us keep our bees alive, healthy and productive.


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