Mt Baker Beekeepers Association

Our Monthly Meeting – February 2018

Meeting Date: Wednesday, February 21st
Meeting Time: 7 PM
Bee-ginners Chat:  6:00 PM   New!
Place: Gateway Centre Suites,
1313 E. Maple St, Bellingham, WA, Ste. 301, The Rainier Room

Meeting Agenda

Bee-ginner Chat:  Are you a New-Bee, Wanna-Bee or Low Mileage Beekeeper?  It helps to get all your bees in a row as we move into the 2018 season.  No time like the present to make plans.  We’ll gather at 6:00pm, just before the meeting. Bring your questions and problems.  We’ll get you some answers.  NOTE: NEW TIME!

Many new beekeepers have questions about how to “hive” their package bees once they arrive.  Here’s our trusty guide:   The Care and the Installation of Package Bees  


Russell Deptuch

Frame Assembly – The Quick Way:  Russell Deptuch will show us a clever new new jig he’s been using to speed up wooden frame assembly.  If you’ve been struggling along, whacking frames together one by one, this will be GOOD NEWS.  MORE GOOD NEWS:  Russell says he will again be offering queens this season.  These queens will originate from his most successful overwintered hives:  “Deptuch Home-Growns.”  What’s not to like?


Janet Wilson

Local Bees?  Local Queens!  Our feature event of the evening:  MBBA members Janet Wilson and Tim Trudel explain their New Queen Rearing Project.  They’ve put together an incredible PowerPoint talk detailing their first year producing queens right here on Puget Sound.  Janet says:

In 2016, prompted by unusually high failure rates of package and commercial queens and the inadvertent import of Small Hive Beetle into the BC Lower Mainland area, Janet Wilson (Tsawwassen) and Tim Trudel (Point Roberts) decided the time was right for starting a multi-year local queen breeding and improvement project. The goal: to rear lots of queens, identify the rock stars, and breed from them the subsequent season, creating a low-tech, easily copied template for other clubs in other locales. This presentation is the story of our first year bungles and bravos, the year in which we taught ourselves the usual methods of rearing queens in batches, and learned what it takes to raise and proof honey bee queens.

Tim Trudel


Don’t miss this one!  If you’re not already making your own queens and LOCAL BEES, you will some day soon.  Janet and Tim are blazing a clearly marked trail for us. Essential Stuff for every beekeeper.



Bee Talk:  We have a full program for this meeting, a very special one indeed!  If you have burning questions or comments, send them to us.  We’ll try to get an answer to you at the meeting or by email.  Just reply to this email or:

Refreshments Fuel Bee Talk!
Last names N-Z, please bring something tasty to share, food or drink. We’ll try to break early enough to schmooze and talk bees!  Bee Happy, Bee Munching!


Timely Information

Package Bees:  MBBA will again offer a Group Order for Package Bees from Belleville Honey Co. A sign-up/order sheet will circulate during the meeting.  The most current price we’ve heard is $130.  Payment Deadline:  March 21st MBBA Meeting.

Italian and Carniolan Bees will be available. Delivery date depends on weather, usually mid-April.  MBBA will transport packages to a central location in Whatcom County for pick-up, saving you a trip to the mayhem that is Belleville Honey on “Package Weekend.”  Which sub-species of bee to choose? This might help:  ITALIANS vs CARNIOLANS.


NewBees: Beginning Beekeeping

Begin at the Beeginning:  For anyone new to the craft, MBBA member Janet Wilson offers the best guide to beekeeping on Puget Sound available anywhere. In truth, craggy old veteran beekeepers, (who’ve NEVER lost a hive), will find much to enlighten here, too.  Highly recommended!


Whatcom Bee Help


I’d like to learn more about beekeeping, where should I start?