Mt Baker Beekeepers Association

  • Our Monthly Meeting  –  August  2018

Meeting Date: Wednesday, August 15th
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:

BEE-GINNER CHAT starts 6:00pm: Bring your questions and hive issues. Now that honey season is mostly over, it’s time to deal with hive health and initial preparations for winter. We have an entire hour to deal with these August beekeeping tasks.  This is the easy part!

General Meeting Starts 7:00pm

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 discuss seasonal beekeeping issues, with a focus on Varroa control and Combining Hives to get strong winter performance. Bring your questions and insights. The floor is all yours!

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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