Mt. Baker Beekeepers Association

BEE BITS – Our Newsletter – June 2019

Our Monthly Meeting  –  June  2019

Meeting Date: Wednesday, June 19th
Meeting Time: 7 PM
Place: Gateway Centre Suites
1313 E. Maple St, Bellingham, WA, Ste. 301, The Rainier Room

Meeting Agenda:

We’ll present a Question & Answer session focusing on timely events of the bee season:  HONEY MANAGEMENT, ROBBING and WASP PREVENTION, LATE-SEASON SWARMS. Bring your solutions, questions and tall bee tales. Please try to arrive a little early as the doors sat Gateway Centre are locked about 7pm.

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 here in early July.

Our August meeting will be early, August 7th7-9pm, in order to discuss Fair Booth details & staffing. 

Speaking of our booth at the Fair, MBBA members will soon be receiving an invitation to sign up for one or more 4-hour shifts in the booth. It’s fun to share bees with the people who stop at the booth.  And a nice perk is a free ticket to the Fair so you can make a day of it before and after your booth shift.

HELP WANTED: MBBA needs a volunteer to send out meeting notices each month. You need not make a full-scale newsletter, it could be a brief “post card” like this announcement.

See you at the meeting!

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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.


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