2015 Annual Winter Meeting

The public was invited to attend the initial release of the joint CSU/EPA Bee Guide that was given away free to all interested beekeepers who attended the meeting (see below for details on the Bee Guide and speaker program).

When: Saturday, March 7, 2015

Where: Boulder County Extension Classroom (lower level) 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, CO 80501 (adjacent to the Boulder County Fair Grounds

Time: Morning Session / Presentations 9:00 a.m. until about 12:30 p.m. Business meeting to follow.

Margaret Lombard speaking to group

Margaret Lombard speaking to group

See more Winter Meeting 2015 Pictures here.

About the Bee Guide

The Bee Guide is a practical step-by-step booklet that outlines the major management practices and potential problems and diseases of which Colorado beekeepers should be aware.

The Bee Guide emphasizes an Integrated Hive Management approach, which derives from the broader Integrated Pest Management approach. The purpose of the Bee Guide is to help the ever growing numbers of new and recreational beekeepers in Colorado by providing them with standardized information on beekeeping issues, and that is readily accessible.

Speaker Program

9:15 a.m. Margaret Lombard from the National Honey Board will give a 15 to 20 minute presentation on the current activities of the NHB and have pamphlets available to attendees.

9:30 a.m. Elizabeth Conrey from the Colorado State Beekeepers and the Western Apicultural Society will give a brief presentation on the proposed program for the WAS Conference next fall in Estes Park.

9:45 a.m. Thia Walker of CSU Extension and Peg Perreault of Region 8 EPA will give their joint presentations for the initial release the new Bee Guide “Integrated Hive Management for Colorado Beekeepers: Strategies for identifying and mitigating pests and diseases affecting Colorado’s honey bees”.

Copies of the Guide will be available to all attendees. Additional copies will be available by contacting Thia Walker after the meeting Thia.Walker@ColoState.EDU.

Thia will also talk on recent changes to the Driftwatch program/Website. Peg will also talk about recent developments within the EPA regarding President Obama’s recent memorandum to promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators. All attendees are encouraged to ask questions specific to Thia and Peg’s presentations afterwards. Issues other than these are requested to be addressed outside of this meeting.

11:00 a.m 15 minute break — Various pamphlets and bee supply catalogs will be available for all attendees

11:15 a.m. Dr. Arathi Seshadri CSU Soil & Crop Sciences, will talk briefly on her current work with developing honey bee/pollinator habitat.

11:30 a.m. David Bell and Rob Alexander from Boulder County Open Space Dept. will speak briefly on Open Space properties and availability for bee hives, etc.

11:45 a.m. End of presentations. Lunch [Pot-luck] and socialization with speakers, attendees,.and MHBC members.

1:00 p.m. MHBC business meeting.