The April meeting is scheduled for April 8th 9-11 am at the Hamilton Assembly of God Church at 601 W Main Street in Hamilton. Bring a non-perishable food donation to show appreciation for use of their facility
April 8 Meeting: Saturday 9-11am
Hi fellow beekeepers and soon-to-bee beekeepers!
This month, we have the great fortune to have Scott Debnam from UM at our meeting! I will spend the first few minutes with a bit of club business, and then after that, it'll be all Scott. Scott is extremely passionate about honey bees, and listening to him talk is fantastic. Be prepared to ask questions as he generally tailors his talk to what we are asking. Here's a quick bio from www.umt.edu/bee :
Debnam is a graduate of the University of Montana Wildlife Biology program and has 14 years experience managing the research colonies for the University of Montana. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Montana. His research focuses on the movement of pollinators through the environment and the ecological patterns that influence their plant choices. He, of course, uses the honeybee as the model species for this research. Scott has extensive expertise with honey bee ailments and pests, as well as an intimate knowledge of the insects that he is eager to pass on to others.
You should have received an email about the nuc pickup, which is April 22. I won't repeat the details here, so if you have questions, please email me.
A Note of Interest
I'm going to shamelessly steal this from the Treasure Valley Beekeepers Club in Boise, whom I secretly consider our sister club. Their website has TONS of great information. We're working our way up, with the help of our media manager Tim, to get better!
- Did you have a hive die over winter? Read this blog to help you assess what happened. Further, read this blog about potentially reusing your equipment!
With spring here and the Farmer's Market opening up next month, we're toying with the idea of changing up our meeting time for May. In the past, we've had quite low attendance during the summer months on Saturday mornings. The thought is to do an abbreviated evening meeting in May, likely on a Monday from 6:30-7:30pm in Hamilton (possibly at a restaurant). Then we may have no formal meeting in June, but offer several hive inspection workshops.
I will have more information on this at the April meeting. If you have any thoughts or feel strongly one way or the other, let me know.
See you soon!