Kate McWiggins

Here is contact information for Kate McWiggins, who gave a presentation on apitherapy last Tuesday. Kate lives about 10 miles south of Issaquah on Tiger Mountain.

Kate@HealingBees.com
425-369-8287

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July 1 Meeting – Honey Production, Apitherapy

7:00-7:30 Beginners Session, Q&A: Honey Production: Harvesting & Extracting (Robert Clark)
Long-time beekeeper Robert Clark presents topics based on an annual, local beekeeping management calendar, with emphasis on basic principles of how honeybees respond to beekeepers’ actions. Click here for the beginners’ hive calendar.
7:30-8:00 Tea and Announcements
8:00-9:00 Introduction to Apitherapy (Kate McWiggins)
Kate is a board member of the American Apitherapy Society and an apitherapist who lives in Issaquah. She will explain uses and applications for products of the hive, including honey, propolis, wax, pollen, royal jelly, and bee venom.

Meetings are 7:00-9:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at Meadowbrook Interpretive Center (directions to Meadowbrook) and are open to the public.

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Human Bee In – Volunteers Needed

We desperately need volunteers for this! The club has been handed the gift of a well-promoted PR opportunity and we should capitalize. Event is at the Whole Foods in Redmond. We need people to run a meet-and-greet booth. Contact me bob@combshouse.com for details

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June 3 Meeting

7:00-7:30 Beginners Session, Q&A:
Hive Checks and Supering, Nectar Flows, Nectar Sources, Pollen Sources & Collecting, Migratory Beekeeping (Robert Clark)
Each month, long-time beekeeper Robert Clark presents topics based on an annual, local beekeeping management calendar, with emphasis on basic principles of how honeybees respond to beekeepers’ actions. Click here for the beginners’ hive calendar.
7:30-8:00 Tea and Announcements
8:00-9:00 Building a Sustainable Apiary
(Mike Miller)

Mike will talk about how he got his apiary off of the California packaged bees treadmill by producing his own nucleus hives. He is vice president of the Northwest District Beekeepers Association in Snohomish.

Meetings are 7:00-9:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at Meadowbrook Interpretive Center (directions to Meadowbrook) and are open to the public.

July 1 meeting: Introduction to Apitherapy (Kate McWiggins)

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US National Pesticide Center beefs up mobile presence

The US National Pesticide Center offers answers to questions about correct pesticide use to users of smartphones or tablets, thanks to expanded online services offered by the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) at Oregon State University. NPIC’s website and mobile apps can be found at http://npic.orst.edu.

The center operates a national hotline and is expanding its mobile apps, interactive content, video tutorials, and webinars. The service also continues to add hundreds of pages and new services to its website. This effort is funded by a five-year, $5M grant from the EPA.

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Webinar on Varroa Mites – Tuesday 5/13/2014

Here is a webinar of interest to serious beekeepers on Tuesday, 5/13. Apologies for the short notice.

What: The USDA Carl Hayden Bee Research Center is holding a webinar on Varroa mites. Dr. Gloria DeGrandi-Hoffman will discuss Varroa mite population growth in honey bee colonies, and provide the latest information on her research in this area. (Click here for a list of publications from her lab.)

When:  Tuesday, May 13, 9:00 a.m. PDT.

Purpose: To provide the most up-to-date information on Varroa to help you make better decisions for controlling this mite in your colonies. There will be a question-and-answer session after the presentation. The Webinar will be recorded and posted at http://gears.tucson.ars.ag.gov.

How to connect:

1. To prepare in advance for access to the conference (for all devices), click here: https://connect16.uc.att.com/usda/Prepare/
and download the webinar connection software.

2. To connect to the webinar on May 13 at 9:00 a.m. PDT, click here: https://connect16.uc.att.com/usda/meet/?ExEventID=87215210
and follow the instructions.

3. If you prefer to connect by telephone:

  • Dial 888-844-9904
  • When prompted, enter the Meeting Access Code: 7215210#
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Apiary Program

Weather permitting, we’ll be kicking off our apiary program tonight starting at 6:00. The apiary program is open to existing members and provides hands-on learning in the club’s apiary. On the docket for tonight:

* Placement of nucs.
* Inspection of colonies.
* Shook swarm split (if good weather holds).

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Woodenware

At long last, and after much consternation woodenware is finally here. I’m going through the delivery tonight and matching pieces up with orders. Just in case you didn’t get the memo (I didn’t have an e-mail for everyone). I goofed on the order form, and didn’t include sales tax. Be prepared to pay the difference when you pick up.

-bob

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May 6 Meeting – Queens & Splits; Sideline Beekeeping

7:00-7:30 Beginners Session and Q&A: Queens, Requeening, Splits
(Robert Clark)

Long-time beekeeper Robert Clark provides monthly topics based on an annual, local beekeeping management calendar, with emphasis on basic principles of how honeybees respond to beekeepers’ actions. Click here for the beginners’ hive calendar.
7:30-8:00 Tea and Announcements
8:00-9:00 Beekeeping From a Sideliner/Commercial Perspective: How I Do It
(Charles Schaffer)

Charles Schaffer, SVB’s vice president and apiary manager, is the successful owner of Schaffer’s Natural Honey Farms (http://www.ceshoneybees.com/). He uses no chemicals or toxic materials in his hives. Charles will provide pictures and videos along with his talk, including a 10-minute video on how it was done in 1947 that is not to be missed.

Meetings are 7:00-9:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at Meadowbrook Interpretive Center (directions to Meadowbrook) and are open to the public.

Next meeting: June 3

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April 1 Meeting – Weather, Swarms, Packages & Small-Scale Queen Rearing

7:00-7:30 Beginners Session and Q&A (Robert Clark)
- Weather problems & early nectar flows
- Swarm management
- Package installation

Long-time beekeeper Robert Clark provides monthly topics based on an annual, local beekeeping management calendar, with each 30-minute session divided between upcoming colony activities and Q&A.  Emphasis is on basic principles of how honeybees respond to beekeepers’ actions. Click here for the beginners’ hive calendar.

7:30-8:00 Tea Time and Announcements
8:00-9:00 Small-Scale Queen Rearing (Paul Hosticka)
Paul Hosticka is a long-time beekeeper who with his wife Susan runs Octopus Garden Honey, a small honey and hive product operation, from their home near Dayton in southeast Washington. Paul has been successfully raising his own queens since taking Sue Cobey’s class at Ohio State in 2000. He uses the Cloake Board Method, which he believes is particularly well-suited to small-scale queen rearing. He is a former president of West Sound Beekeepers Association and was an area representative and treasurer of the Washington State Beekeepers Association until his retirement this year. He serves on the WSDA Apiary Advisory Committee and the Washington State Legislature Honey Bee Work Group. After a career as a self-employed carpenter, he now mostly spends his days messing about with bees and living for the day when he finally figures the little buzzers out.

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Meetings are 7:00-9:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at Meadowbrook Interpretive Center (directions to Meadowbrook) and are open to the public.

May 6 meeting: Sideline Beekeeping (Charles Schaffer)

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