October 2018 Meeting

On October 2nd we’ll have the opportunity to hear from Justin Brooks about King County’s Noxious Weed Control Program. Just a reminder that there will be no Apiary presentation as that has finished for the year.

7:00-7:30 Basic Beekeeping by Robert Clark
Come and listen to Robert giving tips on Basic Beekeeping regarding getting our hives prepared for our wetter and colder season. Bring your questions and share your previous fall successes.
7:30-8:00 Tea Time & Club Announcements by Diane Price
Also, we have started our 2019 membership renewal process, so that you may continue to BEE (bee puns never get old) a part of our great club. If you have not renewed your membership, please bring $25 cash or check.
8:00-9:00 Noxious Weeds by Justin Brooks
Justin Brooks is our Snoqualmie River Riparian Weed Specialist. He will be presenting King County’s Noxious Weed Control Program.

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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Group Purchase Survey

We’ve composed a survey to help gauge interest in the purchase of specific glass jars and determine if we can collectively reach the 120+ case price (or better), thereby saving each other money. For additional information, here is a word document with descriptions and prices for the top 3 jars (so far), or you can visit Specialty Bottle’s website. Please have your responses in by the end of July so we can begin taking orders at the August Meeting.

Create your own user feedback survey

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August 2018 Meeting

On August 7th we’ll have the opportunity to hear from Liam Shaw who will teach us how to install an electric fence to protect our beehives. We also will have some more demonstrations in the apiary before the indoor meeting starts so come out and play with the bees.

6:00-6:50 Apiary Meeting by Charles Schaffer
Charles will be going through hive techniques in the apiary. Come see live bees and learn about what you might see or look out for in your hives this month.
7:00-7:30 Basic Beekeeping by Charles Schaffer
Come and listen to Charles talk about some items especially for new beekeepers and also get input from some more experienced beekeepers.
7:30-8:00 Tea Time & Club Announcements by Diane Price
8:00-9:00 Electric Fencing by Liam Shaw
Liam Shaw of Gallagher North America, Inc. will explain how to install and maintain an electric fence to protect your beehives.

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.

Note, that if you want to join the club. Purchase your membership for 2018 by seeing Andy Matelich at the meeting.

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July 2018 Meeting – Summer Picnic

On July 10th we’ll be having our new annual family picnic for the members. Friendship, Food and Fun in the Sun! You should have received a Punchbowl electronic invitation for the details.

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National Honey Bee Health Survey

USDA is collaborating with the University of Maryland to conduct a comprehensive national honey bee pest survey over several years to get information about bee health and changes in bee health over time. They are looking for beekeepers interested in participating in the survey.

If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions contact Yolanda Inguanzo

Information about the Survey

USDA is conducting large scale multi- year bee health surveys. We are looking for volunteers.

  • Apiaries must have at least 10 colonies, 8 will be sampled
  • 2 samples of ¼ cup each will be collected from each colony
  • One frame per colony will be visually examined and “tapped” to dislodge any parasites which will then be collected
  • Samples will be analyzed for exotic pests not known to occur in N America and other pests to get a data set of general bee health
  • 5 colonies per state that elect to be part of a longitudinal study, will be sampled in the spring and fall and additional information will be collected
  • Wax samples of 3 grams can be tested for 200 known pesticides
  • Confidentiality will be maintained, data shared publicly is at the state level
  • More information can be found at: Beeinformed.org
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Free Seattle Pollinator Conservation Workshop

Sowing Biodiversity

Restoring Land for Pollinators

Seattle Central Public Library
Tuesday, June 26 • 12:30pm-1:30pm

Join the Xerces Society’s Eric-Lee-Mäder for a conversation on the current state of pollinator conservation art and science

Since 2008, the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation has worked to help restore more than 700,000 acres of habitat for bees and butterflies nationwide.

Topics include:

  • The Conservation Status of Pollinators and the Future of Food and Biodiversity
  • Native Bee Ecology
  • Habitat Restoration in Urban and Rural Landscapes

Register at kingcd.eventbright.com

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Resources from the June 5th Meeting

So Matthew Schwartz from Earth Corps shared the Habitat Restoration Guide which is accessible at their website earthcorps.org.

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June 2018 Meeting

Looking forward to seeing you all at the Monthly Meeting, June 5th.

6:00-6:50 Apiary Meeting by Charles Schaffer
Charles will be going through hive techniques in the apiary. Come see live bees and learn about what you might see or look out for in your hives this month.
7:00-7:30 Basic Beekeeping by Robert Clark
Come and listen to Robert talk about some items especially for new beekeepers and also get input from some more experienced beekeepers.
7:30-8:30 Pollinator Presentation by Matthew Schwartz
Matthew Schwartz is the Ecologist & Field Operations Manager of Earth Corps. He will be giving a Pollinator presentation and speaking about his newly completed
Native Pollinator Restoration Practitioners Guide.
8:30-9:00 Tea Time & Club Announcements by Diane Price

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.

Note, that if you want to join the club. Purchase your membership for 2018 by seeing Andy Matelich at the meeting.

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May 2018 Meeting

On May 1st at the monthly meeting we will have Bob Combs give a presentation. We also are starting the Apiary meetings before the general meeting again. So come out to the Apiary at 6pm where Charles will go through step by step working on the hive.

Note, that if you want to join the club. Purchase your membership for 2018 by seeing Andy Matelich at the meeting.

6:00-6:50 Apiary Meeting by Charles Schaffer
Charles will be going through hive techniques in the apiary. Come see live bees and learn about what you might see or look out for in your hives.
7:00-7:30 Basic Beekeeping by Charles Schaffer
Come and listen to Charles talk about some items especially for new beekeepers and also get input from some more experienced beekeepers as well.
7:30-8:00 Tea Time
8:00-9:00 Presentation on Beekeeping by Bob Combs
Bob will be giving a great presentation on beekeeping and some interesting new insights that he has accumulated over many, many years as a beekeeper. This will include new research that will help all of us become better beekeepers.

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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April 2018 Meeting

On April 3rd at the monthly meeting we will have some of our members will be giving demonstrations on creative ways to use honey, wax and pollen. Come and see their crafts and ask questions.

Note, that if you want to join the club. Purchase your membership for 2018 by seeing Andy Matelich at the meeting.

7:00-7:30 Basic Beekeeping by Charles Schaffer
Come and listen to Charles explain what to do as now the bees are in full swing with these warm enough days to go and gather.
7:30-8:00 Tea Time/Announcements
8:00-9:00 Craft Fair by Various Members

Kris B. Lip balm, soap and candles
Lori A. Hand salve, lip balm
Brian G. Eastside Fire & Rescue: Benevolent Fund & Mead
Chris G Custom hive top
Melody G Food- Baklava demo
Erin B & Ken S. Chapstick, Cleaning wax, honey sticks

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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