March 4 Meeting – Spring Management, Orchard Mason Bees

7:00-7:30 Beginners Session and Q&A (Robert Clark)
Spring Management:
– Honey and pollen vs. starvation
– Feeding for survival
– Feeding for stimulation
7:30-8:00 Tea Time and Announcements

Raffle! Each person submitting 2014 membership dues will receive a ticket to a drawing for one of two gift cards.

For members only:
Woodenware orders due. Bring your completed Woodenware Order Form and your checkbook.
Package orders due. Charles Schaffer still has 3-lb packages for sale, with delivery scheduled for April 18. See Charles at the meeting or call 253-315-5084. Pickup details will be provided when the order is placed.

8:00-9:00 Orchard Mason Bees (Roger Ledbetter)
– What are mason bees, and how do they compare to honey bees?
– Why beekeepers should consider keeping both
– Three methods of keeping mason bees
9:00-10:00 Board meeting  Cancelled

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.

April 1 meeting: Small-Scale Queen Rearing (Paul Hosticka)

2014 Beginners sessions: Long-time beekeeper Robert Clark will provide a monthly preview of what beginning beekeepers should do in each upcoming month. Topics will be based on an annual, local beekeeping management calendar (Feb-Nov). Each 30-minute session will usually have 15 minutes on upcoming colony activities, followed by Q&A.  Emphasis will be on basic principles of how honeybees respond to beekeepers’ actions. Click here for the beginners’ hive calendar.

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