Our Semi-annual General Meeting to be held this coming Sunday, 4 November has been moved. It was planned for the Selkirk College Library but the College has increased their room rental fee from $30 to $80. Therefore we will be holding our meeting at the Castlegar Public Library, 1005 - 3rd Street, in the downstairs… Continue reading Semi-AGM Change of Venue !!!
ANNUAL EAST KOOTENAY BEEKEEPERS FALL MEETING (all are welcome) WHEN: Saturday October 20th – 1:00 pm to 4:00pm. WHERE: Cranbrook, Public Library – Manual Arts Building https://www.google.ca/…/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x5364df4a8… COST: $5.00 – (refreshments, hall & equipment rental) BRING: A coffee goodie or two & any items for sale ACTIVITIES: Successful Overwintering - Lance Ministry News - Axel… Continue reading Fall Meeting of East Kootenay Beekeepers
Our first meeting of the new bee year will be next Sunday, 9 September at Paul Taylor's place; http://www.kootenaybeekeeping.com/ from 13:00 to 15:00. We have about 15 five-gallon pails of spilled sugar collected over the summer, just in time for fall feeding. So bring an empty 5-gallon pail if you want to join in the… Continue reading September Bee Meeting
Spring 2018 Survival Survey If you over-wintered 10 or more colonies, you should have received an email asking you to do the survival survey. If you did not, the link is; https://forms.gov.bc.ca/indus…/beekeeper-spring-survey-2018/ Please fill it in. It is only 20 click-choice questions and completely anonymous. Your answers will appear only as part of the "Kootenay"… Continue reading Winter 2017-2018 Survival Survey
Werner Gysi’s modified springtime method of; Swarm Control, Varroa Control, and Queen Replacement: He calls it SMC, sustainable mite control (everyone has to have a three letter acronym!) Timing: is when the dandelions are in full bloom. This will vary from one beekeeper to another due to the microclimates of the bee yard locations. Dandelion… Continue reading Werner Gysi’s Modified Method
At our March meeting I mentioned the recent (published Jan 2018) article detailing the discovery that various Lithium compounds can be used to control Varroa mites. If you would like to read this article for yourself, here is the link; https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-19137-5#Tab2
Happy Imbolc, Candlemas, Groundhog Day! The West Kootenay Beekeepers will have their next meeting on Sunday, 4 February at Paul Taylor’s place, 987 Bridgeview Road in Lower Ootischenia. We will gather at the usual time of 13:00 to 15:00. Dave Johnson will do a presentation on Michael Palmer's double nuc system, and will also be… Continue reading February Meeting
The following article was sent to me by beekeeper Alice. It is quite long but very interesting in that it shows that as carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere rise, plants can grow bigger and faster by producing more carbohydrate (sugars and starch). But at the same time the nutrient content of proteins, vitamins, and… Continue reading Another Effect of Climate Change?
Beginner Beekeeping courses are starting up again for 2018. 1. East Kootenay - Cranbrook. Lance And Bobby Cuthill will run their usual course; BCHPA INTRODUCTORY BEEKEEPING COURSE 2 Full Classroom Days Feb 24/25 1 Field Day working with Honey Bees date to be announced BC Honey Producers Certified Instructor Class size limited to 12 persons… Continue reading Upcoming Beginner Courses
Happy New Year! The West Kootenay Beekeepers will have their first meeting of 2018 on Sunday, 7 January at Paul Taylor's place, 987 Bridgeview Road in Lower Ootischenia. We will gather at the usual time of 13:00 to 15:00. Bronwyn will have her computer and projector set up to share some of the more popular… Continue reading First Meeting of 2018