Hello Beeks. This is your reminder of our first 2019 meeting this coming Sunday 6 January at Paul's place, 987 Bridgeview Road, in sunny Ootischenia, starting at 13:00. As I mentioned in the previous post, our club shirts have arrived, looking great. So if you ordered one at the October meeting, we will have it… Continue reading First Meeting of 2019
If you ordered a T-shirt, golf shirt, or hoodie at the October meeting, they arrived this week!! We will have them ready for you at the January meeting on the 6th at Paul's place. If you want your shirt(s) before then you'll have to make pickup arrangements. Send me a private message on the West… Continue reading CLUB SHIRTS ARE IN
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?