We normally meet the second Wednesday of every month. Everyone is welcome. Whether you’re a seasoned beekeeper or just thinking about becoming one, come join us!
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Southern Arizona Beekeepers Association is postponing all in-person member meetings until further notice.
Watch your email box for announcements of any video presentations we are able to organize. Make sure to sign up for email announcements on our “newsletter” sign-up page.
The Southern Arizona Beekeepers Association will be holding its next monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 14 at 7:00 PM via Zoom.
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Meeting ID: 924 8988 0432
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What Beekeepers Need to Know about Pesticides
by Beth Conrey
Beth Conrey is a Colorado beekeeper and board member of the Pollinator Stewardship Council. She owns Bee Squared Apiaries—a 100 hive beekeeping operation in Berthoud. She produces award winning varietal and infused honey as well as beautiful hand-rolled beeswax candles and luscious soaps. She has been keeping bees for 20 years and is past-president of the Western Apicultural Society and the Colorado State Beekeepers Association. She currently serves as vice-president and treasurer for the Pollinator Stewardship Council and is a founding member of People and Pollinators Action Network. She is very active in the Northern Colorado beekeeping community.
Learn more about the Pollination Stewardship Council at https://pollinatorstewardship.org/.
State of the Hive
There will be a program discussing the state of beekeeping in the backyards of Southern Arizona.
Q & A Session
This is also a good time to ask questions, including about getting started as a beekeeper.
Bee Friendly Plant Project
One of our members Celeste Gambill is compiling a list of local plants that are important sources of nectar and pollen for honey bees along with a calendar of their bloom times. The list will help us better understand the nutritional status and needs of our colonies. This is a group project that we all can help with. Please note which blossoms are attracting bees and pass that information on to Celeste, preferably with a photo of the plant. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beekeeping Supply Catalogs
Several companies still publish catalogs of the items they sell. These catalogs are not only useful when ordering equipment but also in knowing what is available. Here are a few with a link to ordering a printed catalog:
Mann Lake, Ltd—https://www.mannlakeltd.com/request-a-catalog
Dadant & Sons—https://www.dadant.com/digital-catalog/
Western Bee Supply—https://westernbee.com/contact/
The two beekeeping magazines are an important source of information on our craft. The subscription to each is less than $30 a year. Also, each will send you a free sample issue on request.
American Bee Journal—https://americanbeejournal.com/
Update on in-person meetings
Some good news! We have found a new place to meet when we can safely resume in-person gatherings. It is near downtown and close to I-10, and has more flexible hours and fewer rules than the library. More information will be forthcoming.