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Humboldt County Beekeepers Association is a community of beekeepers and a resource for the public.
We also have Yahoo and FaceBook groups.
The Humboldt County Beekeepers Association generally meets on the first Thursday of every month except December at 6:30 p.m, in the auditorium at the Humboldt County Department of Agriculture at 5630 South Broadway, Eureka, CA. The HCBA Board of Directors typically holds a business meeting on the first Wednesday of every month (except December) starting at 12:30 p.m.
Directions: Take the Humboldt Hill Road exit from Hwy 101 (just south of Eureka) and then take a right on South Broadway/Humboldt Hill Road. The Agriculture Center is on the right across from KIEM. The auditorium is on the south side of the building. Contact President Justin Reeve (760–505–9021) for more information.
New and experienced beekeepers are encouraged to come a bit earlier at 6:00 p.m. to exchange information on seasonal successes and challenges.
All members of the community are welcome to attend the general monthly meetings. It is a great opportunity to meet local beekeepers and learn about bees and other pollinators.
Join us on May 13, 2017 for our annual Bee Fest- Talks, Workshops & More!
Beekeeping classes are offered annually beginning in February. The following is a description of the class.
Anyone interested in starting their own hives for the first time this year, as well as folks who are just want to learn more about honeybees and beekeeping, HSU Extended Education is once again offering Practical Beekeeping classes. Topics include basic bee biology and natural history, life cycle and social organization, and basic colony management techniques. The class covers both conventional and alternative methods for keeping bees healthy and coping with common bee diseases and parasites. Students will also learn practical, hands-on skills while visiting local beeyards on several field trips, and will have the opportunity to purchase hive equipment and package bees at a discount in order to start their own honeybee colonies. Info about the class is at the HSU website.
Call the Swarm Dispatch at (707) 496-9707 to reach a beekeeper.
If you have sighted a swarm outside or have bees within a wall or other structure, please read the following information and either call the dispatch or contact a beekeeper from the geographical list below to come and collect the swarm.
PLEASE DO NOT SPRAY THE BEES WITH ANYTHING!
Especially insecticides, but do not even spray them with water.
This will endanger the bees, yourself and the beekeeper.
Honey bees are usually calm and not aggressive when they swarm.
It is important to give them space until the beekeeper arrives.
If you find honey bees clustered outside: Call the swarm dispatch or check the list (by location) to find a beekeeper on the Swarm tab of the Swarm/Wasp List to remove them free of charge. If the bees are not on your property, notify the owner. The beekeeper cannot enter a property to remove a swarm if the owner is not present or aware of situation.
If you find honey bees in a building wall or other enclosed space: Find a beekeeper on the Cutout tab of the Swarm/Wasp List who can remove them. Be aware that there may be a cost to extract the bees from inside a wall or other structure and may involve deconstructing the space.
If you have wasps, find a person who will remove them on the Wasp tab of the Swarm/Wasp List.
Why do Honey Bees Swarm?
In the springtime, abundant flowers produce nectar and pollen that provide nutrition for growing domestic honey bee colonies. As the colonies naturally expand their numbers, they will eventually outgrow their hive or tree hollow and a swarm with the old queen and about two-thirds of the bees leave, Swarming is a natural event in the life of a bee colony It’s a good sign, indicating that the colony is strong enough to divide. In this way, the bee colony reproduces. Unfortunately, when honey bees swarm, there are risks and they often do not survive. It can be difficult for them to find a safe location. When the swarm finds a place to rest or settle, it is often in the gardens or buildings of the local community and can present a problem for people. Experienced beekeepers can intervene, rescue the swarm and rehive the bees, providing them with a safe home. As for rescue, time is of the essence as cold weather, rain and other threats can be fatal to the exposed bees. The swarm itself consists of thousands of worker bees surrounding their queen, keeping her warm and safe.
The tactics of a beekeeper can usually manage swarming by providing additional space or by removing frames of bees and brood (bee eggs, larvae & pupae) from the thriving hive to establish a new hive. This is part of the art and science of beekeeping - to manage the growing colony before it reaches its limits within the hive. But conditions are variable, timing is essential, and sometimes the bees can get ahead of the beekeeper.
This list is not comprehensive but will get you started.
These are some of the books, journals and websites we've found useful.
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