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|The Humboldt County Beekeepers Association is a community of beekeepers and a resource for the public.|
We also have Yahoo and FaceBook groups.
June 15-21, 2015 has been designated National Pollinator Week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Interior. Pollinating animals, including bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles and others, are vital to our delicate ecosystem, supporting terrestrial wildlife, providing healthy watershed, and more.
The Humboldt County Beekeepers Association meets on the first Thursday of every month except December at 6:30 p.m, in the auditorium at the Humboldt County Agriculture Department at 5630 South Broadway, Eureka, CA. Directions: Take the Humboldt Hill Road exit from Hwy 101 and then take a right on S. Broadway/Hill Road. The Agriculture Department is on the right across from KIEM. The auditorium is on the south side of the building. Contact (8453362) for more information. New beekeepers are encouraged to come 30 minutes early to ask questions of more experienced beekeepers.
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.
First consult the picture on our Wasps vs. Bees page to determine if what you have are really honeybees. If they are honeybees and are clustered outside, find a beekeeper on the Swarm List to remove them free of charge. If the bees have taken up residence in a building wall or other enclosed space, find a beekeeper on the Cutout List who can remove them. If you have wasps, find a person on the Wasp List who will remove them for a fee.
A member gave a talk to the garden club. In 2014, the paper reported on pesticide effects on bees and on Bee Day. It also ran an article on the stresses caused by the dry weather. It quotes local beekeepers Jamie Bucklin, Seth Rick and Garrett Brinton, all members of our organization. They also ran an editorial by Joy Thomas on swarming.
In 2013, the local paper ran an excellent article on beekeeping on Sunday, January 20 which quotes several of the members. A follow-up article on March 8 deals with swarming.
This list is not comprehensive but will get you started.
These are some of the books, journals and websites we've found useful.
|Humboldt County Beekeepers Association is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization.|
| by Stephen Sottong|
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