Humboldt County Beekeepers Association Humboldt County
Beekeepers Association
The Humboldt County Beekeepers Association is a community of beekeepers and a resource for the public.
We also have Yahoo and FaceBook groups.

Monthly Meeting

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 (7605059021) 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.

Upcoming Meetings 

Humboldt County Beekeepers Board of Directors Meeting. Wednesday, May 3, 2017 @ 12:30 pm

The next business meeting of the HCBA Board of Directors will be held at the Humboldt County Board Agriculture, UC Extension boardroom at 5630 South Broadway (take Humboldt Hill Rd exit off HWY 101).  If you are interested in attending the Board meeting or have an agenda item for consideration by the Board, or need further information please contact Justin Reeve, HCBA President and Chair at (760) 505-9021, or email at .


Humboldt County Beekeepers Association General Meeting. Thursday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Humboldt County Agriculture Center

"Honey Bee Health: A Focus on the Varroa Mite" with John Winzler

The Humboldt County Beekeepers Association (HCBA) will meet on Thursday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m.and will feature local beekeeper John Winzler, who will cover natural history, biology and the value of integrated pest management.

This will be a great opportunity for beginning and advanced beekeepers to explore and discuss health management options and methods. Informed management choices are critical to colony survival.

Come early at 6:00 p.m. For the New Beekeepers Support Group Q & A Session to share your beekeeping successes and challenges with experienced beekeepers.

This meeting of local beekeepers is open to those who want to know more about honey bee management. The meeting will be held at the Humboldt County Agriculture Center Auditorium at 5630 South Broadway in Eureka CA (take Humboldt Hill Rd exit off HWY 101). There is a $2.00 donation at the door, refreshments & a raffle. Everyone is welcome.

If you have any questions about the HCBA and upcoming events please give President Justin Reeve a call at (760) 505-9021, (email at ).


Education & Outreach

Call for Inspired Individuals to Join Us

We are currently looking forward to any members who are interested in joining the Humboldt Beekeepers Education and Outreach Committee - this is your chance to contribute to continuing education for Beekeepers and join us in providing information to the community on beekeeping and pollinators. If this sounds good to you, please contact .

Bee Fest 2017

Join us on May 13, 2017 for our annual Bee Fest- Talks, Workshops & More!

Beekeeping Classes

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.

Bee Swarms


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.

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.

Attention: Beekeepers of the Humboldt Region


Sign up for 2017

The swarm season is coming up, and beekeepers who would like to be part of 2017 bee swarm response list in Humboldt County are invited to sign up through Saturday, April 8, 2017.

This list includes individuals who are available to respond to honey bee swarms and also has lists for those able to handle building cutouts/extractions and wasps. This is a community service for our region, facilitated by the Humboldt County Beekeepers Association to reduce the mortality of honey bees that swarm as the majority of managed bee colonies that swarm have low survival rates.

If you would like to participate as a responder on the swarm list, details are included on the downloadable pdf Swarm Responder Application and Liability Waiver.

Complete the form, sign the waiver and enclose a fee of $5.00 and send by postal mail or deliver in person (drop in the mail slot after hours) to:

C/O Paul Leslie
Humboldt Honey Wine
723 3rd Street, Eureka, CA 95501
If you have questions, you can reach Paul at Tel: (707) 599-7973

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 Its 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.

Bees & Beekeeping Supplies

This list is not comprehensive but will get you started.

Beekeeping Reading

These are some of the books, journals and websites we've found useful.

Contact the with suggestions or comments.