August club meeting

When: 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2 (apiary demonstration at 6:00)
WhereMeadowbrook Farm Park, 1711 Boalch Ave NW, North Bend

Please join us Tuesday night for our August club meeting in person at Meadowbrook Farm.

Our meeting schedule will be structured as follows:

6:00-6:45: Apiary Demo
6:45-7:00: Grab a snack and find a seat
7:00-7:30: Guest speaker presentation
7:30-7:45: Q&A
7:45-8:00: Club Announcements/Grab another snack 
8:00-8:30: Beekeeping 101/Monthly To-Do’s
8:30-9:00: Social time and clean up   

This month’s guest speaker will be Danny Najera from Green River College.

Danny will be presenting on a topic that all beekeepers need to learn about, managing hives to control the Varroa destructor mite. Unfortunately, as the saying goes, if you’re a beekeeper then you’re a mitekeeper. If we’re lucky and time permits he may even share with us some of the cool research that he has been up to a GRC.

The Beekeeping 101 presentation will be led by our very own President, Dave Treiber.

This will be a presentation to go over tasks for August to ensure your hives are as strong as possible going into the Fall as well as an intro to honey harvesting. Of course, there will also be an opportunity to any questions that you may have.

Apiary demo: Dave will be leading our apiary demo from 6:00-6:45 p.m. He will be performing hive inspections and alcohol wash mite checks. We will also be pulling the supers off the hives in order to harvest this year’s honey crop. We kindly ask that anyone wanting to attend bring their protective gear. Safety first! 

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May club meeting

When: 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3 (apiary demonstration at 6:00)
WhereMeadowbrook Farm Park, 1711 Boalch Ave NW, North Bend

Please join us Tuesday night for our May club meeting in person at Meadowbrook Farm. This will an in-person only meeting.

This month we will be hosting Cassie Cichorz from the WSDA. She will be giving us an update on the progress the WSDA has been making with tracking and eradicating Asian Giant Hornet nests in the communities to our north.

We will finish the evening with a Beekeeping 101 presentation and an open Q&A session.
New packages have been installed and overwintered hives are continuing to build up. Now what? This will be a brief presentation to go over the tasks for May and an opportunity to ask any questions.

Join us for the first apiary demo! Jacob will be leading our first apiary demo beginning at 6 p.m. He will be performing a full hive inspection and alcohol wash mite check. We will also take the opportunity to find and mark the queens in both of our hives. We kindly ask that anyone wanting to attend bring their protective gear. Safety first! 

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April club meeting (hybrid)

When: 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5
WhereMeadowbrook Farm Park, 1711 Boalch Ave NW, North Bend
or
Where: Zoom meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82289661247?pwd=T3dBY2JSZFVNR2hkamJzaTM4SjJMdz09

Please join us next Tuesday night for our April club meeting in person at Meadowbrook Farm or online via Zoom.

This month it is our privilege to host Dr. Jennifer Han, Ph.D. from the Department of Entomology at WSU. She will be giving a talk titled, “Is Varroa control possible without chemical miticides?”. Time permitting, she will also present on some of the other research currently being done at the WSU Bee Lab.

We will finish the evening with a Beekeeping 101 presentation and an open Q&A session.
This will be a brief presentation to go over the tasks that we should all be performing in April and an opportunity to ask any questions.

But wait…there’s more! Our club is scheduled to receive bee packages next Tuesday. This means there will be an opportunity for those attending in person to watch us install the packages in our club apiary. We will begin the installs at 6:00 p.m. and kindly ask that anyone wanting to attend bring their protective gear. Safety first! Of course, sometimes package deliveries can be delayed due to unforeseen circumstances. Be on the lookout for an update next Tuesday confirming whether or not the installations are happening.

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February club meeting

When: 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 1
WhereMeadowbrook Farm Park, 1711 Boalch Ave NW, North Bend
or
Where: Zoom meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82289661247?pwd=T3dBY2JSZFVNR2hkamJzaTM4SjJMdz09

Are you a beginner beekeeper who is freaking out about what to do with your new bee package or nuc when it arrives or how to care for over overwintered hives? Then you won’t want to miss this meeting.

Our speaker will be friend of the club Cory Marchand from the Snohomish Bee Company. Cory spoke to our club last fall about preparing for winter and has graciously agreed to visit us again to give an in-person talk geared towards beginner beekeepers.

We will finish the evening with an open Q&A session to allow those in attendance an opportunity to ask any burning (stinging?) questions to which they will get multiple conflicting, yet correct, answers to. Also a great opportunity to meet and chat with your fellow local beekeepers!

Please join us in person at Meadowbrook Farm or online via Zoom.

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January 2022 club meeting

*UPDATE*
Due to the snow in North Bend, this is now a Zoom-only meeting. There is no in-person meeting.

When: 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 4
Where: Zoom meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82289661247?pwd=T3dBY2JSZFVNR2hkamJzaTM4SjJMdz09

Tuesday night is our first meeting of 2022 and we will talk about what you should be doing in January to prepare for the new year.

And new President Dave will have a great presentation about what is really in your honey and how to find out. An very interesting talk.

If you have feedback or ways we can make it work better for you, please let us know: [email protected].

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November club meeting

When: 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 2
WhereMeadowbrook Farm Park, 1711 Boalch Ave NW, North Bend
OR
Where: Zoom meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/92391693233?pwd=dkQzOC9kVFljeFZscEtHcXlVUTE4QT09

Tuesday night is our November meeting and we will answer all of your overwintering questions.

Winter is coming, and it is time to make sure your bees have what they need to stay snuggly and warm. We’ve got a few tips and tricks for you, and we will attempt to answer your questions.

And the last hybrid meeting went so well, we are doing it again.

The system worked well last time, so you can join us at the Meadowbrook Farm or on Zoom.

Those who attend in person will probably enjoy a bounty of leftover Halloween candy brought by members.

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October club meeting

When: 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4
WhereMeadowbrook Farm Park, 1711 Boalch Ave NW, North Bend
OR
Where: Zoom meeting: https://snovalleybees.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d34ff71fcdf8adc9277ade000&id=ce4657bc4d&e=d617d2aeb0

Cory Marchand of the Snohomish Bee Company will be joining us in person tomorrow night to talk about winterizing your hives. Last year, Cory’s presentation on keeping your hives warm through the winter received fantastic reviews, so we asked him for an encore performance.

…and due to COVID concerns, we are making it a hybrid meeting

With the weather getting colder and the potential for rain, we will be holding our meeting indoors tomorrow night, but will also offer a Zoom option for those who would prefer not to be inside.

We have a new system we will be trying, so we welcome your feedback.

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September club meeting

September 7 is our first in-person club meeting in more than a year.

The forecast is for a lovely evening and if the forecast holds, we will open the doors and meet outside. If we meet inside, masks will be required, but won’t spoil the fun of seeing everyone.

And we have a great program, including the return of honored friend-of-the-club Charles Schaffer and our amazing panel of experts who will answer all questions about mite treatments, winter preparations, and the black knotweed honey that will soon be in your hives.

Zoom won’t be available for the meeting, so we look forward to seeing everyone in person.

Club elections

Tomorrow is also our annual meeting and we will be electing officers for 2022. Current President Todd Myers is moving out of the area, so several positions are open, including:

  • President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary

We are also looking for new board members. Our members and board members make the club strong and we have a fun group. Thanks to the leadership of Past President Diane Price, the club is in good financial shape. What more could you ask for?

When: 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 7
WhereMeadowbrook Farm Park, 1711 Boalch Ave NW, North Bend

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June club meeting

When: Tuesday, June 1, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom meeting: https://snovalleybees.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d34ff71fcdf8adc9277ade000&id=75f0d00c06&e=d617d2aeb0

For the new members, there will no doubt be many questions about how your new hives are doing. Have no fear…the ever-popular panel of experts will answer all of your questions.

We have an interesting speaker – Sasha Shaw from the King County Noxious Weed Control Program. She will tell us about what beekeepers can do to make their bees are happy and well fed while reducing the harm from invasive plants.

Plus we will discuss when to meet in person!

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May club meeting

When: Tuesday, May 4, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/92391693233?pwd=dkQzOC9kVFljeFZscEtHcXlVUTE4QT09

This month we feature our famous panel of experts who can answer all of your questions. Bring all your beekeeping queries for the Q&A, especially those timely Spring topics such as package installation, queen health, sugar syrup ratios, and anything else on your mind.

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