Western Illinois Beekeepers April Meeting Reminder – Guest Speaker Susan Kivikko

It is that time again.  Our monthly Western Illinois Beekeepers meeting is tonight (Tuesday).
Please note the **NEW** different location – The old location.  If you do not know where this is please contact us.

Items on the agenda:
Honey Tasting:
We have some honey from Cozumel and Costa Maya Mexico, Roatan, Honduras, and Belize City, Belize.

Guest Speaker:

Susan Kivikko – State Bee Inspector for the Illinois Department of Agriculture

Location:
Farm Bureau Building
1000 North Main Street
Monmouth, IL 61462

Date and Time:
04/15 at 7pm

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2014 Package Pickup Day Pictures

Here are some pictures from pickup day.  Thank you for everyone involved.

Thanks Mike for the pictures.

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Packaged Bee Pick up

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*** UPDATE 4/4/14 – PICKUP TIME HAS BEEN MOVED TO 12 – 1PM ***

Packages will be available for pickup Saturday April 5th starting approximately 12 – 1PM
Distribution will take place at:

Dexter Farm Equipment

800 Access Road
Monmouth Illinois

Black and Yellow Balloons will be placed on 6th Street to mark the way.

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Building a bee waterer

Found this post, I thought it is a pretty simple and easy way to water your bees safely.

Feeding honeybees water
We’re still feeding our honeybees, helping them sock away some extra honey to make it through the winter.  I’ve been giving them really strong sugar water (half sugar, half water) to make it easier for them to dehydrate the liquid into honey in the cool weather, but that seems to make the bees exceptionally thirsty.  At the same time, I poured out our kiddie pool of water since it’s too late in the year to be soaking mushrooms.  The combination of factors sent the bees searching for other water sources, and we started finding drowned bees in every standing body of water around the farm.Honeybee drinking from a pan full of marbles and water.
Guilt-stricken, I set up a water feeder by filling a pie pan with marbles and then water.  The marbles give the bees a spot to land so that they don’t drown when they come to drink, and the bees were suitably impressed.  No more drowned bees!

original article: Building a bee waterer

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March Meeting– Guest Speaker Tim Wilbanks

It is that time again.  Our monthly Western Illinois Beekeepers meeting is this coming Tuesday night.
Please note the different location.  If you do not know where this is please contact us.

Items on the agenda:

Guest Speaker:

Tim Wilbanks, owner of Kalona Honey Company, will be our guest speaker at the March meeting. He will be discussing installing of package bees. As a fifth generation beekeeper specializing in the Package Bee Industries this is sure to to be a learning experience for the new beekeepers and experienced alike.

For information on Tim, Please check out his website: http://www.kalonahoney.com/

 

Location:
Monmouth College Building
1100 Block of North 6th Street
(The old K-Mart building, across from ShopKo, by Dexter Farm Equipment)

Date and Time:
03/18 at 7pm

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January Meeting Update

meeting_roomPackage Bee Orders

Package Bee orders have been very strong. We are sold out of 4# and very few 3# remain available.

2/12/2014 – UPDATE – ALL BEES ARE SOLD OUT ***

Member price is $89 plus a $6 cage deposit . Nonmember price is $98 plus a $6 cage deposit. Ordering is now open to nonmembers.

Officer Elections

  • Ron Arteaga was elected President
  • Duane Saska was elected Vice President
  • Rick Camp was reelected Treasurer
  • Tammy Camp was reelected Secretary

A special thanks is in order to Craig Vivian. Under his leadership WIBA had a tremendous year.  The meetings have consistently had a good turnout and have been stimulating for beginning Beekeepers and the more advanced too.  The stimulating environment is evident in WIBA’s continued growth in meeting attendance and membership growth.  We are very excited to see what this new year holds for WIBA.

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Western Illinois Beekeepers January Meeting Reminder

meeting_roomIt is that time again.  Our monthly Western Illinois Beekeepers meeting is tonight night (Tuesday).
Please note the different location.  If you do not know where this is please call.  309-224-4704

Items on the agenda:
Officer Election:  We will be electing officers for this calendar year.
Bee Orders:  We will be finalizing our group bee orders soon.  If you would like to order bee through the association please go to this page (Western Illinois Beekeepers Association 2014 Package Bee Orders) and read the information and then click the link to go to the order form.

*** UPDATE *** Prices are a little higher than what the order form shows.  Ron will discuss this tonight.

Location:
Monmouth College Building
1100 Block of North 6th Street
(The old K-Mart building, across from ShopKo, by Dexter Farm Equipment)

Date and Time:
01/21 at 7pm

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Western Illinois Beekeepers Association 2014 Package Bee Orders

bee hive packages

*** UPDATE:  WE ARE SOLD OUT OF BEES ***

Many beekeepers start new colonies by purchasing “package bees”.

Click here for :2014 Western Illinois Beekeepers Association Package Bee Order Form

Typically, a package consists of either 2, 3 or 4lbs. of live bees and one mated queen. One of the many benefits of membership in our association is that we place a group order for package bees and pick them up from Ebert’s Honey Farm in Lynnville, Iowa on a specified date. This allows our members to avoid the cost of shipping or making the long trip for one or a few packages.

Note: The Association does NOT assume ANY liability for package bees once they are delivered to an Association member. It is normal and unavoidable for some bees to die in transit. This is an accepted industry standard and should not be cause for alarm.

We will begin taking orders for package bees at our January, 2014 monthly meeting. We have reserved a limited number of packages and additional queens, so members are encouraged to place and pay for their orders as early as possible. We will open the ordering process to non-members at our February meeting.  Non-members will not be given the reduced group buy rate. Because the association incurs considerable expense with the pick-up, transportation and delivery of package bees each spring, a nominal amount is added to each package to help defray these costs.  This is NOT viewed by the Association as a fund raising event but as a service to our members and an opportunity to allow non-members to experience the joys of beekeeping.

Cost, ordering, and delivery details will be posted on our website and communicated by e-mail to members as soon as they are made available by the supplier. Phil Ebert has purchased a larger truck than last year, allowing for more packages per load.   His supplier, C F Koehnen, says the hives are strong and that the first load (which we have reserved) should have no problems. Firm prices will not be set until mid-January.  Initial communications with C F Koehnen indicate a $2 to $5 increase from 2013 prices.

Prices based on 2013 posted prices are as follows and do not include the potential $2 to $5 increase.

*** UPDATE 1/12/2014 *** Prices are a little higher than what the order form shows.  Ron will discuss this at tonight’s meeting.

3lbs with (1) Carniolan or Italian queen $80 for members and $88 for non-members.

4lbs with (1) Carniolan or Italian queen $97 for members and $106 for non-members.

4lbs with (2) Carniolan or Italian queens $115 for members and $124 for non-members.

A few additional queens will be available. Estimated cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members.

Packages also incur a $6 cage deposit. Those who have undamaged California style cages can turn them in to avoid this fee.

Click here for :2014 Western Illinois Beekeepers Association Package Bee Order Form

 Note: Members who have given estimated package quantities at our December meeting are covered in full with our reserved quantities.

Please make sure you are available to confirm your order at our January meeting or contact an Association officer if you are unavailable to attend.

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Driftwatch.org – Protect Your Hives

driftwatch_signIf you have bees and do not know what driftwatch.org is you need to know.

DriftWatch™ is a tool for identifying specialty crop sites to further enhance communications that promote awareness and stewardship activities between producers of specialty crops and pesticide applicators in Illinois.

Managers and owners of commercial specialty crop fields and apiaries may register their sites – this site is not intended for homeowners.

 

Pesticide applicators can easily locate registered sites before they spray using the Google Maps™ interface included.

If you have crop dusters around your bee hives I would suggest to register your hive locations.

For more information check our their Users Guide HERE

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December 2013 Meeting Reminder

meeting_roomIt is that time again.  Our monthly Western Illinois Beekeepers meeting is tomorrow night (Tuesday).
Please note the different location.  If you do not know where this is please call.  309-224-4704

Items on the agenda:
Swap meet!  If you have items to sell or are looking to get some equipment don’t miss this meeting!  We will be buying, selling, and horse trading Tuesday night!
Bring snacks to share: Haggling a good price from Bob Fry will make us all hungry so bring something good to eat and maybe something to bribe him with.
Membership dues:  We will be collecting membership dues for this coming year.  Attached to this link is the form if you would like to print it and fill it out before hand otherwise we will have forms at the meeting.
Other items:
Possibly discussing group buys for bees.
January we will be electing new officers.

Location:
Monmouth College Building
1100 Block of North 6th Street
(The old K-Mart building, across from ShopKo, by Dexter Farm Equipment)

Date and Time:
12/17 at 7pm

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