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Welcome to the
Eastern Colorado Beekeepers
Pay your Annual Dues & Update your liability waiver/membership forms:
*-* Want to LEARN about bees? *-*
*-* Check out our Beekeeping class options as they are published below the calendar - check back next spring for more! *-*
*-* Consider taking a year to learn about bees and beekeeping BEFORE you buy your bees with the Eastern Colorado Beekeepers! *-*
*-* Looking to BUY bees? *-*
*-* Check back next January/February for more information *-*
Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month January through November at 6:30pm
Look for our Saturday Road Shows (in apiary training) and sign up links in the calendar!
Join us for Beekeeper Social Hour 30 minutes before the meeting!
Check the calendar entries below for meeting location information;
When available, Zoom Links will be added to the calendar as the meeting time approaches, but we are generally meeting in person.
Guests are welcome!
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Think you have a swarm?
Awesome! Now what?
- Don't spray them! Honey bee swarms are just a group of worker bees with the queen in the center looking for a new home - this is a natural part of their reproductive process and is one way we can get new bee colonies from established hives. Bee swarms may be alarming, but they are not a danger if left alone to be handled by experienced beekeepers.
- Call for help! If you live in Colorado, you can use the statewide swarm hotline or call your local country extension office or beekeepers' association.
If you contact the right folks, someone will come collect the swarm and make sure they find a good home!
We have local beekeepers from our club networked within the Colorado state swarm hotline (1-844-SPY-BEES or 1-844-779-2337) who you will be connected with when you call and enter your town/area information.
- Colorado State Swarm Hotline: 1-844-SPY-BEES (1-844-779-2337)
You will need to tell the automated system your city/area and it will connect you to the swarm-ready beekeepers in your area.
- Click here for a list of Colorado State University Extension offices to contact.
- Colorado State Swarm Hotline: 1-844-SPY-BEES (1-844-779-2337)
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BK105 with KT Thompson - Spring 2023
Monday Evenings on Zoom & 1 Saturday in the Apiary
The Beekeeping 105 course is taught by KT Thompson in four parts on Zoom from 6:00pm-8:30pm on Monday Evenings March 27, April 3, & April 24 (registrants will receive meeting link and details via e-mail after registration is complete & payment is received) & one Saturday in the Apiary pending weather, but tentatively scheduled for the first half of May - we will solidify the day in the apiary as the date approaches.
KT Thompson is a high school science teacher in the master beekeeping program and has taught honey bee biology & beekeeping to adults and high school students both in person and online.
Beekeeping 105 overlaps somewhat with Dan Rau's Beekeeping 101, but is meant to be its own class for beekeepers wanting to advance their understanding of their bees and the art of beekeeping. It is appropriate for folks who've had bees for a few years as well as NEW beekeepers who are interested. Topics will include: introduction to the honey bee, beekeeping equipment, beekeeping as an animal husbandry, working with bees, health concerns & basic management, seasonal colony changes & management, class member choice topic presentations, and hive inspections & monitoring/record keeping.
This class is meant for beginner/apprentice level beekeepers and has been approved as apprentice level education that will help you qualify for the Colorado Master Beekeeper Program, if you'd like (http://coloradobeekeepers.org/education/general-information-and-applications/).
- The minimum registration for this class to run is 6.
- Payment is due at time of registration (absolutely MUST be RECEIVED BEFORE class starts) - for payment options, please see below.
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BK101 with Dan Rau - Spring 2023
a) April 11 & 13, 6-9pm
b) April 15, 9am-4pm
c) April 25 & 27, 6-9pm
The Beekeeping 101 course is taught by Dan Rau on Zoom according to the April schedule chosen in the registration form (classes will be in person in Brighton).
Dan Rau is involved in the Brighton Bee Club, involved in the Colorado Master Beekeeper Program, an honorary Eastern Colorado Beekeepers member, and has taught beginner beekeeper courses and spoken on various beekeeping topics. Dan also owns The Beekeeper's Den, a beekeeping shop located in Brighton, Colorado.
Beekeeping 101 is a targeted class meant to help a beginning beekeeper get their bees successfully through their first season and into their first winter.
This class is meant for beginner/apprentice level beekeepers and is approved as beginning level education that will help you qualify for the master beekeeper program, if you'd like (http://coloradobeekeepers.org/education/general-information-and-applications/).
- Any specific classes that do not have sufficient registrations may be cancelled. (Minimum registration is 5 for each schedule option.)
- Payment is due at time of registration (absolutely MUST be RECEIVED BEFORE class starts) - for payment options, please see registration form linked below.
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Please see our Calendar page and listen for information in our meetings our posted on our Facebook group for specific classes as they are scheduled.
Fill out the interest form linked here & we will contact you as educational opportunities that may interest you are planned!
We at Eastern Colorado Beekeepers try to offer a range of educational opportunities for our variety of club and community members.
Generally, we offer Beekeeping 101 & Beekeeping 105 each spring and, depending on opportunity and interest, will offer more specific classes such as hand-on hive splitting or queen rearing seminars.
We are currently planning a "Dip Your Toes In The Water" day in the apiary for folks interested in beekeeping or JUST getting started with their bees!
Classes are typically held in the Byers/Strasburg/Bennett area and often include at least a portion of class in an apiary (weather permitting) with the bees.
If you are interested in any of these or other educational opportunities, please fill out the form below & we will keep you in the loop!
Typically, there is also an educational presentation at each regularly scheduled meeting (guests are welcome - see our calendar!).