DON'T MISS OUR MARCH 4 ALL-DAY MEETING!
LOCATION is QUABBIN HIGH SCHOOL (CORRECTION TO NEWSLETTER)
We will be hosting two of the nation's top apiary scientists, Dr. Tom Seeley and Dr. Dennis vanEnglesdorp, together in one day!
Details can be found under Events below, and a full meeting agenda is in our winter newsletter. Free to WCBA members. Non-members must pay a $10 fee.
Please note: The printed edition of the newsletter contained a typo on the last page listing an incorrect location for our March 4 All-Day Speaker Meeting. The meeting will be held at Quabbin High School in Barre, MA, NOT at the Leicester Knights of Columbus.
BEE SCHOOL REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
We are now taking registrations for our 2017 WCBA Bee School which begins on March 2. Please note our new location at Grafton High School with its large, state-of-the-art amphitheater and plenty of convenient free parking! We recommend that new beekeepers take the course for a second year to fill in any gaps. Details can be found below.
WINTER LOSSES and DEADOUTS -- HIVE INSPECTIONS ARE AVAILABLE
The MA apiary inspection service is now available for post-mortems of winter losses. If you are interested in having an inspector check your dead hive, please submit an online inspection request here:
You can also call 617-626-1801 to request a visit from an inspector.
MA HIVE LOSS SURVEY 2016-17
Submit your colony losses and apiary updates to: https://goo.gl/forms/Mgz8NozLi6cM5iPz1
POLLINATOR PLAN COMMENTS
The MA Pollinator Protection Plan Comments and Recommendations have been compiled and are available for public viewing: http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/agr/news/pollinator-plan-comments.pdf
WCBA has several extractors available for rent to our members. For details see here.
DOES YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS NEED UPDATING?
If your membership is up to date but you are not receiving club emails (quarterly newletter & important announcements), please contact our treasurer Phil Gaudette to update your email in our records.
MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS DUE AUGUST 31
Membership has its benefits! Quarterly newsletter, discount on beekeeping trade journals (Bee Culture and American Bee Journal), free admittance to the WCBA indoor meetings which include our March and October speaker meetings, discount honey jar ordering, club honey extractor program and much, much more. Don't delay, renew today!
Membership renewals are due by August 31 every year. Dues are $15. You can renew by mail or at any of the club meetings. The membership renewal form can be found here.
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED AT THE SPENCER FAIR!
We had a great time educating the public about honey bees and beekeeping. Thanks to everyone who pitched in to make our booth a success again this year -- we could not have done it without your help!