ARE YOUR BEES STARVING???
This year's severe drought in southern New England brought a dearth of bee forage to many areas, and Ken saw many instances of starvation on his inspection rounds. Both nectar and pollen have been in short supply. Please check your hives and feed them if needed!
HOLIDAY PARTY DECEMBER 3
Please join us for our annual Holiday Party and Yankee Swap!
Signups are due by November 25. Details can be found in the fall newsletter and below, under Events.
HIVE INSPECTIONS ARE OVER
Hive inspection season is over now that we are into the cool weather season. Please plan ahead for next year since YOU WILL NEED TO SHOW YOUR HIVE INSPECTION FORM IN ORDER TO BORROW A CLUB EXTRACTOR.
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
SLOVENIAN STUDENTS WANT YOUR HELP WITH A BEEKEEPING SURVEY
"To start our project we are conducting research into the problems apiculturists are facing and how they deal with such problems. Our aim is to interview as many beekeepers as possible because we believe that a professional opinion is the most valuable. Therefore we have made a short survey with the purpose of leading us through the interviews."
Link to the survey: https://goo.gl/forms/e7y33yCbDAGZdQAn2
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!