Announcements

 

BEE SCHOOL STARTS MARCH 1

We are now taking signups for our 76th annual Bee School which starts on March 1. This year we have a NEW online registration option. See our Bee School page for details. The syllabus has been updated as of Feb. 5.
 

NEXT MEETING -- Saturday March 3 

Our next meeting will be an all-day conference (9 AM - 3:30 PM) on Saturday March 3 at the Knights of Columbus in Leicester. Drs. Jay Evans (USDA-ARS Bee Research Lab) and Keith Delaplane (Univ. of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) will each speak on several topics. Details can be found under Events. Hope to see you there!

Lunch is available for $10 but must be ordered by Feb. 23. The lunch order form is on page 4 of the Winter 2017/2018 WCBA Newsletter

Please consider carpooling as our parking lot is on the small side!


BY-LAWS

The WCBA By-laws presented in January were passed at the February 9 membership meeting. The draft will be posted as the current version in the near future but can be found here until then: Proposed WCBA By-Laws 2018
 

Update! MEETING ON PROPOSED REGULATIONS FOR MASSACHUSETTS

An additional meeting on the proposed new Apiary Regulations for Massachusetts will be held.
 

When: Thursday, February 22, 6-8 PM

Where: 

  Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Central Regional Office 

  Conference room:

  8 New Bond Street

  Worcester, MA 01606

 

The draft regulations can be found here: 330 CMR 8.00 revised draft

 

HONEY WANTED

Wormtown Brewery in Worcester would like to buy BULK honey (no jars) for an upcoming brew they are planning. If you are interested in being a supplier, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

SWARM LIST

Do you want to be on the swarm catcher list for this coming season? Please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, town and phone number that you want to be listed on our web site. We will post the list on this site around the end of March.



OCT. 7 VIDEO AVAILABLE ONLINE

We have posted an online video of Dr. Eric Mussen's talk on Advanced Honey Bee Nutrition from our Oct. 7 conference:

Nutrition Needs in the Honeybee Colony

 


CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

President -- Kathy deGraaf

Vice President -- Barbara MacPhee

Secretary -- Angela Hogue

Treasurer -- Phil Gaudette

Directors for 2017-2020 -- Dick Callahan & Norman Mercier


A HUGE THANK YOU to our outgoing President Mary Duane for all her work these past two years, and to our outgoing Secretary Barbara MacPhee for her many years of service in that role. THANKS MARY and BARB!!

 


HIVE INSPECTIONS ARE AVAILABLE

The MA apiary inspection service is now available. If you are interested in having an inspector check your hive, or any hive that died, please submit an online inspection request here:

MDAR Apiary Inspection Request Form


You can also call 617-626-1801 to request a visit from an inspector.

 


MA POLLINATOR PROTECTION PLAN

The MA Pollinator Protection Plan has been released and can be found at http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/agr/farmproducts/apiary/pollinator-plan.pdf

 


WCBA EXTRACTORS

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  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.