Announcements

NEXT MEETING - FRIDAY, JANUARY 11

 

WHEN:      Friday, January 11, 6:30 PM

WHERE:   Knights of Columbus - Leicester, MA

 

Join us for our chef supper! Bring a dish big enough to serve 10, based on the first letter of your last name (below). Please remember to bring your own tableware.


A-I:  Main Course      J-R: Vegetable / Side     S-Z: Dessert


This will be the official WCBA Annual meeting, including the election of two Directors, and Ken will give a talk on winter management

 


2018 WCBA memberships expired on December 31, 2018

The WCBA bylaws were changed during 2018 so that the membership year is now the same as the calendar year. This means that 2018 memberships are officially expired as of December 31, 2018.


RENEW ON LINE

You will be taken to our membership web site to enter your information and create an online profile, if you don't already have one. WCBA does not store your credit card and we will never share your personal information with any third party.

 

To renew by mail please print and fill out the form found here and mail with your check.


Note: If you are planning to sign up for 2019 Bee School, your Bee School registration will include your membership for the year. In this case there is no need to join or renew separately and you can safely ignore the renewal reminders.



77th Annual WCBA Bee School

Bee School begins March 7th, 2019! The school will run for eight Thursdays from 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM at the Grafton High School in Grafton, MA.


The fee is $35 which includes membership in WCBA through the end of 2019.


NOTE: Registering for WCBA membership does not sign you up for bee school. You must complete the separate bee school application.


For more details including syllabus and schedule, see the Bee School page here.

To register online, please use this link.

To register by mail, please download and mail this form with your check.

 


Preparing Your Hives for the Winter Months

Did you miss our September 15 meeting? You can find Ken's notes on Preparing Bee Hives for the Winter Months here.

 


WCBA EXTRACTORS

WCBA has several extractors available for rent to our members. For details see here.

 


HONEY BEE SWARM REMOVAL

Honeybee swarms are a natural process where the bees divide their colony and half of them leave home along with their queen, to start a new hive. Before they find their new space, they may hang around in a temporary spot for a few hours. If you see a honeybee swarm, keep your distance and please don’t panic--they are normally fairly gentle. Do call a beekeeper who will come and get them.


A list of Worcester County Beekeepers who are on call to collect swarms can be found here. Most will also travel to nearby towns.

 


Update on MA House bill H.4041 "An Act to Protect Massachusetts Pollinators" 

 

Update: This bill did not get a vote in the House during the session ending 7/31/18. Stay tuned for next steps!

  

Background: H 4041 is a reasoned, extremely moderate use restriction of systemic neonicotinoid pesticides by homeowners. Your Representatives have told the Speaker they support this bill. One hundred Massachusetts scientists support the bill. Now the Speaker needs to hear directly from you!



INSURANCE FOR BEEKEEPERS

Did you miss the insurance presentation at our April meeting, by Wendy Ashe of A&B Insurance in Westford? Here is a link to her handout:

Beekeeping Insurance Info



TEMPERATURE PROBE INFORMATION

Did you miss the temperature probe presentation at our April meeting by WCBA member Max Weagle? Here is a link to the probe information:

Temperature Probe info

 


PROPOSED APIARY REGULATIONS FOR MASSACHUSETTS

The stakeholder meetings have taken place but you can still send comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , MA Chief Apiarist. There will also be a formal public comment period at a later date yet to be announced.

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

The current regulations can be found here: 330 CMR 8.00 - current

 


WCBA BY-LAWS

The WCBA By-laws presented in January were voted on and approved by our membership at the February 9 meeting. The new version can be found here: WCBA By-Laws 2018
 

OCT. 7, 2017 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

 


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

 


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.