ARE YOUR BEES STARVING???
This year's severe drought in southern New England has brought a dearth of bee forage to many areas, and Ken is seeing many instances of starvation on his inspection rounds. Both nectar and pollen are in short supply. Please check your hives and feed them if needed!
PLEASE HELP US OUT AT THE SPENCER FAIR SEPT. 2-5
Please get involved!
WCBA has several extractors available for rent to our members. For details see here.
OUR NEXT OUTDOOR MEETING IS SEPTEMBER 17
Please join us at Foppema Farm and Orchard in Sutton for Part 2 of How to Prepare Your Hives for Winter, along with Making Hand Cream from your Season's End Wax Cappings. Don't forget your veil, lawn chair, and a refreshment to share! Details below under Events.
MEAD RECIPE FROM OUR JUNE 4 MEETING
If you didn't get a copy of the mead recipe sheet from our June meeting, you can find it here:
REQUEST YOUR HIVE INSPECTION!
In 2016 your hives will not automatically be inspected unless you file a request with the Chief Apiary Inspector, except in the case of a health emergency. YOU WILL NEED TO SHOW YOUR HIVE INSPECTION FORM IN ORDER TO BORROW A CLUB EXTRACTOR. Please submit your form as early as possible to allow for planning of inspection rounds! The form can be found here:
You can submit the form by email, snail mail, or phone.
To submit by snail mail: print the form and fill it out (or fill it out online and print it), then mail it to:
Department of Agricultural Resources
101 University Drive, Suite C4, Amherst, MA 01002
To submit by phone: call the MA Chief Apiary Inspector Kim Skyrm at 413-548-1905
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 ARE 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.
BEEKEEPING BILLS IN THE MASS LEGISLATURE
Watch our fall newsletter for an update on legislative activities related to honeybees and beekeeping!