Announcements

 

HELP!! Passage of H.4041 "An Act to Protect Massachusetts Pollinators" could die without your immediate help!

 

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!


Please send a short email to the Speaker of the House and the Chair of Ways and Means and tell them you want H.4041 passed this session. Please do it now! Time is of the essence!

 

Speaker Robert DeLeo 19th Suffolk

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Chairman Jeffery Sanchez (Ways & Means)
15th Suffolk/Norfolk
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Please see this letter from WCBA Legislative Director Dr. Richard Callahan for more details:

Letter from Dr. Callahan

 


Saturday, June 16 - MASS BEE FIELD DAY - PRESENTERS NEEDED

Time & Place:        All day @ UMass Agricultural Learning Center, Amherst, MA


See Events Page for further details!


Beekeeping experts from throughout New England attend this field day to share their knowledge and experience with fellow beekeepers. The all-day event is free and attendance is highly recommended. Pre-registration is not required but it is very helpful.


For more information, to register or order lunch, visit www.massbee.org. The full field day agenda will be posted there as it is finalized.


Presenters are still needed!! Please contact Dan Conlon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in giving a 45-minute talk. The theme of this year's Field Day is Increasing Your Honey Production.

 


Sunday, June 24 - DEDICATION IN HONOR OF RICHARD DION

Time & Place:        1pm, Grafton Municipal Center (behind Grafton Police Station)


From Ken Warchol:  The WCBA will be dedicating a metal bench honoring a past president of Worcester County Beekeepers and Grafton Selectman for his dedication to our association. Richard Dion served as our secretary, vice-president and President in the 1970’s and 1980’s. He took our association through some troubled times and brought it back to where it is today, a thriving bee club. As his vice-president I saw the tremendous effort he put in and the donations he made. I know he would be honored if he were still alive. Please come join his family, other beekeepers and friends at this dedication event in Grafton. How ironic that we now have our bee school at Grafton High School 200 feet away from where this bench will sit! I hope to see you all there at the bench unveiling.

 


LOOKING FOR PACKAGE BEES OR NUCS?

Please see the supplier list on page 6 of our winter newsletter:

2017winter.pdf



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.



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

 


SUPPORT MA BILLS TO RESTRICT NEONIC USE !

Bills to restrict the use of neonicotinoids in Massachusetts are being considered by the MA House and Senate. Let your State Rep and Senator know that your support these bills!

 

The text of the bills can be found here (they are basically the same):

     House bill  (H.4041) - https://malegislature.gov/Bills/190/H4041

     Senate bill (S.2164) - https://malegislature.gov/Bills/190/s2164

 

You can find the name and contact information for your State Rep. and State Senator by clicking on the following link and then typing in your address: https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator 



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

 


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.