Our December meeting will be held at Rich’s Family Restaurant in Ogden IL on SATURDAY, Dec 14 at 10 AM sharp. We will be in the back room of the restaurant. A bit of business will be dealt with, but mainly beekeeper chit-chat, and door prizes will be the order of the day. Breakfasts at Rich’s are good, but lunch is also possible…you pay/you choose. Looking forward to seeing you there…please be timely.
The July CEIBA meeting will be held Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 1:30 PM at the home of Joan Jach in Champaign. Directions to her home follow below:
708 S Prairie St
Champaign, IL, 61820
I am located south of the John and Prairie Street intersection on the East side of Prairie St. Take the Prospect exit off of I-74 go South on Prospect to John St (one block south of Green St intersection, which has a stoplight), left on John then right on Prairie (the 6th street on the right hand side). It is a white house with green shutters. Parking will have to be on Prairie or John streets. We’ll park our car on the street so people who need a closer spot can park in our driveway, there’s room for 2 cars there.
Beekeeper fellowship as always is the order of the meeting! Bring your questions-We will talk about all things bees. We are organizing a brief presentation from Dick Rogers, the Bayer Bee Health Program Apiculturist. This will follow a more formal presentation late Saturday afternoon which will address Bee Health programs and honeybee exposure to seed dust at spring planting time. Details about this Saturday event will be finalized and announced soon, CEIBA members are welcome.
If we are lucky, Joan may allow those interested to look into the swarm she hived this spring! You may recall the photo that she posted on our CEIBA Facebook page. If you intend to view the colony, you Must wear protective veils. Bring your lawn chair and a snack to share. As always, if the weather is questionable, call Karen Pruiett (217-840-6985), Rena (217-369-1808), or Lorraine (217-892-2318).
Also, CEIBA members will be working the honey ice cream booth (ISBA) at the Illinois state fair on Wednesday of fair week. Details to be arranged.
As we discussed at our last meeting, there are a lot of bee kills in the spring when corn and soybeans are being planted. As stated in the article from “Catch The Buzz” that Rick was discussing, if we don’t make some noise, no one will.
As quoted from the article, “If you experience a beekill in your apiary this spring DO NOT simply shrug your shoulders and feel there’s nothing to be done. There is something to be done.”
CEIBA business meeting May 19 2013 will begin promptly at 1:30 pm. Dues will still be accepted for 2013. $16/yr. will include Central Eastern Ill Beekeepers and Illinois State Beekeepers Assn. membership.
Membership is Not a requirement to attend! The general public is welcome. (Our one requirement is that) protective gear (veil, suit, or gloves) is required to participate in inspecting Karen’s colonies for wellness, queen-rightness, and strength.
Charley Nye will demonstrate the Alcohol Wash for Varroa mite detection. Splitting a colony will also be considered.
Bring yourself, a lawn chair, veil, and a treat to share (if you feel like it).
Directions from I-74: Take exit 197(Ogden/Royal) north towards Royal. Proceed ~12 miles north to 2900N (just before Penfield). Turn east on 2900N for ½ mile to the long drive on the right (south) just before the cemetery.
Directions from US Rte 136 (12 miles east of Rantoul): turn south on County Rd 22 (2700E). Proceed 1 mile south to 2900 N. Turn east, go ½ mile and turn right (south) just before the cemetery up our long driveway.
A new documentary is coming to the Art Theater in Champaign on Tuesday. A new look at the important role that honey bees play in our diet and environment, along with a fresh view of what’s causing die-offs.
It’s showing on Tuesday evening at 7:30pm with half of the ticket cost going to support the University of Illinois Pollinatarium!University of Illinois Pollinatarium!
Come and participate in a week long beekeeping session on beekeeping at LONG LANE HONEY BEE FARMS, located between Champaign and Danville, IL Off I-74, taught by Certified Master Beekeeper David Burns (www.honeybeesonline.com
Mon., June 17 – Beginning Beekeeping
Tues., June 18 – Practical Beekeeping
Wed.,, June 19 – Advanced Beekeeping
Thurs., June 20 – Queen Rearing Course
Fri., June 21 – Insect Photography
Students can take the entire course or choose any individual course offering. There is a fee. For more information and to Register go online at: Long Lane Honey Bee Farms
We also will have a short introductory bee class detailing equipment, installation of bee packages, and inspection technique on Sat., May 4 from 9 a.m. – Noon. Registation is at www.honeybeesonline.com.
Saturday classes this year include:
June 29 Queen Rearing Workshop
July 20 Advanced Beekeeping Workshop
October 19 Basic Beekeeping Workshop
Space is limited and they all fill up fast, so if you need a class this year, register soon.
Support Our Troops! Our son’s out there! Proud parent of a US Marine.
LONG LANE HONEY BEE FARMS
The March Meeting of CEIBA will take place on Saturday, March 23rd at the UI Pollinatarium 606 West Windsor Ave., Urbana IL.
Preparing Honey Products for Blue Ribbon Sales-understanding 1st place preparation makes a better beekeeper!
Carolyn and Fred Gerberding of Lincolnland Beekeepers will give us this presentation at 1:30. They are being gracious enough to display some of their beautiful Beeswax Art projects which took ribbons at the Ill. State Fair last summer.
Please note that this meeting is occurring on Saturday instead of the usual Sunday. This meeting is open to the public and we welcome all!
The doors will open at 1:00 on Saturday for those members wishing to pay 2013 dues before the presentation.
For those unfamiliar with the location of the UI Pollinatarium: The P is located north of Windsor Avenue between Lincoln Ave. and Race Street.Turn north off Windsor on the gravel drive with the Pollinatarium sign. The building is painted sky blue with insects and plants.
Our club has a new Facebook page! If you want to share some information with other local beekeepers, feel free to post on the wall.
Our first meeting for 2013 will be held Sunday, January 20th at 1:30 PM. The location is:
UIUC Bee Research Facility
3515 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana IL
Directions: Take Lincoln Avenue south through the UI campus to the Windsor Avenue stoplight. At the Windsor Avenue stoplight, Lincoln Avenue turns into a gravel road. Proceed through the light and south down the gravel road approximately .5 miles. The lab is the second gate on the right west side of the road. Parking is somewhat limited, so consider parking along the road.
The agenda for the meeting is the discussion of business, election of officers and payment of dues. We will also schedule meetings for the upcoming year. And of course, we will talk about all things bee related. Package bees are in very tight supply this year. If you are in need, start shopping now! There may be an update at the meeting, but no guarantees.
CEIBA will not hold beginning beekeeping classes this year. However Crossroads Beekeepers in Effingham IL is holding classes in February. Info is here.
David Burns is also hosting classes in the next month: Long Lane Apiaries
Weather is always a consideration at this meeting! If the weather is questionable call an officer (phone numbers are listed as follows: Karen Pruiett-217-840-6985, Rena Wilson-Jones-217-369-1808, Lorraine Wirges-217-892-2318)
Feel free to bring snacks to share!
beginning and experienced beekeepers.
bee school flyer and registration form.