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.
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.
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) with special guest Alex Wild, Illinois biologist who studies and photographs insects (www.alexanderwild.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.
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 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.
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)
The Illinois State Beekeeping Association will be holding it’s fall meeting this weekend in Springfield, IL. The line up of speakers is really impressive, see for yourself below.
Illinois State Beekeepers Association Fall Meeting
We will hold our 121st Annual Fall Meeting on November 10, 2012.
The meeting location will be the Illinois Department of Agriculture Building located on the State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Illinois 62794.
Registration is $30.00 per person for ISBA members and their spouses and $45.00 per person for individuals who are not members of ISBA.
Registration will start at 7:30 am and the meeting will commence at 9:00 am.
The keynote speaker is Susan Cobey, a bee-breeder and geneticist who shares a dual appointment with the H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis and Washington State University.
Additional speakers include Jerry Hayes, Lee Heine and Thomas Webster.
Jerry Hayes has written ‘The Classroom’ column for the American Bee Journal for over 20 years and is also the author of the book titled “The Classroom”. Jerry Hayes is currently working at Monsanto to promote honeybee health.
Lee Heine is the Past Chairman of the National Honey Board and Past President of the Wisconsin Honey Producers.
Thomas Webster is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist at the College of Agriculture, Food Science and Sustainable Systems, Atwood Research Facility, Kentucky State University.
Link to their website: http://www.ilsba.com/summary-of-events.html