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Utah Beekeepers’ Association 2020 Annual Convention

The Utah Beekeepers’ Association has announced details for their annual 2020 beekeepers’ convention in Utah. Here are the details:

Date & Location

Event Information Page

Friday, February 21, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday, February 22, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Hyatt Place Hotel
3090 East 6200 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84121

Registration

Registration for the convention includes a membership fee to the Utah Beekeepers’ Association ($25-45 depending on the quantity of honey bee colonies you own) and a separate fee of $25/person is required if you would like to attend the dinner banquet on Saturday.

Additional Details

Keynote speakers are David Burns and Richard Homer, with other speakers and the convention agenda to be announced. The format includes speakers through the day on Friday and Saturday with a dinner banquet (separate fee) held on Saturday with door prizes. Lunch is provided on both Friday and Saturday and is included with registration.

Utah Beekeepers Association’s convention has always been a lot of fun, offering a chance to meet and catch up with other beekeepers, as well as an opportunity to listen to some interesting speakers.

We look forward to seeing you there!

January Meeting

Join us for our January 2020 Wasatch Beekeepers Association meeting!

Thursday, January 16, 7:00–9:00 PM

Salt Lake City Government Center
North Building Council Chambers
2001 South State Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84114

Topics include:

  • Winter feeding and management
  • Bee suits and other protective gear, where to get and what they cost
  • Hive styles and hive tools
  • Beekeeping books and websites
  • Lighting a smoker
  • Utah Department of Agriculture – license, benefits, inspections, and rules

Bring questions, share experiences, and enjoy good company!

2019 Potluck Dinner & Elections

Join us for our 2019 potluck dinner and election!

Friday, November 15, from 6:30–9:30 PM

Cottonwood Heights City Hall
2277 E Bengal Blvd
Salt Lake City, UT 84121-5001

Enjoy

  • Door Prizes
  • A potluck dinner
  • Raffle tickets
  • Chatting with your fellow beekeepers
  • and members elect our 2020 Officers

Everyone is welcome. No RSVP required.

Any memberships started or renewed are good for the 2020 year.

August Meeting

Join us for our August 2019 Wasatch Beekeepers Association meeting.

Thursday, August 15, from 7:00–9:00 PM

Salt Lake City Government Center
North Building Council Chambers
2001 South State Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84114

James Peirce will discuss

  • Robbing

Peter Somers will discuss

  • Honey harvest and extraction

Robber Screen Workshop

Come join us for a workshop to make robber screens hosted by WBA member James Peirce. Robber screens are simple devices which can guard a colony against being robbed by other honey bee colonies and help to manage intrusion by wasps. Each robber screens costs $15. Materials and tools are provided and robber screens are made custom to your hive. Measure the width of each hive’s main entrance (the opening itself) as that is the measurement which will be used to build the robber screen. We can make robber screens for everything from 10-frame Langstroth colonies to small mini hives.

Location
3160 S 2750 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84109

Time
August 10 from 9:00 AM to Noon

Fee (Covers Materials)
$15/ea screen

Can’t make the workshop?
Build your own!

Due to working in proximity with power tools and handling of material like hardware cloth a liability waiver will need to be signed to participate.

July Meeting

Join us for our July 2019 Wasatch Beekeepers Association meeting.

Thursday, July 18, from 7:00–9:00 PM

Salt Lake City Government Center
North Building, Second Floor, Room 800
2001 South State Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84114

Please note that we are not meeting in the council chamber, our usual location, for this meeting. We are meeting in the same building, but on the second floor in room 800.

Rosemary Bennett will discuss

  • Wasp management and control (featuring Katrina Davitt’s slides)

Veldon Sorensen will discuss

  • Pollen trapping and collection

A guest speaker (to be announced) will discuss

  • Water and shade for honey bees

A guest speaker (to be announced) will discuss

  • Varroa control and treatment options (knowledge to prepare for August, the most important time to ensure varroa is well-managed for successful overwintering and health colonies in 2020).

James Peirce will be holding his annual robber screen workshop sometime in August. Robber screens are a basic and effective tool for affording colonies a degree of protection against robbing by other honey bee colonies and wasps through the dearth. Date to be announced.

May Meeting

Join us for our May 2019 Wasatch Beekeepers Association meeting.

Thursday, May 16, from 7:00–9:00 PM

Salt Lake City Government Center
North Building Council Chambers
2001 South State Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84114

James Peirce will discuss

  • Catching and hiving a swarm

Jerry Lynn will discuss

  • Managing your hive to prevent swarms
  • When to add boxes and supers
  • Honey flow maintenance

We will also holding a workshop on checking for mites during our WBA summer potluck dinner on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Wheeler Farm

April Meeting

Join us for our April 2019 Wasatch Beekeepers Association meeting.

Thursday, April 18, from 7:00–9:00 PM

Salt Lake City Government Center
North Building Council Chambers
2001 South State Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84114

Natalee Thompson will discuss

  • Spring inspections
  • What to look for during the inspection
  • Health concerns (e.g. chalkbrood, varroa, viruses, wax moth)
  • How to reverse hive bodies if warranted
  • How to do a powdered sugar roll

Veldon Sorensen will discuss

  • How to do an alcohol wash

Reference Documents for Natalee’s Presentation

We will also holding a workshop on checking for mites during our WBA summer potluck dinner on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Wheeler Farm

Katharina Davitt – Wax Moth, Wasps, and Bananas

Katharina Davitt gave three delightful presentations this year, for the Utah Beekeepers’ Association’s Annual Convention. She has been kind enough to share her slides in PDF format, and has designed them in such a way that they serve as a handy and informative reference.

February Meeting

Join us for our February Wasatch Beekeepers Association meeting on Thursday, February 21st, at 7:00 PM. We will meet in our usual location at the Salt Lake County Government Center located at 2001 South State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84190, in the Council Chambers north building.

Our guest speakers include Dr Sandra Hope with an update on the American foulbrood phage treatment and Joey Caputo from the Utah Department of Agriculture with an update on American Foulbrood in Utah as well as information on state inspections.

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