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January 2023 General Meeting – Thursday January 26. This first meeting of 2023 will be on Zoom only.

Date:   Thursday January 26, 2023

Time:   6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Join Zoom Meeting

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Agenda:

Welcome and Introductions

Upcoming Events, Mentoring, Beekeeping classes, and Conferences

Beekeeping Tasks for January and preparing for spring

General Q&A

Our meetings are open to the public.  We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

Beginning Thursday, February 23, our meetings will be in person at the Garfield School, 1838 S 1500 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84105.  Our meetings will be held the 4th Thursday of the month January – October.

State Fair Signup & Mite-A-Thon

We need volunteers for the State Fair, which runs from September 9th through 19th. Each shift needs 2 people and is 4 hours long. Please sign-up here.

The summer Pollinator Partnership Mite-A-Thon runs from Aug 14 through the 29th. All beekeepers are welcome to upload their mite check data.

Swarm Season

Our swarm number is (801) 692-3371. We’ll send a beekeeper right away. If you want to catch the bees we can walk you through the process. For more information see Swarm Removal.

Feb 19-20 Utah Beekeepers Association Convention

The Utah Beekeepers Association‘s annual convention will be held online this year via Zoom. To attend you must first be a member of the Utah Beekeepers Association (you can pay membership dues here), and then register for the convention. The Zoom link will be emailed to those who are registered.

Presenters include Randy Oliver, Tom Seeley, and Ian Steppler.

Date & Time

Friday, February 19, 8:45 AM – 4 PM
Saturday, February 20, 8:45 AM – 4 PM

Information about the program can be found here.

Presentations will be available to view for up to 2 weeks afterwards.

Oct 17 Bee Fest

We are delighted to contribute to this year’s virtual Bee Fest. You can view details at slcbeefest.com and Facebook.

October 15 Meeting

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 we will be meeting ONLY online.

Thursday, Oct 15, 7:00 PM

We will be meeting online through Facebook Live to make this meeting available to as many of our members as possible during this time. To be notified of the video when we go live, we recommend making sure that you are a member of our Facebook group and that you respond that you are “going” to the event.

Past virtual meetings are recorded and available for view. Please pardon the occasional technical difficulties, we are learning as we go and we are doing our best to provide the information you need.

Proposal to Change WBA By-Laws

Due to the ongoing pandemic, where social gatherings are not in keeping with CDC and local government guidelines, the WBA Board is proposing the following changes in the Association by-laws to deal with mandatory elections under Article 6 – Election of Officers.  Please read the two proposed additions to the by-laws.

Paid members of the association may vote to:

  • Approve the guidelines as written,
  • Propose amendments, or
  • Disapprove

Paid members may submit their vote or comments to the association’s phone number or email:
WBA phone: 801.692.3371
WBA email: wasatchbeekeepers@gmail.com

We will review the feedback and take the appropriate action(s).  We will need your response by 16 September so that the results can be announced at the next WBA meeting on 17 September. If you wish to nominate yourself or someone (with their approval), let us know so we can make the decision regarding which of the alternative by-law options would be best for the Association.

Current Executive Board members are listed here.

August 20 Meeting

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 we will be meeting ONLY online.

Thursday, Aug 20, 7:00 PM

We will be meeting online through Facebook Live to make this meeting available to as many of our members as possible during this time. To be notified of the video when we go live, we recommend making sure that you are a member of our Facebook group and that you respond that you are “going” to the event.

We will discuss:

  • Wasps
  • Robbing vs orientation flights
  • Mites
  • Harvesting honey and knowing much to leave
  • Honey extraction methods

Pollinator Partnership Mite-A-Thon is August 15-30.

All beekeepers are encouraged to participate and upload their mite test results.

July 16 Meeting

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 we will be meeting ONLY online.

Thursday, Jul 16, 7:00 PM

We will be meeting online through Facebook Live to make this meeting available to as many of our members as possible during this time. To be notified of the video when we go live, we recommend making sure that you are a member of our Facebook group and that you respond that you are “going” to the event.

We will discuss:

  • Varroa mite checks, control with supers, without supers, and control in general

A video on how to test for mites using the alcohol wash and how to do a sugar roll is available on our YouTube channel.

Past virtual meetings are recorded and available for view. Please pardon the occasional technical difficulties, we are learning as we go and we are doing our best to provide the information you need.

Calling All Beekeepers!

USU Extension and the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food would love to hear your thoughts on beekeeping, inspections, registration, and more! This survey is for the 2018-2019 season.

https://usu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6nV7YkVqGPZoBxz

Please share your thoughts to help improve beekeeping resources in Utah by clicking on the link above.

In return, you will be entered for a chance to win a beekeeping toolbox from MannLake (tools not included). Please note that emails collected for the drawing will NOT be connected to survey data, so any information given will be anonymous.

Survey must be completed by March 23.

Thanks!

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