Wasatch Beekeepers Association

Serving beekeepers and the public in Utah’s Salt Lake Valley

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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.

2019 Utah Beekeepers Association Convention

The Utah Beekeepers’ Association’s 2019 Convention is scheduled to take place this weekend on Friday, February 22nd and Saturday, February 23rd. Registration begins on both days at 8:30 AM with the program running from 9 AM to 5 PM on Friday and 9 AM to 2 PM on Saturday. An association dinner is scheduled to begin on Friday at 6:30 PM. Admission is included with an annual membership in the Utah State Beekeepers Association and an additional $25 fee applies for those who would like to enjoy the Friday evening dinner.

Address
Hyatt Place Hotel
3090 East 6200 South
Holiday, Utah 84121

Event Information
Membership/Pricing Information

Speakers

  • Mel Disselkoen (On-the-Spot queen-rearing)
  • Ian Esplin (American Foulbrood phage treatment)
  • Nathan Oakes (Varroa update from Cornell University)
  • Katharina Davitt (Waxmoth)
  • Peter Somers (Why colonies abscond)
  • Deric Despain (USU Extension Service)

This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about beekeeping and to meet some other beekeepers large and small, and of particular note the convention is being held relatively close to where many of those of us in the Wasatch Beekeepers Association live.

January General Meeting Minutes

Wasatch Beekeepers Association – General Meeting

Thursday, January 17, 2019, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Salt Lake County Council Chambers

  • Welcome
  • Introduction new club officers by Veldon.
  • He shared information from the ABF meeting regarding a honey finder button for either selling honey or locating local honey (honey.com).
  • Denise brought in tickets to the Sundance movie, “Honeyland”, showing at the Broadway Centre Cinemas; 111 East Broadway (300 South), SLC on January 29. You must arrive 15 minutes and be in your seats before the movie is to start or the doors are closed and you will not be allowed in. Free parking available with validation at Broadway Centre Garage (east of Broadway Theatre).
  • Kyla Bachman passed out $10 coupons for Desert Hive. She told us of classes offered by Desert Hive; including a two-hour class on Varroa mites.
  • Kari discussed the USU Thriving Hive series offered through Event Brite. The beginning beekeeping series is $45, and this cost includes this year’s membership into WBA. There is also an Advanced Beekeeping class offered as well for $100.
  • Jerry Lynn, Natalee Thompson and Peter Somers shared their techniques for winter hive management.
  • Veldon quickly discussed the Varroa mite problem, and stated that mite control will be addressed every meeting in some form.
  • Peter Somers will come out and perform a hive inspection. He also has an infrared camera that can be used to determine if your cluster is still alive. He can be reached at       801-874-2999.
  • Al Chuback gave a presentation on his trip to Jordan.
    • Beekeepers reduce frame numbers to force center clustering for winter.
    • Beekeepers there do not feed their bees; hives are much smaller.
  • Meeting closed at 9 pm. 40 people attended the meeting.
  • Next meeting: February 21.

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