Wasatch Beekeepers Association

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

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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!

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!

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.

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