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Yes, we have a Calendar!  So, whether you are looking for our next meeting information or looking for other beekeeping events in our area, check our Beekeeping Event Calendar.

Don't see an event or would like to add a beekeeping event to our local calendar?, then contact our Calendar Master or email our secretary.

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We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month unless otherwise noted. 

Our JUNE Meeting will be at a NEW Location
Wednesday, June 10, at 6:30 PM
Lee County Emergency Operations Center

2675 Ortiz Avenue
Fort Myers, FL  33905

Upon turning into the driveway, turn to the right and proceed though the gate to the parking lot.

map & directions

New Format:  6:30 pm - 7:00 pm Beekeeper Helpline:
 New and Experienced beekeepers helping each other with questions, quandaries,
and other beekeeping related challenges... followed by our
Regular Meeting: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (may end earlier depending on agenda)

Notice:  We are trying out this new place which is AIR CONDITIONED, has audio-visual, small kitchen, better parking, and other advantages over our current location... possibly even more convenient and better suited to the needs of our membership.

"Speaker and Topic":  to be announced

Meeting is open to anyone wishing to learn more about bees, and those that are interested in becoming members



MEMBERS ONLY Area | Download Consent & Release Form | | Minutes | Treasurer's Report | Membership ListingOur E-MAIL Address

Cost of the course is $200

 Make Checks payable to BASF

Mail to: “Beekeeping Course”, 3410 Palm Beach Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33916).

Deadline for registration is
May 15, 2015

 Introduction to Beekeeping Course
Classes for this 4-week course begin on
Saturday May 30, 2015.

Space is limited to 40 students. Students receive basic startup kit including bee veil, smoker, hive box and resource books. Bees are NOT provided as part of this package!

Pre-registration is necessary for inclusion in the class. For details call Celeste Fournier at 239-284-4078 or Rebecca at 239-247-7352; e-mail celeste@swfbees.com

Morning classroom sessions are at the North Fort Myers Recreation Center (2000 North Recreation Park Way, North Fort Myers). Afternoon practical sessions are on the apiary/farm of a BASF member beekeeper.

Flyer Course Outline | Event Details on Facebook

Build the Bee Lab

The FSBA is coming back this year for funding of the bee lab, after being stung in 2014 by Gov. Rick Scott's line item veto, last year.  The following are excerpts from an article on this subject at Context Florida:


"The research center is needed to determine why so many beekeepers are losing colonies...We have some very serious problems." said Tom Nolan, the association’s president and a part-time beekeeper from Bradenton..

Nolan told the Senate Committee on Agriculture, “Beekeepers are losing about 30 percent of their colonies every year,” Nolan said. “I’ll ask you if you can think of an industry that can survive starting 30 percent in the hole every year.”.read the entire article by Bruce Ritchie at Context Florida

Build the Bee Lab Brochure | Context Florida Article

A Million Hits in the last 12 months

Website Statistics: Some inquiring minds want to know, just how popular is our local association's website.  For those geeks and nerds, I have compiled a 12-moth report on the website's performance... and it exceeds all expectations with over 5000 visitors to our site every month.  These are actual visitors, not just hits.  If you are interested in hits, then for example in April of 2015 we had about 80,000 hits (about a million hits in the last 12 months).

However, "unique visitors" is far more important than the hits.  Unique means new visitors actually looking at our website.  In April of 2015 we had 4,542 "unique" visitors to our website that month.

Some of most popular pages after the main page, were our blog, links page, honey plants "what's blooming page, and our downloads page.  While our blog was inactive it is still bringing in about half of our visitor traffic.  Even though our Archive and past events page may contain history and old information, the information was viewed almost 300 times in April.... read more

Need more convincing of the effectiveness of our website?.. Goggle Search these 4 keywords::  beekeeping events florida 2015  and see where we stand among all the websites in the entire world for current beekeeping events in Florida.

USDA National Honey Report, Number XXXIV - #12, January 16, 2015
Excerpt from the report regarding Florida, based on commercial beekeeper reporting:


FLORIDA: The weather for the month was a little warmer than normal with precipitation slightly higher than normal. There was still not very much rain, as December is typically a dry month in Florida. Bee health was considered to be very good. Beekeepers were splitting hives and treating for mites in preparation for the annual trip to California for almond pollination with many hives being relocated shortly after the middle of next month. There were few sources of food, except for scattered wild flowers and some maple. The maple bloom appeared to be about a week earlier than normal. Citrus greening was causing some early premature orange bloom, but no honey was being produced from that source. The next source of food for honey production will be citrus, primarily orange blossom, in March. There was essentially no honey being produced for sale and practically no stored honey available for sale. Demand remains good with supplies very light and prices remaining at or near record levels.

The entire report can be found here: http://www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/fvmhoney.pdf

Consent and Release Form

 As previously explained at meetings, is so our club has permission to use your provided information for such things as:  Creation of an membership listing/directory shared with our members to allow them to more easily stay in contact with each other by having phone numbers, contact information, etc. available, also for displaying your photos taken at website activities, etc. on our website for public viewing... or so we can contact you about upcoming special meetings, events, sales, etc.; however, please do not abuse the club directory by sending mass e-mails to complain to the membership about your club dislikes or problems with the leadership, to send junk to our members, for spamming, for hate e-mails, etc... as this is not the purpose of a club directory.

Login Information (username & password) is e-mailed to "paid-up" members on a monthly basis.  Please allow up to two months for monthly information about club, website, etc. to begin.  If you just cannot wait and need access to membership and/or other members area items (minutes, treasurer's report, membership list, etc.), you may attend a meeting and request the login information from our treasurer if she is able to ascertain your current membership status as "paid-up" Active.  All previous login information has expired as of September 31, 2014.  Login information may change more than once a year, so please keep up with the e-mailed monthly announcements (sorry, it may require that you actually open your e-mail and read something).

 Beekeepers Calendar - SWFL Edition, View or Download

Look "REAL CLOSE" and Magnify Your Knowledge

Florida Melitto Files
Newsletter for Bee Lovers
with Florida Beekeeper Management Calendar

January - March 2015
October - December 2014
July - September 2014
April - June 2014

2013: January  <--- Yes, this is the most current issue of newsletter, there are no 2014 or 2015 issues, enjoy what is here, thanks!

2012 Back Issues: December | November | October | September | July/August | June | February | January
2011 Back Issues: October | September  | August | June July | MayJune | April | MarchFebruary | January
2010 Back Issues: December | November | October | August | July | June | May | April

Reminder to registered beekeepers from Freddie Howard, local apiary inspector:
If you have not already done so, please call Freddie and schedule your yearly inspection

FAQ (Frequently Asked Question):

  QUESTION:  Where can I get package bees, queens, and equipment?
Click HERE or on LINKS in menu above.

BEES ON MY PROPERTY!... What Should I do?  CLICK HERE before doing anything!

Thank you for caring about bees and wanting to know about bee removal options.  Due to liability issues we cannot remove bees from private or commercial structures, nor recommend beekeepers that do so.  However, you may be able to find a registered beekeeper who uses non-lethal methods and who has received Africanized honeybee Training (AHB) on a list provided by Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Agricultural Environmental Services:

Bee Removal List (Excel Spreadsheet) Download | More information about this list 

Still not finding somebody to remove, rescue, and relocate your live bees?... then another method which has proven successful is to use GOOGLE with the following KEYWORDS which narrow down the results to somebody in your area who may not exterminate your bees:  Try searching for  live honey bee removal relocation rescue fort myers florida  However, substitute your city (i.e, live honey bee removal relocation rescue alva florida or live honey bee removal relocation rescue lehigh florida and you should get applicable results.  Also, don't be fooled by the results at the top of the search results nor the ones along the right side of the search results marked "Ad" or "Ads" for those are paid results which are not always applicable.  Look for top results immediately below the "Ad" (these are known as "organic" search results) and which are more likely to provide the service for which you searched instead of paid results.  Do NOT include the word "free" in your search which often leads you to many removers which are not really free and could result in a sad removal experience.

NOTE:  BEE REMOVAL SERVICES ARE NOT FREE!... there is a charge for live bee removal services!

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How do I join Beekeepers Association of Southwest Florida (BASF)?  Attend one of our meetings and pay applicable dues to our Treasurer, or you can DOWNLOAD Membership Application. Consent/Release Form, and mail it to our treasurer along with applicable dues.  Currently $10 for current year if you are already a member of the Florida State Beekeepers Association (FSBA).  If you are not a member of FSBA then we can collect membership dues for FSBA as well, in which case the total amount would be $25 ($10 BASF + $15 FSBA).