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We meet on
the 2nd Wednesday of each month unless otherwise noted. All
meetings for 2015 will be at the new location (Lee County emergency
Operations Center), unless noted otherwise:
AUGUST Meeting will be at
our NEW Location
Wednesday, August 12, 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
New and Experienced beekeepers helping each other with questions,
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
"Topic & Speaker":
to be announced
Meeting is open to anyone wishing to learn more about bees, and
those that are interested in becoming members
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Bufo (Cane) Toad |
Observation Hive Fact Sheet & Plans |
Pollination Agreement/Contract |
UF Bee College 2015
Cane "Bufo" Toads have Invaded South Florida...
It was reported by member, Otto tonight (June 10, 2015),that not
only are Cane toads "Bufo" showing up in Southwest Florida,
but that he actually saw one first hand. These toads are causing beekeeping management
problems, because the huge toads reside near hives and consume large
quantities of bees, plus they are so toxic that they should not be
handled and can easily and quickly kill dogs and pets.
"Bufo" Marine Cane Toad
UF Wildlife Bufo Cane Toad
A quick search of the web reveals information that these toads are
active at night and can eat 200 to 300 bees. They eat the
guard bees at the entrance and other bees come out to replace these
bees and the toad uses his sticky tongue to keep eating the bees.
These toads cannot jump very high; however, beekeepers should
elevate their hives (at least 15 inches) to prevent cane toads from
feasting on their bees. WARNING!: Do not handle these toads as
they secrete toxins. The toxins can
easily and quickly kill a dog. They like to stay under
elevated hives and eat dead bees that are dropped out. If you
find them you can wear plastic gloves and put them in a bag and
dispose of them (some say they freeze them). Australia has
been dealing with fighting the battle against this toad invasion for
read more about their problem which is or soon may be our own
problem, here in Southwest Florida.
Trap and Eliminate Bufo Toads
Humane Disposal of Cane Toads |
Tampa Dog Poisoned by Bufo Toad |
Major Threat to Dogs in South Florida
Simple Plans for Observation Bee Hive
Observation Bee Hives
The use of
observation bee hives continues to interest a variety of people. This is not
surprising. The observation hive is one of the primary research and educational
tools in apiculture. It is both educational and entertaining.
Observation bee hives can be used to enhance public relations
and marketing programs. But a great deal of time and energy is needed to set up
a hive and keep it going. Maintenance can be expensive and time consuming,
especially if the hive is to be used as a permanent display for the general
public. This 3-page fact sheet
provides sources for building observation hives and tips for maintenance.
Written by David Hall, James D. Ellis, and Malcolm Sanford, and published by the
UF Department of Entomology and Nematology, March 2015. (UF/IFAS photo by Tyler
Sample Pollination Agreement
The key to a prospering pollination service is proper promotion,
honest, quality service, and a written contract.
This contract would detail the expectations of both the beekeeper
and the grower
This 4-page fact sheet
provides a suggested pollination agreement.
Written by Malcolm T. Sanford, Jeanette Klopchin, and James Ellis,
and published by the UF Department of Entomology and Nematology,
March 2015. (UF/IFAS Photo: Thomas Wright)
2015 Florida Bee Research Symposium
University of Florida Honey Bee Research & Extension Lab
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 8:00 AM -
Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 5:00 PM (EDT)
Florida’s first ever Bee Research
Symposium. The meeting will bring together bee
researchers from across the state and region to discuss topics
related to the study of bees.
The meeting will bring together bee researchers from across
the state and region to discuss topics related to the study of
All of the information you need to know about registering for
and attending the event can be found at:
View and/or Download Itinerary Flyer
Fall Conference/Convention 2015
November 19 -
information (options, room rates, etc.) will be provided as it
becomes available. Also visit the
facebook page (Like Them & Share with your facebook
friends) and/or the
Build the Bee
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
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
the entire article by Bruce Ritchie at Context
Bee Lab Brochure |
Context Florida Article
Per Celeste Fournier (President of the Beekeepers Association of
Southwest Florida): As you may be aware the Governor and the
Legislature are trying to work out the state budget, and it is a
critical time for the Bee Lab. Please take 5-10 minutes, call or
email the representatives below. Let them know how important this
bee lab is to you and all beekeepers.
Per Tom Nolan (President of the Florida State Beekeepers
Association): Funding for the bee lab will be taken up as soon
as June 9, 2015. We need as many people as possible to call and
email Monday (June 15, 2015) morning. When calling, you will most
likely go straight into voice mail, leave a message, you don’t need
for anyone to return your call.
Rep. Ben Albritton, 850-717-5056,
Rep. Doug Broxson, 850-717-5003,
Rep. Neil Combee, 850-717-5039,
Rep. Debbie Mayfield, 850-717-5054,
Rep. Jimmie T. Smith, 850-717-5034,
Rep. Ray Pilon, 850-717-5072,
Ask that the House match the Senate appropriate of $3.6 million.
Tell them it is line number 101 for the Conference Committee of the
Senate General Government and House Agriculture and Natural
Resources Appropriations. The Senate offer is $3,644,269 the House
offer is $0.
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
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
COLONY, HONEY PLANT AND MARKET CONDITIONS DURING
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
The entire report can be found here:
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
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).
Yes, this is the most current issue of newsletter, there are no
2014 or 2015 issues, enjoy what is here, thanks!
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,
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
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
substitute your city (i.e,
live honey bee removal relocation rescue alva florida
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
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).