We meet on the 2nd
Wednesday of each month unless otherwise noted. All meetings
for remainder of 2017 will be at locations announced via Facebook, e-mail
notification to current membership, or as
otherwise noted below on this website... NOTICE in April
2017 we will be moving our meeting to our new location:
Schandler Hall Community Park:
Our next meeting will be at our NEW LOCATION:
12, 2017 "Potluck Dinner"
Meeting, 6:30 PM
To kick off the new meeting location, Don Murray suggested this
potluck dinner. Per Don, BURGERS & FRANKS will be provided. Please bring your favorite "potluck" dish
(dessert, side dish, slaw, baked beans, fruit, drinks, or etc.)
to accompany the burgers and hot dogs.
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)
"Topic & Speaker":
no speaker, but topic: general beekeeping at this time of
year, splits, requeening, queen cells, supering, etc.
Meeting is open to anyone wishing to
learn more about bees, and those that are interested in becoming
Past and Present Raffle Items
Some of this month's (March) meeting raffle items from
Focus on sugar syrup feeding: David Mendes
demonstrating methods of feeding using simple syrup and feeding supplement "Pro-Health"
Besides drilling 7/64" holes around the lip and letting
lid be a continuous moat for syrup, there is another method which also uses
7/64" holes drilled into the reinforced band where the wire handle attaches.
It may be easier for some, but only works for buckets like the one in the
video...so I've included a video below:
David Mendes demonstrating powder sugar shake to take a mite
Going thru hives... follow up from last apiary visit meeting
David Mendes showing and discussing frame of bees
Click on photos to view larger
version of photo
David Mendes demonstrating the either roll for performing varroa
Photos by Robert C. Kemper
Focus on Varroa Mite count: David Mendes
demonstrating powdered sugar shake and either roll. Mites were counted
and bees were counted in order to arrive at ratio of mites/100 bees to
ascertain if a problem exists and if treatment is required... or to analyze
if current treatment is or has been effective.
The following results should be analyzed
using "Weighted Average" as a guide. Clear winner would be 4.24
(highly important) followed by second place of 3.88 (very important).
Those with 3.58 would be about average (slightly important to important)
and those less than 3.58 would be of least importance (or not important).
We should have a topic and speaker at each meeting presented by a
club member, mentor, club officer, advanced and seasoned
beekeeper, or other person reliable and knowledgeable on the
Handouts of presentation or other information related to the topic
of presentation made available for future reference, notes, etc.
Online YouTube, Websites or links, PowerPoints, or supplemental
resources related to topic made available for reference or further
study on subject.
Book outside "beekeeping-related" speakers such as professors of
entomology, apiary inspectors, authors, well-known authorities or
experts in beekeeping. (i.e., Dr. Jamie Ellis, Freddie Howard,
Michael Bush, David Westervelt, etc.)
Hands on (in-the-field) daytime visits to apiaries, bee yards, or
other beekeeping facilities in our area appropriately scheduled on
Saturdays if possible.
Allocation of more time for answering of "new" beekeeper
Appoint a greeter to moderate and take questions asked by new
beekeepers during the Q&A time set aside for "new" beekeepers.
First Place winner topics were: Treatment and control of hive pests and
disease; evidence of queen (finding, handling, accessing, why, when, how);
splits and types of splits (why, when, what, how). Second Place
most were Discussion of insecticides not used by beekeepers, but those used
by non-beekeepers (orange groves, farmers, mosquito control) which may
affect death of honeybees; basic bee biology with basic beginner beekeeping;
local nectar flows and nectar sources (what, where, when, intensity,
duration) Third Place: Feeding colonies; seeds and
planting for honeybees; Honey harvest and extraction Fourth Place:
Hive products; Beekeeping Resources (You-Tube, Online, etc.) Lastly
Fifth Place: Honey Varieties, etc.; Other Bees; as follows:
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
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)
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
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"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
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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 December 31, 2016. 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).
January <--- Yes, this is the most current issue of newsletter, there are no
2014 or 2017 issues, enjoy what is here, thanks! If you would
like to volunteer to take over preparation and management of
newsletters, it would be appreciated. However, we currently
have no Newsletter other than monthly e-mail notification, Facebook,
and the website itself.
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?
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 (not all on this list save or do live
removals) on a list provided by Florida Department of
Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Agricultural
The above methods may not help you locate ONLY a "live bee removal
rescue relocation specialist"... if you feel that LIVE removal is
the ONLY option for you (do not want to kill or exterminate), then
try the following:
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 bee removal relocation rescue fort myers florida However,
substitute your city (i.e,
live bee removal relocation rescue alva florida
live 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!
Not a beekeeper, but wish to support our efforts and show your
support for our cause, then please consider donating. You may
use the convenient "Donate" button to donate online (securely and
safely) using your credit card... or you may mail your donations to
Beekeepers Association of Southwest Florida can use
your help. Please DONATE to support our group's efforts.
We are a now a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization and your donations are tax deductible!:
Notice: You do NOT have to be a member of PayPal (or sign up) to
use your credit card to donate, simply look during the donation process for the
section "Don't have a PayPal account? and click continue.
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 $12 for current year.
If you are not already a member of FSBA then please join FSBA as well;
however, we do not collect dues or fees for the Florida State
Beekeepers Association (FSBA), you must pay FSBA directly: Click
HERE to Join or Renew your Florida State Beekeepers