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We meet on the 2nd
Wednesday of each month unless otherwise noted. All meetings
for remainder of 2017 will be at locations announced via e-mail
notification to current membership, via Facebook, or as
otherwise noted below:
Our next meeting will be:
February 8, 2017 Regular
Meeting, 6:30 PM
Lee County Emergency Operations
2675 Ortiz Avenue
Fort Myers, FL 33905
Upon turning into the driveway, turn to the
right and proceed through the gate to the parking lot.
map & directions |
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":
Dr. Jamie Ellis
Meeting is open to anyone wishing to
learn more about bees, and those that are interested in becoming
Past and Present Raffle Items:
April | May |
June | July (none) |
August | Sept (none Echo) |
October (none Apiary BBQ) | November
This Month's (January
2017) Raffle Items
Some of this month's (January) meeting raffle items: White
Rubber-Coated Large Gloves, Leather Gloves, 6-oz pkg of Hive Staples (approx. 49
staples), Red Hive Tool, Clear Plastic Queen Catcher,
Entrance Management Dial, Bottom Board with Entrance Reducer, Fume Board, Queen
Excluder, Boot/Ankle Straps, Triangular Bee Escape Board, wall decor, etc.
MEMBERS ONLY Area
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Release Form | |
Minutes | Treasurer's
Report | Membership
Listing | Our E-MAIL Address
Intro to Beekeeping Course 2016 |
Bee College 2016 |
Pollinator-Pesticide Awareness Survey
| Florida Farm Bureau Recruitment |
Observation Hive Fact Sheet & Plans |
Pollination Agreement/Contract |
The UF/IFAS Lee County Extension, in collaboration with the
Beekeepers Association of Southwest Florida (BASF) offers a 4-week introductory
beekeeping class this summer.
Classes begin on
Saturday March 4, 2017.
Space is limited to 25 students. Students receive a basic kit
including bee veil, smoker, hive tool, resource book, and one-year membership to
Bees are NOT provided
as part of this package!
Cost of the course is $135.
Pre-registration is necessary for inclusion in the class.
Morning classroom sessions are at the North Fort Myers
Recreation Center. Afternoon practical sessions are at the BASF apiary.
For more information, view and/or download
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)
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).
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
January - March 2016
October - December 2015
July - September 2015
April - June 2015
Suggested speaking topics and/or educational discussions Q&A for March:
How to know if it is time to add supers (7/10 Rule), use an excluder or not user
excluder advice and reasoning; how to know if you have a mite or beetle problem
and methods to correct; should I look for swarm cells (differences between swarm
and supercedure cells) and should I bother removing swarm cells... and what do I
do if anything when I find them? Is it a good time to harvest and what are
the best ways to harvest for small-scale operation. Should I be purchasing
queens, packages, buying nucs, now, etc.? Just a few of the things I hear
beekeepers asking. Do you have ideas or questions that aren't answered in
beekeeping calendar or Melitto Files... or just need to know how?.. if so e-mail
them to email@example.com
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 bee removal relocation rescue fort myers florida
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!
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We are a now a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization and your donations are tax deductible!:
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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 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.