APIARY WORK OR FIELD MEETINGS:  02-04-17Intro to Beekeeping Course 2017ARCHIVES | MORE

Our regular meeting were

 Wednesday, Date Meeting, 6:30 PM

Schandler Hall Community Park
419 Royal Park Rd
Fort Myers, FL 33905

map & directions | agenda

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": to be announced.

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


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 12 students. Students receive a basic kit including bee veil, smoker, hive tool, resource book, and one-year membership to BASF.

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 FLYER and COURSE OUTLINE.

Apiary Work & Field Day
was held Saturday, February 18, 2017
...and much was accomplished | READ NOTES and photos by Cory Dombrowski

David Mendes demonstrating powder sugar shake to take a mite count. Going thru hives... follow up from last apiary visit meeting
David Mendes showing and discussing frame of bees

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David Mendes demonstrating the either roll for performing varroa mite count.

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.

READ NOTES and additional photos by Cory Dombrowski

Apiary Work & Field Day
was held Saturday, February 4, 2017
...and much was accomplished

Everybody hard at work.  Click photo to view larger versions. Carroll reading a frame.
Special thanks to member, David Mendes was a huge help that day!

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All hives eventually were inspected, balanced, fixed, etc.

Photos by Robert C. Kemper

The Work Day "To-Do" List included:  Inventory all wooden wear in trailer, note how many full hives we have for doing splits, note how many sets (top, 1 deep, a bottom bored and 20 frames) we have. If there is any bad wax in frames cut it out. Scrape all inside of boxes if need be. Trailer- Knock down all cobwebs and sweep out best as possible. Visual inspection of all hive stands.  Make sure no cinderblocks are sinking and that all stand wood is not rotting or nails protruding. Visual inspection of outside of hives. Check for rotting or new entrances that colonies make. Make sure that the bottoms and tops are in good condition. Decide where we can we set up a nuc yard on Richard's property. Preferably away from all other hives. When going into hives. Just check on numbers of bees. Are bees covering the tops of frames when top is pulled off? We need to know if they will be able to do a split.  Do the mite treatment with everyone to teach.

Thanks to all that showed up with buckets of water, and their willingness to help "get 'er done".

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.

This document was created on 9/20//08, rev. 07/18/17

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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 $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 Association (FSBA).