Our next meeting will be held Friday, February 23, 7:30 p.m. at the St. Clair County Farm Bureau, Belleville, IL. Ken Kloepper of Kloepper Apiaries and the Egyptian Queen Breeders will discuss queen breeding: what traits are most important to you and how to achieve the desired results. They will also discuss how to make splits using queen cells from successful hives.
Thinking About Getting into Beekeeping? Register for our Beginners’ Beekeeping Class, which will be held from 8:15 am-4:15 pm on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Madison County Farm Bureau. Cost is $60, which includes book and lunch. Click here for the link.
When the weather gives you a chance check your bees to make sure they have enough food stores for the rest of the winter. If they’re light, you can make sugar bricks or patties to tide them over. Click here for recipes.
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Spread the Good Word!
Spread the word about the St. Clair Beekeepers Association or about bees and pollinators. We now have brochures available. Just contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get them to you.
Pollinator-Friendly Flower Seeds
We now have small packets of pollinator-friendly flower seeds available to give away to raise awareness of the plight of honey bees and other pollinators. If you would like several packets to give away at events, presentations, markets, etc., contact email@example.com.
It’s time to register your hives. It’s easy. It’s free. It’s required. Click here for the registration form. Learn about Illinois’ apiary program here or contact Inspector Eleanor Schumacher (510-285-7879).
Want to join the St. Clair County Beekeepers Association? Dues are $20 per year. Email Treasurer Vickie York or call her at 618-288-1846.