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Welcome Beekeepers!

Important notice about this website!  

 Since the launch of the stclairbees.com website in 2004, Ken Kloepper has been acting webmaster of this website. Effective January 2, 2015, Barbara Beal will be offering her time and talents as the new stclairbees.com webmaster. Please feel free to contact Barbara at stclairbees@gmail.com should you need assistance with this website.

Another important notice about this website!

Thank you, Ken, for the very nice introduction and for your many, many dedicated years and hours spent on this website .  The truth is I am an amateur web-person so things may be a little slow for a while.  So, please do contact me at stclairbees@gmail.com if you have questions, comments or suggestions.  Thanks, Barbara

Interested in Keeping Bees?

The St. Clair Beekeepers’ Association (SCBA) will host its 2015 Beginner’s Beekeeping Class on Saturday, March 21, 2015, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Madison County Farm Bureau, 900 Hillsboro Street, Edwardsville, IL, 62025.  Fees are $45 per person, $60 per couple, and $20 for minors (18 & under) and students (over the age of 18 attending school).  Included in the fees are a morning snack and lunch.  Coffee and tea will be served.

Attendance prizes as well as literature, handouts, and catalogs will be provided.  Vendors will be available.  Some of the topics to be covered are obtaining bees and equipment, swarms, stings, bee colony management, hive products, diseases and pests, and beekeeping regulations.  There will be question and answer sessions throughout the seminar.  Experienced beekeepers (gurus and bee whisperers) will be present sharing their knowledge.  Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.  Click here for the 2015 Registration Form.

If you have questions, contact one of the following officers of SCBA: Bill Mattatall, SCBA President, bembam99@yahoo.com, 618.910.3149; Kevin Wilke, SCBA Vice-President, 618.780.3227, Vickie Piel, SCBA Secretary & Treasurer, beesrgr8@att.net, 618.978.4369 or Katrina Kloepper, katken7@yahoo.com, 618.792.1700.

Curious About Bees?

Join us at the next meeting of the St. Clair Beekeepers Association and learn more! The next meeting of the SCBA will be held on:

Friday, January 30, 7:30 PM

Madison County Farm Bureau Office, 900 Hillsboro St., Edwardsville.

You’re welcome to bring a dish or dessert for attendees to share over coffee following the meeting. 

Thanks and see you there!

Directions to SCBA Meetings

The members of the St. Clair Beekeeper’s Association are here to make sure you have the help you need to really get started with your new beekeeping endeavor this year !  We can introduce you to a mentor near your home who can help you get started right with honeybees, one of nature’s most fascinating creatures!

 

Beekeeping News

It is with sadness and sorrow that I bring this news to St. Clair Beekeepers.

Udell Meyer passed away on December 26, 2014. We have lost an amazing friend who was a wealth of information on bees and beekeeping.  He will sadly be missed by all of us.


Local St. Clair Beekeeper, Larry Loveless of Gillespie, was recently interviewed and featured in an article on the US Dept. of Agriculture blogpage. See Link to article below!

http://blogs.usda.gov/2014/06/18/honeybee-operation-gets-chance-to-rebuild-following-disaster/

 

For more information, visit the Announcements page.

Have you found a honeybee swarm in your yard?

Don’t Delay !!!

* Click on “Swarm List” for a list of St. Clair Beekeepers
to help you safely remove it!

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