Bee Buzz, Jr.
A News Note for SCBA Members
May 11, 2020
Happy Spring, everyone! We hope this letter finds you healthy and safe during these trying times. Unfortunately, with Covid-19 we cannot have our monthly meetings or the special workshop with Mel Disselkoen, but we are optimistic about gathering as a club sometime this summer. Check the website and future Bee Buzz Jr. newsletters for updated news and event-listings. (See page 2 of this newsletter for information about a special event next week!)We want to welcome all new beekeepers that have joined the St. Clair Beekeepers Association and remind you we are here to help in your new adventure. As a member of the SCBA you are also a member of the ISBA (Illinois State Beekeepers Association) so visit their website to stay informed as well: www.ilsba.com. Don’t forget to check our club website, stclairbees.com, for many beekeeping resources. Whether you are a new or seasoned beekeeper you will find links to helpful information and club activities.
Just a sample of items that you will find there:
Publications and Presentations
Link to the club You Tube channel – instructional videos!
Beekeepers Calendar–what to do and when
Trading Post–nucs, bees, equipment for sale
Swarm and Cutout List
Also, on the St. Clair County Beekeepers Facebook page, there are videos and postings that will help to keep you informed. This is the place where beekeepers help their fellow keepers! Post your questions or help out someone else by sharing your experiences. New beekeepers sharing their joy of receiving their bees, success stories of trapping bees, great videos of bees in action and informational items that may make your day easier in the bee yard.
Now for some very exciting news! Three Rivers Beekeepers, a group that meets monthly in St. Peters, Missouri, has generously offered to share their upcoming Mel Disselkoen Zoom Webinar on May 18 at 6:30! This privilege is available only to members of St. Clair Beekeepers. We are making a donation to Three Rivers to help defray the costs and show our appreciation.
Three Rivers has our membership list and there will be a registration portal separate for SCBA members to use to sign up for the webinar.
PLEASE SEE THE INFORMATION BELOW AND USE THE LINK GIVEN TO REGISTER BY MAY 17 at NOON.
It’s a big leap to attempt a virtual meeting, especially sharing it with another club! We are all hoping for success and perhaps future virtual meetings to bring remote speakers into our living rooms!
Stclairbees has setup a YouTube channel, check us out and subscribe. More learning videos to be added. Link to channel
Unfortunately, European Foulbrood is showing up once again in area hives. If you see a spotty brood pattern call Inspector Eleanor Schumacher at 510-285-7879.
See the latest and greatest Bylaws on the What New Page. Bylaws April 2018
Check out Bill Mattatall’s Follies of a Beekeeper here or on the What’s New page!
It’s Swarm Season!!!
Swarm and Cutout list reflects the 2020 year
Updated 05/06/20 the latest and greatest Swarm List and Cutout List. If you would like to be included on the Swarm List and are a member of SCBA you may be listed for up to three counties. Please send your name, location, preferred counties and contact info to email@example.com. If you have been listed in the past please check the list to make sure your information is correct. If you no longer want to be included, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to be on the Cutout List please email your information to email@example.com. Corrections and removal from list, please email.
It’s time to register your hives. It’s easy. It’s free. It’s required. Contact Inspector Eleanor Schumacher (510-285-7879).
Want to join the St. Clair County Beekeepers Association? Dues are $20 per year. Email Treasurer Kay Good firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 618-977-5545.