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Welcome Beekeepers!

Our next meeting  will be held Friday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Madison County Farm Bureau, Edwardsville.   

We will show two videos, Inspecting the Colony and Finding the Queen. We’ll also provide information about forage for honey bees.

We will hold “Ask An Expert,” a 30-minute forum during which you can ask questions of experienced beekeepers,  from 7 to 7:30 p.m., preceding our regular meeting. 

And – we will also have a seed and plant swap so bring seeds or plants you and/or bees and other pollinators like.  Club-provided Cosmos seeds will be available.

If you’re looking for equipment, bees or queens be sure to check the listings on The Tradin’ Post.

Got a swarm of bees?  Check the Swarm Removal List 2017 for assistance.

We’re looking for projects to fund with club proceeds – Suggestions have included providing protective gear to a student beekeepers’ club, financial support of various research or advocacy organizations, “scholarships” to beekeeping conferences, buying tote bags or t-shirts. So think about these ideas or come up with others and let’s discuss at our March meeting.

Need a Mentor?  We can help – 2017 Mentor List

Got a Favorite Recipe that Uses Honey?
Please send it to us – we’ll put it in the cookbook we’re writing to sell as a club fundraiser.  We’re looking for any type of recipe that uses honey, including baked goods, drinks, soaps and lotions, waxes, etc.  Send your recipe to

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 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

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.


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