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Welcome Beekeepers!


Interested in Keeping Bees?

The St. Clair Beekeepers’ Association (SCBA) hosted its 2015 Beginner’s Beekeeping Class on Saturday, March 21, 2015.  More than 100 beekeepers were in attendance.  To read Ken Kloepper’s presentation on Honey Bee Biology click here.

The next meeting of the SCBA will be held Friday, March 27, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Madison County Farm Bureau Office, Edwardsville.  The topic is “Spring Management.”

Thanks to the warming weather bees have been foraging for nectar and pollen.  This bee was photographed investigating a daffodil on March 15 in Glen Carbon.


January Meeting Report

At the January SCBA meeting Ken Kloepper demonstrated making sugar bricks to provide supplemental feeding for bees during winter months.  Click on Sugar Bricks – Kloepper Method to see the description and recipe.

 February Meeting Report

At the February SCBA meeting Carol Richards, Jefferson County Beekeepers Association, demonstrated how to process beeswax.

Other information:

     Secretary Vickie Piehl announced that the SCBA beekeeping class was the subject of an article in the Edwardsville Intelligencer on February 18, 2015.

     She also asked that anyone who is interested in being added to either the Swarm List or Cutout List contact her.

     President Bill Mattatall announced the club is now taking nominations for Beekeeper of the Year; send nominations to Bill.

     If you are interested in using nematodes to control Small Hive Beetles they can be obtained by contacting www.southeastinsectaries.com.

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, March 27, 7:30 PM

Madison County Farm Bureau Office, 900 Hillsboro Street, Edwardsville

Directions to SCBA Meetings

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

If you would like to join the SCBA, dues are $20 per calendar year and include membership in the Illinois State Beekeepers Association.  Send check to Vickie Piel, Secretary/Treasurer.

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 featured in an article last year on the US Dept. of Agriculture blogpage. See link to article below:



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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