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Welcome All Beekeeping Enthusiasts
Welcome to the Treasure Valley Beekeepers Club of Idaho.
The Treasure Valley Beekeepers Club provides a great opportunity for everyone with an interest in bees to come & gather great resources and knowledge about the honeybee. Practical knowledge, workshops and demonstrations are provided throughout the year. At every meeting, we discuss important bee topics, along with a Q & A with experienced beekeepers. Everyone is welcome! To become a club member, come to any meeting to sign up. Dues are $10.00/yr or $15.00 for a family/yr. If you can't make our next meeting; you can download, print, fill out and mail in our registration form. The mailing address is located on the form.
Regular meetings continue at the IOA Hall on July 21, 2015.
We meet the third Tuesday of most every month (unless we have a field trip) at 6:30 pm, in Boise at:
401 Brazil St. (off Sunrise Rim, near Vista and I-84)
Please bring your own drinks.
Foothills Learning Center
The TVBC has partnered with the Foothills Learning Center to provide educational opportunities about the Apis Mellifera (honey bees) for the public. We have a beeyard on the grounds used for the Honey Bee Apprentice Program taught each year for new beekeepers. Please visit their website for all classes available at the Foothills Learning Center
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YOUR TVBC OFFICERS
President/(Queen Bee) – Karla Kimball
Vice-President – Joyce Gebhardt
Treasurer/Keeper of the Envelope – Rena
Secretary/Working Drone – Ken Sonnen
Past-President ("Booted" Drone) – Chad
Committee Positions: Volunteers (no vote necessary)
Web Queen Chair – MJ Oresik
Web Chair Drone - Chad Dickinson
Community Education Chair - Joe Leckie
Plans Club education - Bug Days, Western Idaho
Fair, community appearances by Club members, etc.
Special Projects – Carole Kanizar & Steve Sweet
Foothills Learning Center Activities, National Honey
Bee Day, the occasional "Drink the Kool-Aid"
Sessions ;^) and the Hobbyist Session of the Idaho
Honey Industry Association Annual Meeting.
Treasure Valley Beekeepers Club
PO Box 5066
Boise, ID 83705-0066
Please see our Education page.
Need Hive Components Fast?
Mike Morrison has a list of equipment that you can purchase locally and avoid shipping charges. Please see the following list for what he has available and his contact info:
What Should a Beekeeper be Doing Now?
August is a difficult time to work bees - The days are hot and the bees have a strong inclination to rob. There are vital tasks to be done that will greatly increase the odds for winter survival that we must do.
• Remove all supers and configure colonies into winter configuration (generally two deeps). Do this regardless of how populous you think your colony is!
• Treat for Varroa in early August - the latest you should delay is the 15th. Our objective is to raise a healthy crop of winter bees. Some of our mite treatments are hard on the bees too, and that is partly why you must begin your treatments early, so that they have time to recover.
• Find queenless hives and requeen with a nuc or close them down.
• Be cognizant of the problem of robbing at this time of year. Do your best to prevent this bee yard problem. Once robbing begins, the pandemonium is hard to stop. Try to work quickly, and at either ends of the day (morning/evening) when there is diminished flight. If you only have a few hives, this probably won't be a problem.
• As usual, keep a lookout for American foulbrood. Inspect weak hives and find out why they're in that condition. Weak hives (which could be caused by AFB) are prime candidates to be robbed.
• Check for both American and European foulbroods. If you suspect foulbrood, take some pictures with your phone and send the information to one of the TVBC mentors. Act quickly as there's not a lot of time to get an infected hive ready for winter.
• Extract as soon as possible after removing supers. Wax moths are very active at this time of year and will quickly find brood and pollen in supers. Wax moths and their larvae are a nuisance during extraction - best to avoid them altogether.
• Provide water continuously, if the bees don't have access to a reliable source.
The above information was excerpted from the Oregon State Beekeepers Association webpage, found at: http://www.orsba.org/htdocs/home.php (June 2, 2012). The Treasure Valley Beekeepers Club extends a special thanks to Todd Balsiger, Forest Grove, OR for permission to post this information.
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