Who's Been Spied Wearing the TVBC Hat?
See that hat? The Maurie gods in New Zealand so liked that hat that they caused the winds of Zealand to lift if off my head and blow it into the boiling mud pits they have there. Forever theirs, forever gone. After having to bow out of your meeting, is there any way I can get that hat replaced? You have seen it in a lot here as it is my favorite hat - my wife can spot me in the grocery store 5 isles away - but it just looks good.
Jennifer Berry arrived in Boise in August 2016, and blew our socks off. Whoopee cushions, meeting Lt. Gov. Little, a rousing Pub Swarm thru downtown Boise, a day in the field with the renowned "TVBC HornDawgs," Foothills Learning Center lectures, the Annual TVBC BBQ, a trip to the Saturday Market, followed by a bustling Bug Day at the Botanical Gardens, and a superb Boise State University lesson on "What Would Bees Be, if We Let Bees Be?" and a tour of the Roof Top Bee Yard, all led up to Campfire Tales and a fireside, on-bended knee marriage proposal from Uncle Frank. It don't get any better than this!
Ellen Topitzhoffer (left) and Carolyn Breece (right) in Boise, December 2015. Ellen was the featured speaker for the Hobbyist Session at the Red Lion Downtowner, where more than 80 beekeepers listened to her tried and true tips and tricks for successful beekeeping. A few days earlier, Carolyn kicked off the 2016 Oregon State Master Beekeeping Program Apprentice class.
At our November 2015 TVBC meeting, Dr. Ron Bitner, PhD, delivered an intriguing summary of pollinator projects that he has conducted around the world. In addition to being an internationally acclaimed expert on pollinators, Dr. Bitner is an award winning vitner (how fitting!) and a budding truffleologist.