The Pikes Peak Beekeepers Association (PPBA) is a not-for-profit organization providing information and support for commercial and hobby beekeepers in the   Pikes Peak region, including the cities of Colorado    Springs, Pueblo, Canon City and Monument.

The PPBA usually meets from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm on        the third Thursday of the months of January, April,     July and October at the Community Center at the Brookdale Skyline, 2365 Patriot Heights, off of Lower Gold Camp Road. The Community Center Meeting Room is located on the north side of the Administration building, Building #3.

The first half hour (6:30-7:00) of the PPBA General Membership meetings will be reserved for socializing and general questions with mentors and other PPBA members. The formal portion of the meeting  starts promptly at 7:00 pm and includes association business and the presentations for that meeting. There will be time for questions during the formal portion of the meeting but those questions should be limited to the topics being discussed.


 Meetings are open to the public.

Annual membership dues are $15 per family.  For more information about PPBA, contact mandshalby [at] comcast.net or call 719-528-5483.

 

 

 

 

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER AT THE OCTOBER MEETING:  DR. JIM TEW

 

Thursday, October 17th, 6:00pm:  General Membership Meeting. 

 

NOTE: SINCE WE ARE EXPECTING A LARGE TURNOUT TO HEAR DR. TEW, WE WILL BE MEETING AT THE PIKES PEAK LIBRARY 21C, 1175 Chapel Hills DR, Colorado Springs, CO 80920.  PLEASE NOTE EARLY START TIME. 

 

Our special guest speaker in October will be Dr. Jim Tew.  Dr. Tew is the beekeeping specialist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Auburn University and emeritus professor, The Ohio State University. Jim has taught classes, provided extension services, and conducted applied research on honey bees and honey bee behavior. Additionally, he continues to contribute monthly articles for Bee Culture Magazine and other publications. He has authored: Beekeeping Principles, Backyard Beekeeping, Bee, Wisdom for Beekeepers, and The Beekeeper’s Problem Solver. He is a frequent speaker at state and national meetings and has traveled extensively to observe beekeeping techniques.

 

For our meeting, Dr. Tew will be speaking about “The Exciting World of Aggressive Bee Colonies.”  Dealing with aggressive colonies:  Why is a colony aggressive? How to determine which one is the problem within the apiary (or more).  Requeen? How to move such a colony. Where to move it to? First obligation of the beekeeper is to protect non-beekeepers who are in the area.  This should be a great presentation for our group!

 

 

SWARM COORDINATOR

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If you see a swarm, contact Lazarus Fields                              at 765 - 425 - 1940 or e-mail:

      ltf [at] fieldsofnaturalhoney.com

 

Here's some bee swarm photos: