Newsletter, Calendar & What's New



Here's links to the latest PPBA Newsletters - Honey Guides!


July 2019 PPBA Honey Guides
2019-07 Honeyguides.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.9 MB]







Thursday, October 17th, 6:00pm:  General Membership Meeting.  SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER:  DR. JIM TEW



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!






We need volunteers to help with the following PPBA activities and projects!



PPBA Guest Speakers.  PPBA gets lots of requests for guest speakers at schools, service organizations  and local expos or events.  Most speaker requests are just for a one-hour long presentation on beekeeping.  If you could speak about beekeeping to a school or group, please contact Sandy at 719-528-5483 or e-mail  (BTW - Sandy here – I have a PowerPoint presentation suitable for older teens and adults that I would share.  You could use and/or customize it so you wouldn’t have to start from scratch.)



4-H Beekeepers:  Colorado 4-H wants to take on beekeeping as a recognized activity. If they can get five counties and 100 youngsters signed up, the kids can compete at the state fair. CSBA need experienced beekeepers willing to become 4-H beekeeping leaders. Leadership training is provided by 4-H, along with course materials. If you’re interested in making a commitment to teaching a new generation of beekeepers, please contact Rebecca Sunderlin, PPBA President (719-352-8311 or e-mail or Ed Colby, CSBA President (970-984-0419 or e-mail








Bee Packages:  Be sure you know where your bees will be coming from. Some bee suppliers get their bees from southern states - and we want to avoid importing Africanized bees into Colorado.


Here's a list of bee friendly plants and shrubs! (from Kim G)

Suggested Plants for Honey Bees
Trees & Shrubs

Maple (Acer), Elm (American and Siberian), Linden (Tilia americanum), Fruit trees (Apple, Crab apple, Cherry, Plum, Peach, Apricot) Sumac (Rhus), Willows (Salix), Red Bud (Cercis Canadensis), Blackberry (Rubus), Raspberry (Rubus) Serviceberry (Amelanchier), Current (Ribes), Rabbit brush (Chrysothamnus), Snowberry (Symphoricarpos), Cotoneaster sp., Spirea x bumalda, Lilac (Syringa), ‘Blue Mist Spirea’ (Caryopteris), Butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii), Honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima), Rose, Elderberry (Sambucus), Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia aquifolium), Buffalo berry (Shepherdia argentia), Woodbine vine/Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

Flowers & Herbs
Yellow Sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis), White Sweet clover (Melilotus albus), Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), Asters (Asteracea), Catmint (Nepeta), Sage (Salvia), Poppy (Papaver orientale), Allium sp., Lamb’s Ear (Stachys byzantine), Foxtail Lily (Eremurus), Globe thistle (Echinops), Sedum sp., Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia), Lavender, Agastache sp., Rocky Mountain bee plant (Cleome serrulata), Gaillardia aristata, Veronica spicata, Goldenrod (Solidago), Lawn clover (Trifolium hybridum), Hollyhock (Alcea rosea) (single varieties), Penstemon eatonii, Bee balm (Monarda), Milkvetch (Astragalus), Milkweed (Asclepias), Calendula (Calendula) (single varieties), Coneflower (Echinacea), Daisies (Chrysanthemum or Dendranthema), Scabiosa, Gay feather (Liatris), Sunflowers (Helianthus), Vervain (Verbena bonariensis), Wild buckwheat (Eriogonum), Globe mallow (Sphaeralcea), Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’, Borage (Borago officinalis), Mints (Mentha), Winter Savory (Satureja Montana), Basil (Ocimum basilicum), Oregano (Origanum), Marjoram (Origanum), Thyme (Thymus), Rosemary