El Dorado Beekeepers

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Club social August 8!

We're almost there...we'll be zooming in July, celebrating in August at our summer social, then meeting in person in September at the Senior Center!

Mark your calendars for our annual — and live — summer social! We'll be enjoying live music, good food and great company. Invitations go out in July.

June club elections

It's time to elect our new board of directors. Check your email the week of June 13 for your official club ballot and vote! This year we say goodbye to our long-time president, John Havicon, who has termed out and is stepping down as president. But rest assured, he's still in the club and remains actively involved. And speaking of involved, we're...

Back to meetings!
Back to socials!
Back to workshops!
Back together!

...and we need volunteers. As our club ramps up again for another year of beekeeping and community outreach, we're looking for volunteers to help. This is a great way to have fun, meet other folks and advance beekeeping in our community. If you are interested please contact beekeeper@eldoradobeekeepers.org.

Reading the Combs

This month we welcome back Randy Oliver who will be giving his presentation on reading the combs. This is a fabulous presentation on interpreting what you're seeing inside the hive. This presentation has something for everyone — from beginner to advanced beekeeper — you won't want to miss this one.

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June 13,  4 - 6 pm

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Mite wash alternatives for alcohol

Running low on alcohol for mite washes? Randy Oliver recommends using Dawn Ultra detergent, "It works very well for mite washes and is on par with 91% isopropyl, better than 70% isopropyl, and much better than windshield fluid."

To use, dilute to 1-2 T per gallon of water. A weaker solution is less efficacious and there is no benefit to making it stronger. Allow the bees to soak in the solution for a full minute before agitation, by which time most of the mites will have dropped to the bottom of their own accord. Final agitation should be a swirl action, with no up and down shaking. Little agitation is required for basic mite monitoring.

Got pollen?

The club has pollen patties for sale, $3 each. Placerville area, contact John Havicon at 916.996.8371, or for the Cameron Park area, contact Bernie Ruiz at 916.719.6708.

The flowers are bloomin' and we're almost done Zoomin'!

"See" everyone at next month's meeting.

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Learn what's involved in keeping bees. This one hour overview looks at the materials, cost and time commitment needed to keep bees.

Saturday, October 24, 2020, 6 pm

Bluestone Meadow Lavender Farm, 2025 Carson Rd, Placerville, CA

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