El Dorado Beekeepers

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  • children viewing bees in observation hive
  • swarm cells
  • uncapping honey frame
  • Beginners with Bees class participants
We have a few Schedule changes!

What? The bees don't do exactly what we want, when we want?

We need to change the dates for our nuc pickups and the Beginners With Bees class

Get out your calendars: due to our crazy weather this spring, the queens in our nucs are taking longer to get their houses in order and produce all the brood we like to see before we hand them out. We need to give them another week, so pickup day for nucs is changing to Saturday, May 20. We have sent out a new signup email for the new date. If buyers can't do this date, please contact Jim at 916.693.0089.

But wait! isn't the 20th the Beginners With Bees class? Yep. We are changing that one too. the class will be Saturday June 10, from 11 am to 2 pm. If you can't make that one, please email [email protected]. We will also try to open the club apiary on more dates to accomodate new beekeepers and their questions. Thanks for your patience!

Public Space Relocation: Using biology to lead bees where you want them to go

Come to our May meeting on Sunday the 21st, 4-6 pm, to hear Dw Schoenthal

It's at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive, in the Social Room

If you can't make it in person, club members will get a  Zoom link in the monthly email.

The queen spends over 99.9% of her life between brood comb, in the dark. Only under those conditions does she feel safe and secure – happy? At least not unhappy!

"When mom's happy, everyone's happy"

How can we use this condition to our advantage?

dwsBorn and raised in the Willamette Valley surrounded by orchards and berry fields, honey bees were just another livestock in the fields for his first 24 years. Daniel liked all creatures and found bees easy to be around.

After college and going to work in the big city, Daniel continued his interest in observational biology, using his technical skills for both exotic & native animals. His travels took him both to North and South America- remote cameras in tow. Bees, however, didn’t follow him.

After retiring in 2008 and understanding that there were big troubles with the Honey Bee - a creature he had learned to respect - he wanted to take a fresh look at Honey Bees and formed Blue Green Horizons, to do research and involve young people with the wonders of bees.

Dw runs Blue Green Horizons Bee Rescue. He and his team divide their time between non-profit community bee rescue in Northern California and an LLC dedicated to research and development for rescuing bees with novel inventions to aid in removals. Blue Green Horizons specializes in complicated bee removals such as cut outs and trap outs along with feral swarm collection, with many examples of such relocations documented on social media where Daniel answers other beekeepers’ questions openly, giving tips and helpful advice.

Please join us for what should be a very interesting webinar, as Daniel describes his experiences and answers any of your questions!

Operator ID #

Now required to buy ALL Varroa miticides. California is now enforcing a law requiring proof of an Operator ID # to purchase ALL miticides like FormicPro, MAQS, Apiguard, HopGuard and Apivar, regardless of quantity. Mann Lake and Dadant won't sell to you without it. No fee is required to get the number. Act now!

Step 1
Call El Dorado County Department of Ag.

Step 2
Ask to speak to CJ Seado or Shae Thurber
Request Application

Step 3
Return application to CJ Seado or Shae Thurer
Make Appointment
The County is required to read information and review the process with you in person.

Call today. Don't let your mites go untreated!

Just got your bees? Remember to register your hives

To register, visit our Resources page and click on the "register your hives" button in the lefthand sidebar to register with BeeWhere, the statewide website for hive registration. This is a yearly requirement for all beekeepers, plus the fee has been waived for El Dorado County beekeepers. BeeWhere is a great resource, bringing beekeepers and pesticide applicators together to protect bees.

Our Beginners With Bees class is SOLD OUT.

New Date! We will see the registered students in the club apiary on Saturday June 10th. Look for an email soon.

Questions about your bees? Try our Facebook group!

If you can't figure out what the heck's going on in that hive, ask our Facebook group, where club members post questions, answers, and many opinions. You can also post photos of your beekeeping successes!

Hungry Bees?

It's a good idea to have pollen patties on hand, so you have them when necessary. The club has pollen patties for sale, $4 each. Placerville area, contact John Havicon at 916.996.8371, or for the Cameron Park area, contact Bernie Ruzicka at 916.719.6708. They are also available at our club meetings.

Join us for our next meeting, Sunday, May 21, 4-6 at the Cameron Park Community Center

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