3-10 Bee Chat: Last one at Bob’s was successful, but Bob’s prefers Wednesday to Thursday. Place for March to be determined and communicated on email. 6 p.m.
Journeyman group make-up session will meet after Chat.
3-20 Business/Education meeting at PUD at 5 p.m.
3-5, 12 & 19 Apprentice class, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Leavenworth PUD A few places still available
3-25 Deadline for ordering packages and nucs
3-11, 12 & 13 Beecome 2016, major European meeting. NCWBees funding registration for Alix Whitener, who is already in Sweden, and will present information to us at a later meeting.
7-9 Bee/pollinator seminar led by WSU graduate students, location TBA
4-16 Chelan Earth Day, all day, Wayne Ranne to coordinate
4-24 Leavenworth Earth Day, noon to 4 p.m., Lions Park, Deborah Stansbury to coordinate
Mid April – Probable date for bee package delivery
Introductions of members present and report of hive survival/loss. It appears there has been major loss this winter.
A poll of survival compared to source (Charles vs. Ruben vs. Sunrise) and type (package vs. nuc) showed no apparent pattern. Varoa treatment appears to have been helpful. The possibility that insecticide on nursery plants may have been damaging was considered unlikely.
Minutes of last meeting were approved.
Treasurer’s Report Balance in general fund is still approximate as dues are still coming in but is about $2000. The education/outreach fund had about $800 remaining. Columbia Marketing contributed another $1000. This will fund three going to the WSU program, about $200 worth of books, and some equipment for our high school student. Preparation of a “honey basket” for Columbia Marketing was approved.
Reminder to register hives with the Washington State Department of Agriculture.
Kris reported that paperwork has been submitted to register NCWBees as a non-profit organization. Cost is $30 first year, $10 per year thereafter with renewal due March 1 (after election of officers for the year).
Peter Hill reported preliminary consideration of developing a demonstration apiary, possibly as part of the WSU campus, possibly in cooperation with WSU Master Gardeners. Any interested in pursuing this should contact Peter, Daryn or Kris.
Additions and corrections cheerfully accepted.