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FEBRUARY 2017 NEWSLETTER

February 2017

Hello, Beekeepers!

I bet you were clamoring in your seats waiting for the latest blast... just wondering what my commentary for the month would be. Well here it is... What's up with the weather? I feel like we're in a climatic tornado! 

How many of you go as far as jotting down notes on the signs of the season? ...like a diary, or personal almanac? I log the date I peek in my hives, or when I gave pollen patties... even the date I tapped the maple trees... or when I racked the wine. Writing this down, and being able to look back at the previous year provides a basis of information that allows me to be better at what I'm doing. It enables me to make better, more intentional decisions. In beekeeping, I'm a better beekeeper when I know the pollen the bees are bringing in so early is likely maple pollen. Or maybe, that I thought it was maple pollen, but later noticed they were all over the big pile of saw dust in the back. Likewise, I'm a better winemaker when I take the time to measure the chemistry of the wine, and make corrections to steer it towards a better bottle when it comes time to drink it. This year, I'm a better "sugarer" knowing that if I didn't tap the maple trees two weeks earlier than I ever have, I wasn't going to get any. Paying attention to the temperature patterns that we've had, and were predicted, I put 25 taps in at the beginning of the freeze/thaw cycle that was most conducive for maples to let off their sap. I accumulated 100 gallons of sap over a 8 days when some of my friends just decided to hang it up this year. It's outside evaporating over a fire as I type... and while it's snowing this Wed. Feb. 8.

So what's the point? To tell you a long story, of course! But no, really... taking time to recognize and even write down where you are in your season or what it means when the dandelions bloom and noticing they bloomed two weeks earlier than the year prior, is putting you in a better position to make more informed decisions that positively affect your outcome. In Boy Scouts, we call this being mentally awake. A Boy Scout is always mentally awake so that he can be of the best service to those around him. Paying more attention to the things around you and what is happening outside is good for you, and good for the bees... and that's the commentary for February. See the February Beekeeping tips here.

Join us and Jim Orem at the Feb. 16th SIBA meeting at the Moores Hill Senior Center to talk about home made bee equipment. Have you built something that helps you be a better beekeeper or makes a common chore a bit more efficient? You are encouraged to bring anything you have built to share with the group. We have seen bee vacs, pollen traps, specialty entrance reducers and even beetle traps. Are you just proud of something you have built yourself? Bring it along, and let's talk about it. If you're not the builder type, just come to see some of the things others are building at home to make their beekeeping even more affordable. This is timed pretty nicely as Garry's third, and final winter workshop is Sat. Feb 18. Bring your materials and goggles and let's build something together!

Bastin Honey Farm will be there with their trailer of bee supplies again. As of now, we have orders for about 50 Beetle Jails. If you are interested in some of your own, complete this form. I'll be letting them know the numbers we're at before the meeting so they can be sure to bring enough. Price per jail is $2.25 each. They are reusable. You get your traps and pay Bastin directly at the meeting.

Some final notes... First, the Beekeepers of Indiana will hold its fifteenth Bee School in Indianapolis, Indiana on Saturday February 25, 2017, at Decatur Central High School, 5251 Kentucky Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46221. Click the link above to see the agenda, link to the rest of the conference information, and to register. Last, the website continues to get better. Anyone can submit an event to the club calendar by completing this form. Spread it around! As always, we welcome any of your feedback and opinions. If you happen to find anything blatantly missing or wrong, just let us know using the Talk to us form on the site. 

SIBA is always looking for people to volunteer. Do you know a way you could help? Let us know.

Upcoming in
February 2017

 

INTRODUCTORY BEEKEEPING COURSE $45

February 16 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

This introductory course is intended to encourage and support interested non-beekeepers. Novice beekeepers are also welcome!

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SIBA GENERAL MEETING

February 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Moores Hill Senior Center, 16610 N Broadway St. 
Moores Hill, IN 47032 United States + Google Map

Jim Orem will lead a discussion on homemade/build-it-yourself bee tools and equipment at the February 2017 SIBA meeting.

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GARRY’S WINTER WORKSHOP – FEB 2017

February 18 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Garry’s Workshop, 14759 S.R. 350 
Moores Hill, IN 47032 United States + Google Map

Join us at the final winter workshop of 2017 to build or fix your equipment and get ready for spring.

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INDIANA BEE SCHOOL XV

February 25 @ 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Decatur Central High School, 5251 Kentucky Avenue 
Indianapolis, IN 46221 United States + Google Map

The Beekeepers of Indiana will hold its fifteenth Bee School in Indianapolis, Indiana on Saturday February 25, 2017, at Decatur Central High School, 5251 Kentucky Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46221. Here are the Directions to the school and hotels. Folder pickup starts at 7:00 a.m. (EST), with the program starting promptly at 8:30 a.m. and concluding at 5:00 p.m. We are honored to have reached this significant milestone as well as having Susan Cobey as our keynote speaker. Susan has taught…

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SIBA Meetings are the third Thursday of each month

Next Meeting: 
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Time:
6:30 pm

Winter Location:
Moores Hill Senior Center 16610 N Broadway St, Moores Hill, IN 47032 
Look for the BEE MEETING sign out on 350. It'll be BEFORE Garry's driveway if you are coming from Aurora.

Meeting Topic:

Jim Orem will lead a discussion on homemade/build-it-yourself bee tools and equipment at the February 2017 SIBA meeting. You are encouraged to bring anything you have built to share with the group. We have seen bee vacs, pollen traps, specialty entrance reducers and beetle traps. If you're not the builder type, just come to see some of the things others are building at home to make their beekeeping even more affordable. 

Find out more »

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