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Events 2015
April 28, 2015 6:30 p.m.

Evening will include instruction needed to get you through the first month of having bees. There will be time for Q & A with Geoff Wilson the Provincial Apiculturalist after the instruction session. Subjects being discussed include hiving a package, hiving a nuc, feeding, brood chamber setup, starting a hive with foundation, monitoring a hive for space, monitoring a hive for proper build up.

It is highly recommended all new beekeepers take the SBA Beginner Bee Course being offered June 6th and 7th.

Click here for directions, cost and pre-registration.
Last Updated on Monday, 20 April 2015 21:12
 
Events 2015


queen-bee The Saskatchewan Beekeepers' Association and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture are pleased to offer the third biennial Queen Rearing Course, held in the Prince Albert area. Instructors include Saskatchewan's Provincial Specialist in Apiculture Geoff Wilson and the Saskatchewan Beekeepers Association’s Technical Adaptation Team. Come and enjoy this one day course which enables participants to experience both theory and practical field experience.

Workshop lessons include:
  • Queen and Drone Biology
  • Honey Bee Genetics & Breeding/ Stock Selection
  • Methods of Queen Rearing/Protocol for Rearing Queens
  • Preparing Cell Builders
  • Queen Cell and Mated Queen Care/Transportation and Introduction
  • Grafting/ Preparation of Cell Bars
Dates: TBA
Location: TBA (Prince Albert area)
Price: $175.00
Registration: coming soon
Contact:
For more information please contact Jessica Morris at:
306-262-3322 ***** This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Last Updated on Friday, 13 March 2015 09:55
 
Events 2015

beginnersThe Regina Bee Club, along with the Saskatchewan Beekeepers' Association, are pleased to offer the 4th Annual - 2 day Beginning beekeepers course.
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Come and enjoy this two day course which enables participants to experience both theory and practical field experience. Instructors include the Saskatchewan Beekeepers’ Association Technical Adaptation Team and experienced beekeepers from the Regina Bee & District Bee Club. Every one of all experience levels are welcome.

Workshop lessons include:
  • Standard beekeeping equipment
  • Honey bee colony assessments
  • Basic bee biology
  • Seasonal beekeeping responsibilities
  • Extracting/ processing honey
  • Disease and pest management practices

Dates: Saturday June 6 and Sunday June 7, 2015.
Lunch
: Provided with registration fee.
Time: 8:30am to 3:00pm both days
Location
: Regina area course will be located in St Josephs (click for MAP). Click here for the alternate course in Saskatoon
Cost: $200 CAD
Registration: Click here download the form

Currently (subject to change): Refunds will be issued minus a $25 administration fee up until this date as well. A charge of $25 will be applied to NSF cheques. Please note that this workshop is limited to a maximum of 30 participants. Please bring a bee hat and veil, a bee suit and proper footwear, there will be hands-on instruction in the bee yard. Note: Please contact Jessica Morris if you need a bee hat and veil.

Contacts:
Mail registration and fee to:
Saskatchewan Beekeepers Association, ATTN: Pam Yule, Box 249, Big River, SK, S0J 0E0
306-314-9571 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Other inquiries – Jessica Morris
306-262-3322 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated on Friday, 13 March 2015 09:51
 
Events 2015
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The Regina and District Bee Club will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Saturday March 14, 2014 at the Deer Valley Golf Club. [Google Map here] [Bing Map Here]

REGISTRATION
Applying for membership allows you entry into the AGM, and allows you....to order bees, entry into courses, event discounts, access to updates and news (outside of FB), access to experienced beekeepers, mentor program, drawn comb program, bulk order program, extractor rental, etc. 
PLEASE RSVP by Friday March 6/2015 so we can confirm numbers. We would like to gage who is coming so we can make a great AGM.
Late arrivals welcome still.

If you would like to buy or sell something we'll have a bulletin board of sorts to post on.

Remember that If you are new to beekeeping you can sign up for our annual Introductory Beekeeping Course in May (tentative).

AGM Contact:
Judi Gazda, 306 761-1771, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Membership and Registration Contact: Linda Kletchko, (306) 771-2053, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

REGISTRATION  9:00 - 10:00am
MEETING 10:00am to 4:00pm

AGENDA:
  • 9:00 am - Registration (membership sign-up, nuc ordering, mentorship sign-up, drawn comb sign-up, volunteer sign-up)
  • 10:00 am - Call to Order, Beekeeping Introductions (guests, board & members)
  • 10:15 am - Resolutions, Business and Reporting
  • 10:45 am - Break/Raffle/Prizes
  • 11:00 am - Club Programs Review, Andrew Hamilton
  • 11:20 am - Lloyd Harris, Overwintering Fall Nucs
  • 11:40 am - Jake Berg, Sask Beekeepers Association President
  • 12:00 pm - lunch (catered - One lunch per membership will be provided.  Additional lunches can be purchased for $10 each.)
  • 1:00 pm - Geoff Wilson, Provincial Update/Pest Management
  • 2:00 pm - Election Nominations (2 positions open this year)
  • 2:10 pm - Elections (1 vote per membership)
  • 2:30 pm - Break/Raffle/Prizes
  • 2:45 pm - Open Forum  - Questions & Answers
  • 4:00 pm - Adjourn Meeting
Guests:
  • John Sochaski, Beemaid Tisdale
  • Lloyd Harris, AgView International
  • Jake Berg, Sask Beekeepers Assoc President
  • Geoff Wilson, Sask Provincial Specialist in Apiculture
Last Updated on Friday, 13 March 2015 09:23
 
Programs
bulkIn an effort to minimise the shipping costs members have to pay on orders from Beemaid the RDBC board has made arrangements for bulk orders to be shipped to Regina.

If you want to participate in a bulk order this is the process:

  • RDBC member contacts John Sochaski with Beemaid in Tisdale and submits order with the request to be included in the monthly RDBC bulk order, the member will pay for the order at this time
  • each months order must be submitted no later than the 25th of that month
  • orders will be assembled and weighed by John and should arrive by the 30th of each month
  • Once arrived in Regina the order will be picked up by Linda Kletchko for distribution from her place
  • Participants of the months bulk order are contacted and must make arrangements to pick up their order within a week
  • When a member arrives to pickup their order they will be charged their portion of the shipping based on weight (payable to the Regina Bee Club)

There is no guarantee that each month there will be multiple participants and therefore cheaper shipping. The shipping will be based on a flat rate with an added fuel surcharge. The club will pay for the shipping when the order comes in and will retain any orders that are not picked up on time or that shipping is not paid for. The percentage of shipping a member pays is based on weight, so if there is one order that is 100 Ib's and an order that is 5 Ib's the heavier order will pay more. You must pay your portion of the shipping at pickup before you will receive your order.

This arrangement has the advantage of lowering an individuals overall shipping cost (no matter the shipping method). The disadvantage to the arrangement is that an order placed at the beginning of the month would not arrive to the end of the month.

RDBC bulk monthly orders will operate from March 30 to September 30.

 

 
Programs
drawn_combMany new beekeepers start out by purchasing a hive or a nuc, and then build all the remaining equipment they need. A problem arises with this process. New frames containing foundation require the comb to be drawn out (built). This is the case for both wax and plastic foundation. The issue is that the bees really have no interest in moving up into a super that contains nine frames of foundation.

In order to coax the bees up into the new super of foundation you need to alternate frames with every second frame being one which has already been drawn out. For new beekeepers the problem is where do you get that drawn comb from?

The Regina & District Bee Club has a small stock of drawn comb which we offer to new members to help them get started. The program works like this:

  • a new member brings two brand new supers with nine brand new frames each (foundation included) to a designated board member
  • the new member receives one of their supers back filled with 9 frames of one year old drawn out light comb
  • the new member can then make two supers of alternating comb and foundation to be applied to their hive(s)
  • the designated board member then gets the new frames drawn out in preparation for next year
  • the designated board member receives one super of foundation from the club for every two supers of foundation they get drawn out

It is important for members to know that bees require around 10Ib's of feed for every pound of wax they produce, so it is important to make sure they have an adequate food supply when trying to draw out comb.

Notes:

  • The RDBC will maintain a supply of between 10 & 20 supers of drawn out comb
  • Excess equipment may be sold to members at current market value as determined by the board or may be raffled off at club events
  • New members who have purchased nucs will be given preference
  • Supplies may be limited from one year to another so equipment is available on a first come first serve basis
  • Anyone responsible for getting comb drawn out must be inspected by the provincial specialist in apiculture
 
News
2009_Agribition_4photo_frameTNYWe we've received an overwhelming response from both booths at Agribition!

Its great to hear that more and more people are interested in beekeeping with honey bees.

So what's next? How do you get started? Where do you get bees? Is there any support or help when you need it? Where do I get equipment? How much does it cost? What do I do with bees in the winter?

All these questions and more can be answered at our Annual General Meeting that we have every year in March. This is where you can become a club member. We have guest speakers, and suppliers that speak and attend every year. Of course, this is your chance to chat with beekeepers too - the combined total experience of our keepers that attend usually exceeds 100 years! You'll also be to be paired up with an existing beekeeping mentor who can help you out (or, more likely, you can help them out) during the beekeeping year.

Although we continue our board meetings and community work dureing the winter months, our member events (including the AGM) happen when the sun stays out longer in the year.

We look forward to seeing you are the AGM!
Last Updated on Friday, 06 March 2015 11:14
 
News
SigSplett2011FieldDayThe RDBC would like to send its condolences out to the Splett family. Our long time friend, Sig Splett, passed away Saturday Nov 1/2014.

Funeral arrangements have been changed and finalized for Sig Splett. it is set for Friday, November 7 at 10 am. In St. Peters church on Argyle street, Regina, SK.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 14:36
 
Events 2014
AGRIBITION_2014The Regina and District Bee Club will be at the annual Canadian Western Agribition.

Where
:
  • Evraz Place, Regina, SK
  • Agri-Ed Area (talk to Beekeepers, see live honey bees!)
  • Tradeshow (buy products of the hive)
When:
  • Monday, November 24 to Saturday November 29, 2014
Notes
Volunteers Needed!
  • The club is in need of volunteers for both the Agri-Ed Showcase and the Tradebooth. If you are interested please contact us!
Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 10:16