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President’s message (February 2020)

A new grandchild has arrived in the family named Emmaline Odette (after a suffragette and a spy) happily distracting me from winter rains. Excitement has swept over the extended family with her arrival and now my wife, (Nanna to the grandchildren) takes on added responsibilities. Some new furniture to acquire, clothes to sort through from her older brother, new bottles and nursing supplies to make sure this new member of the family has everything needed to grow. My role as Papa is a lot smaller and generally I am obliged to keep quiet and out of the way.

In February it is hard to conceive the notion of emerging hives given the torrential rains delivered by “atmospheric rivers” – an apt term in light of the January wash and rinse our coastal landscape has received. And yet we, as beekeepers have work to do too. Getting equipment ready for the trip to the Iotron; scraping and painting boxes, bottom boards and lids; and checking on the eating habits of our bees already emerging for cleansing flights; and making sure mite loads are not also escalating with the arrival of new bees. Welcome to another bee season.

Iotron Trip – Monday March 16, 2020

Alanna has confirmed the date, and Don and Bill are ready to drive, so people will be packing the truck Sunday, March 15th and then they will be able to pick up their treated gear on Monday evening. For those wishing to sign up, send an email to iotron@capitalregionbeekeepers.ca [1] or check the club website for details.

Bee Courses

Don Lambert [2] will be offering his first Introduction to beekeeping at UVic. First 2 weeks of March and will entail about 6-8 hours of classroom study, hands-on opportunities with field-trips to active bee yards, and follow-up support.

Bob Liptrot will be offering:

Barry Denluck will be offering:

Annual General Meeting on March 12th

Our annual general meeting will be part of our regular meeting on March 12th, so that means that the call for nominations for the club executive will happen at our February Meeting. Here are the rough drafts for volunteer opportunities you may be interested in:

Seedy Saturday – Victoria Conference Centre – Feb 15

It’s on again [4] – all things seedy and sustainable with presentations and workshops Saturday February 15th from 10am to 4pm. Tickets are $8 at the door.

Newcombe Hall – The Royal BC Museum – Feb 22

The museum is hosting a free one-day session on Saturday February 22nd about bees and other pollinators beginning at 9:00am. Participants are welcome to come for all or parts of the day. Please check with the museum [5] for more information.