Upcoming Events (Mark you calendars)
Feb 12 Jim Burritt of UW Stout on current bee work.
March 12 Youth Night past youth beekeeper speaking to the club.
April 9 How to make a split and winter kill rates survey
May 14 4 Season Apairy advantage of using local queens and queen cells
June 11 Marla Spivak from the U of M
July 9 Disease how to identify them and what to look for. (Gordon Waller)
St Croix county fair
Pierce county fair
Aug 20 Picnic (Gordon Hive Inspections, Mitchel to Setup)
Sept 10 Speaker from UW River Falls
Oct 8 Elections TBD
Pollinator Habitat Established by the St Croix Beekeepers Association
A group of commercial and hobby beekeepers from Pierce, St Croix and Polk Counties with the mission of teaching members
and informing the public of the benefits of the proper
nurturing of honey bees planted a native plant pollinator
garden last week (June 12, 2014) at the Peace
Lutheran Church near Baldwin, WI. Pastor John
Hanson of Peace Lutheran Church in Baldwin, has
created community gardening space on church grounds
for use by parish and community members. He offered
the beekeeper group, who meet in the fellowship hall of
the church for their monthly meetings, a small plot of
garden space on which to plant a pollinator native plant
garden, which once established will provide a nectar
and pollen source for the honey bees kept on church
grounds as well as other pollinators in the area.
On June 12 a small group from the beekeeper
association along with Pastor John Hanson planted
approximately 150 plants of 9 different native plant
species in a 10x20ft space, using cardboard as a biodegradable mulch which will remain in place until plants are established
enough to out-compete weeds. The group will use the native plant plot for educational purposes as well as a food source for
bees on church premises. The St Croix Beekeepers Association also keeps two beehives on the property which they use for
education and observational purposes.
Member Talks Bees at Hudson Schools
Stew Erickson made four presentations at three schools on Monday April 22nd. He had live packaged bees as assistants!
Stew presented at the following schools at Houlton Elementary 1st Graders (40 students), St. Pat's 5th and 6th Graders (60
students), E.P. Rock 3rd Graders (96 students), E.P. Rock 4th Graders (96 students).
St Croix Valley Beekeepers at Earth Day
Earth Day Celebration was conducted at the YMCA Camp ST Croix in Hudson WI on Sunday April 21st this year. SCV
Beekeepers Association participants were Mark
Klanderman, Ruth Steiner, Max Steiner, and Paul
Mark, Ruth, and Paul talked all about bees and their
importance to pollination. Mark and Paul provided an
assortment of bee equipment. Mark set up the
video/disc player and PBS documentary “Silence of the
bees”. Ruth and Max helped with the smaller students
finger painting insects on wrist bands and provided a wonderful wall poster of a number of pollinators to look at. We all handed
out the “regional plant lists for native pollinator gardens”, the “SCV Beekeepers Assoc. information sheet, and our small “SCV
Beekeepers paper business card”. The WHPA “Honey Bee Poster Contest” was also posted for everyone to see. Everyone
had a great time at this event from Noon til 4 PM.