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Club Activities in 2022, see what makes the club exceptional

September 2022– A big thanks to Bob Michiels and Tom Cashman for covering the Club booth at the Green Bay Botanical Garden Fall Fair. According the Tom, “The weather cooperated and it didn’t rain on us. Our booth was located way down from the main building but the people made it down and found us.   They liked looking at the observation hive and were buying stuff off the table like crazy.  I hope we go again next year.”

April 2022– Ever wanted to see little bundles of energy learning about bees and pollinators. Julie Mazzoleni and Bob Michiels had a fun day exploring pollinators with over 50 first grade students in Oconto, WI.  The students were fascinated about honey bee “SUPERPOWERS”  and became experts at the waggle dance (no pictures unfortunately).

April 2022 – The East branch of the Brown County WI library system hosted an information gathering session for more than 10 young, first time beekeepers. Dave Elsen, Bob Michiels, and Wayne Steigelman added to the attendees excitement as their knowledge about what it means to be a beekeeper was expanded. These new beekeepers left with a better understanding of how the Brown County Beekeepers Association is a resource throughout the season.

January 2022– Julie Mazzoleni, Bob Michiels, and Wayne Steigelman met with the Gardeners Club of Green Bay (an affiliate of Gardeners club of America). The presentation focused on honey bees, native bees and other pollinators, the threats they encounter in today’s environment and the actions gardeners can take to protect all pollinators. The Garden club members were also treated to a honey tasting event where they were able to sample 5 different flavors of honey.

 

Looking for an alternative to Roundup to kill weeds?

As beekeepers we don’t ever want to do anything to harm our bees. Using the weed killer Roundup has been reported to be harmful to bees. There is an article discussing this topic at consumernotice.org which is very balanced and fair.

The recipe for homemade week killer is simple to make with everyday ingredients.

Homemade Week Killer

1/2 gallon of vinegar
1/2 cup of salt
2 tablespoon of dish soap

If you would like to know more, read the full article.

Wisconsin Honey Bee Supplier list

Picture of package of bees
How To Install Package Bees in a Langstroth Hive - Beverly Bees

The Wisconsin honey bee supplier list has been updated with 2022 information as of January 26, 2022. This guide is meant to help you when sourcing packages, nucs or queens and should be used as reference only. The club does not endorse any specific supplier – please contact the supplier for details, order forms, availability and any price changes.

If you know of local Wisconsin suppliers NOT on this list, please contact anyone on the BCBA leadership team and we will add them.