Nov 292020
MINI-CONFERENCE – Open to All WAS members and Free to the Public on Zoom 
December 5, 2020  
7:00 p.m.
 (Mountain Standard Time)
 6:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)  Registration:  Sign-up to receive a Zoom link
On a Cold Day in December, Let’s Talk about Heating Beehives!
7:00–7:45 p.m. (MST)  Etienne Tardiff, WAS Yukon Territories Director
Title: Do Bees Heat the Inside of the Hive?  Presentation + Q&A
Description: Etienne keeps bees in the Yukon – he knows winter beekeeping. Hear his A to Z of getting ready to overwinter your bees – hint: it starts in Spring. Etienne will cover basic health, nutrition, environmental factors (weather & forage), hive management basics, and hive enclosure “physics.”
7:50–8:35 p.m. (MST)  Scott Debnam, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Montana
Title: Heater Bees and Cell x Cell Temperature Regulation in the Brood Nest.
Description: Scott has over 20 years of research experience and is an instructor with the UM Online Master Beekeeping program and producer of UM’s highly popular Natural Beekeeping course.  He’s found amazing new things about heater bees and has some fantastic inside-the-hive photos and videos to share with everyone.
8:40 p.m. (MST)  WAS Members Annual Board of Directors and Business Meeting
Due to COVID-19, the Face-to-Face Annual Meeting was Cancelled
Therefore, WAS is going green with:A short virtual conference, December 5, 2020Monthly informative beekeeping, educational, and fun presentationsA new websiteDigital advertisers2021 Students’ Conference 
8:50 p.m. (MST)  Board of Director’s, Members, Committee Reports, and Elections
9:30 p.m. (MST) Adjourn 
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 Looking forward to seeing you there!
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Jason and I have started 2 new photo galleries for native bees and wasps— check them out in the Gallery.

Best, Kate

Nov 102019

Hello Fellow Beekeepers,

We will meet again Wednesday November 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Railyard Community Room. This is our last meeting of 2019.

Level 2 Certified Beekeeping student Abad Archuleta will present “How to make mead” and bring all the necessary equipment to demonstrate the process.
Bring honey samples to taste if you’ve been harvesting!
Here is a link to a little map that shows the exact location of the Community Room.         The address is 701 Callejon. Parking is free after 6 p.m.  

Best,  Kate

Sep 302019

Hello Fellow Beekeepers,

We will resume meetings October 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Railyard Community Room. Mark Sommer from the Certified Beekeepers Program of the New Mexico Beekeepers Association will discuss evaluating and preparing  bee colonies for the winter.  We will discuss further details about meeting days and program topics so please plan to attend and provide input for the direction of our group.
Bring honey samples to taste if you’ve been harvesting!
Here is a link to a little map that shows the exact location of the Community Room.         The address is 701 Callejon. Parking is free after 6 p.m.  

Best,  Kate

May 112019

Hello everyone!

We now have a new mailing list!

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Jul 182013

Hello beekeepers and bee interested folks!

Our goal is to provide an online presence for beekeepers and the community to come together and collaborate. This site is built so that you can participate. If you are interested in participating, please contact us and send your article, news or comments, so we can publish it on this website. You can write articles, send links, and comments on others posts/pages, join the mailing list, add to the schedule of events or send your interesting beekeeping pictures for the gallery.

If you have a lot to send, please let me know and we can arrange a more convenient way get it to me. If you are interested in directly editing the site, let me know and I will create an account for you! We use wordpress, which is free software, you might already be familiar with it.

Any suggestions for adding, removing or editing content is welcome. Just use the contact page.



May 062013

A list of drought resistant plants that provide great forage for honey bees:

Aster (various). Purple Aster: Aster bigelovii. Profusely branched annual or biennial to 3 feet. Becomes a solid mound of lilac flowers in the fall. Plant seeds anytime, early fall is best. Water for more abundant flowering.

Blue Mist Spirea Caryopteris x clandonesis. Blue flowering 3-4 ft tall shrub, summer blooming, well drained soil.

Catmint Nepeta x faassenii. Early summer bloom, purple flowers, long bloom. Low water.

Fern bush Chamaebatiaria millefolium. Native, grows 6-8 ft tall and wide, with columns of small white flowers in midsummer, fragrant foliage, drought tolerant when well established.

Lamb’s Ears Stachys byzantina. Perennial, mats of fuzzy, soft silver leaves sprout 1.5 ft tall spikes of pinkish purple flowers in late spring, early summer, spreads easily.

Locust Robinia neomexicana. A small native tree (8-15 ft) with drooping clusters of pretty purplish -pink flowers. Good for erosion control. A tough tree, tolerates alkaline soil, and some drought. Spreads by suckers and seeds.

Oregon Grape Mahonia aquifolium. An evergreen shrub 2- 4 ft tall, with fragrant small yellow flowers in the spring, followed by clusters of blue berries in fall. Prefers partial shade and regular water, but is drought tolerant, and tolerates harsh conditions.

Purple Cone Flower Echinacea. Drought tolerant once established, perennial comes in various colors, summer bloom.

Rocky Mountain Bee Plant Cleome serrulata. Native annual pink to purple pink flowers in summer, drought tolerant.

Rocky Mountain Penstemon Penstemon Strictus. Perennial with blue/purple flowers in late spring, drought tolerant.

Russian Sage Perovska atriplicafolia. Perennial 4-5 ft tall, shrub-like with long-blooming spikes of blue flowers in summer and late summer. Drought tolerant.

Scarlet GlobemallowSphaeralcea coccinea. Low spreading perennial with orange saucer-shaped flowers in late summer, very drought tolerant.

Sedum Sedum spp. Fall blooming and hardy, especially Autumn Joy and Ruby Glow.

Thyme Thymus (various). Many varieties, some creeping, others tiny dense rounded shrubs, most have aromatic leaves blooming in late spring.