Apr 152021

April 19
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (MT)Webinar

Join Kaitlin Haase and Emily May, Pollinator Conservation Specialists with the Xerces Society, to learn more about opportunities to create pollinator habitat in the Santa Fe area. Kaitlin will introduce the Santa Fe Pollinator Trail, an effort to create connected, climate-resilient habitat for pollinators in urban Santa Fe. As part of the trail launch, Xerces will be making native pollinator-friendly plant kits available to interested Santa Fe residents who commit to establishing and maintaining pollinator habitat in home gardens and public spaces, such as libraries, schools, parks, etc. Join us to learn more about how you can participate in conserving pollinators in Santa Fe!
To register visit: Protecting Pollinators in Santa Fe: Introducing the Santa Fe Pollinator Trail

Mar 042021

Greetings Beekeepers,
In keeping with our schedule of monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of the month during beekeeping season, we are happy to announce our first meeting of 2021 will be held via Zoom next Wednesday, March 10, starting at 6:30 PM.
Zoom Linkhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/87394260634?pwd=VjlYRDNpSkFOcnVOVFJrV0tjUG9Hdz09
Meeting ID: 873 9426 0634Passcode: SDC  
We plan to have discussions on spring hive management and share our collective experiences with hive survival over this past winter.
Please join us as we are interested in hearing what you would like this year’s meetings to include.  While we want to help new beekeepers who have lots of questions, we also hope to make the meetings useful for more experienced beekeepers who want to learn more about more advanced topics as queen rearing, and overwintering nucs…. as well as simply getting beekeepers together (albeit virtually for now) to network and get to know each other and possibly forming some new mentor/mentee relationships.
Check today’s Santa Fe New Mexican.  There is a great story about recent activity here in Santa Fe to get the city named as a “Bee City”.  We will try to get someone from Xerces Society to join us and share the current status….how exciting!

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 
Registration:  Sign-up to receive a Zoom link
 Looking forward to seeing you there!
Mar 062020

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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.  https://www.railyardpark.org/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.  https://www.railyardpark.org/community-room/         The address is 701 Callejon. Parking is free after 6 p.m.  

Best,  Kate