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Welcome to the Wannabee Hobby Beekeepers site.  Our club was organized in 2009 and has grown to over 200 members.  The purpose of our club is to create and further develop interest in honey bees and beekeeping in our beautiful Black Hills area as well as elsewhere.  Our club provides a forum to share knowledge and mutual interests in beekeeping.

The Mission of our club is to provide our membership and the general public with information and discussions to promote honey bees and beekeeping in the Black Hills.

2015 Meetings

Our monthly meetings begin at 6:00 PM on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Canyon Lake Senior Citizens Center.  Not a member?  Join us anyway to see if you would be interested.

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This information came from

Catherine Wissner, Horticulturalist BSc
Master Gardener Coordinator, University of Wyoming
Laramie County Extension, 310 West 19th Street #100
Cheyenne, WY. 82001 — 307-633-4383

The University of Wyoming Laramie County Extension is proud to host the second Wyoming Bee College Conference at Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, WY, Conferences Building, Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22 2015.

The 2014 Bee College was very successful with 120 people attending from Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota and Montana. The attendees included a mix of individuals who were just learning the craft as well as more advanced beekeepers who wanted to learn more in-depth care of pollinators.

The 2015 Bee College we have reached out to find new and inspirational speakers to take everyone to the next level of beekeeping, bring more people into the craft and help others make a business of beekeeping or just be better at keeping bees and helping pollinating insects.

The conference will offer workshops and lectures for the new to bees to the experienced beekeeper. Our speakers come from various professional settings such as; university faculty, USDA research facilities and beekeepers known for their commitment to the craft.  Our speaker line-up includes: Glen Andresen from Bridgetown Bees in Oregon to teach a beginning/apprentice beekeeping workshop, Dr. Wm. Meikle and Dr. Mark Carroll from the Carl Hayden Bee lab to discuss their latest research on bee hive health, bee nutrition and biological control of varroa mites, UW’s Dr. Randa Jabbour with her research on the pollinator farm crop connection, bee behavior from CSU’s Keziah Katz.  Physician and author Dr. Ronald Fessenden will give an evening program on how honey is metabolized differently from other sweeteners.  Also programs on permaculture and habitat hero, bee biology, marketing, crafts, making mead wine and much more.

The University of Wyoming Laramie County Extension has partnered with the Laramie County Conservation District we are committed to instructing our community in why and how pollinator insects are important and should be protected and promoted.  We anticipate welcoming at least 150 people for the 2015 conference.

Registration is $65 for the Bee College and done through www.eventbrite.com   Keeping the cost low is important and helped through grants and sponsorship.

For more information go to www.wyomingbeecolleg.org

The conference host hotel is Holiday Inn Fox Farm road offering a rate of $85/night.  For more information contact Catherine at cwissner@uwyo.edu .

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Welcome our new 2015 WannaBee Club Officers.  See the Buzz Us page for more details.

Officers

  • President – Bob Ashiem
  • Vice President – Susan Nolan
  • Secretary – Jan Snedigar
  • Treasurer – Kia Smith

Program Committee

  • Dan Mullaly
  • Tina Mullaly
  • Michelle Hovland

Club Support

  • Dan Mulally – Librarian
  • Michelle Grosek – Facebook
  • Linda Anderson – Website

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Be sure to register your honey bees with the State of South Dakota.  See the SD Department of Agriculture Beekeeping and Apiary Resources site for beekeeping information specific to our area.

Bob Reiners is our SD State Apiarist and he will provide free hive inspections for those of you who have registered your hives with the State AND you have lost your colony for unknown reasons.  He will try to help determine what went wrong.  His contact information, as well as information for all other states, can be found here — the Apiary Inspectors Of America.

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Did you know?  North Dakota and South Dakota are the 2 top honey-producing states in the country.  In 2012 – ND produced about 34 million pounds of honey while SD produced around 17 million pounds.  See March 22, 2013 RC Journal article.

South Dakota designated the Honeybee as the official state insect in 1978.  Other states that have designated the honeybee as a state/agricultural insect (or bug) include:

  • Arkansas
  • Georgia
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

The North Dakota state insect is the convergent lady beetle.

 

Biggest honeybee keeper in South Dakota (and the world!) is Richard Adee of Adee Honey Farms.  See more about Adee Bees in this article from the Twin Cities Pioneer press (8/24/2013) and this you tube video.

In 2009, South Dakota had 185 registered beekeepers with 30% being commercial producers and the remaining 70% being hobbyist beekeepers.  There were 290,000 colonies registered in the state in 2009.  Nationwide, the average annual production per hive was 67 pounds (from 2002 to 2007).  In South Dakota it was an estimated 71 pounds per hive in the same time frame.  South Dakota ranks between 1st and 5th in the United States in total honey production (in 2009, we were number 2 with 17.8 million pounds of honey produced).

Fun for kids of all ages – ‘Why honey bees are better than politicians

Check out our Colony Collapse Disorder page where we try to add current articles/videos related to CCD/Honey Bees each month.  Last updated November, 2013

Don’t forget to check out the Buy/Sale/Trade page and the Classes and Events page with informative information and links to ‘how to’ workshops.