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Gallatin Valley Beekeepers – May Meeting
May 16 @ 5:30pm
Please join us for our next monthly Gallatin Valley Beekeepers club meeting on Wednesday, May 16th from 6–7:30pm at Bozeman Public Library. Doors open at 5:30pm for networking. The event is FREE and open to all. Topics will include member discussion on recent experiences installing new colonies, a swarm team update, what to look for in your spring hive inspections, best practices for splits and hive management, as well as spring feeding and nutrition.
May and June are swarm season in Bozeman, so bee on the lookout. See a swarm? Who you gonna call? SwarmBusters! Call Tom Braccini at (360) 798-4024 for swarms from Big Sky to Belgrade and east, or call Lynn at (808) 753-4752 for Bozeman to Livingston and Paradise Valley. A club member on our swarm team will then collect and relocate the swarm. Take a photo and text us with the location so we know what equipment to bring.
Honeybee swarms are Mother Nature’s way of reproducing a healthy colony – approximately half of an existing colony leaves the hive and swarms in a temporary location until the scout bees find a new permanent home. Even when in transit, the swarm is gentle since there is no food or home to defend – they’re just focused on relocating. So please call as swarms are easiest to collect when they are in transition. And enjoy the moment, a rare opportunity for a magnificent sight. More on swarms in June.
For up-to-date information on local beekeeping events, see “Gallatin Valley Beekeepers” on Facebook or email GallatinValleyBeekeepers@gmail.com.