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Welcome to the Pueblo County Beekeepers Association. Whether you are an experienced beekeeper, a new beekeeper, thinking about becoming a beekeeper, or simply interested in honeybees with no intention of having any, our organization strives to provide education, support, and resources to everyone. In addition, we provide resources to the community such as swarm collection and education at local events. Our next meeting will be the August Picnic in City Park, across from the fountain, on August 18, at 6:30, p.m.

 

 

Thanks.
Rick Martinez, PCBA President

 

President: Rick Martinez - 719-242-6214          
Vice President and Swarm Commander: Dru Spinnuzi - 
719-250-3441
Secretary: Marva Jolly - 303-478-8047          
Treasurer: Wendy Hall - 
719-330-1546

Past President: L. Scott Stevenson - 719-315-5473
Board Member: Taylor Spinnuzi - 719-664-9662          
Board Member: Randy Edwards - 719-320-7568

Board Member: Rick Ludwig - 719-242-1509

 

 

 

The mission of the Pueblo County Beekeepers Association (PCBA) is to promote sustainable beekeeping in Southern Colorado. The association shall: 

a. Provide education for the public and beekeepers. 

b. Provide support for fellow beekeepers. 

c. Provide resources, including swarm rescue, honey extraction, hive management and pest control. 

d. Aid in the education of youth about beekeeping through youth programs such as 4-H. 

Membership and Dues: (Friendly Reminder 2022 Dues are due.)

a. Membership will be open to any individual with an interest in beekeeping, pollinator health, or other aspects of bee culture. Membership is attained by submitting the required membership dues. All paid adult members shall have voting privileges.

b. Annual adult and youth membership dues will be determined yearly by the executive board. Annual adult dues will include both PCBA and Colorado State Beekeepers Association membership.

c. The membership year runs from January through December, and dues will not be prorated.

d. Membership is open to all, irrespective of race, color, sex, or national origin

Membership and Dues

 In accordance with Pueblo City Regulations regarding the keeping of bees within city limits as found in Title XI- Police Regulations - General Offense Code - Article IV Offenses Against Property, Sec. 11-1-405" - the following information on keeping honey bees is provided:

(Z) honeybee, provided, however, that the number of honeybees does not exceed the number contained in two (2) beehives located on the same property. For purposes of subparagraph (Z), a beehive shall mean any, container housing no more than one (1) colony of honey bees including one (1) queen bee.

For additional information see https://www.pueblo.us/DocumentCenter/Home/View/410.

Officers

Pueblo Beekeeping Rules Within City Limits

Mission Statement

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Call for information or feel free to join us for a club meeting. Our next meeting will be a picnic, Thursday, August 16, 2022, at 6:30, at City Park, across from the fountain. See the Events Page for more info.

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Meetings and News

The PCBA will meet at the Lamb Branch Library, 2525 S. Pueblo Blvd. Pueblo, CO 81005

 

 

 

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**News Bulletin** We are NOW meeting in person at the Lamb Branch Library. And, our meetings will be live on ZOOM, simultaneously. Our August meeting will be a picnic Thursday, August 18, 2022, at City Park, across from the fountain. Please see the Events Page for more info. We will resume meeting at the Lamb Branch Library on September 15, 2022, at 6:30. 

The ZOOM link for our group is: 

Please remember your 2022 club membership dues.

Ready to Activate?

Ready to pay your club dues, join the fun and become a fulltime member of the Pueblo County Beekeepers Association. We made it easy. For a small convenience fee, you can now pay through Eventbrite!

There are 3 levels of membership. Individual, Family, and Corporate Membership. Membership runs annually from January through December and may be prorated for joining part-way through the year.

 

2022 Individual Membership; $25.00+$3.16 Fee

An individual membership includes affiliation with the Colorado State Beekeepers Association; one vote during officer and organizational elections; and one spot on the swarm list.

 

2022 Family Membership; $40.00+$4.06 Fee

A family membership includes affiliation with the Colorado State Beekeepers Association; two votes during officer and organizational elections; and two spots on the swarm list.

 

2022 Corporate Membership; $50.00+$4.67 Fee

Corporate membership includes affiliation with the Colorado State Beekeepers Association; three votes at officer and organizational elections; and two spots on the swarm list.

 

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Ready? Click below and follow the link directions!

 

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Upcoming Events and Honey Extractor Information

 

Honey Extractor Rental

One of the benefits you have as a PCBA member is access to the club's honey extraction rental equipment. As long as the equipment is returned cleaned and functioning, it will cost only $25, to rent all you need (plus a $100 refundable deposit) to collect your honey. If you would like to rent the equipment please contact Ida Griffin. (See our Facebook page for information to contact a club officer for Mrs. Griffin´s contact information.) Mrs. Griffin will email you a copy of the equipment rental agreement. If you decide you would like to rent the extraction equipment, please make arrangements through Mrs. Griffin, our Extractor Rental Coordinator.

 

1. Please consider paying your 2022 PCBA Club membership dues. You can pay them in person or online.

 

2. The August 18, monthly meeting will be a picnic. We look forward to seeing everyone at the August Picnic in City Park, across from the fountain, on Thursday, August, 18, at 6:30 p.m. You and your family are invited. We need to know how many to plan for so, don't forget to sign up on Eventbrite. Also, you'll need to bring something, based on your last name.  If your LAST NAME begins with the letter:

 

A-M Bring Side Dishes. For example salads, chips, dips, relish plates, eggs, beans, etc.

N-S Bring Desserts. For example pie, cookies, and jello. A cake will be provided.

T-Z Bring Drinks. For example pop, tea, and water. NO Alcoholic beverages are allowed

 

To sign up to attend the picnic (it's free) go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pcba-volunteer-appreciation-picnic-tickets-392185747127

 

3) State Fair Booth: We are still needing volunteers for the State Fair Booth to discuss bees and beekeeping with attendees. Remember, you also get free admission to the fair for volunteering for a few hours! Great opportunity to support the fair and get to see all the animals, events, and food there! Please sign up using the link below:

 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805094ba8ab28a6ff2-2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                

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Upcoming Events to Attend

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Bee Curious Bee School 2022

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Bee Curious Speaker Event 2022

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During the Bee Curious Speaker Event, The Steve Gibson Memorial Drawings, will be held. Remember to get your tickets. There are some great prizes!

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BEE A VENDOR AT THE 2022 BEE CURIOUS EVENT!

FEBRUARY 26, 2022
9 AM TO 3:30 PM
COLORADO STATE FAIR
CREATIVE ARTS BUILDING
1001 BEULAH AVE, PUEBLO CO

 

VENDOR REGISTER LINK:

 

 

 

- 10x10 Vendor Booth Spaces Available: $30/booth.
- Looking for all things bee & honey related or any hand-crafted items.
- Food or honey sales will require a cottage license at site.
- Set-up Friday 4-6 p.m. or Saturday morning at 8 a.m.

- Booth confirmation & payment by February 12.
- Contact Dru or Rachel for more information:
Dru email: drubeezco@gmail.com
Rachel email: boleysbeehaven@gmail.com

Got a Swarm? Reach Out to Us!

Honeybee Swarms

by L. Scott Stevenson

Swarm Commander: Dru Spinnuzi 719-250-3441 or,
Pueblo County Extension Agent: Tom Laca: (719) 850-3421
Be prepared to describe the swarm and location. The information below may be helpful when describing a swarm.

What is a swarm?


Swarms consist of a group of worker bees that have engorged themselves on honey and the queen. They engorge themselves in order to sustain the swarm until they find a place to live. A swarm of bees is the natural instinctive phenomena of the honeybee, this is a natural way of propagation. When something is not right in the beehive, the worker bees will decide that it’s time to leave. About half of the bees will leave the hive with the queen and swarm to a bush, tree limb, a house wall, a post or wherever they want. The swarm will stay there from a few minutes to a day until the scout bees find an acceptable place for a new hive.

 

Some of the reasons that the hive decides to swarm are:

  • The hive might be too congested;
  • Varroa mite infestation or, some other type of pest issue;
  • An old failing queen with a spotty brood pattern, or not giving off enough of her pheromone to let the rest of the hive know she is there;
  • Lack of ventilation;
  • Or...some types of honeybees are just prone to swarming.

What do you do if you see a swarm of bee?

  • Do not spray them with anything to try and kill them.
  • Do not try and box them up or capture them without training.
  • Call your County Extension Office, Tom Laca, 583-6566 and they will get someone out to get the swarm.
  • Contact Pueblo County Beekeepers Association, Dru Spinnuzi, Vice President and Swarm Commander, 719-250-3441, and we will get someone out to get the bees.
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Bees with Hives in Structures

  • Do not spray them with anything to try and kill them.
  • Do not try and box them up or capture them without training.
  • Call your County Extension Office, Tom Laca, 583-6566 and they will get someone out to get the swarm.
  • Contact Pueblo County Beekeepers Association and we will get someone out to get the bees.
  • Dru Spinnuzi, PCBA Vice President and Swarm Commander, 719-250-3441.
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Links to Bee Information

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pueblo County Summerfest 2018

Colorado State Fair 2018

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Earth Day At the Pueblo Zoo 2019; and Mentoring for Members Hive Dive

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Mentoring Members

2019

Pueblo Park Fest 2019

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