Announcements


Beginner Beekeeping Classes

posted Feb 11, 2019, 10:03 AM by Big Sky Beekeepers


Ordering bees and equipment
Saturday, February 23, 10am-12pm
Dayspring Restoration
5463 Trumpeter Way
Missoula, MT 59808

General overview of beekeeping
Saturday, March 2, 2pm-4pm
Murdochs Ranch & Home Supply
2801 W Broadway St
Missoula, MT 59808

Honeybee health and feeding
Saturday, March 9, 10am-12pm
Dayspring Restoration
5463 Trumpeter Way
Missoula, MT 59808

Hive assembly workshop
Saturday, March 16
Time & Location TBA
Dependent on weather

February Meeting

posted Feb 9, 2019, 2:03 PM by Big Sky Beekeepers   [ updated Feb 15, 2019, 8:42 AM ]


A meeting of Big Sky Beekeepers was held at 6:00pm on Thursday, February 14 in the conference room at Westside Lanes.  We talked about beekeeping equipment, including various types of hives and their benefits and limitations. Experienced members discussed why they prefer certain types of equipment over others.  For the newbees we talked about what equipment they need to get started and when to have it ready.

When & Where to Order Bees for 2019

posted Jan 21, 2019, 2:20 PM by Big Sky Beekeepers   [ updated Jan 28, 2019, 8:07 AM ]


If you intend to start beekeeping in 2019 or if you want to add or replace honeybee colonies, now is the time to order bees.  There are many options for purchasing packaged bees or nucs.  Here are some suppliers recommended by members of Big Sky Beekeepers:

January Meeting

posted Dec 14, 2018, 9:23 AM by Big Sky Beekeepers   [ updated Jan 11, 2019, 3:27 PM ]


The annual business meeting of Big Sky Beekeepers was held at 6:00pm on Thursday, January 10, 2019 in the conference room at Westside Lanes, 1615 Wyoming Street in Missoula.  At this meeting we elected officers for 2019.  Gerry Pfirsch was elected President, Jay Mitman Vice President, Alivia Williams Secretary, and Scott and Teresa Hicks will share the Treasurer position.  A financial status report was presented by Treasurer Dan Fruechte (see BSB Financial Report below).  The meeting minutes are also attached below.

December Meeting

posted Nov 2, 2018, 9:18 AM by Big Sky Beekeepers   [ updated Dec 14, 2018, 9:13 AM ]


A meeting of Big Sky Beekeepers was held at 6:00pm on Thursday, December 13 in the conference room at Westside Lanes.  Guest speaker Alyssa Piccolomini, entomologist with the Montana Department of Agriculture, gave us an overview of Montana laws pertaining to beekeeping.  She encouraged all of us to register our hives with the Montana Department of Agriculture.  For more on this, go to:

November Meeting

posted Nov 2, 2018, 8:45 AM by Big Sky Beekeepers


The Big Sky Beekeepers Holiday Party will take place at 6:00pm on Thursday, November 8 in the conference room at Westside Lanes, 1615 Wyoming Street in Missoula.  Food and beverages will be provided.  Come join us as we conclude another beekeeping season.  We know it's a bit early for a holiday party, but we have a guest speaker scheduled for our December meeting, discussing an important topic you won't want to miss!

Colony Health for the Hobbyist / Sideliner Beekeeper

posted Sep 29, 2018, 8:12 AM by Big Sky Beekeepers


This event is designed to bring current information on bee colony health to the hobbyist beekeeper.  The event will take place on November 17, 2018 from 8:00am to 5:00pm at the John J. Hemmingson Center at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.  There will be 6 speakers.  The price of admission is $50, which includes lunch.

Click here for more information.

October Meeting

posted Sep 26, 2018, 1:29 PM by Big Sky Beekeepers


A meeting of Big Sky Beekeepers will be held at 6:00pm on Thursday, October 11 in the conference room at Westside Lanes, 1615 Wyoming Street in Missoula.  We will be discussing ways to prepare your hives for the long Montana winter.

Thanks to the expert management of our hives at the club apiary by Charlie and Kirsten, we had a very good honey harvest this year.  So, if you are a club member new to beekeeping and you were unable to harvest any honey this year, come to our October meeting and you will receive a free pint on us (a pint of honey, that is).

Honey Extraction Weekend Event

posted Sep 4, 2018, 3:41 PM by Big Sky Beekeepers   [ updated Sep 4, 2018, 3:48 PM ]


The Big Sky Beekeepers honey extractor will be available for use by club members between 9am and 6pm on Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23.  Club members who have paid dues for 2018 are invited to extract their honey.  We will have the extractor set up in Charlie DeVoe's garage at 1232 Lincoln Court in Missoula.  You may schedule a time slot online at this link:

Click on the + next to “participant” and replace “Big Sky Beekeepers” with your name.  Place a check mark in the one hour time slots you would like to reserve.  Make sure that the time slots you have chosen have not already been reserved, then click “Done”.  If you encounter difficulty scheduling online, you may schedule via email at bigskybeekeepers@gmail.com

The extractor is capable of extracting up to 9 medium frames simultaneously.  If you have extracted honey before and have 9 frames or fewer to extract, one hour is probably sufficient.  If you are extracting for the first time or have 10 to 27 frames, you should schedule 2 consecutive hours.  If you have more than 27 frames, you may require more than 2 hours.  A heated uncapping knife will be available.  Bring enough buckets to contain your extracted honey and a container for your cappings.  Please bring your honey frames in a closed container such as a plastic bin so that we don’t bring a lot of bees into Charlie’s garage and drip honey all over his garage floor.  Bring one or more assistants.  This is a laborious task and it really helps to divide up the work.  If you have time, come early and stay late to assist those extracting before and after you.  Remember that honey extraction goes much more quickly if the frames to be extracted are warm, so it is best to keep them in a warm place for at least several hours prior to extraction.

Please review the instructions prior to using the extractor:  Extractor Instructions

August Meeting

posted Aug 7, 2018, 7:11 PM by Big Sky Beekeepers   [ updated Aug 13, 2018, 1:30 PM ]



A meeting of Big Sky Beekeepers was held at 6:00pm on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at the club apiary.  Gerry Pfirsch discussed honey harvesting and preparation of our hives for the long Montana winter.  This was followed by a question & answer session and some hive inspections.  Meeting attendance was good, despite being held on one of the hottest days of the summer.

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