Announcements


October Meeting

posted Sep 27, 2019, 9:55 AM by Big Sky Beekeepers


A meeting of Big Sky Beekeepers will be held at 6:00pm on Thursday, October 10 in the conference room at Westside Lanes, 1615 Wyoming Street in Missoula.  Keegan Fluke of Arlee Apiaries will be our guest speaker.  This will be your chance to have your beekeeping questions answered by an experienced commercial beekeeper. 
Please send your questions now to bigskybeekeepers@gmail.com so that Keegan can review them before the meeting.

September meeting

posted Aug 30, 2019, 9:02 AM by Big Sky Beekeepers


The September meeting of Big Sky Beekeepers will be held at 6:00pm on Thursday, September 12 in Charlie DeVoe's garage, 1232 Lincoln Court in Missoula.  We will have 3 extractors set up to extract honey from the club apiary.  This is a good opportunity to learn how to use the extractors while providing a valuable service to the club.  Those who participate will be rewarded with a pint of freshly extracted honey! (please bring a jar)

Honey Extraction Weekend

posted Aug 24, 2019, 7:07 AM by Big Sky Beekeepers


The Big Sky Beekeepers honey extractors will be available for use by club members between 8am and 6pm on the weekend of September 14 and 15.  Club members who have paid dues for 2019 are invited to extract their honey.  We will have the extractors set up in Charlie DeVoe's garage at 1232 Lincoln Court in Missoula.  Click here to schedule a time slot online.  Type your name in the vacant time slots you would like to reserve.  If you encounter difficulty scheduling online, you may schedule via email at bigskybeekeepers@gmail.com  You may also sign up for extractor time at our club meeting on September 12.  Please review the instructions prior to using the extractor.

Executive Committee Meetings

posted Jul 28, 2019, 9:05 AM by Big Sky Beekeepers


The Big Sky Beekeepers Executive Committee meets at 6:00pm on the last Thursday of each month at Paradise Falls.  The purpose of these meetings is to set an agenda for the general club meetings, including topics to discuss and guest speakers.  The Executive Committee meetings are attended by the Club President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer, but they are open to other members of Big Sky Beekeepers.  If you would like to become more involved in planning club meetings and events, please join us.

August Meeting

posted Jul 28, 2019, 9:01 AM by Big Sky Beekeepers


A meeting of Big Sky Beekeepers will be held at 6:00pm on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at the club apiary, located in front of Ten Spoon Winery, 4175 Rattlesnake Drive in Missoula.  We will discuss what to look for in late summer hive inspections, when and how to harvest honey, when and how to start fall feeding, and treatment options for Varroa mites.  We may be inspecting some of the hives in the club apiary, so bring your bee suit and a hive tool if you would like to participate.

July Meeting

posted Jun 29, 2019, 10:44 AM by Big Sky Beekeepers


A meeting of Big Sky Beekeepers will be held at 6:00pm on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at the club apiary, located in front of Ten Spoon Winery, 4175 Rattlesnake Drive in Missoula.  We will talk about how to keep your bees healthy and happy as the hive population surges and the honey flow begins.  We will be doing hive inspections, so bring your bee suit and a hive tool if you would like to get up close and participate.  There will be an opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns.

June Meeting

posted Jun 4, 2019, 8:18 PM by Big Sky Beekeepers


Our June meeting will be held at 6:00pm on Thursday, June 13 at the club apiary.  The apiary is located at Ten Spoon Winery, 4175 Rattlesnake Drive in Missoula.  Bring your bee suit and a hive tool.  We will inspect some of the club hives and discuss any issues that club members may be experiencing with their hives.

May Meeting

posted Apr 26, 2019, 3:24 PM by Big Sky Beekeepers


A meeting of Big Sky Beekeepers will be held at 6:00pm on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at the club apiary, located in front of Ten Spoon Winery, 4175 Rattlesnake Drive in Missoula.  We will be doing hive inspections and discussing what to look for, so bring your bee suit and a hive tool if you would like to participate.  There will be an opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns with the club members in attendance.

Montana Winter Colony Losses 2018-19

posted Mar 30, 2019, 3:18 PM by Big Sky Beekeepers


The leadership of the Beekeepers of the Bitterroot would like to learn more about winter losses across Montana after an informal member survey at a recent club meeting found that the group had pretty staggering losses!  They are conducting an anonymous online survey and would appreciate your participation.  If you are willing to take the survey, click here.  Please complete the survey by Friday, April 12.  Survey results will be posted on their website  www.beekeepersofthebitterroot.org shortly after April 15. The results will be reported in aggregate and no personally identifying information is being collected. Please feel free to share this with other beekeepers you know.

April meeting

posted Mar 17, 2019, 9:29 AM by Big Sky Beekeepers   [ updated Apr 12, 2019, 8:52 AM ]


A meeting of Big Sky Beekeepers was held at 6:00pm on Thursday, April 11 in the conference room at Westside Lanes.  Rick Molenda of Western Bee Supplies was our guest speaker.  He shared his knowledge and philosophy gained from many years of beekeeping experience.  "Don't imagine that you can control your bees.  The best you can do is help them stay healthy, so they can do what bees do."

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