Announcements


April Meeting

posted Mar 28, 2020, 8:30 AM by Big Sky Beekeepers


The April meeting of Big Sky Beekeepers has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  If you have questions or concerns about your bees that you would like to bounce off an experienced beekeeper, send them to bigskybeekeepers@gmail.com

March Meeting

posted Feb 28, 2020, 8:58 AM by Big Sky Beekeepers   [ updated Mar 13, 2020, 8:25 AM ]


Big Sky Beekeepers met at 6:00pm on Thursday, March 12 in the conference room at Westside Lanes.  Cam Lay was our guest speaker.  He began with a quick overview of honeybee biology and life cycles, especially as it relates to a northern climate like Montana.  He then gave us a quick update on Montana beekeeping regulations.  He talked a little about the commercial beekeeping industry, how it works and what interests the commercial guys and the hobbyists have in common, and their differences.  He showed us a few slides about bee diseases and treatment, emphasizing the importance of Varroa mite control.  He finished with some beekeeping “tips and tricks” that he has found useful.

February Meeting

posted Feb 9, 2020, 10:51 AM by Big Sky Beekeepers   [ updated Feb 13, 2020, 9:13 PM ]


A meeting of Big Sky Beekeepers was held at 6:00pm on Thursday, February 13 in the conference room at Westside Lanes, 1615 Wyoming Street in Missoula.  Rick Molenda of Western Bee Supplies was our guest speaker.  Rick provided us with valuable information based on his many years of experience as a beekeeper.  As always, there was a big turnout to hear him speak.  Thanks Rick!

When & where to buy bees for 2020

posted Jan 8, 2020, 9:27 PM by Big Sky Beekeepers   [ updated Jan 21, 2020, 2:27 PM ]


If you intend to start beekeeping in 2020 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, 2019, 8:33 AM by Big Sky Beekeepers   [ updated Jan 13, 2020, 8:58 PM ]


The annual business meeting of Big Sky Beekeepers was called to order by President Gerald Pfirsch at 6:09pm on January 9, 2020.  Treasurer Scott Hicks presented the annual club financial report.  This report is available for review at the link below.  Dues were set at $20 for 2020, which is the same as 2019.  Members were reminded that dues should be paid by March 15, as stated in the club bylaws.  Club officers were elected for 2020:  Jay Mitman, President; Bob Minnick, Vice President; Dan Fruechte, Secretary; Liz McDonald, Treasurer.  The meeting minutes are available at the link below.  After taking care of business, we were given a great presentation about bee friendly plants by Marni Forward and Loni Waters of Garden City Florascaping.

Holiday Party

posted Nov 24, 2019, 11:01 AM by Big Sky Beekeepers   [ updated Dec 14, 2019, 8:17 AM ]


The Big Sky Beekeepers Holiday Party took place at 6:00pm on Thursday, December 12 in the conference room at Westside Lanes, 1615 Wyoming Street in Missoula.  We celebrated another successful year for the club.  There were some great door prizes and lots of food!  

November Meeting

posted Nov 1, 2019, 1:35 PM by Big Sky Beekeepers


A meeting of Big Sky Beekeepers will be held at 6:00pm on Thursday, November 14 in the conference room at Westside Lanes, 1615 Wyoming Street in Missoula.  Alyssa Piccolomini, entomologist for the Montana Department of Agriculture will be our guest speaker.

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.

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