Announcements


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."

Hive Construction Workshop

posted Mar 9, 2019, 3:08 PM by Big Sky Beekeepers   [ updated Mar 17, 2019, 9:21 AM ]


The Big Sky Beekeepers 2018 hive construction workshop was held from 9:00am to 12:00pm on Saturday, March 16.  Club members were able to bring their unassembled hive equipment (hive bodies, supers, frames, foundation, etc.) and receive help assembling it.  Useful tips, technique and tools were provided.

March Meeting

posted Mar 9, 2019, 8:48 AM by Big Sky Beekeepers   [ updated Mar 9, 2019, 3:43 PM ]


A meeting of Big Sky Beekeepers will be held at 6:00pm on Thursday, March 14 in the conference room at Westside Lanes, 1615 Wyoming Street in Missoula. We will discuss late winter / early spring hive management, including emergency feeding.  We will talk about installation of packages and nucs.  If you want to start a hive or replace a dead colony and have not yet ordered bees, order them now, as suppliers will soon stop taking orders, if they haven't already.

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.

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