June 2023 Club Meeting

The next meeting of the Big Sky Beekeepers will take place Thursday June 8th at 6:00pm at the club apiary at Ten Spoon Winery - we'll be at the first turnoff, near the bee hives! 

This will be our second meeting at the apiary. Bring your bee suit to help us check in on the hives. 

Need a Queen?

We can only help with apis mellifera...

Big Sky Beeks will be putting together queen orders throughout swarm and split season to help defray costs for us all! If you're interested in getting in on a group order,  add your name to our list HERE.  

Swarm Season

Want to join the SWARM TEAM? Swarm season is here!

Sign up HERE to assist in catching swarms. 

OR: Are you looking to CATCH a swarm? Sign up HERE to join our swarm and split lottery to get bees at a discounted rate.

Assessing swarm retrieval in the backyard pear tree.

Western Apicultural Conference

September 29-October 1 in Calgary, Canada

From WAS and CDBA: Everyone likes a good conference. Western Apicultural Society (WAS) is coming to Canada for the first time in a couple of decades. We have partnered with the Calgary District Beekeepers Association (CDBA). Please join us in Calgary this fall (September 29 – October 1) for a yahoo-ing good international conference! Save the Date!

Over its 45-year history, WAS has built a large community of beekeepers from 14 western states, 3 provinces, and the great Yukon Territory. WAS members meet to educate and encourage beekeepers who often endure similar western challenges – mountains, frequently sparse rainfall, irregular Pacific currents, distant marketing, and scattered customers. This year, the annual WAS Conference is taking the uniqueness of geography a step further with a focus on The North. The theme, Northern Lights Beekeeping, will focus on beekeeping in the land of long summer days and cold winter nights. 

For learn more about the conference click HERE

Got Bees in a Wildlife Prone Area?

You probably do! Get an Electric Fence with the help of the Defenders of Wildlife Electric Fence incentive program.

2023 Electric Fencing for Beekeepers Presentation.pdf

DOW Electric Fence Incentive Program Presentation for BSB on March 9, 2023.


Electric Fence Incentive Program brochure and application.

Got "Bear Safe" Honey? 

Pink Bench Distilling is a small start-up distillery located in Troy, focused on using an excess of backyard fruit to make brandy and reduce human-bear conflict.  They're looking to source local honey from producers who have done well at minimizing bear conflict with their hives. 

If this sounds like you, get in touch with Kris Boyd: (406) 890-4353 or

 Top Bar Hive for Sale

Andrea Sheldon has a homemade top bar hive for sale. Used only 1 season.

Asking $125 OBO.

Get in touch with Andrea here: 

(406) 546-1475