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MARCH 7, 2022 – Meeting at Zilker Botanical Garden 7-9pm

Monday March 7th, 2022 – 7:00-9:00pm ~ Topic: Catching Swarms Presented by Brandon Fehrenkamp, Owner of Austin Bees (Bee Removal Expert). Come learn how to catch your first bee swarm from the best in the biz! Brandon teaches how to capture a swarm safely, humanely and with the best chances of success using his tried and true techniques. UPDATE: Zilker is allowing us to bring food to share again, yay! See y’all soon!

Brandon Fehrenkamp (Photo by John Anderson)

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Travis County Beekeepers August 2021 Meeting – IN PERSON

Monday August 2, 2021 – 7:00-9:00pm – IN PERSON MEETING at Texas Honey Bee Farm

Topic: We will be demo-ing Honey Extraction 🙂

Speaker: Jesus Soto has over 50 years of experience keeping bees for honey production. He began his career in Bolivia and was there when the Africanized bees entered the country and changed the face of beekeeping. He moved to Southern California, got his master’s degree in Entomology and kept bees for more than 30 years in Malibu and other coastal areas where he managed hives for honey production and sold thousands of pounds of honey.

Monday July 5, 2021 – 7:00-8:30pm- This meeting will be via ZOOM online: Topic: Hive inspections 101 for Beginners

This class is geared toward the beginner but it actually pulls together much of the info around understanding the brood nest layout and working with it in a bee centered way. It includes a bit about the wheel of the year too.

Speaker is Fonta Molyneaux. She is a Mother of 3, Master herbalist, botanist and beekeeper living in the Pacific Northwest where she owns and operates Wild Everlasting Farm Bees & Trees. 30 acres devoted to exploring the relationship between People, Plants and Pollinators. Wild Everlasting is the Flagship Farm for the Oregon Bee Project & The Oregon department of Agriculture for conservation toward pollinator health and habitat. She also founded the Sun Queen School of Apiary Arts. Where she teaches Bee centered Beekeeping both online and in person to her many students far and wide sharing her love and passion of honey bees and Bioregional beekeeping. Follow her on Instagram @beekeepingbotanist  Or www.wildeverlasting.com

Link to Zoom Video of Meeting from July 2021

Travis County Beekeepers Meeting June 7th 7-9pm

Monday June 7, 2021 – 7:00-9:00pm – In person meeting at Texas Honey Bee Farm in SW Austin – 9874 Wier Loop Circle, Austin, TX 78736 – Our meeting topic is A Year’s Work of the Beekeeper and our speaker is:

American Honey Princess Virginia Allen

Virginia is the daughter of David and Mary-Ann Allen of Richardson, Texas.  She is a freshman at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor studying organizational leadership.  She is an active leader in her local Fire Explorers program and hopes to serve as a paramedic or flight nurse.  In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at church, reading, cross stitching, and rock climbing.  As the 2021 American Honey Princess, Virginia serves as a national spokesperson for the American Beekeeping Federation, a trade organization representing beekeepers and honey producers throughout the United States.  The American Honey Queen and Princess speak and promote in venues nationwide, and, as such, Princess Virginia will travel throughout the United States in 2021.  Prior to serving as the American Honey Princess, Virginia served as the 2020 Texas Honey Queen.

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5th Annual Tour de Hives – August 18th, 19th, 20th at Zilker Botanical Gardens

Help save Texas Bees!
The 5th Annual Tour de Hives will encompass a 3 day weekend much like last year! All events take place at the Zilker Botanical Gardens Meeting space inside with AC! 🙂 YEAR # 5 Here we go again!

We will have a Friday August 18, 2017 – Products of the Hive workshop – 1:30-4:30pm ($25)

The main public event with honey queens, hive touring, honey tasting, bee related vendors, silent auction, and raffle will be on Saturday August 19th, 2017 from 9am-4pm. – $5 per family/group. (Hive tours from 9-12pm due to heat)

Sunday August 20th from 9am-4pm will be a full day of beekeeper classes and learning opportunities with a Beginner 101 track and an Advanced 201 track – See webpage for more details! ($55 + lunch included, limited seating)

Proceeds will be used this year to:
Sponsor beekeeping scholarships for TCBA Youth Program
Support Randy Oliver’s work at Scientific Beekeeping
Support Texas Master Beekeeper Program
Support American Beekeeping Federation
and more, we hope! 🙂
Saving the world…one bee at a time!
More ways to help:
Please share links to the event with your followers and on your social media sites.
Please share with other potential sponsors, donors, and friends!
Bee ON the tour and share your bee yard!
Bee a volunteer at the event!
http://tourdehives.org – Main website
https://squareup.com/store/bee-friendly-foundation – direct link to store – to buy tix, pay for sponsorship, donate, etc.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! 🙂 See you at the event!

Congratulations to the NEW Advanced Master Beekeepers!

Travis County Beekeeper members John Swan, John Kirkland, and Pamela Yeamans all took and successfully passed the Texas Master Beekeeper Advanced Level Exam on Thursday November 3, 2016! Congratulations to all of you! 🙂

The Texas Beekeeper’s Association Annual Conference in Belton TX this past weekend was a great success! The keynote speaker Mike Palmer was fantastic!

Tanya Phillips was elected to the Texas Beekeeper’s Association Executive Board as a new Director. Congratulations!

American Beekeeping Federation Conference is coming up in January 11-15th in Galveston TX! Early registration discounts end today on November 7th! http://www.abfnet.org/default.asp? – Register today! 😉

There is also a discount for members of ABF and TBA, so make sure to use your discount code if you are a member! 🙂