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! 🙂

 

Austin Mayor’s Proclamation for the Honey Bees

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Austin Mayor proclaims August 15, 2015 as Honey Bee Awareness Day which will be celebrated during the 3rd Annual Tour de Hives. This is an all day event for the public to tour private bee yards from Dripping Springs to Georgetown and get the opportunity to learn more about honey bees and beekeeping. The day begins at 8am at Bee Friendly Austin apiary in SW Austin where you can sample honey, taste mead, meet our Texas Honey Queens, buy tour t-shirts, take beginning beekeeping classes, listen to a variety of speakers, and pick up your maps to tour around to other bee yards.

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Congratulations to the NEW Apprentices in the Texas Master Beekeeper’s Program!!!

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On Friday March 27, 2015 several of the Travis County Beekeeper members drove down to Brenham Texas to attend the FIRST Texas Master Beekeeper Testing Day and we are happy to report, they all passed their exams with flying colors and have been accepted into the Master Beekeeper Program! In attendance was Pamela Yeamans, Brandon Ferhenkamp, Chuck Reburn, and Tanya Phillips. Congratulations to all! If you are interested in taking the next Master Beekeeper exam, you must have been keeping bees for at least 1 year and currently have at least 1 hive. Cost is $50 per person and the next exam will be November just prior to the Texas State Beekeepers meeting in New Braunfels.

Special Guest Speaker on June 1, 2015

Les Crowder is coming to Austin Texas to lead a workshop at the end of May and will stay through June 1 in order to join the Travis County Beekeepers to discuss the next generation of beekeepers getting started today and how to care for your bees without putting harsh chemicals into the environment. 7:00-9:00 pm at the Zilker Botanical Gardens.

For more information on his workshop May 30-31, please go to www.BeeFriendlyAustin.com

 

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Have you heard about the new Texas Master Beekeeping Program?

http://masterbeekeeper.tamu.edu/

The Texas Master Beekeeper Program (TMBP) is an educational program designed to increase the knowledge and skill level of participating beekeepers. The program is a five-year (minimum) beekeeper training and certification program provided by the Texas Apiary Inspection Service in association with the Texas Beekeepers Association, Texas A&M Honey Bee Lab and AgriLife Extension.

The Texas Master Beekeeper Program (TMBP) is modeled after the well-established University of Florida’s Master Beekeeper Program. By using this model TMBP is able to provide the beekeepers of Texas with a well-designed program that both increases the knowledge base of the beekeeper but also helps to educate the general public about beekeeping. This is done through public service credits; a requirement in this program.

It is the goal of the Texas Apiary Inspection Service that by providing this program we can increase the overall health of the apiary industry. The TMBP will accomplish this goal by producing highly knowledgeable beekeepers that can help lead the industry and act as honey bee ambassadors to the general public.

If you have any questions about the program, or you would like to be added to the Master Beekeeper e-mail listserv, please contact the Texas Apiary Inspection Service using the “Give Us a Buzz” icon at the top of their page (link at top) or e-mailing tais@tamu.edu directly.

 

2nd Annual Tour de Hives – September 20th, 2014

Come Celebrate National Honey Month – Saturday September 20, 2014

Catch the BUZZ!!! Join us for the 2nd Annual Austin Tour De Hives!
This will be a self guided tour of bee yards in the Austin and surrounding areas. Discover how your neighbors are doing their part to save the planet one bee at a time! Bee yards will demonstrate a variety of ways to keep and attract bees showing all the creative ways you can indulge in the art of beekeeping!

The days festivities will kick off in Southwest Austin at the Bee Friendly Austin Apiary. Proceeds from the event registrations and raffle will benefit the Bee Friendly Foundation a Texas nonprofit dedicated to helping Texans become more bee friendly through educational opportunities, raising public awareness, promoting bee friendly landscaping and humane treatment of bees, grants for scientific research, and more!

July Meeting was a HUGE success!

We had over 30 attendees at the July meeting! Chris Doggett gave an excellent presentation on how to get started in beekeeping as a hobby. At the August meeting we will learn about equipment needs for getting started and discuss the various options available when you buy those first bees. Let us take the mystery out of shopping those bee catalogs! Don’t buy extra equipment you really don’t need. The next meeting is August 26th at 7pm, same place!

LOCATION CHANGE – For Meeting on May 27, 2014

The library called to say they made a mistake in the reservations and need the room tonight for voting elections. The meeting has been moved to Bee Friendly Austin Apiary in SW Austin. See meeting schedule for address.

Thanks,

Tanya

The First Meeting Was a Success!

The Ruiz Library was very excited to host our beekeeping meeting on March 25th! Ten community members showed up for the first meeting, all but one a current beekeeper.

Several folks interested in how to start their Ag exemption for their properties.

Emmerson from Bee Weaver spoke about working as a queen breeder.

We agreed to join the state beekeeping association. ($50) We definitely want a lending library.

The organization now has 2 family memberships and 3 individual memberships. (7 total members for voting puposes.) Everyone is looking forward to the next meeting at our new downtown location – Twin Oaks Library off S. 5th.

See you in April!