Humboldt County Beekeepers Association Humboldt County
Beekeepers Association
The Humboldt County Beekeepers Association is a community of beekeepers and a resource for the public.
We also have Yahoo and FaceBook groups.

Monthly Meeting

The Humboldt County Beekeepers Association meets on the first Thursday of every month except December at 6:30 p.m, in the auditorium at the Humboldt County Agriculture Department at 5630 South Broadway, Eureka, CA. Directions: Take the Humboldt Hill Road exit from Hwy 101 and then take a right on S. Broadway/Hill Road. The Agriculture Department is on the right across from KIEM. The auditorium is on the south side of the building. Contact (845–3362) for more information. New beekeepers are encouraged to come 30 minutes early to ask questions of more experienced beekeepers.

This Month's Meeting Elina Lastro Nino

The Humboldt County Beekeepers Association general meeting for August will be held on Thursday,

August 4.

Elina Lastro Niņo, extension apiculturist and research scientist at the  Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at U C Davis (Department of Entomolgy &  Nematology) will be our guest speaker,

Elina will share the latest on their research, educational outreach,  & extension resources  at UC Davis with emphasis on applications to practical management. Her lab is working with a variety of issues and she will share insights on  the  biological factors that regulate honey bee queen reproduction (with goal to improving queen health & longevity) , a current study on splitting and breaking brood cycles, and looking at bio pesticide effects for varroa. This is her first visit here to meet local beekeepers, she is interested in bee management in our region.  Check out the UCD Website: Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at:

            New beekeepers are encouraged to arrive at 6:00 for a Q & A session.

A donation of $2 at the door is requested. There will be refreshments and a drawing for door prizes.

The HCBA Board meets regularly. All are welcome to attend. Please contact   to determine when the meeting will take place.

It's that time of year again...  

Beekeeper's Honey Harvest Extraction Party

When: SUNDAY, 28 AUGUST 2016 FROM 10:00 AM TO 5:00 PM

Where: MAD RIVER BREWING COMPANY- 101 Taylor Way, in Blue Lake (Take the Hatchery Rd Exit)

TEL: 760-505-9021


Beekeepers are invited to extract their honey supers!

Please contact Justin to sign up for a time at the extractors, especially if you have more than two honey supers to extract

Walk-ins are welcome on a first come, first served basis- but may be placed on wait list  - reserve a time & extractor ahead if you can…

Do make sure your honey frames/supers are in bee tight containers
So any drifting bees are not tempted to stay and rob while supers are waiting!

Please bring buckets & drip trays (suggest one 5-gallon bucket per 10-frame super) – (food grade 3 or 5 gal plastic buckets are best). Drip tray (commercial baking tray) is a handy drip catcher for the ride home

Due to time and space limitation - buckets or bulk containers best -Recommend filtering from buckets to jars at home if you can

Please bring your own uncapping scratcher or knives - As limited equipment will be available at the event.

If you wish to keep your cappings-please bring your own uncapping bin/bucket –There will be uncapping bins available, but it may be difficult to separate cappings as more than one person may be uncapping at the same time/same bin, and we hope to use any unclaimed cappings for demonstration of “products of the hive” at the October meeting

Uncapping equipment such as knives, uncapping scratchers etc can be found locally at:
Lost Coast Hay, 5113 Myrtle /Avenue in Eureka – Tom at (707) 497-6927
A & L Feed, 2308 Central Ave in Mckinleyville - (707) 839-3265
Other stuff: 
Cash & Carry” for drip trays & buckets, 6700 No. Highway 101, between Eureka & Arcata (707) 443-2103
If you can lend a tool or an extra hand with the process, please give Justin a call at 760-505-9021

All are welcome to join in the process - whether you have honey frames or not!


Education & Outreach

Call for Inspired Individuals to Join Us

We are currently looking forward to any members who are interested in joining the Humboldt Beekeepers Education and Outreach Committee - this is your chance to contribute to continuing education for Beekeepers and join us in providing information to the community on beekeeping and pollinators. If this sounds good to you, please contact .

Beekeeping Classes

Beekeeping classes are offered annually beginning in February. The following is a description of the class.

Anyone interested in starting their own hives for the first time this year, as well as folks who are just want to learn more about honeybees and beekeeping, HSU Extended Education is once again offering Practical Beekeeping classes. Topics include basic bee biology and natural history, life cycle and social organization, and basic colony management techniques. The class covers both conventional and alternative methods for keeping bees healthy and coping with common bee diseases and parasites. Students will also learn practical, hands-on skills while visiting local beeyards on several field trips, and will have the opportunity to purchase hive equipment and package bees at a discount in order to start their own honeybee colonies. Info about the class is at the HSU website.

Beekeeper's Year

August Swarm
    • Check colonies every 10-12 days
    • Consolidate/check honey frames 
    • Add supers or top bars as needed
    • Watch out for robbing
    • Water source for bees- especially in warmer inland areas
    • Monitor brood/requeen as needed
    • Monitor for varroa
    • Late season splits
    • Plan honey harvest/Equipment check

      Bee Removal

      First consult the picture on our Wasps vs. Bees page to determine if what you have are really honeybees. If they are honeybees and are clustered outside, find a beekeeper on the Swarm tab of the Swarm/Wasp List to remove them free of charge. If the bees have taken up residence in a building wall or other enclosed space, find a beekeeper on the Cutout tab of the Swarm/Wasp List who can remove them. If you have wasps, find a person on the Wasp tab of the Swarm/Wasp List who will remove them for a fee.Wasp List

      Times Standard Beekeeping Articles

      A member gave a talk to the garden club. In 2014, the paper reported on pesticide effects on bees and on Bee Day. It also ran an article on the stresses caused by the dry weather. It quotes local beekeepers Jamie Bucklin, Seth Rick and Garrett Brinton, all members of our organization. They also ran an editorial by Joy Thomas on swarming.

      In 2013, the local paper ran an excellent article on beekeeping on Sunday, January 20 which quotes several of the members. A follow-up article on March 8 deals with swarming.

      Zombee Watch

      No, this isn't a Halloween spoof, there really are zombie bees. These are bees that have been infested with the larva of the Zombie Fly Apocephalus borealis. Honey bees infected by the Zombie Fly leave their hives at night and are attracted to nearby lights where they become stranded and eventually die. We now have reports of an infestation in Humboldt county. San Fransisco State University has set up a website called Zombee Watch that is tracking the infestation and is seeking help from people around the country, especially in California, to act as monitors. We encourage you to add your eyes and expertise to this effort.

      Bees & Beekeeping Supplies

      This list is not comprehensive but will get you started.

      Beekeeping Reading

      These are some of the books, journals and websites we've found useful.

      Contact the with suggestions or comments.