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 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 MeetingThe next meeting will be on the first Thursday of May, May 1. All beekeepers make mistakes. In what has become a nearly annual tradition, members will share blunders of years past. This is humorous way to learn.
There will be refreshments and a drawing for door prizes. We also have HCBA t-shirts on sale.
Bee Fest poster

Bee Fest

Humboldt Bee Fest will take place on May 9 & 10 at the Bayside Grange. See the poster for details. It's a great place to meet and learn from local beekeepers. Jamie Bucklin and Lorna Brown will be interviewed May 6th at 12:30pm on KHSU regarding Bee Fest.

Beekeeping Classes

Beekeeping classes are offered annually beginning in late 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.

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 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 List who can remove them.

Times Standard Beekeeping Articles

In 2014, the paper reported 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.



by Stephen Sottong
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