Metro Beekeepers Association (MBA) is a non-profit organization of hobbyist beekeepers that meet once monthly for learning, fellowship, food and fun. Serving North Texas, west of Dallas

 

BeeClassWebBeekeeping Course Would BEE Perfect Gift!
Metro Beekeeping Association is offering a beekeeping class designed for beginners and intermediate level beekeepers.  Cost is $95 for this 11-class program and includes a book.  Class meets January 2015-November 2015, usually on the 2nd Monday of each month from 5:30 p.m. – 6:25 p.m.  January meeting will be in Burleson and February-Novemeber classes in Fort Worth.  To register or get more information, contact Stan Key at 817-888-0470 or stan@metrobeekeepers.net.  Please share flyer for event.

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January 1, 2015 Deadline Nearing for MBA Members To Obtain Permit and Continue to Be Listed on Bee Removal Service Page
MBA will require all names on the Bee Removal Service page on this website to have the required Bee Removal Transport Permit. Please email janel@metrobeekeepers.net your permit number no later than January 1, 2015 to avoid being removed from the page.

Swarm/Bee Removals — What’s Needed to Legally Remove and Transport Bee Removals in Texas 
Texas Apiary Inspection Service (TAIS) is charged with regulating the honey bee industry in the State of Texas.  You must be a TAIS registered beekeeper to be exempt from structural pest control laws (this allows you to do removals). The required permit to transport bees from swarm/hive removals is valid one year, the year is September 1 – August 31.  See details and links to the forms that are needed to fill out and mail to TAIS.

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Next MBA Monthly Meeting – January 12
January meeting will be held at Cana Baptist Church in Burleson. 5:30 p.m for Beekeeping Class (must be registered), 6:30 p.m. for General Meeting.

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Seasonal Beekeeping Tips
It is significantly cooler than last month.  What we are doing this time of year is:

A. Check to make sure there are sufficient winter stores (rule of thumb is one medium box full).
B. Reduce the size of the hive by removing extra boxes and adding moth crystals (DO NOT use moth balls). These go on the stored boxes only.
C. Reduce the entrance(s).
D. Ensure adequate ventilation, moisture build up in the hive can stress and kill bees in the winter months.

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2015 MBA Leaders
Elections took place at the November meeting.  Below are the officers elected.

President — Roger Evartt
Vice-President — Keegan Olson
Treasurer — Maggi Arendsee
Secretary — Amy Crow
Web Master — Janel Gammill
Program Director — Stan Key
Membership Coordinator — Scott and Christina Simmons
Youth Coordinator — Scott Crow

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New Page Featuring Recipes and Equipment from the MBA Members
Check out Members Tips & Recipes for things like bee fondant recipe, build an expensive bee vacuum and more.

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Photo Gallery
MBA Members only can now submit photos. All photos will be reviewed and membership verified prior to posting.  View this new feature and submit your photos to be added.

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Pollen Color Chart
Check out this color chart that you can get an idea of what the pollen source is by it’s color. Thank you member Johnny Banks for sharing this helpful chart! View Pollen Color Chart.