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

 

IMPORTANT UPDATE & MEMBER EMAIL SENT 9/11/2014 (updated 9/13, 6:30 p.m.)

Dear Bee Friends,FIELD DAY OPPORTUNITY — for MBA paid members ONLY
Field Day opportunities are provided by MBA for members to observe, ask questions, and see inside active thriving hives of honey bees.  A reminder to bring your safety gear to help prevent bee stings.

Important notice:  MBA and the Jackson families cannot be held liable for accidents or injury that may occur during the outings.  We will take necessary safety precautions, but children should be under direct parental supervision.  Some risks are involved in handling and proximity to honey bee colonies, in unsupervised swimming, and unsupervised fishing.  Please note these precautions and make necessary decisions that benefit and protect your family.

***Saturday, Sept. 27 — Pot luck luncheon at Andrew Jackson’s property west of Weatherford.  His property is approximately 20 miles west of Weatherford.  Directions:  Take I 20 west exiting at Exit 391.  Go to the stop sign and go left (South).  Travel two miles.  Volunteers will be at the gate to greet you.  MBA will provide the meat.  Bring your bee suit, smoker, and gloves and your favorite desert, vegetable, or side.  Andrew Jackson:  (817) 629-9362
There is a river on the property and you are welcome to bring a swimming suit and/or a fishing pole.  Activities are at your own risk.  9:30 am – 1:30 pm approximately

As always, we count it as a privilege to serve the Metro Beekeeping community.  Please do not hesitate in contacting us.

Best regards,
Roger Evartt, President
Stan Key, Program Director

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Next MBA Monthly Meeting and Class - October 13
Meeting begins at 6:30 pm, those that signed up for the Beekeeping 103, class begins at 5:30 pm, see Class & Meetings page for details and location. Guest and visitors welcome to the meeting. Members remember to bring snack or drink to share during break for extra raffle ticket.  Also, buy your raffle tickets to help support the Youth Scholarship program. HONEY CONTEST (see details below on this page).

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Honey Competition – October 13th Monthly meeting
MBA will sponsor a HONEY COMPETITION, with pint bottles.  Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place.  Prizes will be donated by Stan’s Bee Loved Honey and Equipment Company.

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2015 MBA Hill/Stokes Memorial Youth Scholarship Program
Application submission deadline is November 22, 2014
Enhancing youth education and participation in beekeeping is vital to the survival of this important industry in the USA. Check out youth scholarship details and application.

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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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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.