What We Do


The focus of the association is beekeeping in southern Alberta and Calgary in particular. The club hosts both formal meetings with an information focus in a meeting facility, the less formal "Bees & Beers" at the Kensington Legion and seasonal events such as our summer Bar-Bee-Q.

We organize group/club buys of nucs, bee supplies and inform you of upcoming courses, seminars and other special events.

 

Whether you are a long-time beekeeper or find yourself bee-less in Calgary, you are welcome to join our club and attend our events.


REPORT a SWARM
Send us an email telling us about your swarm.
Include your phone or email.
The location of the swarm (street address).
How high up it is, etc.


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The World's Sweetest Honey
This is a recording of Ron Miksha's presentation at the January Banquet and Honey Competition.

Announcements






Beginner’s Beekeeping Course

Saturday, November 18 and Sunday, November 19, 2017
9:00 am to 4:00 pm, both days
Forest Lawn Legion
755 40 St SE, Calgary, AB

For more information please review the course detail page.

Registration Fee: $275.00 will include:
-Beekeeping in Western Canada Manual.
-Handout material,
-Membership to CDBA
-Lunches, coffee/ tea, drinks and snacks.

Course Registration or questions: Submit registration forms and payments to Thomas by emailing: calgarybeekeepers@gmail.com

Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, November 8, 7 pm
at the Parkdale Community Centre

We are excited to have Dr. Renata Borba present, Why bees forage for plant resin (and why you should care about it).

Dr. Renata Borba is a postdoctoral fellow who has recently joined Dr. Steve Pernal’s apiculture research team at Beaverlodge Research Farm. Renata received her Ph.D. in Entomology in 2015 from the University of Minnesota studying under Dr. Mara Spivak. Previously, she received her B.Sc. in Animal Science from the Universidade Federal of Ceara, Brazil.

Renata’s doctoral research focused on evaluating:

  • 1) the seasonal benefits of propolis (a bee-produced resinous material) on the health and immunity of honey bees;

  • 2) the role that types of resins play as a defense against two highly infectious brood pathogens, Ascosphaera apis (a fungus causing chalkbrood disease) and Paenibacillus larvae (a bacterium causing American foulbrood disease); and

  • 3) the effects of the propolis “envelope” within the hive as a natural defense against disease.

Small hive beetle found in bees shipped from Ontario to New Brunswick for pollination

Read the Notice from the Provincial Apiculturist (PDF, 142KB)

Alberta Apiculture: Annual Report for 2016
The Annual Report by Medhat Nasr was issued Jan 9, 2017. It contains a great overview of the year's results.
Download or view a copy here.

For more information from Alberta Apiculture view here.

Bee Health App for Smart Phones

Available from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, this app is intended to help you with on-the-spot pest and disease diagnosis and treatment options.
It's free and available for Android and iPhone.
Please go to the Apple App Store or google play store and search for bee health app. It is already there and can be down loaded.

PID: Premises Identification Program

Alberta Beekeepers, hobby and commercial, must apply for a Premises Identifcation Account and register at least one location.
See our "Beekeeping Resources" page and the "Rules and Regulations" section for links to more information and applications forms.

Visit the Alberta Apiculture website
Email Alberta Apiculture: bee@gov.ab.ca
Downloadable Beekeepers Registration form