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Alameda County Beekeepers’ Association

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Please excuse our dust while we make changes and update the site. This  may take a few tries so keep checking back!  In the meantime join us at our next meeting at the Rotary Nature Center at Lake Merritt on August 9 we start at 7:30PM sharp for the general meeting. Join us and help us celebrate our 100th Anniversary this year as part of an all day symposium August 28 on Be a Better Beekeeper! with great speakers on great topics.

August Meeting Agenda
7:00 – 7:15 Novice Beekeeper Session
7:15 – 7:30 Social Time
7:30 – 7:50 Welcome to Guests
Officer’s Comments
Club Business
7:50 – 8:05 Bee Chat
8:05 – 9:00 Speaker: Bonnie Morse of the Marin Beekeeper’s Association on how to analyze a dead-out in relation to common bee diseases.

30 thoughts on “Alameda County Beekeepers’ Association”

  1. howdy good folks,

    i’m a new member as of last year, and am wondering about our centennial plans… i will try to attend tonight’s meeting, and guess that i would get filled in then (as well as pay dues, hobnob, etc.)…

    anyway, aside from an excuse to have a party, i wonder about using the centennial as an opportunity to raise funds for the acba–you know, commemorative t-shirts, mugs, b-tools, and the like….

    take good care,
    jeff

    1. Hi Jeff,
      Those are all good suggestions. Please attend a meeting as volunteers are needed to pull the celebration together. The next meeting is March 8th.
      Thank you!

  2. Talk on Tuesday was really good, despite our technical issues. The fact that bees leave a scent on flowers that tells other that the nectar has already been harvested was amazing. Explains the behavior I see on an Almond tree in bloom.

  3. Need help pollinating my 15 fruit trees in my back yard here in Alameda ca. where can I rent some bee’s for pollinating my trees. please help

    1. Hi Dino.
      There are many beekeepers in the City of Alameda. Its very possible that you will see many bees in your yard from your neighbors as bees travel up to 6 KM to forage. However, if you would like names of local beekeepers who may be able to help we can submit your name to our forum and have someone contact you.

  4. Hi, I am considering starting few beehives in April. Where would be a good place to buy bees locally? I was looking at the beekeeping links and the page is empty (error?). Any recommendations, please? Thanks, Jay

    1. Come to our next meeting and meet bee keepers in your area who can mentor you. Our next meeting is tonight in the Lake Merritt Science and Nature building at 7PM. Check out our meeting and events page for more information. Also Bio Fuel Oasis in Berkeley and Bee Healthy in Oakland sell nucs. We will review the bee keeping links page. don’t know whats going on there. thanks for the heads up.

  5. I am a beginning backyard beekeeper. I have planted bee loving plants, acquired a hive and a an outfit and now I’m waiting for bees from Pollinate to arrive.
    What were favorite books when you started your initial education about beekeeping? Thanks.

    1. There are many. The “Practical Beekeeper” by Michael Bush “The Healthy Bee Hive: Effective Beekeeping Tips” by David Thomas
      “Natural Bee Keeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Bee Keeping” Ross Conrad. We also have a lot of books in our library.
      Come to our next meeting and meet bee keepers in your area who can mentor you. Our next meeting is tonight in the Lake Merritt Science and Nature building at 7PM. Check out our meeting and events page for more information. The Rotary Nature Center
      600 Bellevue Avenue,
      Oakland, California, 94610

  6. Are there any records of the Alameda County Bee Keepers Association that date back to the 1920 till the 1950’s. I would like information or photo’s on my Grandfather Edward ‘James’ McCrary. He was written up in the papers a couple times for removing some of the largest Bee Hives (Oakland / Alameda area) in the USA circa 1920-1930’s He was also the Secretary and Treasurer of the Alameda County Bee Keepers Association in 1923 but not sure how long or if he served in any other capacity?

    1. I think coming to a meeting and asking the older members or the librarian may be your best bet. It would be a wonderful addition to the 100 year anniversary! Come to our next meeting and meet bee keepers in your area who can mentor you. Our next meeting is tonight in the Lake Merritt Science and Nature building at 7PM. Check out our meeting and events page for more information.The Rotary Nature Center
      600 Bellevue Avenue,
      Oakland, California, 94610

    2. I was just approached by a member who has copies of old letters and photos to archive on this site. I will check with her.
      Keep in touch!

    1. Come to our next meeting and meet bee keepers in your area who can mentor you. Our next meeting is tonight in the Lake Merritt Science and Nature building at 7PM. Check out our meeting and events page for more information. BioFuel Oasis in Berkeley will be selling Nucs and offer classes on Bee Keeping.The Rotary Nature Center
      600 Bellevue Avenue,
      Oakland, California, 94610

    1. Come to our next meeting and meet bee keepers in your area who can mentor you. Our next meeting is tonight in the Lake Merritt Science and Nature building at 7PM. Check out our meeting and events page for more information. The Rotary Nature Center
      600 Bellevue Avenue,
      Oakland, California, 94610

  7. Hi;
    I am not sure this is a good place to put out this request, but here goes. I am a mom of a girl with a pretty hefty fear of bees. I think if she could visit a hive a few times, keeping whatever distance makes her comfortable, and slowly approaching a bit closer, my hope is that she could overcome her fear. So I am looking for a Berkeley or nearby beekeeper that would be amenable to my arranging brief and respectful hive visits (assuming my daughter herself will even be amenable to the idea). First I hoped to find someone willing to help us before I broached the subject with her even. If anyone reading this site has any helpful ideas for me, please let me know.
    Thank you,
    Jane

    1. There is an observation hive at Lake Merritt in the Science and Nature building. She can get up close and personal with glass between her and the bees. Here is the address: The Rotary Nature Center
      600 Bellevue Avenue,
      Oakland, California, 94610

  8. I was wondering if one of your members could suggest how to get a bee swarm to move on from what appears to be a temporary nesting location, I’m visiting my sister in San Leandro and we noticed a swarm of bees about the size of a volleyball have appeared to be setting up shop in one of her rose bushes. The bush is frail and wouldn’t be able to support a hive I’m guessing, and I understand this activity may be temporary while the swarm looks for a permanent nesting location. The swarm first appeared yesterday 4/4. So is there a humane way to encourage the swarm to move on w/o the need of calling in a bee removal service? (an exterminator is out of the question). Thank you for your insights in advance.

    1. The swarm has probably moved on or you called our swarm hotline. They don’t usually set up permanently in open areas and would have sent out scouts to procure a better location.

  9. Hello, the meetings are unfortunately too late at night for me to attend, but I am very interested in keeping bees on the new property I purchased. Is there another way to get in touch with someone who would be willing to mentor me? Thank you in advance!

  10. Hello,

    I teach in Livermore and my class is learning about bees. I was wondering if you had any specimens that we could look at. We are looking for old pieces of hives or bees that have died naturally. Please let me know if you have anything we can explore.

  11. Can you post the document that needs to be filled out to register as a beekeeper in Alameda County that was discussed in the July meeting?

  12. Howdy from San Leandro (Washington Manor neighborhood )! Ive recently re-landscaped my big backyard over the past few months. Ive planted many flowering bee-friendly plants & shrubs. But not a one to be had. Is there something weird going on in San Leandro? I’d love to help our pollinating workforce, but how do I get them to come to my yard? Thanks in advance for any recommendations. Cheers, Randy

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