While beekeepers with some - or even extensive - experience are welcome to attend, these series of meetings are tailored towards newer beekeepers and those interested in starting their own apiaries.
Led by Mike Kramer, one of our local beekeepers and the consultant for the Nature Center’s observation beehive, the event will be very entertaining as well as educational. Basic equipment will be available for hands-on demonstrations.
In addition, we have tentatively set the date for transferring our resident bee colony from their winter nuc (nucleus) to their summer observation hive as Saturday, April 20th (Easter Weekend). For anyone interested in observing how an inspection / transfer is done - or perhaps even willing to assist with the transfer - we will have protective suits and gear available. This will be a great opportunity to observe the thought process that transpires during an inspection of a colony. It might also be a great learning experience to witness how the best laid plans of a beekeeper can be quickly and completely overridden by the reality of the situation. If interested, please check in with us a day or two prior to the transfer date to verify that the weather and bees are cooperating.
There is no charge for attending either event, but please contact the Nature Center if you are planning to attend, as comfortable seating for the session will be prioritized for those with a reservation:
(815) 208 – 7059.
The Andresen Nature Center is located at 409 North 4th Street in Fulton, immediately adjacent to Heritage Canyon.