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The Davis Bee Collective
The Bee Collective is a group of small-scale beekeepers dedicated to the cooperative practice and promotion of ecological apiculture...
Honey Extraction Party!
Here are some pictures from the Fall honey extraction party. We had about a dozen folks show up and use extractors to spin out over 150 pounds of the good stuff. Thanks, bees!
The Davis Bee Collective meets regularly—once a month—in the evening over a potluck dinner. Our first meeting was held on Monday, October 9th. The next meeting will be Friday, November 17th. Anyone feel like hosting it?
During future meetings we might review articles concerning ecological apiculture and discuss observations, challenges and solutions relating to the condition of our beehives. We can organize field trips to local apiaries, plan new projects and spread awareness about upcoming opportunities.
The Davis Bee Collective enables its members to share equipment amongst the group that may otherwise be too costly or cumbersome for individuals to possess on their own. In this way we can all share in the use and maintenance of books, magazines, honey extractors, filters, pollen traps, wax melters, vehicles, carpentry tools and other equipment that makes beekeeping pleasureable.
Members of the Davis Bee Collective pool their hives to fill pollination contracts for organic farms in and around the Sacramento Valley. All hives slated for pollination services are rigorously checked for strong health before transportation.
Free Swarm Catching & Bee Removal
If you have a swarm of honeybees at your home or business, give us a call and we will find them a healthy home where they will be lovingly cared for. Before you call, it is helpful to note when the swarm was first noticed, how high off the ground it is, how large it is and how accessible it is. We can usually have someone out to the property within an hour of the call.
Through the season we offer one-day workshops for beginning beekeepers that cover the basics of honeybee biology, equipment, and management techniques for raising healthy bees on a small scale. For a list of upcoming workshops, please check the calendar.
An ecological beekeeping class will be offerred at the UC Davis Experimental College during Spring Quarter 2007. The class will go into detail about honeybee biology, the history of honeyhunting and apiculture, ecological management practices, and issues surrounding the future of beekeeping. Students will be responsible for reading selected articles and presenting on a topic of their choice.
How to Join
Anyone can join the collective. There are no membership fees and meetings are free. Come to the first meeting on Sunday, September 17th, and get in on the collective from the get go. For more details, email Eli at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What's the buzz on the Davis Bee Collective?
Note: You must be logged in to add comments- Glad to hear that Eli is organizing the club, I would like to help out this fall if I can, relate some beekeeping knowledge and such. You should post the meeting time on this wiki page, it would make the club more open to new members dropping in. - KarlMogel
- Right on, Karl. Throw your name on the members list. We haven't gotten going, yet, so any suggestions you have will be well received. EliSarnat
- Don't you need a liscense from the state Structural Pest Control Board to remove bees from people's home's / businesses / structures? - KrisFricke
As far as I know, no. No beekeeper I know of has a license for removal. But I could always check... -KJM
I think thats because commercial beekeepers don't usually do removals, and hobbyist beekeepers tend to fly under the radar. California Structural Pest Control Act, current as of April 21st 2006, §8550: "(a) It is unlawful for any individual to engage or offer to engage in the business or practice of structural pest control, as defined in Section 8505, unless he or she is licensed under this chapter." And the relevant part of cited §8505 "the performance of, any of the following: identification of infestations or infections; the making of an inspection or inspections for the purpose of identifying or attempting to identify infestations or infections of household or other structures by such pests or organisms; ... the performance of any work including the making of structural repairs or replacements, ... for the purpose of eliminating, exterminating, controlling or preventing infestations or infections of such pests, or organisms." (sorry for the elipses, its a giant run-on sentence of legalese)... unless you post $25,000 of insurance coverage (§8555)... it says there may still be regulations from the Fish & Game Code that apply in that situation however... Anyway, the regulations can be found here. - KrisFricke
It would be a surprise to me if a beekeeper would be prosecuted for not shelling out $25,000 to be able to remove a cluster of bees. It could be, however, that they are merely being overlooked. I'll see what I can do to find out about it. -KarlMogel