It’s a good thing when honey bees swarm in the spring—great, in fact. It means they’re healthy, their colony is growing and about half the bees have left in search of a place to start a new colony. Homeowners can help by building a bee box where those helpful pollinators can temporarily take up residence and then call bee experts to come and collect them. Think of it as your own “Air Bee N Bee.”
HoneyLove (http://www.honeylove.org), a nonprofit organization that protects the honey bees by educating our communities and inspiring new urban beekeepers, is hosting an event to help people build their own bee box, Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dunn-Edwards Paints in Culver City (https://www.dunnedwards.com/directory/store-list/culver-city-035). Colorful, zero-VOC paints will be provided by Dunn-Edwards for people to decorate their bee boxes and they will award prizes for the most creative boxes and paint samples to take home.
Renowned street mural artist Clinton Bopp (who often incorporates bees into his designs) will be on hand to help people draw and paint their boxes. HoneyLove’s Bee Team will provide all the materials for the bee boxes, plus fun activities for kids, bee costumes and information about backyard beekeeping.
COST: Free to attend ... $50 donation if you'd like to take home a swarm box!
This month we are so pleased to welcome Conrad Burton, Head Apiary Inspector for Los Angeles County.
Anyone who keeps bees in California must register with their local County Agricultural Commissioner (CAC) on a yearly basis. There are many reasons to make sure your bees are "on the books." Did you know that if you're not in compliance and neighbors complain, you are liable for a minimum $360 for an inspection? Mr. Burton will speak about:
- dealing with neighbors and local regulatory agencies
- notifications about local pesticide/herbicide applications
- referrals for swarm captures
Please join us and learn how to legalize your bees!