Are you interested
in beekeeping? Are you worried about the survival of all the different sorts of
bees in our province? You can get involved. There's a new provincial bee
association that would love to hear from you.
Beekeeping (and pollinators in general) are important to Alberta's crops and
flowers. Alberta is the best place in Canada to keep bees. Hives make a lot of
honey, beekeepers are serious about keeping bees healthy and alive, and Alberta
honey is prized around the world. It’s not surprising that a big new beekeeping
organization has started to help coordinate the busy beekeepers. The United
Beekeepers of Alberta Council (UBAC) includes all beekeepers – commercial and
hobby, rural and urban – plus fans of bees and pollinators. This new bee group
will hold its first general conference and organizing business meeting in
Calgary on Saturday, September 29th.
Everyone is invited to attend the conference. The morning starts with bee
experts talking about keeping bees healthy, ensuring good pollination for
gardens and crops, using exciting new technology for monitoring and helping
bees, producing organic honey production, selling honey on international
markets, and much more. Throughout the conference, vendors will showcase their
wares. Later in the afternoon, the UBAC will hold its first-ever business and
organization meeting. Finally, the day wraps up with an informal meet, greet,
and brag session.
Although Alberta has many fine bee groups, this is the first province-wide
association which is open to all hobby, sideline, and commercial beekeepers and
bee enthusiasts everywhere in the province. Other organizations are designed for
specific localities (city bee clubs, for example) or limited to commercial
beekeepers with over 100 hives. The UBAC has attracted the attention of all
friends of the bees and welcomes everyone to participate in bee discussions, the
business of beekeeping, and the ecology of the bees’ environment. If you have an
interest in bees – and especially if you keep bees! – the United Beekeepers of
Alberta welcomes and needs your participation. To learn more, please check the
council’s website, albertabeekeepers.com, or give a call to Liz at 403-208-2475.