Thursday, April 25, 2024


About Meetings, Bees and Brews, Field Trips and 101 Courses

Upcoming Meetings:

3/26/24 7-9 m March Meeting Cornell Master Beekeeping Program – Steve McNair (Mac) Master Beekeeper, Flanagan Salem 4 Youth

4/23/24 7-9 pm April Meeting

We typically meet 4th Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the U of I Extension office at 1615 Commerce Parkway, Bloomington, IL 61704 They are open to everyone member or not. There is no cost to attend – Currently in-person and on Zoom


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Bees and Brews

Socialize with like minded people who want to talk bees. Typically the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 6-8 pm. Location is different each month.

Upcoming Bees and Brews

4/10/24 6-8 pm Location: TBD

Mentorship/Field Trip CIBA Hives

Inspections, hive work and mentorship on the club hives, weather permitting. Contact me if planning to come for inspections or work.

Location: PK’s 6424 Alexander Heyworth Time: 11-2 pm

Dates: Sat. 3/30/24, Sat. 4/6, Fri. 4/12, Sun. 4/21,Fri. 4/26, Sat 5/4, Mon. 5/13, Sun. 5/19, Mon 5/27

Next – Beekeeping 101 Class, January 25th, 2025

Hands on Workshop:

Past Event-Nuc and Frame building Event Saturday, February 17th, 2024 10-3 pm

Location: PK’s, 6424 Alexander Road, Heyworth, IL, 309-826-0089,

Demonstration of building nucs, boxes or frames. You can do a make and take of a nuc or swarm trap for a small fee. Bring any kits for assembling boxes, or frames. Come and learn how to assemble or help or paint or share your knowledge.  Great time to socialize and learn and talk bees.

Previous 2023 Meeting Topics or Events

2/27/24 7-9 pm Queen Rearing – Tom Pankonen, Honey Pimp Apiary

1/23/24 7-9 pm Genetics – Cory Stevens, Stevens Bee Co., Past president of Missouri St. Beekeepers Assoc.

11/28/23 7-9 pm Patti Koranda Planting for your bees and Winterizing your Hives, Board Elections

10/24/23 7-9 pm Sharon Seng, Products from the Hive and Ways We can Use them, Board nominations

9/26/23 7-9 pm Izzy Harms -Making Mead and sample varieties around the campfire. This event will take place at PK’s, 6424 Alexander Road, Heyworth. Bring a lawn chair. Plan for outside will move inside if weather dictates that.

8/25/23 7-9 pm Extraction Event

Location: Hillco Beekeeping Equipment, 447 Oak, Minonk, IL

Demonstration of uncapping methods, use of various extractor and exploring harvesting tools, maybe some mead sampling.  This will be at Hillco Beekeeping Equipment, 447 Oak St, Minonk, IL 61760.  Let me (PK) know if you will be bringing frames for extraction. Come if you have frames or not.  Great time to socialize and learn and talk bees.

8/22/23 7-9 pm David Burns, Master Beekeeper, Long Lane Bees – Level Up – a Guide on how the beekeeper can become a true Citizen Scientist

7/25/23 7-9 pm The Honey Harvest-Panel talks about When and How to pull honey frames, frame storage, reserving and expectations of using equipment, containers, labeling, costs.  An extraction hands on event planned in August 25, 6-8:30 pm at Hillco Bees

6/27/23 7-9 pm Pest Control – Mike Lavazza Talks about how to mitigate pests in your hives

5/23/23 7-9 pm Preventing Swarms by Supering, Splitting, Understanding Honey Bound – Panel Discussion. Talks about how to understand why bees swarm

4/25/23 7-9 pm Swarm Management: Tom Pankonen, Honey Pimp Apiary, What to look for, How to prevent swarming, How to split a hive

3/28/23 7-9 pm Mushrooms: Dr. Naeger, Research of Extracts of Polypore mushroom mycelis to reduce viruses in honey bees. Gabe Anderson, Totally Normal Fungus, How bees wax is used for Mushroom Grow Logs

2/28/23 7-9 pm John O’Brien, youth scholarship recipient, recaps Hive Life Conference, Discusses the health important of cycling out brood comb

1/24/23 7-9 pm Getting Our Girls to Spring: Discussion panel on strategies to care for the bees in the hive to make it to spring. Patti Koranda, James Shiverdecker, Valerie Ross

Previous 2022 Meeting Topics:

No December monthly meeting

11/29/22 7-9 pm – Recapping the year and CIBA Board Elections at U of I Extension McLean Co.

10/25/22 7-9 pm -What to do to get Equipment and Bees ready for Winter and Spring – Nomination for Board Elections at U of I Extension McLean Co.

9/27/22 September meeting moved to Saturday 10/1/22 12/noon at Sugar Grove Nature Center – Use of Oxaclic Acid – Demonstration of the use of the clubs OA Kits

8/23/22 August Monthly Meeting 7-9 pm Topic: Winterizing, James Shiverdecker

8/13/22 Extraction Event 2-6 pm at Hillco Bees – 710 Lincoln St., Minonk, IL

7/26/22 July monthly meeting 7-9 pm Topic: Mites and Pest Management, Arthur Parks and James Shiverdecker

6/28/22 June Monthly Meeting 7-9 pm Topic: Cottage Food Laws, Kelly Lay, McLean County Extension staff

5/24/22 May monthly meeting 7-9 pm Topic: Swarm Prevention and Splitting Hives, Tom Pankonen

4/26/22 April monthly meeting Topic: Inspecting Your Hive, What is in the box? What to look for when checking on your bees.
Presented by Jim Wellwood, State Bee Inspector

3/22/22 March monthly meeting Topic: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: A panel discussion with Newbees and Old BeesPerspectives of new and old beeks with Topics of what went well, thing to do now, things to think about, ask your questions

2/22/22 February monthly meeting Topic: Dead Outs, What do I do Now?, Patti Koranda

1/25/22 January monthly meeting Topic: Products of the hives, lip balm, salves and lotions, Presenter: Sharon Seng and TomPankonen,

Upcoming Bees and Brews: 12/14/22 Wednesday 7-9 pm, Location- TBD

Hands on Workshop at Sugar Grove Nature Center, 4532 N. 725 East Road, McLean, IL

  • Upcoming hands on workshop: 5/18/22 10am – noon, starting at Sap House hive

Field Trips are events that we go to others sites for various hands on activities. There maybe a small cost for field trip. This would be open to everyone with a discount for current CIBA members

Previous Field Trip Event:

Previous Hands on Workshop: 5/11/22 Hive Inspections with State Inspector, Arvin Pierce, at Sugar Grove Nature Center

Previous course “Beekeeping 101” Saturday 2/5/22 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Hive inspections at SGNC – Sugar Grove Nature Center We have hives at 2 locations. We open the hives to inspect the bees, take time to show what we see and the whys of what we are doing. Need to bring your own veil. We do have some veils on a limited basis.

Trail Hives- located east of bus remote parking area, turn left/east after immediately leaving the woods, on right/west is a gazebo and bus parking sign, go east about midway down grassy area to trail, hike trail to hives.

Sap house hive – located at the main Nature Center, backside of the Sap and Honey House.

Inside Hives – located inside the Nature Center.

Upcoming inspections dates: When weather warms up

Outreach programs: We will go to various events to promote beekeeping, talk about bees, educate the public,

Upcoming Outreach:

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