Red Deer Beekeepers Association

Spring 2019 Newsletter


President's Message


As I sat down to begin writing the "spring" newsletter over this past weekend, my weather app said it "feels like -44".......*long sigh*.  I'm sure every beekeeper in Alberta feels the same way - enough Arctic air mass already!  The fact that bees can survive these prolonged frigid temperatures is on the top of my "amazing things bees do" list.  Twenty four hours a day, seven days a week in cluster, vibrating their flight muscles, expanding, contracting and moving to regulate the internal cluster temperature to 35 degrees celcius and maintain homeostasis.  It truly is a remarkable example of social cooperation!  As we move further into March and the weather warms, bees and beekeepers alike will be shaking off the winter cobwebs and getting ready for the busy season ahead.  Whether you're just starting out or you're an experienced commercial beekeeper, the Red Deer Beekeepers Association welcomes everyone as we head into the 2019 beekeeping year.  This will be our third season together and each year brings new faces, new experiences and more fun.  The annual collaborative purchase, the swarm catchers team and free advertising on the online marketplace are a just few of the benefits membership brings.  I look forward to seeing everyone this year and wish you all a wonderful beekeeping season to come. 


 James Morton, RDBA President


"Collaboration is the essence of life.  The wind, bees and flowers work together, to spread the pollen."

- Amit Ray


Regular Meeting - March 21st, 2019

The Red Deer Beekeepers Association will host our first regualr meeting Thursday March 21st, 2019 at Pursuit Adventures in Red Deer.  Please head over to the event page for details.


Annual General Meeting - April 7th, 2019

The Red Deer Beekeepers Association Annual General Meeting will be held Sunday, April 7th from 1-4 PM at the Kerry Wood Nature Center.  The AGM is open to everyone and will include guest speakers, snacks and refreshments.  We encourage all members to attend and participate as we vote in the 2019 Board of Directors and Executive Committee.  If you would like to serve on the board of directors or the executive commitee, please let us know.  We have also amended our Association Bylaws and this will require member vote to be passed.  Formal notice and agenda for the AGM will be sent out by email and posted on the website soon.

 ** Please Click Here to Pre-Register **


Collaborative Purchase 2019


Thank you to Honeyhouse Supply for partnering with us once again for the 2019 Collaborative Equipment & Bee Package purchase.  RDBA members get a discount on beekeeping equipment and bee packages with free delivery to Red Deer in the weeks to come.  Head over to the Red Deer Beekeepers Association website to learn more!  Members please log in to see ordering details.


Order deadline is March 15th.


The Marketplace


The RDBA Marketplace is a great way to sell equipment, products of the hive and anything else bee-related.  Are you looking for something in particular?  Members can log in and subscribe to any category and get emails as soon as someone posts an item to that category.  The classified ads are sent out to the RDBA mailing list regularly throughout the season and members can post their ads for free!



Mentorship Program


We have launched a website feature for members who would like to mentor beginner or novice beekeepers throughout the season.  There are many reasons to become a mentor!  Mentors become better leaders, learn more about beekeeping and help shape new beekeepers.  It's a wonderful way to contribute and collaborate with other members in the association!


Swarm Catchers


This will be the second season for the RDBA Swarm Catchers Team and members can sign up to receive swarm reports directly to your mobile phone.  The online reporting system we use has been very successful so far and we are looking forward to another exciting year.  Catching honeybee swarms is fun, challenging and provides a great service in our local communities.  Members are welcome to join the group and can even just tag along for the fun of it.



Lacombe Composite High School Bee Wise Program

Beekeeping 101 Seminar


Last chance to register!  The Lacombe Composite High School Bee Wise program will be conducting a Beekeeping 101 seminar on March 6, 2019.  For more information and to register click here. 


To learn more about this amazing program, please visit