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All 2014 meetings will be held at the Buckingham Community Center.  We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month unless otherwise noted.  If the below information appears to be out-of-date, don't fret or worry... meetings are always the 2nd Wednesday of each month!!!

Our Next Meeting will be
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM
Buckingham Community Center

4940 Buckingham Rd
Fort Myers, FL  33905

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 "Speaker and Topic":  Christmas Dinner Party! and Presentation by Carroll Rhodes:  "How to Prepare for Your FDACs Inspection"

NOTICE:  South Florida Bee Supply will be at this meeting!
 If you need anything call them, so they can bring it and you can save on shipping!

We will have GIFTS for all members in attendance at tonight's Christmas Party Dinner!

Meeting is open to anyone wishing to learn more about bees, and those that are interested in becoming members

If you see old stuff on the website, then good... don't worry about us wasting webpage space.  We have UNLIMITED space!... and never have to remove any of the information, but have the luxury of keeping everything on the website.  If you don't like seeing the old stuff, then pretend it isn't there.  Want more information?, then also visit our state beekeepers website:  Florida State Beekeepers Association.

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September 10, 2014 meeting included a presentation by T. Wayne Gale, Director of Mosquito Control followed by Q&A about the presentation, specifically about concerns of possible effects of currently used pesticides on local beekeeping.

In Lee County, if you would like to be notified by Lee County Mosquito Control prior to when they use ground or aerial adulticide treatment NEAR YOUR BEES, then please call 239-694-2174 and ask to be added to their NOTIFICATION LIST and provide your name, exact address where your apiary (hives) are located (including a zip code and phone number that has the ability to accept a RECORDED VOICE message... more information

Cane "Bufo" Toads have Invaded South Florida... they're here!

It was reported by a member tonight that Cane toads "Bufo" are now showing up in Southwest Florida and causing beekeeping management problems, because the huge toads reside near hives and consume large quantities of bees, plus they are so toxic that they should not be handled and can easily and quickly kill dogs and pets.

The "Bufo" Marine Cane Toad                 UF Wildlife Bufo Cane Toad

A quick search of the web reveals information that these toads are active at night and can eat 200 to 300 bees.  They eat the guard bees at the entrance and other bees come out to replace these bees and the toad uses his sticky tongue to keep eating the bees. These toads cannot jump very high; however, beekeepers should elevate their hives (at least 15 inches) to prevent cane toads from feasting on their bees. WARNING!:  Do not handle these toads as they secrete toxins.  The toxins can easily and quickly kill a dog.  They like to stay under elevated hives and eat dead bees that are dropped out.  If you find them you can wear plastic gloves and put them in a bag and dispose of them (some say they freeze them).  Australia has been dealing with fighting the battle against this toad invasion for awhile... read more about their problem which is or soon may be our own problem, here in Southwest Florida.

Trap and Eliminate Bufo Toads | Humane Disposal of Cane Toads | Tampa Dog Poisoned by Bufo Toad | Major Threat to Dogs in South Florida


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Consent and Release Form as previously explained at meetings, is so our club has permission to use your provided information for such things as:  Creation of an membership listing/directory shared with our members to allow them to more easily stay in contact with each other by having phone numbers, contact information, etc. available, also for displaying your photos taken at website activities, etc. on our website for public viewing... or so we can contact you about upcoming special meetings, events, sales, etc.; however, please do not abuse the club directory by sending mass e-mails to complain to the membership about your club dislikes or problems with the leadership, to send junk to our members, for spamming, for hate e-mails, etc... as this is not the purpose of a club directory.

Login Information (username & password) is e-mailed to "paid-up" members on a monthly basis.  Please allow up to two months for monthly information about club, website, etc. to begin.  If you just cannot wait and need access to membership and/or other members area items (minutes, treasurer's report, membership list, etc.), you may attend a meeting and request the login information from our treasurer if she is able to ascertain your current membership status as "paid-up" Active.  All previous login information has expired as of September 31, 2014.  Login information may change more than once a year, so please keep up with the e-mailed monthly announcements (sorry, it may require that you actually open your e-mail and read something).

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October - December 2014
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2013: January  <--- Note: There has been no more Newsletter's since January 2013, so please don't e-mail our
webmaster asking why the newsletters are not up-to-date.  This is an up-to-date list.

2011 Back Issues: December | November | October | September | July/August | June | February | January
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2010 Back Issues: December | November | October | August | July | June | May | April

Reminder to registered beekeepers from Freddie Howard, local apiary inspector:
If you have not already done so, please call Freddie and schedule your yearly inspection

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Our Event Calendar  

Our Local Beekeepers Association of Southwest Florida Calendar.  Primarily Local BEEKEEPING Events and BEEKEEPING Activities.  Events with some State (Florida) Events.

   Global Event Calendar

FSBA Calendar includes all Beekeeping Events (Local, Florida, and other locations).  We are often incorrectly listed as Southwest Beekeepers on this calendar.

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How do I join Beekeepers Association of Southwest Florida (BASF)?  Attend one of our meetings and pay applicable dues to our Treasurer, or you can DOWNLOAD Membership Application. Consent/Release Form, and mail it to our treasurer along with applicable dues.  Currently $10 for current year if you are already a member of the Florida State Beekeepers Association (FSBA).  If you are not a member of FSBA then we can collect membership dues for FSBA as well, in which case the total amount would be $25 ($10 BASF + $15 FSBA).