Wisconsin Beekeeping Associations
Wisconsin Beekeeping Clubs & Beekeeping Groups
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New beekeepers are often advised to join a local beekeeping groups. I think this is the single most useful thing they can do. It provides an invaluable source of information, instruction, advice and assistance. It is often said that if you ask three beekeepers a question, you'll get at least four opinions, a beekeeping club is a great place to find, and compare those opinions. Most beekeepers are very enthusiastic about what they do and are more than happy to help people just starting out by passing on their years of hard-won experience. Even after more than 20 years of beekeeping I almost always learn something new and useful at a bee meeting.
Usually beekeeping clubs have equipment such as an extractor which can be borrowed or rented when necessary. Even if the club itself doesn't own any equipment, there is often a member who is prepared to lend you something. Often there will be talks and demonstrations which will help clarify some of the confusing things one reads about.
I remember reading, when I first started, about how to catch a swarm using a cardboard box. I was very puzzled, the instructions said to shake the bees off a branch into a box, then turn it over and place the box on the ground. I assumed, wrongly, that the bees would all fall out, but they really don't. I have explained how to do this and then demonstrated this to people, you can see the look of understanding on their faces when they see that the bees cling onto the underside of the box, and crawl upwards on any vertical surface.
You will encounter 'crusty' know-it all beekeepers, I'm planning to be one myself, don't be put off there are all sorts of people in a bee club and you're bound to find someone who you can get along with.
If there are no Wisconsin beekeeping associations in your area I strongly advise you to consider starting one. It's surprising how many people are interested once the word gets around.
Oneida County Beekeepers Association
Contact: Moria King
Web Site: www.oneidacountybeekeepers.com
Rhinelander Wisconsin 54501
Third Thursdays of the following months: Jan, Feb, March, April, Sept, Oct. A first level course is usually offered each Feb.
Milwaukee Waukesha Beekeepers Association
Contact: Andy Hemken
Web Site: www.mwbeekeepers.org
W229 S7120 Guthrie School Road
Big Bend Wisconsin 53103
Meetings are usually first Monday of the month, 6:30pm at the Brookfield Library. Members use the association yard. Many opportunities.
Walworth County Beekeepers Club
Contact: John Kendall
Web Site: http://walworthcountybeeclub.com/
837 N. Wisconsin Ave.
Elkhorn WI 53121
Meeting held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month, at 7pm, at the People Bank of Elkhorn.
Dane County Beekeepers Association
Contact Name: Jeanne Hansen
Web Site: http://groups.google.com/group/madbees
824 Jacobson Ave
Madison WI 53714
First Tuesday of the month 6:30-8:30 at various libraries in Madison, WI; call for exact location. Everyone interested in bees is welcome. Beginning beekeeping class offered every year in early spring.
Racine/Kenosha Beekeepers' Association
Contact: Randy Chase Phone: (262) 534-5850 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web Site: http://www.rkbeekeepers.org 19600 75th St Bristol, WI 53104 Meeting Details: We meet, first Wed. of the month, 7:00p.m. at Kenosha County Building, corner of HW 50 and HW 45. Everyone welcome.
MILWAUKEE-WAUKESA BKPRS ASSOC
W229 S7120 Guthrie School Rd
Big Bend, WI 53103
CHIPPWEA & EAU CLAIRE BKPRS
11567 22nd Ave
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
1006 26th St
Clayton, WI 54004
OZAUKEE-WASHINGTON CO BKPRS ASSOC
Louis A. Sworske
197 State Road 164
Colgate, WI 53017
BROWN CO BKPRS ASSN
1418 Chicago St
Green Bay, WI 54301
WAUPACA CO BKPRS ASSN
E249 CR MM
PO Box 224
Iola, WI 54945
SHEBOYGAN CO BKPRS
126 Grafton Court
Kohler, WI 53044
N2580 CR E
Medford, WI 54451
SAUK-COLUMBIA HONEY ASSN
S 6566 Hwy PF
North Freedom, WI 53951
DUNN COUNTY BKPRS ASSOC
Web Site: dunncountybeekeepers.org
Paul Will, President
Menomonie WI 54751
Meeting are the second Monday of each month at 7:00 PM at the Dunn County Government Center
ROCK CO BKPRS ASSN
P O Box 511
Sharon, WI 53585
WI HONEY PRODUCERS ASSOC
36510 165th Ave.
Stanley, WI 54768
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