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Grant County Beekeepers

January 10, 2018 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Hello, Beekeepers and Friends of Bees,

Happy New Year!

Let’s all continue applying our best efforts in making this a safe and healthy year for humans, bees and other pollinators, and the planet in general!

First, as a reminder of our upcoming Grant County Beekeepers meeting:

Wednesday, January 10

6:00 P.M.

The Volunteer Center


Please plan to attend.

Guest speaker:

Kristi Dunn, WNMU Grounds and Custodial Director

Kristi supports our efforts at pursuing a Bee Campus USA designation.

She’ll talk about her role as Grounds director, and we’ll have an informal group conversation about the Bee Campus USAprogram.


I’ve attached a pdf copy of the Bee City USA Resolution, which you may wish to read before coming to the January 10 meeting, so we can enjoy a fuller, more-productive conversation with Kristi Dunn.

Also, to learn more, please visit the Bee City USA website, which includes a tab for Bee Campus USA:  http://www.beecityusa.org/.


As it stands, guest speakers have been scheduled for our meetings in February and March:

February 14 – Silver City Mayor Ken Ladner, to describe some new city projects and talk with us about pursuing a Bee City USA designation for the Town of Silver City. This is big news!
He has already expressed interest in the program to make Silver City a more-pollinator-friendly community and is starting the conversation with a city councilor next week.

March 14 – Southwestern NM Audubon Society President Terry Timme, to talk about a grant his group was recently awarded for promoting “Silver City as a Bird-, Butterfly-, and Bee-Friendly community.” Of note, Terry has stated that “Southwestern New Mexico Audubon is in strong support of your [group’s] efforts to promote Silver City as a Bee City,” and he signed a letter of endorsement for our Bee City USA project, which I received yesterday. Thanks, Terry! One more item:  our group member, Ken Sexton, is now a member of the board of directors for the Southwestern NM Audubon Society, which will greatly help facilitate communications and collaborations between our two organizations.

Tom Maxfeldt is moving along on our Grant County Beekeepers website, and we hope to get that on the Web sometime this month. Stay tuned!

Marguerite Flanagan sent this interesting article to me, from the UK’s newspaper The Guardian, about the reduction in chemical-contaminated honey in the UK since a partial EU ban on neonicotinoid insecticides was imposed. “Neonicotinoids are the world’s most widely used insecticides, but growing evidence of serious harm to bees led the EU to ban their use on flowering crops.” Read more here:  https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jan/05/quarter-of-british-honey-contaminated-with-bee-harming-pesticides-research-reveals?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Green+Light+2016&utm_term=259395&subid=16593928&CMP=EMCEN

Finally, Mayor Ladner invited me to join him on his monthly KURU-89.1FM radio program, Frontier Justice, this Wednesday, January 10, at 10:00 A.M.  I hope you’ll tune in.

Frontier Justice is GMCR / KURU’s latest offering to address and examine significant issues and to engage our community in dialog on some of our most challenging social conditions.  http://gmcr.org/category/fj/


I’ll look forward to seeing you at our next meeting.

Best to you,


Susan Clair


January 10, 2018
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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Volunteer Center at Grant County
501 E 13th St
Silver City, NM 88061 United States
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