February Beekeepers Meeting

The Mendocino Coastal Beekeepers will meet again on Thursday, February 9th at 6pm . This is an open meeting with all beekeepers and those interested in beekeeping invited. This month will be a review of basic beekeeping and the equipment needed to get started. Current local beekeepers will share their experiences with raising honeybees. Please bring any equipment or examples of special beehives to share. We will have a full langstroth hive set-up but top bar examples would be great! There is no charge. Meeting at the community room at the Fort Bragg Library. For more information call Tanya Wyldflower at 707-964-8987.

Thursday, February 9, 2017 • 6pm – 8pm

Fort Bragg Library Community Room
499 E Laurel St
Fort Bragg, CA 95437

Purchasing Bees + Beekeeping Equipment in 2017

We will have catalogs available at the January and February meetings. Bees will not be for sale until April at the earliest.

Bee Bold Mendocino

Dr. Gary Alt Lecture on Bears

There will be a lecture on bears on January 16, at the Caspar Community Center. Dr. Gary Alt, Wildlife Biologist will be leading the lecture and will be accepting questions. As we know, bears and bees are incompatible.This will be a great opportunity for Mendocino beekeepers to ask about bears and maybe learn more about what you can do to protect your bees.

Monday, January 16, 2017 • 7pm

Caspar Community Center
15051 Caspar Rd
Caspar, CA 95420

This is a Mendocino Coast Audubon Society meeting that is open to the public.

Bear Damage Photos Below:

Left, from Geri Winters in Albion: We lost our beehive the second week of December due to a bear. We will probably build a bienen haus (house of bees) this year to protect the hive.

Middle and Right, from Tanya & Darrell: This year we lost eight hives to a bear – We are in the process of setting up an electric fence…. here is the damage the bear caused, with a picture of his big foot.

Bears and Beekeeping in Mendocino County


January Beekeepers Meeting

The Mendocino Coastal Beekeepers meeting for the 2nd Thursday of January on the 12th will feature a Beginning Beekeepers lecture and demonstration with Healdsburg beekeeper April Lance. Open to the public with an interest in knowing more about backyard beekeeping, questions for more advanced beekeepers will also be answered. At this time an advanced group order for bees and/or equipment can be taken. Meeting at the Fort Bragg Library Community from 6pm to 8pm. There is no charge.

Thursday, January 12, 2017 • 6pm – 8pm

Fort Bragg Library Community Room
499 E Laurel St
Fort Bragg, CA 95437

Contact 707-964-8987 for more information.

Purchasing Bees + Beekeeping Equipment in 2017

We will have catalogs available at the January and February meetings. Bees will not be for sale until April at the earliest.

Bee Bold Mendocino

Beekeepers New Year’s Eve

A Benefit to Save our Bees: a Winter Solstice Celebration

December 21, 2016 at the Caspar Community Center
15051 Caspar Rd
Caspar, CA 95420

Dinner: 6pm ~ Dance: 7:30pm

Beekeeping in Mendocino County

We celebrate Beekeepers New Years Eve, a traditional name for the Winter Solstice that reflects the wisdom of the Queen Bee who lives in the dark but knows to start laying for the New Year at the Solstice.

A splendid seasonal buffet dinner (with gluten free and vegan options) will be accompanied by wine donated by bee-friendly Frey Vineyards, plus bubbles donated by a friend of the bees, and beer from North Coast Brewing Co. Bee Bold Mendocino is sponsored by Thanksgiving Coffee Company.

Tickets: $40 at Harvest Market, Out of This World, & brownpapertickets.com.

All proceeds benefit Bee Bold Mendocino.

About the Music

Dinner will be followed by music for dancing and listening by Ralph Humphrey and Friends, Steven Bates, Jon Faurot, and David Hayes.

With Ralph on drums, Steven Bates, lead guitar and vocals, Jon Faurot, guitar and bass, and David Hayes, bass and vocals, this quartet of some of the best-known and most popular musicians on the coast will delight the dancers. The quartet is four veteran musicians, all local residents known for their enthusiastic performances with many local musician-friends.

Ralph Humphrey on drums is a renowned drummer and teacher, whose early experiences included Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. Ralph is active in the recording industry, playing for a variety of projects, including recently the Academy Awards and the hit show American Idol. Steven Bates on guitar and vocals is leader of the Steven Bates Band, a favorite in clubs from Hollywood to his hometown Fort Bragg, and a veteran of many studio sessions with producers such as Bill Bottrell and Calvin Turnbull. Jon Faurot, guitar and bass, formed his first band in South Bend, Indiana at age 12 and never looked back. In addition to being well known in the local music scene, he has shared the stage with the likes of Ramona, B.B. King, and Maria Muldaur. David Hayes on upright bass and vocals is an acclaimed bassist, guitarist, singer, and songwriter best known internationally as a member of the Van Morrison Band for most of the last 4 decades. David is well known locally as a member of The Mendocino Quartet and for his duets with Gene Parsons.

Fort Bragg Becomes the First Bee City USA™ in California!

Fort Bragg Becomes the 1st Bee City USA™ in California and 23rd in the Nation!

  Bee-City-Logo  (Fort Bragg, CA  July 8, 2016) – Fort Bragg’s City Council has voted unanimously to become a Bee City USA®, the first city designation in California. Bee City USA designees nationwide are a diverse group that includes Hales Corners, Wisconsin; Decatur, Georgia; Ashland, Oregon; Washington, D.C., and Seattle, Washington.

         Bee City USA is a nonprofit national organization that fosters ongoing dialogue in urban areas to raise awareness of the role pollinators play in sustaining three-quarters of the world’s plant species, and how each of us can help provide healthy habitats. 

         The City’s designation is the result of great encouragement by the community and Bee Bold Mendocino, a local non-profit advocating for bees and pollinators throughout Mendocino County. Lavender Cinnamon and Paul Katzeff of Bee Bold Mendocino and Thanksgiving Coffee Company originally presented the proposal to Mayor Dave Turner as part of the ongoing effort to make Mendocino County bee friendly. At a recent City Council meeting, Scott Schneider, Administrative Services Director, presented the designated Bee City USA requirements to City Council members and the public, which include an annual celebration, signage and ongoing education raising awareness of the importance of pollinators and bees in our everyday lives. The City designated the Community Development Committee to facilitate Fort Bragg’s efforts to engage the community in promoting pollinator-friendliness.

         “Our City Council let it be known that we understand the importance of sustaining pollinators, and want to do everything we can to make the city more pollinator-friendly” states Dave Turner, the Mayor of Fort Bragg. “We are proud to be the first Bee City USA in California and are grateful to the community and Bee Bold Mendocino for bringing the opportunity to our attention.”

Bee City USA founder and director, Phyllis Stiles explains, “The program aspires to make people more PC (“pollinator conscious,” that is). As more and more individuals and communities begin planting native, pesticide-free flowering trees, shrubs and perennials, it will create large-scale change for thousands of species of pollinators at risk. How each city or county celebrates pollinators is up to them, but we especially encourage educational programs for children, like school gardens. When a child falls in love with pollinators, they are friends for life.”

         Lavender Cinnamon of Bee Bold Mendocino, said, “We are hopeful that each of the four cities in Mendocino County will be designated as a Bee City USA. I am grateful to Fort Bragg for becoming the first to lead the way to a bee friendly county. Fort Bragg is the ideal first candidate for certification, it is a city of gardeners and gardens: it has the garden club, the school gardens district-wide, the numerous community gardens from the city’s nonprofits, the farm to school program of Noyo Food Forest, and of course the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens.”

         “Bee Bold” is the project name of Friend’s of the Earth’s national effort to educate Americans about the importance of bees as pollinators and of their imminent decline. Bee Bold Coffee is sold under an exclusive licensing agreement between Thanksgiving Coffee Company and Friends of the Earth.

   Thanksgiving Coffee Company, celebrating its 44th year roasting coffee in Ft. Bragg, California, created an exclusive coffee package called Bee Bold to help fund Bee Bold Mendocino (BBM). Every package sold adds $1.00 to the coffers of BBM, the new community organization is bringing together community activists involved in keeping bees, gardeners with bee friendly gardens, and anti pesticide activists. The stated goal of BBM is to educate Mendocino County citizens about how to help the bees survive here and ultimately vote for a positive ballot initiative in November, 2017 containing regulations that support our bee populations and prohibit activities that harm both commercial hives and wild bee populations. An educated citizenry is the first step. Bee Bold, join us in celebrating our pollinators!

“I am delighted to hear the city of Fort Bragg saw the wisdom of doing this”, said Tanya Wyldflower, a local beekeeper, and one of the founders of the Mendocino Coastal Bee Keepers group, with over 200 community members. “We are continually being told how deeply gratifying bee keeping is, and how they love to contribute to a healthy ecosystem here on the coast. Supporting our pollinators is essential to our communities survival“.

For more information about the Bee City USA organization visit www.beecityusa.org or email Director Phyllis Stiles at beecityusa@gmail.com.

         For more information about the Fort Bragg Bee City USA program, contact Scott Schneider, Administrative Services Director, City of Fort Bragg, at (707) 961-2843

         For more information on Bee Bold Mendocino and how to create a grass roots pollinator movement in your city go to www.facebook.com/beeboldmendo or contact Lavender Cinnamon at 707 964-0118 ext. 250