The BC Peace Region Bee Club is getting its wings this year.
The club has been operating since 2017, launching a new website this month. A meeting is also scheduled for the first week of April, and club coordinator Claude Paradis is encouraging novice and experienced beekeepers to take part.
While not much can be said for now on the club's 2021 plans, Paradis says the public is more than welcome to explore its website for resources and support.
“I am very pleased with how much traction it has been getting in such a short time. I have preloaded the website with tons of content and there is much more planned to be put there in the near future,” Paradis said.
The club hosts between 40 to 60 active members at any given time, and includes the communities of Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Hudson’s Hope, and others.
Paradis says the club's aim is to provide educational content and local context to beekeeping. It's currently seeking volunteers to serve as archivists to add historical articles to its website.
“The intention of the site is to establish an online presence," Paradis said. "Until now, we have been difficult to find and hard to reach."
The club also explored real-time hive monitoring in 2019 with the help of the Bee BC Program, tracking eight hives between Fort St. John and Dawson Creek of 42 monitored in the province, with another five in the Yukon.
For more information on the club you can find them at www.peacebeeclub.ca and use their contact form.
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