Re: West of Denver
Hey Dan, welcome! We have a couple very good friends in your neck o' the woods. Talk to your club members, and just watch your bees. Your season will be short, so make sure they're healthy and prepared to capitalize on your flows like spring wildflowers. Some of the meadows in the valley floors can provide good forage in brief bursts, but areas that are "pine barrens" can be pretty thin (pine and spruce pollen is poor nutritional fare). Bears are a concern too: either fence or provide a good physical barrier. If you've lived there long you know what we're talking about .
Much of the non-commercial beekeeper literature focuses on suburban beeks who have mixed forage through much of a longer season, but you'll have short, intense bursts of forage in all likelihood. In part, it means is try to disturb them less when they're on a flow.
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in Lyons, CO