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April 2017

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April 13, 2017 Membership Meeting

Dr. Amiri

Dr. Amiri

At our April meeting we will be joined by Dr. Esmaeil Amiri. Dr. Amiri is a post-doctoral fellow in Dr. Olav Rueppell’s lab at UNC-Greensboro. He will discuss his research emphasis on queen bee health focusing on the transmission of viruses from workers and drones to queens and the resultant effect on the health of the colony including subsequent generations of queens.

Dr. Amiri earned his doctoral degree at Aarhus University in Denmark and has presented his research findings to Danish beekeepers and queen breeders.

Category: Club Meetings  

2017 Field Day

Randall demonstrating proper smoker lighting technique

Randall demonstrating proper smoker lighting technique

Saturday, March 25th, Randall Austin graciously hosted an OCBA Field Day at his apiary. Recent graduates of OCBA’s Bee School learned how to light a smoker, inspect a hive, and do a sugar shake to evaluate the Varroa mite load in their colonies. The Field Day offerred many new beekeepers their first look inside an active hive. As always, Randall’s bees were ‘honeys’ and remained calm and composed throughout.

Ryan Chamberlain demonstrating bucket method for Varroa sugar shake

Ryan Chamberlain demonstrating bucket method for Varroa sugar shake

Shaking the bees

Shaking the bees

Brood identification

Brood identification

All Field Day photos courtesy of Lily Doron

Category: Events  

March 2017

March 2017 Minutes

Category: Meeting Minutes  

March 9, 2017 Membership Meeting

 

Brood missing along foundation wires

Brood missing along foundation wires

On Thursday, March 9th, OCBA will be joined by Dr. Kaira Wagoner, a post-doctoral fellow with Dr. Olav Rueppell’s lab at UNC-Greensboro. Kaira will discuss the negative effects of using steel foundation wire. She will also talk about her recent discovery of a chemical associated with hygienic behavior, which is the ability of nurse bees to detect, open, and clean cells containing varroa-infected pupae.

Category: Club Meetings