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May 2017

May 2017 Minutes

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May 11, 2017 Membership Meeting

Is this what it means to be a beekeeper!? There is so much to learn!

Is this what it means to be a beekeeper!? There is so much to learn! How do I get these bees into that box!?

We learn from experience – the successes that we have and mistakes that we make. But we also learn from the successes and mistakes of those who have gone before us.

OCBA’s May Membership Meeting will give members an opportunity to learn from OCBA’s “BBB Team” (Best and Brightest Beekeepers). We will host an open forum where all members can ask questions, seek guidance, or (in true beekeeper fashion) argue alternative beekeeping techniques with OCBA’s Master and soon-to-be Master Beekeepers.

Our panel members, Randall Austin, David Eckert, Geneva Green and Walter Starks will respond to all questions. This group represents a small handful of OCBA’s most experienced and most knowledgeable beekeepers. This is your opportunity to pick their bee brains, build your beekeeping knowledge base, challenge their expertise, and ask any question that has ever crossed your beekeeping mind. No question is too simple or too complex for this group.

Category: Club Meetings  

April 2017

April 2017 Minutes

Category: Meeting Minutes  

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

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