Lewis Cauble, past president of OCBA and now a Bee Inspector for the NC Department of Agriculture’s mountain region, will return to Orange County Beekeepers to help us plan for spring events in the apiary. He will discuss spring build up, swarm mitigation and colony splits. Spring is a time to anticipate swarms and to attempt to adjust hive space and environmental conditions to keep our bees healthy, productive and at home. Lewis will provide guidance to help us accomplish those goals.
Despite lower than expected temperatures, an OCBA volunteer cleanup crew sorted through the hives that were donated to OCBA in December. Over 20 members volunteered to help with the cleanup day on Saturday, February 4th. Of the 20 potential volunteers, 6 were selected. It speaks well of our membership that we had more volunteers than we could efficiently use. Thank you to all 20 who volunteered to help.
The 6 volunteers were contacted in the order that they signed up. They worked alongside members of OCBA’s Executive Committee to remove potentially problematic frames – i.e. frames that might attract wax moths while the hives are in storage.
David Eckert was on hand to select equipment for the OCBA Youth Beekeeping Apprentices. Woodenware was also set aside to replace aging boxes at OCBA’s demonstration hives at Carrboro High School.
In addition to the hives selected for the 2017 Youth Apprentices, 4 hives were selected and put back into storage for next year’s apprentices.
The remaining hive components were sorted and reassembled to create standard single-deep hive packages to donate to schools and community beekeeping startup efforts. Each hive package now includes: a bottom board, a single deep, 10 plastic frames, a queen excluder, a top feeder, a telescoping cover and a moving/robbing screen. Hives not needed for school and community needs will be offered for sale to OCBA members. Proceeds will allow OCBA to extend its Education and Outreach activities and to offer other assistance to school and community beekeeping efforts
Those who participated in the cleanup were:
|Dale Morgan||Walter Starks|
|Dawn Rogers||Cathy Starks|
|Jim Evans||Mark Powers|
|Sherif Ghobrial||Chris Apple|
|Jamie Latimer||David Eckert|
|James Asbill||John Rintoul|
We will be joined by Hannah Levenson. Hannah is doing research with Dr. David Tarpy’s apiculture lab at NCSU. Her research focuses on the foraging preferences of native bees. This research is relevant to beekeepers because it helps beekeepers identify important pollen and nectar sources that attract and nourish our honey bees.