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Bee School Field Day

We had a great bee school this year with over 70 students in attendance. The final meeting was a field day where the students got to put into practice everything they learned in class.

Field Day kick off by Lewis Cauble

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Field Day Hive Inspection

Fred and Toni were our gracious hosts again this year for the club’s annual hive inspection field day. We had a great turnout, the weather was beautiful, the bees cooperated and the food and company were great. Here are some photos from the day.

Everyone heading down to the apiary

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OCBA Staffs a Booth at the Festival for the Eno

Over July 4th, 7th and 8th, we staffed a booth at the Festival for the Eno. This year festival organizers created an entire section just for bee related info. It was great to have our own little area surrounded by people who are just as passionate about honey bees as we are. The visibility for the club is wonderful and we were able to tell many interested people about our one day and 10 week classes coming up this fall and winter.

A big thanks to Watty for organizing everything and a thousand thank you’s to the more than 20 volunteers who helped out with the booth and braved the triple digit temperatures. Special thanks to Logan for bringing his observation hive with a frame of his own bees for demonstration. Thanks also to Lewis for setting up the Bee Gazebo and providing a nuc of the most mellow bees and a gorgeous queen. She seemed very happy to be on display. Visitors to the gazebo got to see her laying eggs as well as witness new bees emerging from their cells. The Oooo’s and Ahhh’s rivaled those heard at a fireworks display, quite apropos for a 4th of July celebration.

Here are some pics from the event.

OCBA Booth at the Festival for the Eno

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OCBA/4H at the Co-Op-A-Fair

Cabot Creamery Cooperative sponsored the Co-Op-A-Fair in Durham to show us just how much can be accomplished when we come together. The event included local electricity, telephone and food coops, as well as credit unions and volunteer organizations. The OCBA sponsored 4H students, Kaylynn Dungan and Logan Kroothoep, were invited to attend to share there experiences in beekeeping. Watty Bowes and Geneva Greeen also attended as OCBA representatives and mentors.

Kaylynn and Logan did a great job of demonstrating the joys and benefits of 4-H beekeeping to dozens of adults and children of all ages who were at the Co-Op Fair at Diamond View Park in Durham. Geneva and Watty had a pleasant time just watching Kaylynn and Logan using the observation hive with a frame of Kaylynn’s bees and other instruction material to teach a variety of interested spectators about honey bees. Also Geneva and Logan gave short and instructive explanations of the OCBA-4H collaboration to the general audience at the fair.

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Checking the Duke Homestead Hives

A group of OCBA members met with Dick Rogers of Bayer Crop Science at the Duke Homestead to check on the bees there. The hives were set up last summer. Bayer Crop Science provided the hives and several OCBA members donated the bees. The plan was to have demo yard at the Duke Homestead to educate the public about bees. The hope was that beekeepers would work with Duke Homestead staff to maintain the bees as well as utilize the hives for demonstration and teaching purposes. The volunteer program didn’t get established and the person at Dike Homestead who was going to help with the bees left so, other than some emergency feeding in January, they were neglected through the Fall and Winter.

Despite being ignored, two of the three hives survived. Dick took us through the process of inspecting the hives. One of the survivors is showing several signs a Varroa mite infestation. The other is in a little better shape. Hopefully this year the hives will get better management. A new beekeeper who lives nearby as agreed to help to schedule any volunteers that would like to work to maintain the hives. If all goes well the hives will flourish and we can arrange to have teaching events at the Duke Homestead.

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