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June 8, 2017 Membership Meeting

HONEY HARVEST!

Honey for SaleYou and your bees worked diligently for the past 12 months to arrive at this day. Whether this is your first harvest or you are a seasoned pro, OCBA stands ready to help.

Honey Thank You Favors

Honey Thank You Favors

Step 1
At our regular monthly meeting on Thursday, June 8th Randall Austin will discuss basic honey bottling, labeling, packaging and marketing techniques. You worked hard for the honey. Randall has advice to help you make the most of your honey harvest whether you plan to sell it or simply share with friends and family.

Step 2
On Saturday morning, June 10th at 10:00 o’clock Walter Starks will present a honey extraction workshop at Cedar Ridge High School in Hillsborough. The workshop will feature OCBA’s extractor. Come and learn how to use OCBA’s extractor. OCBA’s $5 per day extractor rental program is one of the greatest benefits of OCBA membership. Check it out. Review the extractor policy and be ready to capture your harvest!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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February 9, 2017 Membership Meeting

Honey Bee Swarm - Mecklenburg County
Honey Bee Swarm – Mecklenburg County

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.

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