December 13, 2018 Holiday Party

Bees on Earth, Goodwill to All !

OCBA’s December Membership Meeting will be our annual holiday social gathering. This is an opportunity for members, former members and anyone who is interested in beekeeping to celebrate your 2018 beekeeping efforts with fellow beekeepers (both successes and ‘other learning experiences’). It is a great way to get to know fellow beekeepers and to talk about bees and beekeeping with friends and colleagues.

We will meet at our regular 7:00 o’clock meeting time on Thursday, December 13 at our usual meeting site – the Unitarian Universalist Church at 1710 Old NC 10 Highway. OCBA will provide paper products and beverages, including wine and non-alcoholic beverages. Everyone is asked to bring a finger food, hors d’oeuvre, appetizer, or dessert to share. Items with honey as an ingredient are special treat!

Who:                 Orange County Beekeepers and anyone interested in beekeeping
What:                Annual Christmas/Holiday gathering
When:               December 13th at 7:00 p.m. 
Where:              1710 Old NC Highway 10 at the Unitarian Universalist Church 

 

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November 8, 2018 Membership Meeting

2019 queens will be marked green.

In November, Guy Fricks of Fricks Farm and Apiaries will talk about artificial insemination of queens. Guy is an OCBA member and queen breeder.

In addition to Guy’s presentation, OCBA’s 2018 apprentices, Catherine Trusky and Megan Talikoff will talk about their experiences during their first year of beekeeping.

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OCBA is going for the Gold!

OCBA is going for the Gold!
NCSBA’s Golden Achievement Program Award that is. The 2018 GAP Award will be awarded to the beekeeping chapter that earns the highest number of points in 2018 under the 37 GAP criteria defined by NCSBA.

Points are awarded based on chapter activities across several different domains. Individual members can help OCBA earn points by: volunteering to staff information tables at community events; attending an NCSBA State Conference; becoming a Certified, Journeyman or Master Beekeeper; donating honey or honey proceeds to a non-profit organization; or helping with OCBA’s State Fair Exhibit. Other ideas to help OCBA earn points may occur to you as you read through the GAP program guidelines. 

As you participate in GAP related activities, you may be asked to fill out an Individual GAP Form. The form is available here. The Individual GAP Form is interactive, so you should be able to fill it out on your computer. If not, handwritten is fine. Completed forms should be returned to Cynthia Speed or John Rintoul, the GAP Committee Co-Chairs.

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October 11, 2018 Membership Meeting – CANCELED DUE TO HURRICANE

Suzy Spencer is a Master Beekeeper with 5 County Beekeepers Association. She is also an expert on honey tasting. She developed her skill as a honey taster by attending several training programs in honey tasting, including one at University of California – Davis and another under the auspices of a well-known Italian honey expert. She will help OCBA members appreciate the nuances in the taste and flavor of our honey. Suzy’s experiential learning process will involve tasting different honeys. 

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September 13, 2018 Membership Meeting – CANCELED DUE TO HURRICANE

Queen laying an egg, surrounded by her retinue of ‘court bees.’
(Photo by Joseph Milone)

James Withrow, a doctoral candidate in David Tarpy’s lab at NCSU will be OCBA’s featured speaker in September. His research into queen selection during emergency queen rearing was recently published in PLOS One, an open access, online, peer-reviewed journal. OCBA is fortunate to have access to cutting edge researchers willing to share their findings with local beekeepers.

 

In his presentation, “Sharing the throne. Establishing honey bee colonies with multiple queens,” James will discuss his current research focused on queen behavior and setting up colonies with multiple queens

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August 9, 2018 Membership Meeting

Mark Powers will present “Bee Sting Allergy, What You Need to Know.” Learn how to evaluate the sever­ity of your bee sting symptoms and what to do if your venom response is excessive. Mark will also discuss heat exhaustion and its danger for summer beekeeping.

Designs for the new OCBA tee shirts will also be revealed. Come to the meeting and learn how to stay safe and look stylish while beekeeping.

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