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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

Field Day kick off by Lewis Cauble
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Snow at the Spring Meeting, Rock Hill SC

Several of us attended the NCSBA/SCSBA jointly held Spring Meeting in Rock Hill, South Carolina. While there were many exciting and informative sessions during the meeting, one of the most exhilarating events was the beautiful snowfall that greeted us when we broke for lunch on Saturday.

We were surrounded by more than 600 attendees along with expert speakers in their areas of specialization. For 15 hours over the course of a day and a half we spoke of almost nothing except bees and it was great!

Here are a few of the topics that were covered during the meeting:

Monsanto’s Committment to Honey Bee Health
Jerry Hayes, Monsanto, St Louis, MO

Enhancing Genetic Diversity in the US Honey Bee Gene Pool
Sue Cobey, Washington State University, Pullman

Worker – Drone Interactions and the Influence of Drone Quality as a Result of these Interactions
Stanley Schneider, Professor Dept of Biology UNCC

New World Carniolan Program, In Its 31 Generation
Sue Cobey, Washington State University, Pullman

Impacts of Pesticides on Honey Bees
Jamie Ellis, University of Florida, Gainesville

We also had the opportunity to attend some breakout sessions on the recognition and treatment of bee diseases, Africanized honey bees, rearing high quality queens, the value of pesticides and their proper use in beekeeping and SHB management.

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Bee School 2013 is Underway

We’ve had another great turnout this year for the Orange County Beekeepers Association Bee School. The 10 week course covers everything from honeybee biology and their social activity within the hive to diseases and pest management. At the end of the course, students will be armed with the information they need to begin their first season as beekeepers. The course also includes a couple of field days where students will have the opportunity to build hive boxes and frames as well as get some hands on experience inspecting a hive of bees.

Here are some photos from the first few weeks of class.

It's Bee School time again

It's Bee School time again
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Welcome to 2013

2012 was a great year for OCBA and we hope to have another good one. We have many familiar faces in our leadership this year and some new faces. Dick Merritt and ‘Lizbeth Collins will continue on in their present roles. Our outgoing director,Watty Bowes, will continue in his role of coordinating outreach and assist Rex Williams, our incoming director, in all of outreach work. Charles Fleckenstein, and Chris Richmond, continue on as directors. Todd Walker finishes up as president but will continue to help us by coordinating the 2013 Bee School with Dick as our registrar. David Bailey who this year is starting his own local bee supply company will be working with Todd on our 4-H program. Inge Kautzmann will serve to get the word out as our Announcement and Web Site Coordinator. Lucy will continue as our pollinator garden coordinator and is looking for volunteers to help keep up the garden.

Our other big change is our change in venue.  Starting in January 2013, we will be meeting  at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Hillsborough, 1710 Old NC 10, Hillsborough, NC. As in the past we will meet the second Thursday of the month at 7pm. Our first meeting will be January 10th: Randall Austin Your Bees Stink, Pheromones in the Hive.

Bee School will meet from 7pm to 9pm each Tuesday evening for 10 weeks. The first class will be held on January 8th and will begin at 7:00 pm. Sign-in and registration will begin at 6:30 pm. Preregistration for bee School is almost full so don’t wait to sign up.

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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

Everyone heading down to the apiary
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