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OCBA April Meeting

On April 9th at 7PM, Anya McGuirk will present “Monitoring the SAS Hives: Lessons Learned”.  SAS is currently monitoring hive weight, internal temperature and humidity, acoustics, and bee activity using computer vision.  The goal of the SAS project is to demonstrate SAS analytics and real-time alerts on streaming data—at the edge (at the hive).  Anya will share some of their learnings thus far.

Anya McGuirk is a Distinguished Research Statistician in the Internet of Things R&D Division at SAS. She joined SAS and moved to NC in September 2004. Prior to that, Anya was a Full professor at Virginia Tech with a joint appointment in the Departments of Agricultural and Applied Economics, and Statistics.  Anya received her Ph.D. from Cornell University in Agricultural Economics and her MSc. from University of Reading (England) where she studied as a Marshall Scholar.  Anya was raised on a large farm in Bel Air, Maryland with her 14 siblings.  Currently she lives on a small farm in Holy Springs, NC  where she gardens and hangs out with her bees and dogs, nerding out on bee data. 

If you’d like to attend the meeting, send an e-mail to cdonley33 at and Carrie will send you the link. (We’re working on controlling zoombombing-this is a work in progress. We’re all good people and can figure this out. If you’re stuck on the technology, let Carrie or Jessica know, or ask the list serve/google group/gossip email thingy, and we’ll work you through it.-Jessica)

Let me know if you have questions, and I hope you can join the meeting now that it’s on zoom!


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OCBA Transitions to Online Monthly Meetings

OCBA monthly meetings will still be happening every 2nd Thursday of the month! We will be meeting by Zoom instead of meeting in person, as a way to continue to learn about bees, and share with each other, while practicing social distancing.  It’s also a great way for people to join us who may not normally be able to because they live far away, they can’t get a ride to the meeting, etc.  We hope to keep our strong OCBA community active during this time while we’re staying at home.

You may join meetings up to 15 minutes in advance so that you’ll have plenty of time to make sure your connection is working properly.  We ask that you mute your microphone especially during the speaker’s presentation in order to avoid unexpected disruptions.  We will not have our regular social time at the beginning of the meeting, so our speaker will begin close to 7PM, and we’ll follow that up with the business portion of the meeting including updates on education, outreach, clusters, collaboratives, and the website redesign group.  We will be recording meetings so that people can view the meeting at a later time if they can’t attend in person.

We recommend that you download Zoom before the meeting to save you some time.  Below is a link to do so.

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March 12 Membership Meeting Cancelled

The monthly membership meeting of March 12, 2020, has been cancelled. Dr. Olav Rueppell will be rescheduled at a later date. More information will be posted within the next day or two.

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March 12 Membership Meeting


This month Dr. Olav Rueppell, professor of biology at UNC-Greensboro, will present some of the results from his research in his talk entitled “Studying the Varroa-Virus-Honeybee Disease Triangle”.  Varroa and viruses cause significant honey bee health problems and few viable options exist.  Dr. Rueppell will present his research conducted to better understand the transmission of viruses, and better protect the bees from infection.  He will also present research on Varroa and hygienic behavior that has led his group to test a new method for selecting more hygienic bees.

Join us at 7PM at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Hillsborough for the meeting. All OCBA members are also invited to Radius Pizza at 5PM for dinner and casual conversation with other beekeepers. 

Dr. Rueppell received his PhD in Germany for work on ants in 2000 before moving to California to work with honey bees from 2001-2003. Then, UNC-G hired him as an Assistant Professor of Biology, and he has since been promoted to Associate and Full Professor (in 2008 and 2013, respectively). He currently holds the Endowed Florence Schaeffer Professorship of Science. He has published over 90 scientific articles and his work has been funded by various institutions, including USDA, NSF, NIH, and DoD.  His scientific interests focus on causes and consequences of social evolution, and he uses honey bees as models to evaluate these scientific problems at the genetic, cellular, individual and societal level of biological organization. Accordingly, his research methods comprise bioinformatics, genetic analyses, studies of cells, behavioral and physiological observations and experiments, and demographic and ecological approaches. Social insects fascinate him because their societies add an interesting level of complexity; many social insect groups have experienced a broad ecological success and some species are very important to humans. Some specific current research projects include studies of honey bee reproductive traits, genetic characterizations of complex traits that are important in social organization, the investigation of honey bee intestinal stem cells, biodemographic studies of aging, and comparative genomics projects. Furthermore, he is interested in honey bee health and his group seeks to understand how viruses, parasitic mites, and stress contribute to the ongoing honey bee health crisis with the goal of identifying sustainable solutions.

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February 13 Membership Meeting

Our next meeting on Thursday February 13th will feature NC State Apiary Inspector Adolphus Leonard.  Adolphus will speak on “Reducing Winter Colony Mortality & Managing Spring Buildup”, an appropriate topic as our bees transition from winter to spring.  Join us at 7PM at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Hillsborough for the meeting. All OCBA members are also invited to Radius Pizza at 5PM for dinner and casual conversation with other beekeepers.
Unitarian Universalist Church
1710 Old NC 10, Hillsborough, NC
Radius Pizza
112 N Churton St, Hillsborough, NC
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