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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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Varroa Management Field Day

The scene

Saturday, June 16, varroa conscious OCBA members met at Randall Austin’s apiary to participate in a live demonstration of mite assessment in the colony. Upon inspection the mite count warranted attention. This allowed for a broad discussion of treatment options based on hive status (honey supers were still on) and temperature variables during treatment.

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June 14, 2018 Membership Meeting

Varroa mite (phoretic stage)

Randall Austin, will present “Some Honey Bee Pests and Treatments.” This is a timely discussion of varroa mite and small hive beetle management. We are entering critical months for these problems. All beekeepers need to be vigilant with testing and effective treatment to assure the health and viability of their colonies throughout the summer and as the colonies move into the fall build-up stage. Strong, healthy colonies full of bees are essential to successfully overwintering your hives.

Next Saturday, June 16th, at 1:00 o’clock, Randall will demonstrate the practical hands-on skills of varroa monitoring and treatment at his apiary. Plan to attend the Varroa Assessment Field Day. Contact Randall via email to get directions to his apiary. All OCBA members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Category: Club Meetings  

From Comb to Home™ – The Essentials of Honey Extraction

On Saturday, June 9th at 9:30 Mark Powers and Brad Kosiba will lead an open workshop to familiarize new beekeepers with the basics of honey extraction. This annual extraction workshop will be presented at Cedar Ridge High School in Hillsborough. This year OCBA will be joined by Durham County Beekeepers who will also partici­pate.

You’ve worked hard for your honey. Learn how to collect your reward.

 

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