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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.

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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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May 10, 2018 Membership Meeting

A representative of Bee Downtown will share information about their mission – building healthy, sustainable, honey bee communities in urban environments. Bee Downtown has a strong history of promoting beekeeping in urban business districts. They will discuss the challenges associated with beekeeping in cities and their success in doing so.

The Urban Beekeeper

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Confetti Bees

On Monday, April 15, three OCBA beekeepers joined five beekeepers from 5 County Beekeepers and one from Caldwell County to tag newly hatched worker bees. The numbered tags are coupled with a painted abdomen to allow researchers to identify the age cohort of the bees. The research study is headed by Dan Charbonneau, a post doc at NCSU’s Apiculture Research Center. The study is investigating the role of worker bees in the selection and rearing of queen larvae.

900 newly emerged bees were tagged and painted by OCBA members Dawn Rogers, Tim Struttmann and John Rintoul. As the study progresses, several other OCBA beekeepers will participate in the study to help tag and paint bees. 

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