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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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Spring Increase Workshop – Splitting Your Hives

Spring Splits Workshop 

If your hives overwintered well and are busting the box with bees you may want to consider a spring split. OCBA has two demonstration hives at Carrboro High School. Both overwintered (as of February 15th) and one is busting at the seams with bees – 16 of the 20 frames in are covered edge-to-edge with bees. There is very little drone brood yet so there is time to plan one or more splits before the bees will be ready to swarm.

Spring splits can help you increase your colonies.

To help our second and third year beekeepers understand hive increase basics, OCBA is planning a Spring Split Workshop at the Carrboro High School demonstration hives. Randall Austin (OCBA Master Beekeeper and Director of Education) will demonstrate hive splitting techniques.

After several weather related delays for our weekend dates we will finally have good weather. Unfortunately the good weather is coming mid-week rather than on a weekend. But 19 members have indicated that they can be available even mid-week. So we are moving forward. The workshop will take place Thursday, March 29 at 1:00p at Carrboro High School. The hives are located to the left of the traffic circle. Parking is available in the parking lot south of the hives. 

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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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Bee School Begins – 2018

Orange County Beekeepers Association’s 2018 Bee School started January 16th. Once again the class was fully enrolled with 75 new and prospective beekeepers, including OCBA’s two apprentices, Catherine Trusky and Megan Talikoff. Randall Austin, OCBA’s Director of Education welcomed the new beekeepers and walked them through an overview of beekeeping as he introduced them to the syllabus for the 10 week session. This year’s class boasts a number of friends/family members of existing OCBA beekeepers, as well as a higher than usual number of students who are taking the class with a spouse, partner or other family member. 

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National Honey Bee Day!

August 12, 2017

OCBA kicked off National Honey Bee Week at the Chapel Hill Farmers Market. Vendors were asked to help promote the role of honey bees and other pollinators by displaying signs highlighting the role of bees in the production of their produce.

Chris Apple helped the non-beekeeping public appreciate the role of honey bees in the pollination of the world’s food supply. She staffed an information table about bees, beekeeping and honey production. Gifts of lip balm donated by Burt’s Bees and wild flower seed packets donated by BayerCropScience were available to market patrons who stopped by the info table.

Chris Apple offers information about beekeeping at the market.

Chris Apple offers information about beekeeping at the market.

Next Saturday on National Honey Bee Day, OCBA beekeepers will repeat this community education and outreach effort at the Eno River Farmers’ Market in Hillsborough.

More photos from the Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market event.

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