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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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Orange County Bee School 2020 Open for Enrollment

Are you interested in beekeeping but don’t know where to begin? Are you a beekeeper who is interested in improving your beekeeping skills? Whatever your level of interest, Orange County Beekeepers Association’s Bee School is here for you!

Classes start January of 2020.

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July 11, 2019 Membership Meeting

NC Master Beekeeper Randall Austin will tell us about the tiny little ninjas lurking in our bee colonies. We can’t see them. We can’t get rid of them. The goal of their very existence is to kill, kill, kill! They are extremely good at it. Typically, the ninjas make the deaths look like an accident. Most beekeepers aren’t even aware they exist. When their colonies die, the beekeeper thinks “my bees left,” or “GMO crops must have killed my bees” or some other equally sensible-sounding, YouTube based explanation. Hint: the culprits are NOT Varroa mites (we can see those) although Varroa mites act as the ninjas’ henchmen. Join Randall at the July meeting to find out what is going on in your hives.

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June 13, 2019 Membership Meeting

Lewis Cauble, Past President of OCBA and current NC Apiary Inspector for the mountain region, will return to Orange County as our speaker in June.

His presentation will focus on what should give us comfort vs. what may be problematic as we read the frames in our hives. Lewis will share his perspective on the threat of varroa to the health of our colonies and help us recognize diseases that accompany high mite loads as we inspect our hives. He will also help us understand what is typical, seasonal variation in our hives as we evaluate frames of bees, brood and stores. For example, what is a shotgun laying pattern versus merely a random scattering of empty cells in an otherwise solid patch of brood? What are the bees telling us with the placement of nectar, bee bread, brood and open space? Can the placement of nectar tell us that the colony is queenless? Learn how to read the frames in your hive.

Learn to read your frames. What are they telling you?

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May 9, 2019 Membership Meeting

Chris Apple, Master Beekeeper and past OCBA President, will help us understand temporal polyethism. We all know that in the hive there is a division of labor. Young workers remain in the hive and perform tasks associated with hive maintenance and brood rearing. As they mature, older workers take on tasks outside the hive – foraging and other tasks that require external activity. Chris will help us better understand the roles of the workers as they progress from the safer roles of internal hive maintenance through the more risky external roles taken on by older workers.

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