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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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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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