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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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OCBA Website Resign Survey

Please participate in the OCBA Website Survey that can be found at this link

 The survey will take < 5 minutes and will help us improve our OCBA Website features.  Thank you!

The survey will be open from January 9th 2020 to February 5th.


Are you interested in being part of the Website Design Workgroup?  Responsibilities of this group are:

  • Review of the survey results
  • Gather additional website need information
  • Compile list of website specifications
  • Review website designer proposals
  • Select designer to redesign the OCBA website, this includes rebranding

Contact Celeste Mayer, OCBA 2020 President with questions or to volunteer for the Website Design Workgroup. or 919-971-1005.

10.10.19 Golden Achievement Chapter Project Grant Award and Application



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OCBA 2020 Bee School is Now Closed

If you did not get here in time, we encourage you to join us for our regular monthly meetings in Hillsborough. Also there are other high-quality introductory bee schools in this area, such as the one offered by Person County Beekeepers Association in Roxboro ( and Bailey Bee Supply, held in North Raleigh ( Both of those have large venues, are open to participants regardless of residence and have plenty of spaces remaining. In addition, the NC State Beekeepers Association has a list of bee schools and beginner classes across the state (


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