Greetings, November is already upon us, and our last meeting of the year is less than a week away. There is a lot going on (see the bottom of the page for a brief summery
). Thank you to everyone who has helped support us through this year. I hope to see you all the monthly meeting
, Monday, 11/18, at 6:30, Sarah P Duke Gardens
Our guest is Monica Warner, Carolina Bee Company
. Her visit last spring was one of my favorites, and left me wanting to hear more about genetics, diversity and queens. So I couldn’t be more excited that she is coming back to talk about just that!
A live observation hive will go on display next Monday
, at the Carrack Art Gallery
, for a two week installment. The gallery is open late on Tuesday 11/19, 7-10pm, and there is an open invitation to the Durham Beekeepers
. It could be a great opportunity to socialize outside the usual structure of monthly meetings, and hopefully will tie the year up nicely.
On a similar note, I will be giving a talk about the observation hive and about Urban Beekeeping on Wednesday, 11/20, 7-10pm.
The talk will likely take place at 8:30pm. Also, and I’m so happy about this, Honey Girl Meadery
will be present with samples of her tasty mead.
- 11/18: 6:30pm, Sarah P Duke Gardens Monthly Meeting, Monica Warner, Queen Talk.
- 11/19: 7-10pm, Carrack Art Gallery, Open invitation to Durham Beekeepers and unveiling of an observation hive.
- 11/20: 7-10pm, Carrack Art Gallery, Urban Beekeeping Talk, Matthew Yearout
Here is the link to the FaceBook invite to Libby Lynn’s Carrack encaustic art show: https://www.facebook.com/events/225934847570008/
DBK Agenda 10/21/2013
Roll: See sign in sheet, 19 in attendance
Agenda – Election for Vice President, Introductions
Presentation – State Inspector: Will Hicks
•Matthew greets the club and talks about the Vice President opening. David Albert steps up to the task, was elected Vice President by a show of hands and will remain Webmaster.
•Jack addresses the club about their NCBA and DCBA memberships. He has since created a spreadsheet of all members.
•Introductions and general discussion. Each beekeeper present talked about the status of their hive(s).
•Contacting past members for membership renewal and participation- Matthew
•Creating a 2014 agenda with a list of possible speakers- Matthew and all board members
•Registering 2014 NCBA members- Jack
•Training a new Treasurer – Jack
•Diseases and Pest (with a focus on Varroa Destructor)- State Inspector: Will Hicks
In the October meeting, Will Hicks gave a great talk about the pests that typically pester our bees, including a slide show from the state inspectors’ archives. He focused primarily on Varroa because, as he said a few times, the mites are the most pervasive and problematic of all the present day hive invaders.
local bee suffers Varroa destruction
The bee to the right has at least 2 Varroa destructor mites in view on its back and is suffering from deformed wing virus. She came from one of the hives on the CCCC campus in Chatham county. If you see a worker in your hive that is as severely afflicted as this one here, then you definitely have a problem. Varroa are ubiquitous, it is a certainty that they are present in all of our hives. However, if they are kept at manageable levels, then you should rarely if ever spot a mite while working your hive.
Mr. Hicks went over the process of performing the sugar shake test. Click here to see a 2-minute video of some guy named Phil performing the test. There are other monitoring methods, such as sticky boards and the alcohol test, but the former is no substitute for a real test and the latter is just like the sugar shake except that it kills your bees. Whether you kill your bees or coat them in sugar, you should be testing your mite levels every few months and definitely once in the fall before it gets too cold to take corrective action.
The rest of the talk was an overview of less common or less destructive pests.
Next Monday, October 21st, our speaker will be Will Hicks, Apiary Inspector. Will is the regional apiary inspector for Durham, and is one of the most knowledgeable resources in the state when it comes to disease and pest management. Hope to see you all there.
The meeting is on Monday, October 21st, 6:30PM at Sara P. Duke Gardens.
DBK Agenda 9/16/13
Roll: See sign in sheet, 17 in attendance
Agenda – Elections, General Discussion
Presentation – Matthew Yearout, Preparing for Winter
- Election Results
- Matthew Yearout, President
- Vacant, Vice President
- Jack Bishop, Treasurer
- Bonnie Pivacek, Secretary
- New Roles
- Leslie Peteya, Social Media Coordinator
- David Albert, Webmaster
- Creating a proper Newsletter/mailing list to inform members of upcoming meetings and events – Matthew
- Update webpage. -David Albert
- Set up polls about organizing the club.- Need Name
- Many members have not received their NCSBA memberships and would like to inquire about them and find out why they have not been submitted. – Matthew/ (Jack)
- Hive Beetle trap workshop. -Deniz
- DIY/Equipment Workshop. -Deniz
- Preparing for winter, Matthew Yearout