2018/07/26 COBA July Meeting

WHERE/WHEN:
Will Rogers Gardens Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73112. Thursday, July 26, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

SW Corner of NW 36th and Grand.  No access from Grand.  Enter from either driveway on 36th.
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MAIN  SPEAKER:
Greg Hannaford from Tulsa/NEOBA, will be speaking about late summer issues such as Varroa Mites and Parasitic Mite Syndrome (PMS), feeding, and common misconceptions about queens this time of year.
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HONEY TASTING:
Bring some honey from this year’s crop for everyone to sample.

Please bring a snack to share with others. COBA provides beverages, but other items are brought by those attending.

Members are invited to bring a bee-related item for the door prize drawing.

Guests are always welcome at regular monthly COBA meetings!

2018-07-07 Mentoring Opportunity – Saturday 07/07 at 2 PM

We will have another “COBA Mentor” event this Saturday at Will Rogers Gardens Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73112. Saturday, July 7 at 2:00 PM.
 
Northwest parking lot. We’ll enter the gate near the big trash bin. Bring your preferred protective gear.
 
We will be MOVING a hive into the location, and, after a few minutes, inspecting it. This is an opportunity to see how to move a hive. It will be in double deeps, but isn’t full strength.
 
The colony there before swarmed itself into oblivion. If there’s anything left, we’ll demonstrate how to do a masking spray merge of two colonies
 
The new colony will be in double deeps, but isn’t full strength. We’ll see brood at all stages, and maybe the queen. Last time we got to see several new adults emerging from their cells.
 
Pertinent Q&A will occur during the inspection, and general Q&A can be continued after the inspection is complete.
 
October 2017 and February/March 2018 Students are especially invited, but others are welcome too.
POST SESSION UPDATE:
We had a nice turnout of 5 today, and were there about 2 hours.

We demonstrated how to configure a hive for moving, and moved one into the yard. We inspected the colony we were expecting to replace, and it was doing so much better that we decided to leave it in place.

We moved the new colony onto an empty stand. We demonstrated how to trigger reorientation.

During inspection, the beekeepers got to see capped honey, nectar, queen cups, eggs, larvae from 1 day and older, capped brood, emerging brood, and the queen. We saw 1 hive beetle, and evidence of varroa mites.

After the inspection, we chatted a while about whatever topics the beekeepers desired.

We’ll let you know when the next session is held.