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2019-05-19 – Hive Inspection, Nuc Install, and Mentoring Opportunity

DATE and TIME: Sunday 5/19, 2:00 PM to whenever you run out of questions.

LOCATION: Will Rogers Gardens, 3400 NW 36th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73112

Meet in the 36th street parking lot, NW of the building. We’ll go in through the small iron gate behind the dumpster.

If you have protective gear, please bring it. We’ll only have very limited loaner gear available.

AGENDA: John Bowman will be installing a nuc into his hive.

We will then inspect a double-deep from which we pulled 2 splits last week. We will do an alcohol-wash Varroa mite count. If mite counts indicate that treatment is needed, we will treat with Oxalic Acid administered via a vaporizer.

Q&A as long as needed.

2019-04-27 – Hive Inspection and Mentoring Opportunity

Hive Inspection and Mentoring Opportunity – 2019 COBA Students AND OTHERS
DATE and TIME: Saturday 4/27, 2:00 PM to whenever you run out of questions.
LOCATION: Will Rogers Gardens, 3400 NW 36th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73112
Meet in the 36th street parking lot, NW of the building. We’ll go in through the small iron gate behind the dumpster.
If you have protective gear, please bring it. We’ll only have very limited loaner gear available.

2019-04-15 and 2019-04-17 Hive Inspection Opportunities

2019 COBA STUDENTS:

Because of schedule and weather issues, we haven’t yet gotten you into a hive. This is very unusual, and we’re sorry.

We are planning 2 opportunities this week, in the evening.

Monday 6:00 PM and Wednesday 6:00 PM at Will Rogers Gardens. (Same location you took the class.)

Meet in the 36th street parking lot, NW of the building. We’ll go in through the small iron gate behind the dumpster.

If you have protective gear, please bring it. We’ll only have very limited loaner gear available.

We’ll start at 6:00 PM, inspect a hive, then answer questions until you’re tired of it.

We WILL be having more opportunities on the weekends, but wanted to make something available ASAP.

2019-02-28 COBA February Meeting

Posted for the Secretary:

WHERE:

Will Rogers Gardens Exhibition Center
3400 NW 36th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73112

SW Corner of NW 36th and Grand. No access from Grand. Enter from either driveway on 36th.

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/6PYq6X3Zdhr

WHEN:

Thursday, February 28, 2019
Setup will begin by 6:30 PM
Meeting 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
Cleanup and out by 9:30 PM.
Assistance with setup and cleanup is appreciated.

TOPICS:

Vice President Tom hall will be our speaker. The topic will be permacomb bee foundation.

President Rick Schantz will finish up the discussion talking about other different types of foundation.

NOTES:

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!

Last chance to sign up for the March 2/9 Beginning Beekeeping Class!

2018-10-19 COBA October Meeting on FRIDAY

WHERE:

Will Rogers Gardens Exhibition Center
3400 NW 36th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73112

SW Corner of NW 36th and Grand. No access from Grand. Enter from either driveway on 36th.

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/6PYq6X3Zdhr

WHEN:

FRIDAY, October 19, 2018
Setup will begin by 6:30 PM
Meeting 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
We will not cleanup because the OSBA will use the same setup Saturday.
Assistance with setup is appreciated.

Our speaker will be the speaker for OSBA’s Saturday meeting:
Tanya Phillips of Austin TX.
A sideline beekeeper of 150 hives, teacher and author of several books that include
– Beekeeping in Guatemala
– Beekeeping in Ireland
– Beekeeping in China (in progress)
She has also written a book Beginning Beekeeping which she will have for sale.

Her Friday night COBA meeting topic will be:
“HIVE MANAGEMENT USING BEE BIOLOGY”

NOTES:

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!

MORE NOTES:

COBA’s Friday meeting will be followed by the Fall OSBA meeting on Saturday:

OSBA Meeting information:

Tanya Phillips Saturday OSBA meeting topics will be
“MAKING MONEY AS A SMALL SCALE BEEKEEPER” and
“HOMEMADE PRODUCTS FROM THE HIVE”.

Saturday’s session begins at 8:30am with doors opening for registration at 8am.

Lunch can be paid for at the registration desk. Several options will be available from Jason’s deli. Cost will be approx 10 dollars.

2018/08/23 COBA August Meeting

WHERE:

Will Rogers Gardens Exhibition Center
3400 NW 36th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73112

SW Corner of NW 36th and Grand.  No access from Grand.  Enter from either driveway on 36th.

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/6PYq6X3Zdhr

WHEN:

Thursday, August 23, 2018
Setup will begin by 6:30 PM
Meeting 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
Cleanup and out by 9:30 PM.
Assistance with setup and cleanup is appreciated.

TOPICS:

Marla Sweaney, Registered Professional Sanitarian, representing the
Health Department. She will be sharing some Health Department rules and regulations, as well as Oklahoma Tax Commission rules and regulations.

There will also be a presentation regarding how to prepare colonies for fall in Oklahoma.

NOTES:

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!

2018/07/26 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.

2018-06-09 COBA Mentoring Opportunity at WRGEC, 9:00 AM

Week 3 of “COBA Mentor” program at Will Rogers Gardens Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73112. Saturday, June 9 at 9:00 AM.
 
Northwest parking lot. We’ll enter the gate near the big trash bin. Bring your preferred protective gear.
 
Bill Armstrong will be inspecting a full sized hive. He uses a deep and a medium for brood chamber, and I believe the hive has 2 honey supers in place.
 
October 2017 and February/March 2018 Students are especially invited, but others are welcome too.