All posts by Jay Silver

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.

2018-06-02 COBA Mentor opportunity – Saturday June 2, at 2:00 PM

Week 2 of “COBA Mentor” program at Will Rogers Gardens Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73112. Saturday June 2, 2:00 PM.

Northwest parking lot. We’ll enter the gate near the big trash bin. Bring your preferred protective gear and plenty of water. It’s gonna be HOT!

We’ll be inspecting a double deep plus honey supers. It should be interesting, since two weeks ago they had capped queen cells.

October 2017 and February/March 2018 Students are especially invited, but other are welcome too.

2018-03-22 MARCH COBA MEETING

The March COBA Meeting will be 7:00-9:00 PM Thursday March 22, 2018.
Setup will start by 6:30 PM.
Cleanup must be complete by 9:30 PM.
We appreciate assistance with setup and cleanup.

We hope to see you all there!

LOCATION:

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

Map for WRGEC: https://goo.gl/maps/bSmBAvbuuEN2

TOPICS:

Short business meeting

“Splitting Colonies” presented by President Rick Schantz

Door prize drawing

NOTES:

As usual, guests and/or new members are welcome!

Please bring a snack to share with others during the break/social portion of the evening. This has NOT been well supported lately. COBA provides beverages.

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

DUES:

It is time to pay 2018 membership dues, if you haven’t already. October 2017 Students, February 2018 Students, and already enrolled March 2018 Students are “dues paid”.

COBA 2018 Membership Dues ($15 per household) are payable in the following ways:

Via PayPal “Send Money” to:
COBATreasurer@gmail.com
Please include name, phone, address, email address so we know to whom the dues should be applied.

Via check and snail mail to:
COBA, 5030 N May Ave, Suite 264, Oklahoma City, OK 73112

Via cash or check at regular COBA meetings.

(Posted by Jay Silver at Secretary Dawn Schantz’ request.)

2018-03-16 Class Schedule Update

The March 2018 class is almost full, with only 8 seats remaining.  Due to poor enrollment the last two years, there will be no Fall class in 2018.

The 2019 Winter classes have been scheduled.

Currently scheduled classes:
March 24 & 31, 2018 (Maximum 30 students) 8 seats remaining (as of 3/16)
January 19 & 26, 2019 (Maximum 30 students)
March 2 & 9, 2019 (Maximum 30 students)