This months meeting will feature Dewey Caron. His title for the talk is “”Do You Have A Plan” – June & July Hive Management.
He will also bee sharing the results of the annual bee survey.
We unfortunately will not be accepting any new registrations.
We will be having a joint field day with Linn County Beekeepers Association and Linn-Benton Beekeepers Association on Saturday, May 21st from 10:00-2:30 at the OSU Apiary located at the Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture. The address is 844 SW 35th St in Corvallis. Please follow the signs for parking across the street from the apiary.
Space is limited because of the number of hives available for inspection, so sign up early to get one of the spaces.
In the morning we will have multiple talks that you can choose from and we will rotate through them. We will then take a short lunch break (lunch boxes available for purchase when you sign up). After the lunch break, we will split into groups and get into the hives at the apiary. You will be led by an experienced beekeeper, who will show you the things you should be looking for while inspecting your hives. Experienced beekeepers attending will be getting into hives that are having issues.
To attend, each person will be required to sign an OSU Waiver and Assumption of Risks Agreement OSU OSBA 2016. Please print it out, sign it and bring it the day of the event.
Things to bring: Veil, jacket or suit, gloves and a lawn chair.
Dan Scollard will start our meeting speaking on yellow jackets and what we can do to help prevent attacks on our hives. He will also speak on the services that he offers collecting yellow jackets and hornets.
We will then have round table with club members talking about what they are doing with their hives & techniques and also answer questions that you may have about your hives.
This conference on March 21st, is being put on by the OSU Extension and the Linn County Master Gardeners giving the state of pollinators in Oregon and what you can do to help them in your landscaping.
For more info go to: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/mb/blog/beevent-pollinator-conference-albany
The days are lengthening, the early blooms are setting, and your beloved hive is preparing to swarm! Hives that swarm will probably not put away enough honey for your harvest. They may experience a sharp increase in Varroa mites. Worse, they are at greater risk for death in the following winter. Have you decided on a strategy for keeping all of your bees home? In this class you will learn about the factors that trigger bees to swarm and discuss swarm prevention techniques including checkerboarding, breaking up the brood nest, demaree, splits, queen manipulation, and more. You will learn to recognize a symptom of swarm planning that precedes queen cell construction by weeks. Finally, you’ll take a close look at swarm mechanics and behavior.