July club meeting: Make a sugar-shake jar to check for varroa

Our July club meeting will be a hands-on activity as we make sugar-shake jars to use to check your colonies for varroa mites.

The club will supply hardware cloth and quart canning jars with ring lids, although if you have a jar/lid combination you’d prefer to use and only need the hardware cloth insert, feel free to supply your own jar.  If you have extra jars and lids to share, they would also be welcome.  We will also have tin snips / scissors for cutting metal to cut the hardware cloth – if you have a set of your own, please bring them to help with cutting the mesh cloth to the appropriate size for use in the jars.

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June club meeting: Will Hicks on seasonal hive management

Join us Tuesday, June 9, at the Wake County Commons Building as NCDA Apiary Inspector Will Hicks discusses seasonal hive management: what you should be looking for and doing now to ensure the health of your colonies.  We will also hold a raffle for a complete hive (no bees, sorry!), so bring small bills for raffle tickets.

Social time starts at 7 p.m., with the meeting starting at 7:30 p.m.  WCBA meetings are open to the general public – all are welcome.

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May club meeting: Kevin Clemmer of NCDOT on wildflower planting

Have you ever wondered about how to create a wildflower planting or meadow, or been inspired by the roadside plantings maintained by NCDOT?  Join us Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wake County Commons Building as Kevin Clemmer of the NC Department of Transportation’s Roadside Environmental Unit discusses vegetation management practices including the Wildflower Program.

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April club meeting: Nancy Ruppert on “How to read the hive for pests and/or disease”

Join us Tuesday evening, April 14, from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Wake County Commons Building as state apiary inspector Nancy Ruppert shows us how to read a hive for pests and diseases!  Signs to look for and strategies for management will be discussed.

The Wake County Commons Building is located at 4011 Carya Drive in Raleigh.

Also, our April newsletter is available!

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March club meeting: Swarms & mites!

Our monthly club meeting will be Tuesday, March 10, from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Wake County Commons Building at 4011 Carya Drive in Raleigh.  Club president Ricky Barbour and vice president Mike Childers will discuss catching swarms, and Danny Jaynes will discuss the advantages of testing & treating for mites.  2015 membership forms and dues are also due March 31 – you can give them to the treasurer at the upcoming meeting.

See this month’s club newsletter for more information.  Hope you can join us on Tuesday!

WCBA Newsletter March 2015

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2015 Spring Beginner Beekeeping Workshop March 28-29, 2015

The WCBA is pleased to announce its spring workshop for beginning beekeepers.  The workshop will be held March 28 – 29, 2015 at the Raleigh Police Club.  Saturday will feature classroom instruction from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., followed by administration of the written portion of the Certified level test of the NCSBA Master Beekeeper Program. Sunday’s session will start at 1 p.m. and will feature hands-on hive instruction and administration of the practical segment of the Certified test.

The workshop fee is $50, which includes the book First Lessons in Beekeeping, one year memberships to both the WCBA and NCSBA, and lunch on Saturday.  Participation is limited to 45.  Registration and payment must be received by March 21.

WCBA 2015 Workshop Registration Form

WCBA 2015 Workshop Agenda

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February club meeting at the NC Rural Development Center

We will be meeting at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at the NC Rural Development Center for our February club meeting.  It is located at 4021 Carya Drive, just past the Wake County Commons Building.

Our program will feature much of was planned for the January meeting, as well as a panel discussion and possibly a report from the NCSBA/SCBA Spring conference recently held in Monroe.

Also, 2015 membership forms (see below) can be turned in to club treasurer Margie Gurganus, and there will be a raffle for a 10-frame hive stand from Brushy Mountain generously donated by Sarah Myers.

2015 Registration WCBA NCSBA

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January meeting: NC Beekeeping license plate; panel discussion

1 P.M. – WEATHER ALERT:  MEETING CANCELLED TONIGHT DUE TO POTENTIAL DRIVING HAZARDS FROM FREEZING RAIN

After following the weather predictions for tonight & consulting with several senior members of the club, the officers have decided to cancel tonight’s meeting because driving conditions will likely be hazardous at meeting time.  Please join us next month at the NC Rural Development Center at 4023 Carya Drive.  Thank you for your understanding!

Our first meeting of 2015 will be tomorrow night – Tuesday, January 13 – from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wake County Commons Building at 4011 Carya Drive in Raleigh.  Sandy Carlson will present information on the NC beekeeping license plate, and a panel discussion with experienced beekeepers will follow. We also hope to have more information about memorial services for Dr. John Ambrose, and will have a sympathy card for club members to sign.

Also, 2015 membership forms are now due – please print out a renewal form (2015 Registration WCBA NCSBA) and bring completed forms and payment to the meeting.  Thank you!

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2015 Membership Renewal Form

Membership forms for 2015 are now available!  Please print out and complete a form for each member and return the forms with payment to club treasurer Margie Gurganus by March 31, 2015.  Forms and payment may be given to Margie at club meetings or mailed to the address included on the form.  You may renew both WCBA and NCSBA memberships using this form.

2015 Registration WCBA NCSBA

If you are planning to attend the joint NCSBA-SCBA Spring Conference in February 2015, and would like to qualify for the NCSBA member rate for registration, we strongly advise you to renew your NCSBA membership by mail directly with the NCSBA so that they will receive your membership renewal prior to the conference.  Because of the volume of WCBA members renewing at this time of year, we cannot guarantee that NCSBA membership renewals will be received and processed by the early registration deadline of January 31.  Please visit the link below for the NCSBA renewal form and instructions.

http://www.ncbeekeepers.org/membership/join-or-renew-now/

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December meeting: Holiday Banquet

December brings our annual holiday banquet, which will take place at the Wake County Commons Building at 4011 Carya Drive, Raleigh, on Tuesday, December 9.  Please bring a side dish or dessert to share; the club will provide meat.

Set up will be at 6 p.m., with the meal to follow at 6:30 p.m.  Family and guests are welcome to join us as well.

We hope to see many of you there on Tuesday!

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