Monthly Archives: February 2015

Summer Splits: Timing and Techniques for Mite Load Reduction – April 13, 2015

Doug VinsonDr. James D. (Doug) Vinson is a semi-retired dentist living in Catawba County. His dad was a beekeeper and he instilled the love of the honey bee in Doug. Education, career, etc. kept him away from the bees for a number of years. About eighteen years ago he bought two packages and the rest is history. Today he tries to maintain about twenty-five colonies for honey production at several locations in Catawba and Avery counties.

Doug is currently serving as an NCSBA Regional Director for the Mountain Region and VP of the Catawba County Beekeepers club. He is in the NCSBA Master Beekeeper Program and is currently at the Journeyman level. Membership in other organizations includes the ABF and EAS.

Doug’s presentation, “Summer Splits: Timing and Techniques for Mite Load Reduction” will explore some colony manipulations that interrupt the reproductive cycle of the Varroa mite at a critical time in the beekeeping year.

Time and Location:  April 13th – 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the Surry County Cooperative Extension Office, Dobson, NC [ map ]

Nosema Training – Mountain Region Beekeepers – March 14, 2015

The North Carolina State Beekeepers Association  (NCBSA) Regional Directors for the Mountain Region will be conducting training to identify Nosema in your honeybees on March 14th, 2015 in Marion, NC.

Date/Time:  March 14,2015 – 12:00 noon
Instructor:  Glenn Hackney, Research Specialist, NC Dept of Agriculture
Presented by the Mountain Regional Directors of the NCSBA
Dogwood Building
McDowell Technical Community College
54 College Drive
Marion, NC 28752 [ map ]
Exit 86 on I-40
Cost: This event is free to NCSBA members in the Mountain Region.

Each attendee needs to bring about 50 fresh workers in a jar — in alcohol or frozen — for microscope testing.

Snacks will be provided but not lunch.

How do I know if I’m in the Mountain Region?
You can view this map from the NCSBA website (  The mountain region is indicated by the pink colored counties to the west.

What if I’m not in the Mountain Region but still want to come?
If you are outside of this region or not a member of NCSBA, email for more information.

What if I can’t come but would like to have access to a microscope for my chapter meeting?
NCSBA has purchased 4 microscopes for each region of NC.  The four Regional Directors in your region have access to these microscopes and can make arrangements for your chapter to use them at a chapter meeting.  If you don’t know who the Regional Director is that has been assigned to assist your chapter, contact the Senior Regional Director in your region for help.  You may find contact information here (scroll down to see Regional Directors):

Is someone going to try to sell me something if I come to this event?
No, absolutely not. This is a free education event that is being offered as a benefit to NCSBA members in the Mountain Region.

Bee School 2015 – Part III – March 9, 2015

Beginner Beekeeper Course

Begins: February 28th (for 3 sessions)
When: Saturday, February 28th, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Saturday, March 7th, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Monday, March 9th, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Field day to be announced
Where: Farm Bureau downstairs meeting room 112 White Street, Dobson, NC 27017
Cost: $35/individual registration – includes book “First Lessons in Beekeeping” by Keith Delaplane and classroom instructions; additional family member (without book) $15.00; children 16 and younger may attend for free with a registered adult. Additional books $10.00 each if available.
Registration begins at 8:30 AM on February 28th. Pay at registration – cash or check made out to Surry County Beekeepers.
Refreshments provided.
Sponsor: Surry County Beekeepers
Additional Information: This is a 10-hour course of instruction with a field day to work with bees. Students joining Surry County Beekeepers may enter the drawing for a nuc of local bees.
[ Print the flyer ]
Contact: For reservations, please call Surry County Extension Office at 336-401-8025. Questions may be directed to