Monthly Archives: June 2016

Summer Picnic – August 6, 2016

Date:  Saturday, August 6th
Time:  5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: 251 County Home Rd, Dobson, NC 27017
[ map ]

Join us at the Fireplace Pavilion at Fisher River Park in Dobson for our annual picnic. The club buys the meat, you’ll need to bring a dish to pass and a 2 liter bottle of something to drink.

Please RSVP to Albert at: (336) 786-4085 so we know how much meat to buy. Also, Albert can recommend a dish to pass based on what others have committed to bring.

During the picnic, we’ll be discussing how to best use some of the proceeds from the very successful bee school.

Highlights from the Summer NCSBA Conference – June 11, 2016

June 11, 2016
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Surry County Cooperative Extension Office [ map ]

Attendees to the NCSBA Summer Conference in Hickory will be sharing highlights from the conference. This years speakers include Dr. Marion Ellis from the University of Nebraska, Dr. Hongmei Li-Byarlay from NCSU, Dr. Vanessa Corby-Harris from the Carl Hayden Bee Research Center in Tucson, Arizona, and beekeeper and queen breeder Jeff Berta who will be sharing his experience with mite biter bees being bred at Purdue University.

NCSBA Summer Conference – July 7-9, 2016

Healthy Bees in Hickory! July 7th, 8th & 9th

Hickory Convention Center, Hickory, NC Hosted by the Catawba Valley Beekeepers!
Conference details available at


Room E:
Written testing begins on Thursday at 9am for all levels: Certified, Journeyman, and Master

Journeyman and Master Practical testing begins at 10am

Room D:
Review Sessions, Certified through Journeyman. Open to everyone, no charge!

9 am – 9:50 Anatomy and Sociology (Development, Colony activities and tasks)
10 am – 10:50 NCSBA – MBP, Beekeeping history, Hive Products, and Races of Bees
11 am – Noon, Pests and Diseases, Symptoms, and Treatments overview
Join us for one or all three sessions, again open to everyone whether you plan to test or not.

At 10am we will have a Question & Answer session, this will be an informal open session until noon. All are welcome, we will have several Master Beekeepers to answer your questions. This will be in a panel format and have lots of open discussion so come early. If you don’t have a question, listen to the ones others have.

Other test times are Friday Noon till 3pm and Saturday at 10:30 am.

Early Spring Management & Colonies with Problems – June 13, 2016

Spring 2015 Nectar Flow [ photo submitted by Paul Madren ]

Spring 2015 Nectar Flow [ photo submitted by Paul Madren ]

June 13, 2016
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Surry County Cooperative Extension Office [ map ]

We will be viewing a two-part DVD series by Larry Conner, PhD., looking at early spring management techniques and also dealing with colonies having problems. Bring your questions!