For the June 28th general meeting program, MCBA members Chet and Michelle Juck, will present “Our Successful Varroa Management.” Learn about their proactive mite management regimen that in only 5 years of beekeeping has helped them overwinter 61 of 65 colonies. They both are involved with the bee management and credit their success on investing the time into caring for their bees and maintaining a consistent mite management program for both monitoring and treating.
In addition, learn about and see examples of Varroa treatment medications.
Developing a Varroa management and treatment plan in early summer is very important, because if you wait until August it may be too late.
At tonight’s meeting, learn about how to establish, care for, and overwinter nucleus colonies from the nuc experts, certified Master Beekeeper Dr. Vincent Aloyo and Ellen Codd. We’ve all heard and learned about the importance of nucleus colonies as resources in our apiaries, but how is their management different from regular colonies? Vincent and Ellen have managed hundreds of nucs over the years, so be sure to attend this helpful program and learn from the nuc professionals.
Also, Scott Famous will give a summary of the results of MCBA’s queen cell program.
Tonight, Joe Duffy will present on wax processing. Joe has been beekeeping for many, many years. He has been active in the MCBA by serving as president and remains active in the association’s yearly Farm Show competition. Beginning in his early years of beekeeping, Joe became fascinated with honey bee wax. With practice, he became proficient in his method of wax processing and won prizes for his entries in competitions.
Also, Ronnie and Paul Menard will discuss the art of candle making. They have been beekeeping for 10 years and have won prizes, as well, for their entries in candle competitions.
Learn all about processing wax from the experts in MCBA.
This evening, Jim Bobb will present on his travels and adventures to Nairobi where he learned and observed how African Honey bees are managed. Jim participated in a tour organized by MaryAnn Frazier who has been visiting and gathering information on this topic over the years. Do African bee species manage varroa with less destruction and, if so, why is this possible?
Also, Paul Snellen, president of Lehigh Valley Beekeepers Association will show and tell on his efforts to promote propolis deposits on the inside of honey bee wooden ware. How do you do this and does it work ? Learn from Paul’s four years of experimenting with this important honey bee resource.