January Meeting: Beekeeping Technology + Queen Rearing

Tuesday, January 9, 2017

Pre-meeting presentation: 6-6:45 pm
Q&A session: 6:45-7 pm
Main meeting: 7-9 pm

The Point at C. C. Young, 4847 W. Lawther Dr., Dallas (map)

We’re kicking the new year off strong with a presentation from David Hawa on Implementation of Technology in Beekeeping. David is doing some fascinating work with beehive monitoring equipment and has been using it to gather a lot of great info on his bees. You don’t want to miss this talk.

David Hawa is a resident of Hurst, Texas, a graduate of Southern Methodist University, and the acting webmaster for Metro Beekeepers Association in Fort Worth. David is in his 5th year as a hobbyist level beekeeper and has attained the rank of apprentice beekeeper within the Texas Master Beekeeper Program in 2017. During his time working with bees, David began implementing non-traditional practices and technology into beekeeping and has presented to bee clubs in both Texas and Oklahoma. David is a Lead Developer with the HiveTool Project and is working on other efforts in his spare time aimed at the implementation of beekeeping in schools, bee experimentation, and environmental trending projects.

In addition to our main presentation, we will have our Q&A session, “Bee Plant of the Month”, “Bee Book of the Month”, and our monthly “In the Hive”. We will also be introducing our youth scholarship recipients for 2018.

The pre-meeting class this month is a free talk on queen rearing for the hobbyist. Bruce Bonnett will discuss queen rearing techniques requiring only the type of equipment that the hobbyist beekeeper already has on hand. These non-grafting techniques fit easily within the skills of novice beekeepers. Bee reproductive biology and the steps from the breeder hive to the mating nucleus will be covered.

Bruce owns an electrical engineering consulting company specializing in process & controls automation. He is a sideline beekeeper maintaining 30 hives. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association as Secretary.

Want to help out at a meeting? We are always looking for folks to bring snacks and give brief talks on bee plants and books. Click here to sign up –> TVBA sign up lists

How to find us: Go in the main entrance at The Point and turn left. The main meeting and Q&A session are held in the large meeting room which is the first room on your left. Pre-meeting presentations are held in the small theater at the end of the same hallway, also on the left side.

Our meetings are always free and open to the public. Feel free to attend even if you don’t know anything about beekeeping–it’s a great chance to meet people and see what it’s all about!

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