June Meeting: Hive Maintenance + Wildlife Gardening

Tuesday, June 13, 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)

Join us for our June monthly meeting! The main meeting starts at 7 and will feature club announcements, Bee Plant of the Month, Book of the Month, In the Hive beekeeping current events for June, snacks, door prizes and our main presentation. Longtime TVBA member Jerry Alcorn will be speaking to us about summer hive management.

Jerry is a long-time beekeeper and a participant in the Texas Master Beekeeping program. He will be sharing some great tips on how to help your bees to maximize their productivity this time of year. As always, our monthly meeting is free and open to the public. Visitors are always welcome to come and see what beekeeping is all about!

This month we will also have a brief pre-meeting presentation by TVBA member John Wright. This month’s “Trophallaxis in the Theater” presentation about wildlife gardening is free and open to the public. At the May meeting we were treated to a special “Plant of they Month” in which we saw some of the great bee plants growing in John and Elaine White’s Urban Wildlife Garden.

There were several additional questions about his garden, and it was clear that he had a lot more to say if we’d had the time. So, back by popular demand, John will be talking about creating a bee-friendly urban wildlife garden including setup, layout, and plant selection.

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 see openings and 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. See you there!

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TBA Clinic THIS WEEKEND in Arlington

 

Just a quick reminder regarding the Texas Beekeepers Association Summer Clinic taking place in Arlington on June 10th.

It looks like an excellent list of speakers and topics this year, so if you haven’t yet purchased tickets we’d encourage you to check out the attached flier and the TBA website (http://texasbeekeepers.org) for more details.

Hope to see you guys there!

-Ryan Giesecke

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May News and Opportunities

We have several upcoming opportunities to spend time with your fellow TVBA members, educate the public, and have fun!

  • THIS WEEKEND! Native Plants and Prairies Day at Bath House Cultural Center, White Rock Lake, Saturday, May 6, 10-3. Volunteers needed to man our booth, chatting about bees and letting people know about the club. We do have folks scheduled to work the booth, but anyone who wants to stop by for part of all of the time is welcome. This is a fun, family friendly event, so come on out!
  • Cub Scout presentation, June 15 in Rowlett. Volunteer needed to assist Ryan with presenting information about bees and beekeeping to Cub Scout campers.
  • Any graphic designers in the house?? We are looking to update our club logo and also design new T-shirts for this year. Please email us if you’d like to work on a new logo. We will be having a design contest for T-shirts, so get your artistic skills ready!

To volunteer for any of these events, or to serve on a TV Bees committee, contact Ryan at ryan@tvbees.org

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Beekeeping for Beginners Field Lab

May 20, 10-noon

Due to overwhelming interest and limited space, our Beekeeping for Beginners Field Lab Class is now full. If you are already registered, please keep an eye out for an email with further details! We have two locations for you to choose from, so be looking for that information. This will be a great learning experience to complement our classroom series. Thank you all for your interest in these classes!

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May Meeting: Urban Biologist Brett Johnson + Alternative Honey Harvesting

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Theater class starts at 6 pm, Q&A starts at 6:45 pm, and main meeting runs from 7-9 pm.

The Point at C C Young (map)

For our May meeting we have Urban Biologist Brett Johnson coming to speak to us. Brett is responsible for leading a natural resource management plan for the Dallas Park and Recreation Department, some key components of which include: implementing a feral hog trapping program to reduce feral hog damage on parks properties, getting a restoration program in place for the unique blackland prairie remnants at White Rock Lake, and increasing pollinator conservation areas around the city. Brett will be talking about how some of these city programs affect local beekeepers, particularly with regards to pollinator areas and mosquito abatement efforts.

In addition to our main presentation, we will have our “Bee Plant of the Month” and our monthly “In the Hive” segments. We also have an open-ended Q&A session so you can ask an experienced beekeeper for advice in an informal setting.

Before the main meeting begins, we will host a bonus session in the small theater next to the main auditorium. This month’s “Trophallaxis in the Theater” class on honey harvesting is free, and will be presented by TV Bees member and past president Bob Richie. Did you know you can put together a functional honey harvest setup for $20? Bob will be talking us through how simple honey harvesting can be, in both topbar and Langstroth scenarios, even with minimal equipment. If you haven’t harvested before, then this class is a must.

Theater class starts at 6pm, Q&A starts at 6:45, and the meeting officially starts at 7:00pm. 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!

The Point at C.C. Young Campus
4847 W. Lawther Drive, Dallas, TX

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April News and Announcements

New Committee

The TVBA board is pleased to report that we have formed a new committee to work on getting incorporation for the club. Bruce Bonnett, our current secretary, will serve as chair of the committee. Stay tuned for details on our progress.

Volunteer Opportunities

We have several upcoming opportunities to spend time with your fellow TVBA members, educate the public, and have fun!

  • BeeWeaver bee pick up day at Trinity Haymarket, April 22. Several volunteers are needed to help check in customers, load nucs and packages, and promote TVBA.
  • Native Plants and Prairies Day at Bath House Cultural Center, White Rock Lake, May 6. Volunteers needed to man our booth, chatting about bees and letting people know about the club.
  • Cub Scout presentation, date TBD between June 12 and 15. Volunteer needed to present information about bees and beekeeping to Cub Scouts.

To volunteer for any of these events or to serve on a TV Bees committee, contact Ryan at ryan@tvbees.org

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April Meeting: Spring Management with Les Crowder

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Theater class starts at 6 pm, Q&A starts at 6:45 pm, and main meeting runs from 7-9 pm.

The Point at C C Young (map)

This month we are extremely lucky to have Les Crowder, author of “Top Bar-Beekeeping: Organic Practices For Honeybee Health,” coming to Dallas to talk to us about Spring Management: swarm prevention and swarm encouragment, the causes of swarming, and how to trigger your favorite hive to make queen cells for the sake of making splits. This topic will be helpful to all levels of beekeeper and all hive styles.

Les Crowder began keeping bees (he often states they began keeping him) in Bernalillo, New Mexico, 40+ years ago. He began looking for ways to raise bees without antibiotics in his teenage years and has been breeding honeybees for disease and parasite resistance since then. He also began early on to search for ways to regularly renew the combs in beehives because research indicated that old cocoon laden combs become havens for pathogenic fungi and bacteria that stress the bee’s resistance to disease. This led him to experiment with topbar hives and eventually begin using them exclusively for a small 100-200 hive honey and beeswax business with beehives in New Mexico that also did some California almond pollination with topbar hives.

He has been president of the New Mexico Beekeepers Association many years, has been a honey bee inspector for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, and has taught beekeeping in many parts of the world for more than 30 years. He and Heather Harrell coauthored the book Top-Bar Beekeeping published by Chelsea Green in 2012 and soon to be published in Spanish. He continues to teach and advocate nontoxic management of beehives, these days around Austin, Texas.

In addition to our main presentation, we will have our “Bee Plant of the Month” and our monthly “In the Hive”.

Theater class starts at 6pm, Q&A starts at 6:45, and the meeting officially starts at 7:00pm. 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!

The Point at C.C. Young Campus
4847 W. Lawther Drive, Dallas, TX

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April Pre-Meeting Class: Intro to Native Texas Bee Species

April 11, 2017 6-6:45 pm

The Point at C C Young, 4847 W Lawther Dr, Dallas

This month’s “Trophallaxis in the Theater” class is free, and will be presented by Ryan Giesecke of Honey Bee Relocation Services.

This class will introduce you to many of our native bees. Honey bees were brought to North America from Europe in the mid 1600’s, but there are over 700 species of bees native to Texas, and over 4000 in the United States.

Most are important pollinators to native plants and to agriculture. Many can easily be provided with nesting sites, and some can even be managed for population growth and pollination. Bumble bees, mason bees, leafcutter bees, carpenter bees, cuckoo bees, and many more will all be specifically discussed.

Credits to “The Bees In Your Backyard” for the event photo.

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Beekeeping for Beginners: Pests and Diseases

Saturday, April 29, 2017 10 am-12 pm

Trinity Haymarket

This year Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association is offering a 6-part “Beekeeping For Beginners” series. These classes are offered as individual sessions ($35 per family) and discounted for Trinity Valley members ($25), so please consider becoming a member. Classroom classes will be at Trinity Haymarket (https://www.facebook.com/TrinityHaymarket).

This, our fourth class in the series, will educate you on pest & disease issues that can affect your honey bee colony. This will include how to inspect for and recognize problems, as well as both naturalistic and intervention-oriented approaches to managing healthy bees. Though not the most cheerful of topics, this class will include some must-have instruction for being able to sustainably keep healthy and productive hives.

Recommended reading material for this series is “The Beekeeper’s Handbook” by Diana Sammataro or “First Lessons in Beekeeping” by C.P. Dadant.

A great selection of beekeeping equipment, as well as these books, will be available for purchase at Trinity Haymarket, so be sure to plan some time to shop while you’re there.

For more information on this class series, and to sign up, please visit http://www.tvbees.org/beekeeping-for-beginners-class/

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TBA Beekeeping Survey

Joe and Lolita Bader, Hill Country beekeepers, are volunteering their time to put together a survey for the Texas Beekeepers Association. They are asking local clubs to take a brief survey, and they plan to compile regional and statewide results to give a snapshot of Texas beekeeping in 2016.

If you had at least one hive in 2016, please consider taking this three-question anonymous survey. We will share their results in a month or so once the surveys have been tallied.

Please click here to take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J26RGRW

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