February Meeting: Featuring Dan Weaver + Honey Bee Communication

 Tuesday, February 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)

Rescheduled from November, this month we are extremely lucky to have Dan Weaver speaking to us about raising strong resistant stock in the face of modern beekeeping challenges. Dan has been selecting for varroa resistance since the 1990’s, and runs BeeWeaver Apiaries, producing bees raised free of miticides, pesticides, and any chemical control measures.

Dan comes from a long beekeeping tradition and is a clear authority on all things honey bees. He received his PhD in Molecular Biology from University of California and his JD from University of Texas. He is past-president of the Texas Beekeepers Association and the American Beekeeping Federation, and has served on many pollinator/bee/beekeeping committees at a national and international level. He has also been an author on numerous papers pertaining to bees, covering topics ranging from the impact of in-hive pesticides to the mapping of the honey bee genome.

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 have an awards ceremony for our youth scholarship recipients for 2018.

For this month’s “Trophallaxis In The Theater” pre-meeting class, we have TVBA member Janeil Mitchell presenting about the many different languages of the honey bee. This presentation will cover many fascinating ways bees communicate with each other, and how some of these, when observed, can be interpreted into the beekeeper’s management of the colony.

Janeil is going in to her 4th year as hobby beekeeper in Heath, TX. She earned her apprentice level beekeeper status within the Texas Master Beekeeper Program in 2016. The focus of her community outreach has been encouraging the younger generations to get excited about beekeeping.

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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Beekeeping for Beginners: Honey Bee Biology

First class: Saturday, February 24,10 am – 12 pm at Trinity Haymarket (1715 Market Center Blvd, Dallas)

Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association will be offering a 6-part “Beekeeping For Beginners” series for 2018. These classes will are available as individual sessions ($35 per family) or as a package at a discount ($150 per family). Fees are further discounted for Trinity Valley members ($125/$25), so please consider becoming a member. Classroom classes will be held at Trinity Haymarket.

This, our second class, will focus on honey bee anatomy, biology, and behavior. Basically, this will address everything that these amazing creatures do with or without us. Castes, foraging, wax production, honey production, defensive behavior, mating, individual reproduction, and swarming will all be discussed. An understanding of why bees do what they do will help equip you to make informed management decisions as you start your beekeeping adventure.

Recommended reading material for this series is “The Beekeeper’s Handbook” by Diana Sammataro and/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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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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Calling All Plant Lovers!

TV Bees needs volunteers to present the Plant of the Month at upcoming meetings, especially February, March, and April. This is a fun, easy job: simply pick one or two plants that are beneficial for honeybees and are blooming in the month that you present. Tell us a little bit about the plant and why you chose it. You can create a brief PowerPoint presentation or simply email a photo of your Plant to us and we will have it onscreen while you talk.

These presentations are a small but important part of our monthly meeting as they help members learn more about the different plants that bees utilize in different seasons. Gardening and beekeeping go hand in hand!

To sign up, please click here –> http://www.tvbees.org/sign-up-sheets/?sheet_id=3

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Queen Rearing for the Hobbyist

The Theater Topic for the January meeting of TVBA is a lecture on queen rearing for the hobbyist.  Bruce Bonnett will talk about 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.

The lecture will begin just before the monthly membership meeting at 6 PM January 9th in the Point Theater on C.C. Young Campus.

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Beekeeping For Beginners Series: Setting up Your Apiary

First class: Saturday, January 27, 10 am – 12 pm at Trinity Haymarket

Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association will be offering a 6-part “Beekeeping For Beginners” series for 2018. These classes will are available as individual sessions ($35 per family) or as a package at a discount ($150 per family). Fees are further discounted for Trinity Valley members ($125/$25), so please consider becoming a member. Classroom classes will be held at Trinity Haymarket.

Our first classroom class will focus on apiary concerns such as site selection and setup, bee population densities, forage availability, as well as providing additional information on equipment choices and other decisions that need to be addressed before you get your bees.
Recommended reading material for this series is “The Beekeeper’s Handbook” by Diana Sammataro and/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. Also, consider sticking around for their 1pm class, “What Is Permaculture?” (https://www.facebook.com/events/1384102618382708/).

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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December Meeting: Holiday Potluck

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 7-9 pm

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

Join us for our annual holiday potluck! We will provide the BBQ meat; you bring your favorite appetizers, sides or desserts. This is a great chance to celebrate this year’s successes, sympathize with any losses or challenges, and get to know your fellow beekeepers! If you’re a new or prospective beekeeper who wants a chance to chat with experienced beekeepers, this is the meeting to attend!

How to find us: Go in the main entrance at The Point and turn left. The main meetings are held in the large meeting room which is the first room on your left. See link above for map and address.

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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Congratulations to 2018 Board Members

At the November monthly meeting, which serves as TV Bees’ annual business meeting, our members elected officers to the board for 2018.

Your new slate of officers will be:

President Ryan Giesecke
Vice President Jay Merrett
Treasurer Matthew Diaz
Secretary Bruce Bonnett

Many thanks to outgoing Vice President Beth Lamb and Treasurer Aaron Richins for your service, and many thanks to our new and returning board members for 2018!

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Beekeeping 101 Class THIS Weekend Dec 9

Join TV Bees president Ryan Giesecke at a TreeHouse Dallas for a special presentation of “So You Think You Want Bees,” a beginner-level program for soon-to-be beekeepers in the Dallas area. Ryan will talk through reasons to keep bees, considerations and concerns involved in urban beekeeping, and what can be done now to prepare for your upcoming first Spring, as well as touching on hive styles and options for getting your first bees.

December 9, 1-2:30 pm

TreeHouse, 8021 Walnut Hill Ln, Dallas 75231

This event is free and family friendly. Hope to see you there!

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TV Bees in the News!

A reporter for the Dallas Morning News attended TV Bees’ honey tasting meeting. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can read the article online here:

https://www.dallasnews.com/life/farm-to-table/2017/10/13/local-raw-unfiltered-honey-best-way-taste-grows-around

Be sure to click on the video for a quick interview with our very own Bruce Bennett while he does a hive inspection!

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