TVBA June Meeting

The June meeting for the TVBA will be Saturday, June 10th at the home of David and Peggy Lynch.  This will be our annual picnic meeting, so please bring a covered dish and lawn chairs.  We plan to start at 1:00 pm.

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TVBA at the Lawrence County Indian Festival

TVBA Members will be hosting an educational booth at the Lawrence County Indian Festival May 18, 19, & 20 from 8am to 4pm daily. Any members that can assist with the booth, just show up. Saturday is the big day, so extra help will be needed then.

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THEFT REPORT!!! Reward!

On 4/2Image result for theft9/17, beekeepers in the Mt. Hope community of Lawrence County, AL discovered the theft of two colonies of bees and a swarm trap.  A $100 reward is offered for information leading to the arrest of the thieves and return of the colonies.

 

Descriptions:

Hive #1:
Purple Bottom Board
Peach Brood Boxes
Purple Shallow super
Kelley Plastic Top Cover

Hive #2:
Purple Bottom Board
White bottom brood box
Wood Grain top brood box
Metal top cover

Bait Hive:
Plywood homemade swarm trap

If you have information on these colonies, please contact the Alabama Cooperative Extension office at:

Lawrence County Agriculture Center
13075 ALA-157, Suite 6
Moulton, AL 35650
Phone: (256) 974-2464
Fax: (256) 974-2485

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Intermediate Beekeeping Class April 22, 2017

Members of the TVBA (in cooperation with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System) are glad to announce an intermediate beekeeping class scheduled for 4/22/17.

The class will begin at 8:00 am at Moulton Church of Christ (597 Main Street in Moulton, AL ).  We will have presentations on Swarms & Splits, Hive Problems, Pollinator Plants, and Hive Inspection.  The afternoon will consist of a visit to a local apiary, where the State Bee Inspector will teach a hands-on session on what to look for in your hive (be sure to bring your bee veil or suit because we will be opening up working hives).

The fee for the class and materials is $10.00 (payable at the door).

Please call one of the numbers listed on the flyer below to reserve your slot (maximum of 30 people).

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February Meeting

The TVBA regular February meeting was 2/9/17 at Moulton City Hall.

After discussing plans for the New Beekeeper Class, the club viewed a video on swarm traps.

 

Also, Charter Member Jerry Claborn provided this photo of his bees on a Mahonia plant in late January.

Bees on Mahonia - January 21, 2017

Bees on Mahonia – January 21, 2017

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Beginning Beekeeper Class – 02/11/2017

Lamar Roberson talking about feeding bees

Lamar Roberson talking about feeding bees

TVBA hosted a Beginning Beekeeper Class on 2/11/17 at the Moulton Church of Christ.

A group of 22 folks learned about the steps for getting bees through their first year:

  • Bee Biology
  • Hive Building & Supplies
  • Sources for Bees
  • Installing Bees in the Hive
  • Inspecting Bees
  • Feeding Bees
  • Overwintering
  • Mentors
Bud Rogers demonstrating package installation- complete with sound effects!

Bud Rogers demonstrating package installation- complete with sound effects!

Thanks to Larry & Debbie Mote, several suppliers offered prizes for the class.  The TVBA Club provided the grand prize, a nuc of Buckfast Bees from Kaleb Scott Apiaries.

Grand Prize Winner- Dale- A package of Buckfast Bees from Kaleb Scott's Apiary

Grand Prize Winner- Dale- A package of Buckfast Bees from Kaleb Scott’s Apiary

Division Board Feeder Prize- Mary

Division Board Feeder Prize- Mary

Hive Top Feeder- Norma

Hive Top Feeder- Norma

Veil Prize- Debe

Veil Prize- Debe

Hive Tool Prize- Diane

Hive Tool Prize- Diane

Frame Cleaner Prize- Jim

Frame Cleaner Prize- Jim

The tentative date for the Intermediate Class is April 15, 2017.

 

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October 2016 Meeting

The minutes for the October 2016 meeting are posted on the Newsletters page.  Our speaker was Dr. Tew, who spoke on the topic of “Winter Feeding of Bees.”  The link to the recording of the event is:

http://bit.ly/zoom_feedingbees  

Click on the link above or copy the link into your browser and you should be able to view the entire program.

Thanks to Allyson Shabel for setting up this informative event.

Our next meeting will be our Christmas Party on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 6:30pm.  We will meet at the Western Sirloin Steakhouse on Hwy 157 in Moulton.

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