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Earth Day 2013 at Garden Station in Dayton

04/20/2013 11:00 am
04/20/2013 3:00 pm

Join West Central Ohio Beekeepers Association on April 20, 2013 at Garden Station in Dayton, OH as we recognize Earth Day 2013 by helping educate the public on the important role of the honey bee and the basics of beekeeping. 

December Urbana Meeting - featuring Garrett Dodds from the USDA Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Research Lab

12/27/2012 6:30 pm

Join WCOBA in Urbana, Ohio at 6:30 PM on December 27th as we welcome guest presenter Garrett Dodds from the USDA ARS Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Research Lab in Baton Rouge, LA.  Garrett raises and inseminates queens as part of the ARS research on varroa hygienic bees and is a Rushsylvania, OH native.

Our Dec 27, 2012 meeting will change locations to the Madison Champaign Educational Service Center building located at 1512 US 68, Urbana OH 43078.  

WCOBA Graduates Dec 1, 2012 Class Of Beginning Beekeepers School

WCOBA marked a great year of beekeeper education with the graduation of another class of beginners from our Beginning Beekeepers School on December 1, 2012 at Cedar Bog Nature Preserve in Urbana.  During 2012 WCOBA instructors hosted multiple classes over the spring and fall at locations in Urbana and Troy, OH.  A pillar of WCOBA’s mission is to educate new and aspiring beekeepers in the art and science of beekeeping using the latest best practices with a solid understanding of honey bee biology.  The December 1st class at Cedar Bog represented a typical grou

Candy Boards - A Versatile Tool for Winter Survival

Mid to late fall is a critical time in the beekeeper’s year.  One of the most manageable factors in colony survival through winter is the availability and accessibility of food.  Did your bees make sufficient honey for their over-winter needs?  Did you leave enough stores on the colony during extraction?  Was the fall flow abundant or did you feed syrup early enough to make up any deficiency? 

A Swarm in August is Worth...

Most beekeepers are familiar with the old english rhyme "a swarm in May is worth a load of hay, a swarm in June is worth a silver spoon, a swarm in July isn't worth a fly."  Well we've often wondered with today's modern management practices and effective feeding options if that old rhyme was outdated.  WCOBA president Dwight Wells and Cedar Bog Nature Preserve site manager Eric Doerzbacher got the chance this summer to pit 2012 beekeeping practices against traditional thinking in a race against the calendar.

Simple and Effective Insulation for Wintering Bees

One of the biggest challenges facing WCOBA members and other northern beekeepers is preserving heat within the colony while providing effective ventilation.  In recent monthly club meetings covering winter preparations, WCOBA shared a simple yet effective insulation scheme for your hives.

WCOBA Members Attend Illinois State Beekeepers Association Fall Meeting

WCOBA members Dwight Wells and Denny Lamb attended the Illinois State Beekeepers Association Fall Meeting on November 10th.  The ISBA Fall Meeting featured a keynote presentation by reknowned queen geneticist and breeder Sue Cobey from Washington State University & University of California, Davis.  Additional speakers included Jerry Hayes, author of "The Classroom" column in the American Bee Journal, Lee Heine, past president of the American Honey Board, and Dr. Thomas Webster of Kentucky State University.

Ohio Beekeeping School - Fall & Winter 2012-2013

10/01/2012 9:22 am

WCOBA will be having a series of Beginning Beekeeper classes at various locations throughout Western Ohio. The first of the classes will be held Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 8am-5pm at Lost Creek Reserve in Troy, OH. This class will be located in the "Cabin in the Woods" and seating is limited, so reserve your spot ASAP! Cost of the class will be $50.00 and $65.00 per couple.

Fall Beginner Beekeeping Class

10/20/2012 8:00 am
10/20/2012 5:00 pm

WCOBA Fall Beginning Beekeeping School, Using 2012 Management Methods will be presented:  Saturday, October 20, 2012, 8:00AM to 5:00 PM located at Lost Creek Reserve, Miami County Park District, 2645 E St Rt 41 Troy, Ohio 45373.  Cost is $50.00. Class will be held at the “Cabin In The Woods”, there is Limited Seating available, so sign up ASAP. Click on the "starting beekeeping" link, then click on "fall class" for a full description of the class.

Breakfast @ Panera

Hello Fellow Beekeepers! Casey Reed here, giving you an update on WCOBA happenings.

We're sitting here at Panera, having a wonderful pastry, a cup of coffee and lots of conversation about bees! Remember we meet every 2nd and 4th Monday morning 9-11am. We welcome anyone wanting to join us, just give Casey (937-216-0798) or Dwight (937-477-9251) a call so that we know how many seats to save.

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