2014 BANV Picnic

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BEEKEEPER ASSOCIATION OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA  ANNUAL PICNIC

WHEN

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

From 1:00-5:00 PM 

WHERE

Glencarlyn Park Picnic Shelter #2

301 North Harrison St.

Arlington, Virginia

WHAT TO BRING

Bring side dishes and desserts to share.

BANV will provide hamburgers, hotdogs,

vegetarian burgers, and drinks.

DIRECTIONS

Heading toward Washington DC on Route 50, go south (right) on Carlin Springs Rd. Turn left onto 3rd St. which turns into South Harrison St. Follow into the park. 

See you next Saturday!!!

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August 26 BANV meeting

Ladies & Gents, Four quick items for you….

1. It’s my pleasure to tell you that the man, the myth, the legend – Keith Tignor, State Apiarist – will be giving us a talk during the August BANV meeting!
2. The meeting will be held this coming Tuesday, August 26th, at 7pm, at the usual spot – Mason District Police Station, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003.
3. I forget what #3 was.
4. Keith has some words of wisdom about local queens, nucs, and inspections, to be followed by audience Q&A. If you have a question for Keith that you suspect may require more than a top-of-his-head answer, please send it to me off-list (dvdmueller@gmail.con) and I will forward to Keith in advance.

Hope to see you there!

David Mueller

Time and place for BANV picnic

The September meeting will be a picnic at Carlin Springs Shelter #2 located at 301 S Harrison Arlington Va. 22204. 2:00 to 5:00.

 

Additional details to follow.

Save the Date! BANV Picnic

Saturday September 13.

Time and location to be determined.

This will be our September meeting.

 

June 24, 2014 BANV Meeting Notes

 

 

Meeting called to order at 7:00 by President David Michaelson

 

Approximately 45 attendees

 

Actions:

Outreach Budget – Vote to increase budget by $650 was approved by group

 

Items of Note and Announcements:

Web site committee has not met yet – will do so in near future – anyone interested in supporting contact David Michaelson

 

Outreach events – Arbor day- booth well attended as was the Celebrate Fairfax day

Outreach events are listed on the BANV web site

 

Arlington Co Fair – Aug 8-10

Larry Kelly and Dane will be in charge of Arlington Co Fair – need people to work – please contact lkandlk@ntelos.com

 

Members can sell honey at the fair.

 

Arlington Adult Ed class coming up Aug 12? – Paul will confirm date

 

Aug Speaker will be Queen Rearing Group – Raising Queens in Small Apiaries – You Can Do It!

 

Sept Meeting will be a picnic – volunteers should contact David Michaelson

 

Swam Management – teams is underway – send messages to the list serv address

 

Reminder that there are 3 extractors available to BANV members – check web page for locations

 

Making BANV a 501c3 non-profit organization – Pres David Michaelson poled the group for interest. Most in attendance were unfamiliar with the need or issues so discussion will take place at Oct meeting. Parks to supply write-up on

 

4H Bee Club – Brenda Kiessling – Aug 2-3 there is a 4H fair at Frying Pan Park

 

Refractometer – 3 folks tested their honey courtesy of Whitney Long providing the instrument and Julie? doing the readings– all tested under 18%.

 

Activities in Apiary: Rob reviewed items to be aware of in July-Aug

Dearth is here

Varroa mites – watch the counts

Start harvesting honey – should be 95% capped

Robbing may increase

Now is the time to prepare for re-queening

 

Speakers: Frank Litton – Observation Hives, Gavin Dawson from South Africa – Bee Tales

 

Frank gave a great overview of the value and how to make observation hives. You can fine more information at

http://thebeepeeker.com

 

There are a number of different types of observation hives. An example of observation hives was passed around.

 

A few key things to remember – if permanent – think about placement in the house – both for the bee exit and the viewing and maintenance.

 

Keep the temperature at 65 degrees through the winter.

 

The bees will walk a long way through a tube to reach the outside.

 

Gavin Dawson – South African Bee Tales

 

Gavin gave an interesting view of what it is like to deal with bee swarms in S. Africa. He removes approximately 45 hives a month!

 

Interesting comments on honey bees seeking out factory waste and producing peppermint and other flavored honeys as well as a very black molasses based honey.

 

He also referenced a book and felt honey and stings have many medicinal properties – Honey the Gourmet Medicine by Joe Traynor

 

Meeting adjourned at 9:00 pm

 

 

July 22 Meeting

The BANV Queen Rearing Group (QRG) will be giving a presentation on local queen production & selection, distribution & tracking, and including tips on installing your awesome, free, virgin, local queen.

As Rob would say, “The usual announcements and other shenanigans are all part of the evening, so come on out and join your fellow beeks, new and old, and brag about your honey harvest!” We are meeting at the usual place, usual time. 7PM – Mason District Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA.

June Meeting – June 24

Two speakers:

 

1.   “Observation Hives” by Frank Linton

Title: Observing Honey Bees at Home: Selecting, Installing, and Enjoying an Observation Hive

Watching your honey bees, fascinating social insects that they are, and as necessary as watching them is if you want to understand them, is impossible without opening the hive and disturbing the bees.

Even if you open the hive carefully and the bees initially continue to go about their business, they soon realize that things are not right, and react accordingly.

What are your options for observing bees then? One option is to have an observation hive.

An observation hive is simply a beehive with glass windows.

In an observation hive, the size and shape of these windows, the size and shape of the hive, and the layout of the interior of the hive are all arranged to optimize your view of what the bees are doing.

This presentation will get you started on selecting, installing, and enjoying your observation hive.
2. Dawson Bee Removal Business in Durban, South Africa”by Gavin Dawson. 

Mr. Dawson, no stranger to our area, is visiting from afar and joins us courtesy of new-bee Susie Rush.

Usual time and place – Mason District Center @ 7

 

May 27, 2014 BANV Meeting Notes

Meeting called to order at 7:05 by VP Bob Grabacz

Approximately 60 attendees – 4 newbees
Actions:

Membership renewal time is now – $10 for BANV and $10 if you wish to join VSBA

Outreach events coming up – need volunteers – contact Martha Kiene

Celebrate Fairfax – June 7,8 10-6pm – donate a few hours and if any one has observation hive it would be most welcome!

Outreach events are listed on the BANV web site

Arlington Co Fair – Aug 8-10
Larry Kelly and Dane will be in charge of Arlington Co Fair – need people to work -
please contact lkandlk@ntelos.com

Whitney Long noted that there will more honey judging categories this year – one for flavor only and one for beautiful frames of honey – check to see if other members
may have frame case you can borrow

Paul – Arlington Adult Ed class coming up – will confirm date

Items of Note and Announcements:

Speaker: Izzy Hill – DIY nematodes for Small Hive Beetle Control

June speaker will Frank Linton on Observation Hives

Michael Horowit offered that when attaching comb back to frame – especially for
top bar hives – using masking tape works well as it last while the bees reattach and
then the chew through the tape, removing it.

Roger Wilhelm offered insulated boxes fro free to members.

John Ferree offered 10 frame metal covers for telescoping lids – 15 were available

Whitney Long – Richmond Beekeepers Association – June 27th
Reyah Carlson – apitherapist speaking at Science Museum of Virginia

Brenda Kiessling – VSBA meeting is June 13,14 in Lynchburg. Speakers of note –

Steve Rapasky from Berg Bees – wrote Swam Essentials and Jaime Ellis from U of FL
– a ABJ contributor. Also will be a Bayer Bee Center rep.

Eastern Apiculture Society mtg will be July 28- Aug 1 in Richmond, Kentucky

Tom Greiner offered that silver maple makes good fuel for smokers – burns fast but
makes cool smoke

Test questions: Rob McKinney offered 2 questions for discussion from bee keepers test

Beginner – what is the difference between top and bottom supering and when
would each method be appropriate

Intermediate – when should honey be removed from a hive and how can you tell if it
is ripe?

Summer Hive Management – June Activities

Take time to improve ventilation –

• open the entrance

• sticks to prop up lid

• screen board with post at corners to prop open lid (between inner and outer

lids) – keeps unwanted visitors out

• use quilt box from Warre hive method

Speaker – Izzy Hill on DIY Nematode Rearing for SHB control

Center for Urban Bee research and Mid-Atlantic Apiculture Research and
Education Consortium

Izzy gave a fascinating talk on how to raise your own nematodes and participate in
on going research.  Research is focused on Heterorhabditis indica nematode which occurs naturally all
over North America. HI do not affect any plants or animals – just grubs – especially SHB larvae.
The nematode infects the larvae with a symbiotic bacteria that actually does the work of killing the larvae.
Nematodes are easy to raise – just need to have clean containers and best to use distilled water.
Izzy will make her slides available with detailed instructions if you send email to izzy@izzyhill.com.
Izzy provided SHB testing boards and nematodes to research participants.

Meeting adjourned at 8:24pm

June 24th Talk: Observing Honey Bees at Home: Selecting, Installing, and Enjoying an Observation Hive – by Frank Linton

Watching your honey bees, fascinating social insects that they are, and as necessary as watching them is if you want to understand them, is impossible without opening the hive and disturbing the bees.

Even if you open the hive carefully and the bees initially continue to go about their business, they soon realize that things are not right, and react accordingly.

What are your options for observing bees then? One option is to have an observation hive.

An observation hive is simply a beehive with glass windows.

In an observation hive, the size and shape of these windows, the size and shape of the hive, and the layout of the interior of the hive are all arranged to optimize your view of what the bees are doing.

This presentation will get you started on selecting, installing, and enjoying your observation hive.

May 27 BANV Meeting

Please join your fellow beeks on Tuesday, 27 May, to learn about using nematodes to combat SHB as presented by Izzy Hill, as part of theBugonia 2014 Beekeepers Using Nematodes for Controlling Small Hive Beetle” study. Usual time and place.

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