The meeting was called to order promptly at 6pm by pres. Bill C.
There were over 40 people attending the meeting.
Treasurers report was $1018.00 in the club account.
Wax handling was one topic covered. Bill discussed how in a new hive the girls will build whats called burr comb & how this needs to be scraped of whenever you are inpecting the frames. Otherwide the bees will continue to build that sort of comb & pretty much ‘glue’ the hive shut. It’s a good idea to have a bucket of hot water & a knife handy to do the job.
Now is also a good time to start feeding if there isn’t enough capped comb in your hives. Keep an eye out for eggs & the Queen. If you don’t see the Queen, but you do see brood.. fear not, she’s in there. Checked for capped brood & good brood patterns.
Also check for swarm cells. Swarm cells are the somewhat peanut shaped cells on the bottoms of the frames.
If you are interested in helping out with some organic beekeeping programs on Pine Ridge, get in touch with Bill C.
Ellen C. gave a great presentation on Pollinators! Ellen in a park ranger & keeps bees in the Badlands. She will be giving this presentation during Ranger Programs through out the Season. Please check out NPS.gov/BADL for all scheduled events. You can also get in touch with Ellen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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