NCW Beekeepers Meeting
June 11, 2017
July 6 Bee Chat Potluck, WallaWalla Park Shelter #2
Bring salad or finger food, place setting and drink, maybe a chair
Club will provide dogs, buns and condiments
July 16 Business/Education meeting, Douglas County Fire Station, 5 p.m.
August 20 Business/Education meeting
September 7-10 Chelan County Fair, email with details and signup request
Video of Mike Palmer: Building a Sustainable Apiary, part 2
A progressively more complex and progressively more incomprehensible presentation of a system possibly useful to large-scale operations. Al stopped it before the end; there were no objections from members present.
Questions for discussion: For a presentation of bees in observation hive to scouts, should a waiver of responsibility be obtained? Yes, and an EpiPen available as well. Where to obtain queens for queenless hive? Multiple sources suggested without details. Are slotted frames useful? Maybe. Honey supers off by August 1? Yes, to avoid having to feed over the winter. If planning to feed, can wait until August 15.
Jeff has not purchased insurance or posted minutes of survey to website; he’s overwhelmed.
Our exhibit at the fair will be in the Wilkins building. Mike and Steve O. will do the extraction demonstration; Steve Foley will talk on beginning beekeeping.
The hive at WVCollege is doing well.
Steve O. reported on his WSU trip. Bees fed mushroom extract appear to be resistant to varroa mites. They need volunteers with at least 8 hives in one place to participate in further study.
Peter and Daryn reported on a lively event presenting beekeeping to first-graders.
There appear to be more than usual yellowjackets. A rumor that honeybees attract yellowjackets was denied.
Additions and corrections cheerfully accepted.