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General Meeting (April 2018)
April 12 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Capital Regional Beekeepers Association (CRBA) meets on the second Thursday of every month.
This meeting usually starts with a beginner’s corner 30 minutes before the regular club proceedings start around 7pm.
- 6:30pm – New Beekeeper Corner (lower meeting room) – Barry D
- Splitting a hive to emulate a swarm
- 6:30pm – Intermediate beekeepers’ discussion (upper hall) – Bob L
- 7:00pm – Main meeting (upper hall)
- An introduction to queen rearing – David M (Island Apiary Inspector)
- 8:00pm – Club business
What’s in bloom – Nairn H
What to do in April (does mite treatment change) – Larry L
BCHPA conference update – Barry D
- Just so you know – All
- 8:30pm – Social: Coffee, tea and treats
- 9:00pm – Close
Bill Fosdick called the meeting to order at 7:00pm.
Bill welcomed the members and guests.
Stan Reist, Canadian Honey Council representative for BC, announced that Fumagillin is no long available and the beekeeper is left with nothing to treat nosema.
Bill introduced the club’s guest speaker, David MacDonald, one of our Vancouver Island Bee Inspectors from Salt Spring Island. His topic is “An Introduction to Queen Rearing”. He explained the traits to breed for: honey production, hygienic behaviour, winter survival, no swarming tendencies and disease resistance.
This was a very informative session.
Bill thanked David for the great presentation and presented him with a bottle of Tugwell Creek mead.
What’s Blooming – Nairn H listed what was found blooming this month as heather, hyacinths, Oregon grape, maples, arbutus, dandelions (bee’s favourite) clematis, magnolia, flowering current, cherry and rosemary.
What to do this month in the hive – Larry L gave the members another of his great stories. Spring management – check for supplies in the hive (use sugar syrup and pollen patties to supplement them), make sure there is room for the nectar coming in, check for swarm cells, check for mites and nosema, treat for mites with formic acid if temperature is over 14C and assess the brook pattern.
Bill informed the members that Mark Winston is having a new book launch in Victoria. Photos are needed for the website. Send your favourite bee photos.
Paul, from the Cowichan Valley, has nucs for sale. See him after the meeting.
Chris Adams is looking for someone to step and take over the looking after the hives at the New Horizons Senior Centre in James Bay.
Bob Lucy is in charge of the club’s library and is asking those members who have books outstanding to bring them back.
Meeting adjourned at 8:45 PM for refreshments.