We're a social group of people who are interested in getting together to chat about honeybees and other pollinators, share books and ideas on the subject and establish some cooperatively managed honeybee colonies around town. Right now “Colony Collapse Disorder” (CCD) and other diseases threaten our honeybee population. We need to discover more about how we can help them, and make sure they are here to pollinate the flowers and fruits of future generations. While there is limited consensus about the causes of CCD, most experts agree on one important thing--If more colonies are established and maintained according to the best practices then there will be more survivors of the "plague". Throughout the world, people in urban areas are cooperatively cultivating bees using shared resources to build up bee populations, enhance public education and to cultivate their own communities--not to mention producing their own honey. We're looking for experienced beekeepers, wannabe beekeepers, or anyone just interested in meeting others who are interested in honeybees, bee products, or native pollinators. If you would like to become part of the solution by taking part in our urban beekeeping project in Austin, if you have some insight or expertise to lend, or if you're just interested in finding out more, please sign up!
This month we learn about keeping honey bees in an Africanized Zone -Texas! Lance Wilson will give us a look at the history, range, evolution and behavior of Africanized bees in Texas. In addition we will discuss management options to both prevent and reverse Africanization in your apiary.
7:00 - 7:15 General Q&A
7:15 - 7:20 AABA Seminar Information
7:20 - 7:[masked] Mentor Program
7:30 - 9:00 Managing Bees in an Africanized Zone - Lance Wilson, Certified Master Craftsman-GMBP
We will be meeting at the Fickett Boy Scout Building! It's a beautiful building with a classroom set up with tables and chairs. Our monthly meetings are always open and free to the public.
If you are a current member of our club, you will have full use of the Club Library, use of the extracting equipment, and receive a discount to next year's seminar! We will open the doors early to have time for an open forum of question and answers. If you are looking for a mentor, please try to come to this meeting so we can get started! Our club library will be open for business at this meetup. Everyone will have an opportunity to look through the books, our members may check out books and keep them for the month.
We hope to see everyone at the meeting!