EAST CENTRAL IOWA BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION
MEET MONDAY, MARCH 10, CORALVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Neonicitinoids: Bob Wolff will tell us what he has learned about the threat to honeybees of these “neonic” pesticides.
Winter survival: It may be that many of our colonies have already used up their winter stores due to this winter’s severe cold, and are now in danger of freezing out. Let’s hear from those who have checked their colonies, to get a line on what this year’s survival rate may be.
Swarm catching: Healthy hives are likely to divide in spring. Beekeepers can avoid some swarming by being alert for swarm cells and by making nucs, but swarms still happen. Floyd Otdoerfer will talk about catching swarms.
Dues and Bee Hive Raffle. I’ll collect 2014 membership dues, $5 per member or couple, at this March meeting. As a further money-raiser, Paul Gardner has donated one of the hives he makes to be raffled off at that meeting. These are special hives, painted, with screened bottom board, 2 hive bodies and one honey super, frames with foundation, inner cover and outer telescoping cover. Come look the raffle hive over before the meeting. Raffle tickets will be $5 each. You must be present to win.
Come north on 12th Ave from Hwy 6 for one long block and cross over 5th Street. Library parking is on the left (west). Meet in Room A&B, the first room on the right in the library’s basement.