For the May 2014 Meeting, Dan Curran is going to host a workshop for building double-nuc boxes. These are a piece of equipment for holding 2-4 frame nucleus colonies; they work great when used for making splits in the spring and early summer--nuc supers can be added on top for overwintering if desired. Attendees interested in building their own double-nuc will need to bring an unassembled hive body. Pine divider boards will be available at cost. Other equipment/tools to consider bringing include: hammer, nails, a chair to sit in, and a bottom board to divide as well. Members are welcome to bring their own home-built equipment to demo/share with the group. If time permits, there will also be demonstrations on using a pollen trap, building a honey warmer, etc.
April's DCBA Meeting will involve topics relevant to starting hives and Spring hive management. Paul Zelenski will be presenting on making splits for swarm prevention and hive propagation. Note that the start time for this meeting will be 7pm due to room availability. The room should be available starting around 6:30 pm; however, please be aware that library staff are concerned that we do not occupy the room until the previous group is entirely finished and their scheduled time is complete.
Dale Marsden will be sharing experiences with collaborating with our club's beekeeping friend Isaac, of Uganda. Isaac has recently been working with the Wampiti Beekeepers Association to convert their log hives into Kenyan Top Bar Hives. We will also be holding DCBA Officer Elections. Remember the changes with parking in the parking structure next to the Steenbock library. Most stalls require a permit for parking. The 2 hr metered stalls are on the upper levels. Free parking in Lots 39 & 40 after 4:40pm on weeknights.
February's meeting will be held at the Fitchburg Public Library, the topic of discussion will involve Overwintering of Nucleus Colonies. Also on the agenda will be nominations for this year's DCBA Officer Election, which will be held at the March meeting.
The January monthly meeting will be hosted by Betsy True and Danny Aerts and will be our 2nd annual mead meeting. Betsy and Danny will provide some recently made meads, light snacks, and a display on making meads. Attendees are highly encouraged to bring some of their own home-made meads or an appetizer to share with the group. This is a great opportunity for some socialization and informal discussion of plans for 2014, we hope to see you there!