Our October monthly meeting will be held at the Fitchburg Public Library. We will welcome guest speaker Nathan Clarke, owner of Mad Urban Bees LLC of Madison. Mad Urban Bees is one of the first urban apiaries in the country. A beekeeper of 6 years, Nathan has over 50 hives hosted by residents of the Madison metropolitan area.
September's meeting will by held in Betsy and Danny's backyard. Craig Petros, the local bee inspector, will be our guest speaker. Attendees should be prepared to ask questions/advice! This meeting also holds our annual "show and tell" event. Please bring all demos, contraptions, or other peculiar devices and strategies that you may be using in your own apiary. Pizza, introductions, and demos will begin the meeting, followed by Craig's talk. You may also consider bringing appetizers to pass and BYOB. See you there!
The DCBA monthly meeting for August will be held at the Verona Public Library in the community meeting room. Following a recent trip to Africa with faculty of Purdue University, Jake Franzen will be presenting on the current state of beekeeping and agriculture in Zambia. Beekeeping is one of the focal points for agricultural development there, and it is growing at a fairly rapid rate. Jake is currently a Masters student in the Horticulture department at Purdue University and received a B.S. in Zoology from Madison in 2008.
For the July monthly meeting, Paul Oliphant will be inviting the club to his apiary at the Goose Pond Audobon Preserve near Arlington. Mark Martin, land manager of the Preserve, will be presenting on prairie plants and managing the preserve. In addition, Paul will share information on running a double queen production hive and queen rearing. The preserve is located at:N1210 Goose Pond Rd, Arlington (43°19'35.7"N 89°21'49.3"W)Parking is at the metal crane sculpture, just north of the corner of Goose Pond and Kampen Road.
June's monthly meeting will be at Paul Zelenski's apiary. Paul will be presenting on an overview of the mite's life cycle as well as discussion of possible treatments. According to Paul: "Parking isn't terrific. We can fit a few people in the driveway and the street works fine. You'll just want to be sure you are off the road far enough since it is a bit hilly. "