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!
Our December meeting will host Bernie Granger, a beekeeper from Hillsboro, WI. Bernie travels across the state judging honey at county fairs and will share some of his expertise on honey judging. Other topics of interest will include Bernie's experiences helping out with the Columbia/Sauk youth beekeeping program as well as his pursuits in mead and wine making. We look forward to seeing you there!
Ann Ames, coordinator of the DriftWatch program, will be presenting on what the program has to offer local beekeepers. DriftWatch is a registry that puts bees and specialty crops on a statewide map.