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. "
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.