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November 8th Meeting – The Couvillon Lab at VT

Sadly, one of our members, Larry Larson, passed away last month. His family wants to sell all his bee-keeping equipment, so there will be a sale in the parking lot before the meeting. Information about the items and the time … Continue reading

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Tonights meeting (Oct 11th) is cancelled due to weather

October 11th Meeting: The Couvillon Lab at VT has been cancelled  

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October 11th Meeting: The Couvillon Lab at VT

The Couvillon Lab at Virginia Tech: Recent work on honeybee foraging. A recent addition to the faculty at Virginia Tech, Dr. Margaret Couvillon has set up a lab to study the foraging habits of pollinators, especially those of honeybees.  While … Continue reading

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September 13th meeting. Hunting the Feral Bee!

Hunting the Feral Bee: Kidnapping, Brain-washing, and Body Painting Before there were beekeepers there were bee hunters.  This ancient practice was all but lost until Tom Seeley revived interest in the practice with his book, “Following the Wild Bees“. Our … Continue reading

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August 9th meeting, Master Beekeeper Dana Stahlman from Ohio.

The NRVBA speakers for 2018 thus far have drawn from local and regional beekeepers. For our August meeting we are fortunate to host someone with a broader view of beekeeping than what we typically provide. Dana Stahlman will be discussing … Continue reading

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Whitebarrel Winery Honey Bee Festival Saturday June 30th

Whitebarrel Winery Honey Bee Festival Saturday June 30th  12pm – 6pm Whitebarrel Winery 4025 Childress Road:  Facebook We will have a table there with our new banner and an observation hive. Come and join us, and/or volunteer to help staff the … Continue reading

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June 14th Meeting: Greed in the Apiary: Robbing

As our nectar flow begins to slow, new management considerations come into play in our apiaries.  This month we will present a panel of veteran beekeepers who will discuss strategies on how to prevent the devastating phenomenon called “robbing”. There … Continue reading

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May 10th Meeting – Yard Sale plus Jerry Borger on Cutouts

After one of the most extended winters in recent memory, we are finally beginning to see some warm days and our bees are responding robustly.  Many of us are rebuilding after heavy winter losses. The first group of packages have … Continue reading

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April 12th Meeting- Feeding Colonies

Feeding time at the zoo bee yard. 2018 is providing us with yet another cold, wet spring.  Snow is in the forecast for Saturday and Monday.  Eventually the nectar flow will begin, however, and packages will arrive at the end … Continue reading

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March 8th Meeting: Splits and Nucs

Creating New Colonies: A Necessity for Successful Beekeeping Today Please join us at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday 8th March 2018 at the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Building at 210 Pepper St., Christiansburg . The heavy winter losses sustained this year … Continue reading

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