Category Archives: meetings

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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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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February 8th Meeting: Understanding Swarms

As I write this announcement I am looking out the window at a forested mountainside and see that the buds on the soft maples are beginning to swell and turn red.  As difficult as this winter has been, spring is … Continue reading

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January 11th 2018 meeting

Please join us at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday 11th January 2018 at the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Building at 210 Pepper St., Christiansburg .  For our first meeting of 2018 we are fortunate to have Tim Service as our speaker. … Continue reading

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Introducing the NRVBA President for 2018: Fred Jones

President-elect Fred Jones would like to share with you his vision for the NRVBA in 2018: As president-elect of the NRVBA I would like to introduce myself and give a brief summary of what to expect in 2018. To begin, … Continue reading

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Beekeepers’ Ball, July 22. 10:00 – 3:00

OK, it’s time to take a break from cracking open all those hives, and enjoy some summer socializing! Enjoy live music from the Bank Street Band, good food, and company at 569 Long Mountain Rd., Willis VA 24380. (Directions below). Family members … Continue reading

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