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.
Paul Zelenski, vice president of the DCBA, has volunteered to present the ideas and strategies that he has used as a successful sideline/hobbyist beekeeper. Paul has experienced more ups than downs as a relative newcomer to the world of beekeeping, and he has plenty of tips to share including overwintering techniques, splitting hives, etc. We hope to see you there!
The next club meeting will be on Sept 3 at my house, 824 Jacobson Ave, Madison, WI 53714. Starting at 6:00 due to early darkness this time of year. I will be giving a presentation on preparing for winter as I understand it; alternate ideas welcome subsequently. I plan to have a microscope set up with a slide of nosema spores for people to look at. Bring your sample of bees, 1/2 cup in a baggie, to drop off for me to examine later and give you results. There were several people at Betsy's meeting with honey samples in their hands, but not everyone had time to taste. I plan to set up a table so people can again bring honey samples for tasting and testing. Refractometers welcome, I'll have mine on hand. It should be a good meeting. Take note! My neighbors object strongly to having my friends step on their driveway. Be sure to come up my driveway, under the carport. Thanks! Jeanne Hansen
August's meeting will be held in Betsy True and Danny Aert's backyard. There will be several demonstrations: powdered sugar roll for mites, testing colonies for hygienic behavior, solar wax melters, honey tasting and equipment show and tell. People should bring any equipment "inventions" they think would be of interest to the group for the show and tell and a small taste of their honey, if they would like and have some. This meeting is always a great opportunity to invite prospective beeks or for beginning beekeepers to check out the club, and there will be plenty of opportunity to socialize and reflect on a summer of beekeeping.Feel free to bring finger food to pass and BYOB.