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Executive Board Meeting

August 26, 2014 in Executive Board Meeting by pcba-admin

Tuesday, September 2nd at 7 PM, Hanson Clubhouse

This is your club, this is your meeting. Join us, get involved, volunteer, and let your voice be heard!

All our welcome to discuss the Club’s business.

Get Directions -> 228 High St Hanson, MA 02341

Monthly Meeting

August 4, 2014 in Monthly Meeting by pcba-admin

Tuesday, August 12th, 6 pm – 9 pm at the Marshfield Fair Bee Barn

 

Potluck Dinner

 

Get Directions -> Marshfield Fair 140 Main St Marshfield, MA 02050

Executive Board Meeting

July 28, 2014 in Executive Board Meeting by pcba-admin

Tuesday, August 5th at 7 PM, Hanson Clubhouse

This is your club, this is your meeting. Join us, get involved, volunteer, and let your voice be heard!

All our welcome to discuss the Club’s business.

Get Directions -> 228 High St Hanson, MA 02341

Microscope Team Update

July 25, 2014 in QRI Updates by pcba-admin

Great News!

Recently, the PCBA Executive Board agreed to purchase a microscope for the Club to begin to identify Nosema spores. What is Nosema? Find out here:

Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nosema_apis

U. C. Davis - http://entomology.ucdavis.edu/files/147621.pdf

The Microscope Team is starting out using the protocols developed by Randy Oliver - http://scientificbeekeeping.com/sick-bees-part-13-simple-microscopy-of-nosema/ 

http://scientificbeekeeping.com/sick-bees-part-16-the-quick-squash-method/

Here are the results of the first Group Inspection….

spores

All of the ovals are spores! This bee was highly infected.

It is the hope of the Microscope Team to develop the technique as a potential service to PCBA, and maybe to other Clubs, so the beekeeper can decide based on real evidence as to whether to treat their hive with antibiotics, or not.

 

SAVE THE DATE!!!!

July 23, 2014 in Uncategorized by pcba-admin

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Knights of Columbus Hall, Kingston, MA.

Plymouth, Bristol, Barnstable, and Norfolk County clubs present an all-day conference

Dewey Caron

 

In the morning, Dewey Caron, Entomology Professor and author of “Honey  Bee Biology and Beekeeping” will speak about improving survival, working toward treatment-free beekeeping, and reading your hives and colony behavior.

Ross Conrad

 

In the afternoon, Ross Conrad, author of “Natural Beekeeping” and former President of VT Beekeepers Assoc. will speak about treatment-free beekeeping, overwintering in the Northeast, and Swarms (management, catching, etc).

Free admission (the clubs are splitting the cost).

Lunch arrangements TBA.

More details to follow……..

……and if you see Bruce Hamon, be sure to thank him for all his work on this!!

 

Get Directions -> Kingston Knights of Columbus

Monthly Meeting

July 14, 2014 in Monthly Meeting by pcba-admin

Wednesday, July 23rd, 7 pm – 9 pm at the Pembroke Community Center

 

Preparing for the Marshfield Fair

Q & A session focusing on replacing a Queen

 

Get Directions -> 128 Center St., Pembroke, MA, 02359