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2018 Package Pickup

Saturday, April 21, 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Reunion Farm

The 2018 PCBA Package Pickup Event is scheduled for Saturday, April 21 at Reunion Farm, 271 Main Street, Plympton, which is located at the corner of Route 58 (Main St) and Mayflower Rd, at the light.  Pickup hours will be from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  No early birds, and please, don’t be late.  If you are not going to be available, you MUST make arrangements to have someone else pick up your bees.  There will be a $5 handling fee, per package, for every package that we have to bring home – no exceptions. We will be making phone calls while we are still there, but at 2:00 PM we will pack up and return to our own apiaries to do our own installs. If you can’t be there, get someone to do it for you (as many of you have already done). Any handling fees collected will go to the club.

This is an extremely large pick up to organize. Please understand we are going to have to manage traffic flow, both cars and people – this is someone’s home and it is near a major intersection.  I know we’re all busy and have things to do on a Saturday in Spring, but if you could not all show up at once – and please don’t show up early!  Remember it’s best to install the bees later on in the afternoon, keeps them closer to their new home for that first night.

There will be live package installation demos at 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM, if the weather cooperates. Please note that package installation observers must wear a veil. Also, there are several videos of past demos available on the club’s YouTube channel at PCBA Package Installation Demos. Watching the videos and a live demo will help those who are doing their first package install to plan their moves and go into the process with confidence.

Reunion Farm ~ Map -> Reunion Farm, 271 Main St, Plympton, MA

Monthly Meeting – April

Wednesday, April 25, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

This month’s meeting will feature a presentation, titled “The Bee Hive as a Honey Factory”, by renowned Horace White Professor of Biology at the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University and 2001 recipient of the Humboldt Prize in Biology, Thomas Seeley. Professor Seeley is also the author of several books on honeybee behavior, including “Honeybee Democracy” and “The Wisdom of the Hive” that are both widely read and well received within the beekeeping community. For more information about Professor Seeley and his work please go to Thomas D Seeley – Cornell University.

In Professor Seely’s own words: “We will explore how a colony of honey bees operates as a factory that produces honey efficiently despite tremendous day-to-day swings in the supply of nectar, the raw material for making honey. An important feature of the organization of the honey production process is a division of labor between the nectar foragers, elderly workers who toil outside the hive collecting the nectar, and the nectar receivers, middle-age workers who toil inside the hive converting the nectar into honey. We will see how the bees can boost their colony’s rate of nectar collecting during a honey flow, using the waggle dance and the shaking signal. And we will see how the bees can also boost their colony’s rate of nectar processing – to keep the rates of nectar collecting and nectar processing in balance – by means of the tremble dance and stop signal. For this talk, I will draw heavily on material reported in my book The Wisdom of the Hive, and I will show videos of bees producing all the signals mentioned above: waggle dance, shaking signal, tremble dance, and stop signal.”

Please note that this meeting is expected to be well attended and will therefore take place at Bee School rather than at the clubhouse. Please also be advised that free parking is available behind the building but may be at a premium so car pool if you can.

PCBA Bee School ~ Map -> 430 Plymouth St, Halifax