Orange Blossom Beekeepers Association

Monthly Meeting: March 19, 2020

OBBA Announcements

  • What happened Last Month?
  • Ongoing Projects
  • Upcoming Plans

Last Month (February)

New Website Updates

  • Online Event Calendar
  • Online Membership Sign-up

cal-600.jpg

Central Florida Fair

Great experience at the Central Florida Fair!

fair-600.jpg

Orlando Science Museum: Great Outdoors Weekend

Great experience at the Orlando Science Museum!

OSC-600.jpg

Ongoing Events/Projects

OBBA Memembership

We have online signup now!

Please pay your annual dues:

OrangeBlossomBeekeepers.org/join-obba/

join-600.jpg

Saturday Workshop

BIG WORKSHOP

  • Requeening!
  • Making splits

Details:

  • Date: Mar 21, 2020
  • Time: 8:00 AM
  • Location: Orange County UF/IFAS Extension Center (6021 S Conway Rd, Orlando, FL 32812
  • Notes: Bring your gear! Do not attend if sick.

Black Bee Honey Project

March Meeting:

  • Date/Time: Rescheduled for March 25, 2020 at 4pm
  • Location: Water Conserv II: 5420 L B McLeod Rd, Orlando, FL 32811

Apiary experience:

  • Date/Time: April 8, 2020 at 3pm
  • Location: UF Extension Office

Upcoming Plans

2020 National Honey Bee Day

  • Planning Committee met on March 11
  • Date: August 15, 2020
  • Planning committee: Please sign up in the Slack channel
  • Think about:
    • Volunteer needs
    • Potential vendors
    • Possible ideas to bring people in

March / April Bee Management

Current UF Management Recommendations (March)

  • Colony populations begin to grow!
    • Remedy failing queens as necessary
    • Add supers and/or swarming control
    • Make nucs/splits
  • Monitor for Varroa
    • (Treat if 3%)

What is blooming in Central Florida (March)

  • Blueberry - Vaccinium spp.
  • Cherry - Prunus spp.
  • Fetterbush - Lyonia lucida
  • Hawthorn - Crataegus spp.
  • Oak - Quercus spp.
  • Orange - Poncirus trifoliata, Citrus reticulata
  • Plum - Prunus spp.
  • Spanish Needle - Bidens spp.
  • Sweet Clover - Melilotus officinalis
  • Water Viburnum - Viburnum obovatum
  • Willow - Salix spp.

Current UF Management Recommendations (April)

  • Remedy failing queens as necessary
  • Swarm control
  • Make nucs/splits
  • Super as necessary

What is blooming in Central Florida (April)

  • American Beautyberry
  • American Holly
  • Black Tupelo
  • Blueberry
  • Butter Mint
  • Dog Hobble
  • Fetterbush
  • Galberry
  • Hawthorn
  • Mexican Clover
  • Orange
  • Palmetto, Cabbage Palm
  • Spanish Needle
  • Sweet Clover
  • Yaupon Holly

Stay involved, Stay connected

OBBA-logo-250.jpg

OrangeBlossomBeekeepers.org

Slack: OBBA.slack.com

Facebook: Orangeblossombeekeepers