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Friday in the Apiary: February 17, 2017

Colony autopsies!

Let's glove up and dissect the remains of deadout colonies to determine the cause of death. We'll discuss common reasons for winter colony mortality and how we can prevent them in the future. Did you lose a hive this winter? Bring a frame or two and we can puzzle over them together.

If we have time, let's get cooking and make some fondant! Your honey bees are at the greatest risk of starvation in late winter/early spring (NOW!). Fondant, or sugar candy, is an effective way to feed in emergency situations. 

Due to classroom space, we must limit the group to 25 people. Please RSVP and I'll send a map and directions.

Starvation photo by Alex Wild.


February 17, 2017, 3-5pm, OSU Apiary, Corvallis, Oregon. RSVP required.

"Friday in the Apiary" is an opportunity to gather, visit, and learn more about beekeeping at OSU's apiary at the Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture. Every third Friday of the month, you are invited to come and discuss hive management strategies for the month and get to know other beekeepers. This is a casual, loosely structured event intended to provide a learning experience in a relaxed setting.

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Friday in the Library: January 20, 2017

Friday in the Library was rescheduled due to weather. We will meet to view the archived bee books and photos on January 20, 2017. Even if you registered last month, please register again. Space is limited to the first 20 people. See below for additional details. Thank you! 

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Friday in the Library!


Friday in the Apiary Library!

The OSU Valley Library has a wonderful collection of historical books and documents on bees and beekeeping. Some of these books date back to the 1600s! The Special Collections staff has offered to display these books for us in the library archives. The tour will be on Friday December 16, 2016 at 3pm. If you are interested in viewing this collection, please email me:

Space is limited to the first 20 people.

Meeting location and parking information will follow in your confirmation email.

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Friday in the Apiary: November 18, 2016

Please join us for Friday in the Apiary on November 18, 2016.

It's the time of year for oxalic acid! This newly registered (as of last year) mite treatment is effective and a good option for late fall/early winter when brood rearing is at a minimum.

We will demonstrate an oxalic acid dribble on the OSU colonies if weather permits. In the event of bad weather, we'll do a fake demo in the classroom.

This FITA is limited to 25 participants as space in the classroom is limited. Please RSVP to reserve your spot! Email to register and for more details.

November's FITA is now full. Thank you for your interest!

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Friday in the Apiary: October 21, 2016

October Friday in the Apiary: HONEY TASTING!