Parks Talley has agreed to speak to about his swarm management practices and use of the double screen (snellgrove board). He spoke with us last year and inspired me to give it a try. Since then he has refined both his pratices and presentation. Many of us do not have the space to split all our hives 2 or 3 ways, and the Snelgrove method allows us to stop swarming, preserve our honey crop, and raise a few new queens in the process.
Following are a couple of resources available for those who are unfamiliar with Snelgrove (double screen) method of swarm management:
Author of "Nature's Best Hope"
You are invited to a free presentation by: Dr. Douglas W. Tallamy, Author of Bringing Nature Home & his new book Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard
Sunday, February 23, 2020
Doors open at 2:30 p.m.; Lecture begins at 3:00 p.m.
Manassas Park Community Center
99 Adams Street, Manassas Park, VA
Dr. Douglas Tallamy of the University of Delaware is a renowned entomologist, ecologist, and speaker. He is the author of the award-winning book Bringing Nature Home. This lecture will explore his latest book, Nature’s Best Hope.
"Doug Tallamy is a quiet revolutionary and a hero of our time, taking back the future one yard at a time.
In Nature's Best Hope, he shows how each of us can help turn our cities, towns and world into engines of
biodiversity and human health." —Richard Louv, author of The Nature Principle and Last Child in the Woods
This event is free and open to the general public. Refreshments will be served. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. with lecture to begin around 3 p.m. Copies of the books will be available for sale and signing after the lecture.
Club Membership Renewals: With the new year, comes time to renew club memberships (See Registration link on right side of this page.). 2019 was the first year in which our membership fees and donations exceeded our expenses. We used the extra income to purchase some club equipment, including two oxalic acid vaporizers available for club member use.
The club is growing rapidly, and we have plans to expand outreach along with purchasing more equipment and books for members to use in this year. One of our main goals is to provide members with the equipment, tools, and training needed for us to become a truly self-sufficient and sustainable club. Each year we get a little bit closer to that goal.
Thank you to everyone that has already renewed their membership for 2020; we appreciate your continued support.
PSA: Prophylactic Oxalic Acid Treatment: Right at the beginning of the year is an excellent time to do prophylactic mite treatment using oxalic acid vaporization. The club has two OA vaporizers that anyone is welcome to borrow. Please send Nate an email if you’re interested in treating your hives during this period. With the new vaporizer it takes about 30 minutes to treat a yard of 8 hives (as long as you have an extension cord or access to an outlet). With the old vaporizer it takes about 10 minutes per hive to treat.
Upcoming Club Meetings: The January meeting we will have Carol Ivory, a Master Gardener, speak to us about native plants that are beneficial to our bees as well as other native pollinators. In February we will have Beth McClelland, our area’s representative from VDACS, talk about the state inspection program and hive diseases and pests. She will also expose us to the spotted lantern fly, a new invasive species we should be on the lookout for.
Thank You to Our Board
Thank you to our current board for continuing their commitment to serve the Club. Our 2020 board will be: President - Nate Muller, Vice President - Wendy Meeusen, Secretary - Heather Mason, Treasurer - Raul Puertas, and Member at Large - Anna Freska.
2019 Annual Honey Extraction Party!
2019 Club Registration
About Our Club
Fairfax Beekeepers is a group of beekeepers mainly from northern and western Fairfax County that meet monthly to promote responsible honey bee keeping in our urban and suburban environment.
Our goal is to maintain a local group of beekeepers, both new and experienced, that can assist each other in continuing their education. Experienced beekeepers mentor new ones; we share resources including honey extractors, equipment, bees, queens; and encourage each other to grow as beekeepers.
Most of our members are from Reston, Herndon, Great Falls, Sterling, Chantilly, Centreville, Vienna, and Oakton. We mix meetings of open discussion with guest speakers and demonstrations that focus on hive health and management. Our members often contribute volunteer time to local outreach endeavors, as well as the 4-H Bee Club.
As a small group, our focus is primarily on individual beekeepers supporting each other. However, if you want more involvement in the NOVA beekeeping community, there are other larger organizations in the area that are listed on our Resources page. Many of our members are members of those organizations, as well. Please check them out; these larger clubs offer excellent speakers, educational opportunities, and a significant amount of community outreach.
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Fairfax Beekeepers meets the second Monday each month. Meetings are open to the public and involve open discussion about beekeeping and hive management. Members can discuss problems they've had, exchange ideas and observations, and support each other as fellow beekeepers.
Board of Directors
President: Nate Muller Vice President: Wendy Meeusen
Secretary: Jane Harding Treasurer: Raul Puertas
At Large: Anna Freska