Come see what the buzz is all about!
We meet on the second Wednesday of each month at the Rocky River Nature Center, 24000 Valley Parkway, North Olmsted, OH 44070.
Doors open at 6:30pm for refreshments and conversation. Meeting begins at 7:00pm.
2019 Meetings & Events
April 10, 2019
Chris Merkle is a long time member of the Tri-County Beekeepers Association (TCBA), in Wooster, Ohio. Chris is a third generation beekeeper that has kept bees for 47 years. He is the main organizer for TCBA’s live bee and beekeeping display at the annual Wayne County Fair, and is one of the instructors for the association’s Beginner Beekeeping Course. Chris enjoys educating the public about honey bees by speaking at local schools, bee clubs, community events, and he also likes mentoring newbees.
Now that our Spring Fever is in full swing, it’s time to get out there and enjoy our honey bees. This month’s speaker (Chris Merkle) will discuss what’s going on in the beehives right now, and what we can do to help them out. For the package that you just installed, or the colony that survived this winter, Chris will suggest what to look for and give you some options for care.
May 8, 2019
Oxalic Acid in Glycerin to Control Varroa Mites
Dr. Richard Cryberg, Organic Chemist, Researcher, Beekeeper
Dr. Richard Cryberg received his BS in Chemistry from Iowa State University and his PhD in Organic Chemistry from The Ohio State University. He had a long career in research and development with Diamond Shamrock Crop. and successor companies.
Dr. Cryberg was a beekeeper for a decade in the 1970’s and returned to beekeeping in 2005. He comments, “The difference between my first experience and today is striking due to the massive impact varroa mites have on what is required to keep a hive alive today.”
Dr. Cryberg will talk about the data Randy Oliver has generated and disclosed, to date, on efficacy of oxalic acid/glycerin mixes and guesses as to when it will be registered. He will explain the FDA registration process and the unprecedented consideration for beekeepers to expedite the registration of Oxalic Acid formulations.
May 18, 2019
9th Annual GCBA Field Day Conference
June 12, 2019
RRNC Apiary Presentation, Research update, Q & A
Beekeepers for the RRNC apiary will talk about hive health and management practices. They, and other experienced beekeepers, will answer audience questions on what is happening in the hive now and what to be preparing for next. Leo Schirokauer will give us an update on his research on a preventative for American Foulbrood.
Annual Picnic – Details TBA
This is an very informal and fun gathering for members and their families. Details will be forthcoming.
August 14, 2019
Where is your hive now and where does it need to be?
Beekeeper Allyson May, GCBA Treasurer, will discuss hive health evaluation and what beekeepers may watch for to prevent late season swarms. Resources, equipment configurations, food stores and options will be discussed.
September 11, 2019
Overwintering Honey Bees in Northeast Ohio
Denzil St. Clair, Owner of Queen Right Colonies in Spencer, will discuss all aspects of, and considerations to, over winter honey bee hives in Northeast Ohio. How to prepare, when and if to open hives, what should have been done and what you can still do to prepare.
October 9, 2019
Events of Interest Held by Other Organizations
Ohio State Beekeepers Association Fall Conference
Are you interested in speaking?
We invite you to contact us. Speaking opportunities are available for you and/or your organization.