SCBA Introduction 2017

Introduction
As beekeepers we’re often asked what we do to care for honeybees. The best way to learn is come to our meetings and get involved. We realize that while not everyone can become beekeepers most folks still want to do what they can to help the local bee community. This brochure lists several ways to help.
When We Get Together
SCBA offers the following benefits and activities:
…Beekeeper continued education,
…Local honey bee product promotion,
…Current pattern and trend awareness,
…Community support, informal mentoring,
…National Honey Bee Day celebration, and
…Two annual field days.

How You Can Help
Honeybees are under threat worldwide because of virulent viruses against which they have no natural defenses. Many colonies in the wild have died out and without beekeepers to care for them, honeybees could disappear in a few years.

Who We Are & What We Do
We meet monthly to talk about upcoming bee events, seasonal conditions, and research findings. Join us on the second Thursday of each month for dinner beginning at 6:00 p.m. followed by a meeting at 7:00 p.m. Call the SCBA President for meeting locations around Stanly County.

Officers and Committees
President Joe Smith smithjoe36126@gmail.com 704-961-8417
Immediate Past President Anne Houck ahouck2431@aol.com 704-463-5367
Vice President J R Whitley edwardwhitley59@yahoo.com 704-791-8745
Secretary Brad Hartsell hartsellbj@yahoo.com 704-465-7115
Treasurer Ellen McCarter markm@vnet.net 704-485-8148
Program Chair Mark McCarter markm@vnet.net 704-485-8148
Publicity Chair Lori Hatley Smith smithjoe36126@gmail.com 704-961-8417
Technology Chair
Membership Laura Krug lauramarykrug@gmail.com 704-438-1560
Membership Asst. Woody Barringer byron.barringer@alcoa.com 704-985-4314
Web Master Pat Allen nubiansoap@gmail.com 704-699-3531
SCBA Email Address scbeebuzz@gmail.com

 

8 Ways You Can Help Honeybees

  1. Become a beekeeper. Beekeeping is an enjoyable and fascinating hobby – where you get to eat your own honey.
  2. Find a sunny space for a beehive in your garden. Many would-be beekeepers, especially in urban areas, find it difficult to find a safe space for their bees. So, if you can’t keep bees then;
  3. Buy honey from local beekeepers. This helps the beekeeper recover costs and supports local honey beekeepers who must comply with all food standards requirements.
  4. Ask your political officials to finance research in honey bee health. Beekeepers are concerned that we do not have enough information to combat diseases that affect honeybees.
  5. Help protect swarms. Swarming is a natural process when honeybee colonies increase their numbers. Honeybees in a swarm are usually very gentle and present very little danger if left alone. Call a local beekeeper to remove the swarm.
  6. Throw used honey containers away. Most honey brought in from overseas contains bacteria and spores that are harmful to local honeybees. If you leave a honey jar outside it encourages honeybees to feed on the remaining honey. This could infect local honeybees who in turn would infect the rest of the colony resulting in death of the colony.
  7. Invite a beekeeper to speak at a local group. Honeybees have been on earth for about 25 million years and have adapted to their environment.
  8. Bee aware of your bee-havior. When kept properly, bees are good neighbors and only sting when provoked. If a bee hovers inquiringly in front of you do not wave your hands. Stay calm and slowly move to a shaded area. The bee will soon lose interest.

Plants That Attract Honeybees in the Piedmont
See the What’s Blooming page at NCSBA.

For a PDF of this flyer. Select the following link: scba-flyer-handout-pub

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