Travis County Beekeepers Association is committed to educating both beekeepers and the public about the importance of honeybees. One way we do this is by curating interesting programs and hosting experienced speakers for our meetings. All meetings are free and open to the public. We hope you enjoy this year’s schedule of speakers and topics!
TCBA meetings are usually held on the FIRST Monday of each month. Typically, a beekeeper lesson is offered at 7:00pm, then we may have a guest speaker, another class, or a short business meeting. Meetings are held inside the Zilker Botanical Garden Center Large Meeting room, parking is free for attendees. Please bring snacks to share when you can, thanks!
2017 Upcoming Schedule:
Monday, April 3rd: 6pm-9:30pm
*Please note: EARLY START AT 6:00pm – Come in early!!! Meeting starts at 6:00 pm and will be jam-packed with stuff. Bring your hard earned Money to spend on Bee Stuff! During this meeting we will be holding a BUY/SELL/TRADE event, so if you have items you no longer need, or would like to sell, bring them along!! We will also be selling raffle tickets ($5/ticket) for a Topbar Nuc. The raffle will be held at the end of the meeting along with our door prize giveaways for this month.
Here’s this months meeting breakdown… The first hour we will be demonstrating how to assemble a Topbar hive, a Langstroth deep hive body with frames, as well as how to install real wax foundations and wire in your frames. We will also be introducing our 2017 Youth Scholarship Recipient(s) at this time, and they will be participating in putting together their first hives!! If you have equipment and haven’t put it together yet, bring it along and join in on the fun. Around 7:00 pm, after we complete assembly, we will teach you how to install your bees (swam/package/nuc). At 8:00pm we will have a presentation on how to catch/pick up a swarm, as well as why bees swarm in the first place, and how they choose a new home.
Monday, May 1st: 7pm-9pm Open Format Meeting. We will have a discussion on splitting your hives, as well as when to add boxes to your hives. We will also have a brief presentation on a new Langstroth hive stand design that prevents ants from gaining access to your hives. The latter half of the meeting we will be holding a Q&A Session, so bring your burning bee questions.
Monday, June 5th: 7pm-9pm (TBD)
Monday, July 3rd: 7pm-9pm Discussion on how to Harvest your honey and other hive products, preparing for the Summer Dearth, and Bee Nutrition.
Monday, August 7th 7pm-9pm (TBD)
AUGUST 18-20 – Special Public Event – 5th Annual Tour de Hives (more details soon) www.tourdehives.org
Monday, September 4th: 7pm-9pm – (TBD)
Monday, October 2nd: 7pm-9pm (TBD)
Monday, November 6th: 7pm-9pm How to Order Bees for Spring and where to order from. Last minute winter preparations for your hives. We will also be Nominating new club officers for 2018. Any member current on their dues is eligible to hold an officer position. Interested parties can speak to any of the current officers to be placed on the ballot.
Monday, December 4th 7pm-9pm – Holiday Potluck Celebration – with a short business meeting to Vote in our new officers for 2018.
*Occasionally topics will change or be shifted in order to accommodate special guest speakers.