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, February 6th: 7pm-9pm Information on what basic equipment is needed to start beekeeping and where you can purchase such equipment. A Recap of the 2017 North American Beekeeper’s Conference that was held in Galveston in January. A Recap of the Austin Area Beekeeper’s Seminar that was held in Austin in January. Overview of the Texas Honey Queen/Princess/Ambassador program and Youth scholarship programs, followed by a discussion on if TCBA would like to pursue one of these programs within our club.
Monday, March 6th: 7pm-9pm Guest Speaker – Becky Engle with the LBJ Wildflower center will be coming to speak to us about the specific nectar producing flowers in Central Texas and when the main nectar flows occur for our region. This is very helpful to beekeepers so that you can plan accordingly on when to give your bees more space to take advantage of these nectar flows for build up or increased honey production. After this presentation we will discuss spring feeding, Splits, & Swarm Management.
Monday, April 3rd: 6pm-9:30pm – EARLY START AT 6:00pm – Come in early at 6:00 pm to learn how to ASSEMBLE Langstroth deep hive bodies and frames, as well as how to install real wax foundations and wire in your frames. Around 7:00-7:30, after we complete assembly, we will teach you how to catch/pick up a swarm. We will end with a Q & A session on Spring Management.
Monday, May 1st: 7pm-9pm (TBD)
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.