UPDATED January 4th Fun Meeting

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UPDATED January 4th Fun Meeting

Time: January 4, 2019 from 6:30pm to 8pm
Location: Pine Jog Educational Center
Street: 6301 Summit Blvd.
City/Town: West Palm Beach, FL 33415
Event Type: fun, meeting
Organized By: Palm Beach County Beekeepers/ Gabriela Hassil
Latest Activity: Jan 8

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Topic:

"Overwintering" bees in South Florida; to feed or not to feed; dry sugar vs sugar syrup versus pollen patties; getting your boxes and equipment ready for spring nectar flow like repairing/maintenance of boxes, placing order for more boxes/honey supers and queen excluders and/or bees. All of the prep work us beeks usually do around that time of the year.

Bio:

David Hackenberg is an American commercial beekeeper who started Hackenberg Apiaries which runs beehives in several American states.

Hackenberg witnessed the first case of what was going to be known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) in November 2006 and reported it publicly in February 2007.

Hackenberg has been featured in two documentaries about CCD – Vanishing of the Bees and Colony: the Endangered World of Bees. He has represented the beekeeping industry in front of congress on issues concerning pesticides and received the Presidents award from the American Beekeeping Federation in 2008 for bringing the plight of the honeybee to light in the world.

David Hackenberg began keeping bees as an FFA project in 1962 at Mifflinburg Area High School.  By the time he graduated high school he had already started his own business maintaining several hundred hives.  Over time he had built his business to include 3000 bee colonies but in 2006 lost 80% of the hives due to CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder).  He and his son David R.  (along with the two eldest grandsons and other part time employees) now run Hackenberg Apiaries with 1500-3000 active bee colonies depending on the time of year and effects of pesticides.

Please note, there will be the $1.00 raffle. Because we will have an excellent speaker the Black Sleeve, "Get Ready" for the South Florida Fair and Q/A panel have been removed from the fun meetings agenda!

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