I attended a meeting of the Southeastern Indiana Beekeepers Association (www.indianahoney.org) last week. I must admit I was skeptical about going. I have spent my most of my life avoiding clubs and associations. It would have been a shame to have missed this. The meeting was led by a man named Jim and was in an open forum fashion, “this is what I am doing, do you think I did the right thing? If not, what would you do differently and why?” It was refreshing. Some individuals were doing some of the same things that I have been experimenting with. There was a lot of beekeeping experience and wisdom in the room. Many of the people attending had been in their hives earlier in the week and were reporting drone brood, some drones walking around on comb, and even one account of some queen cups being present.
The best aspect of the meeting for me was meeting a gentleman who has been keeping daily weather, blooming, and moon phase data for the past 20 years. I should have written his name down, but unfortunately I didn’t. He was very knowledgeable about bloom times and the sequences and interrelationships that occur every year in this area. I spoke with him briefly after the meeting. He originally began logging this information as a hobby associated with his gardening. He is going to bring some of this data to the next meeting. Looks like I will need to make time to get there.