Bee Study on Neonicotinoids

August 17, 2016 by  
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Attached is a link to the latest study on neonics.


We recently heard from both Kent Williams and Dan O’Hanlon about the benefit of buying nucs to start beekeeping with. The greatest advantage in their option is that you are getting and established hive. But exactly what is a nuc. I’ve always been taught that a nuc is a five frames of bees and brood with an established laying queen. These may be overwintered, Ohio raised queens and bees or spring built nucs that come from Ohio beekeepers. The key is the established queen. I’ve recently been told that some individuals are selling five frames of bees with a queen in a cage. These are not nucs even if they come in five frame equipment. Bees sold like this are just a very expensive package bees. With the demand for bees in the spring, many new beekeepers buy package bees to get started with. Make sure you know the difference in what you buy. Always buy from a respected dealer and if you don’t know, ask around at your local club. Make sure you see and ask for a copy of the inspection certificate, it’s the law in Ohio.

Pancake Breakfast and Plant Swap

May 3, 2016 by  
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Join us on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 9:00 am for our annual pancake breakfast and plant swap. Northland Masonic Temple 5885 Cleveland Ave, Columbus 43231. Come and eat all the pancakes you can and bring a bee friendly plant to swap with someone else. COBA does not hold a regular membership meeting in May.

Kent Williams

April 26, 2016 by  
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Many thanks to Kent Williams for presenting to the general membership meeting on February 16, 2016 at Franklin Park. Kent brings a wealth of information and passion for beekeeping to his presentations. An EAS master beekeeper Kent’s greatest ability is to have a conversation bee keeper to bee keeper and not lecture his audience. Thanks again to Kent.

February Updates

April 26, 2016 by  
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Please contact Will Merrill ( to sign up for the 2016 Advanced Bee Yard. We are considering meeting twice a month, possibly on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday’s of the month or the 2nd and 4th Thursday’s of the month. If you have a different preference, please let us know. Also, if there is a specific topic you would like covered, let us know that as well. The Advanced Bee Yard will be at the Franklin Park Conservatory and directions and specific information will be posted at a later date.


We will be offering several classes in 2016, most will be at the Ohio State University, Waterman Farms complex, Wittmeyer Conference Room, 2490 Carmack Rd, Columbus, OH.

Tuesday classes starting February 16, and continue on 2/23, 3/1 and 3/8. Download the application form fill out and return.

Wednesday classes starting on February 17 and continue on 2/24, 3/2 and 3/9. Download the application form, fill out and return.

Saturday class on March 12th is FULL. No further enrollments accepted.

The Gantz Farmhouse class scheduled for FEBRUARY 27TH has been CANCELLED.