Upcoming  Meetings

Tuesday, April 5th

Package Bee Installation
Amy Cripps & Devin Ferrian

Learn how to install your packages correctly, and care for your new bees properly.

Varroa Mites in the Spring
Rob Stone
We meet the 1st Tuesday of each month, except in August during the OC Fair, unless otherwise notified.
Our meetings are in the Silo Building
at the OC Fairgrounds.
88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA
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Special Events

Package Bee &
Queen Order

 Members of our group will have the chance to join a group order for package bees and individual queens this spring. Due to some unforeseen circumstances with our vendor, ordering is a later than planned but will begin in very soon in March with delivery taking place on April 29th or 30th. Members only may participate, so you must find the ordering link in your email. If you are on the mailing list you will receive the notice when ordering opens. You can NOT order from this website. Our apologies for confusion with the old ‘login’ and ‘register’ buttons. Those were for message boards that are not currently active.

(Youth Expo)

April 15th – 17th
Orange County Fairgrounds
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The club will have our annual booth at the Imaginology Event to show off our live observation hive and sell honeystix. Our Queenbee just might be attending. Come join us! Volunteers will be needed to man the booth during all open hours. Stay tuned for details or ask a board member about volunteering for a shift.

Calendar of events

January 7, 2014  Become a beekeeper, An introduction to beekeeping – Sean Crowley
February 4, 2014  Become a beekeeper, Equipment – Sean Crowley
March 4, 2014 Become a Beekeeper, Equipment review and obtaining bees – Sean Crowley
April 1, 2014 Trouble keeping bees alive – Dr Eric Mussen, UC Davis,
May 6, 2014 Become a beekeeper – Hive Inspection – Sean Crowley
May 25, 2014 Hands on hive inspection at the Outdoor Education Center
June 3, 2014 Swarming – Kris Fricke
July 1, 2014 Honey Stix packing – Videos, photos.
July 11 – August 10, 2014 – Bee booth at the Orange County Fair
September 2, 2014 Honey and honey extraction demonstration, CSBA President Bill Lewis on the CSBA convention
September 5 – 6, 2014 Disease and Pest workshop – Randy Oliver – ScientificBeekeeping.com
October 7, 2014 – Varroa mite testing and treatment
November 4, 2014 – Nosema impact on adult bee behavior – Dr James Neia, UC San Diego, Elections
November 18 – 20 2014 California State Beekeepers Association Convention
December, 2 2014 – Holiday party – Raffle
January 6, 2015 – TBD
February 3, 2015 – Monsanto -Jerry Hayes

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The OCBA was formed in the 1970′s. Our membership is currently comprised of mostly small-scale beekeepers who are dedicated to keeping bees in the urban environment. The roots here in OC are agricultural, and we haven’t forgotten that.


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