The Corpus Christi Beekeepers Association invites the public to attend their Spring Swarm Forum on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 6:30PM at the Garden Senior Center, 5325 Greely Drive. The event is free and open to anyone.
March in the Coastal Bend is the start of the high season for honeybee swarms. Bees swarm in the spring when they grow to high enough numbers to cause overcrowding in their existing home. Approximately half of the colony will exit the hive and search for a new home, leaving the rest to continue in the original space. The swarm that leaves the hive will cluster on a tree branch or other structure while they search for a new place to live.
These swarm clusters are the most common encounter most people have with large numbers of honeybees. While usually gentle, swarms must be respected and handled properly. The Spring Swarm Forum will feature three speakers to explain honeybee behavior, safe management of bee swarms, and allergy and safety information.
Beekeeper Michael Leidner, South Texas Apiaries, will speak briefly about the complex behavior of honeybee swarms, and the options available for removal of swarms.
Corpus Christi Vector Control will be present details about their services related to honeybees.
The featured speaker, Dr. Adam Updegraff, Corpus Christi Allergy Associates, will discuss bee allergies, identification of allergic reactions, when to seek emergency care, and allergy therapy.
The Coastal Bend Beekeepers is the local affiliate of the Texas Beekeepers Association and conducts regular meetings that provide presentations on bees and beekeeping. The members range from backyard beekeepers to commercial honey producers. You can find the members at Garden Clubs and Farmer's Markets across the area. The meetings are always free and open to the public.