March 2015

Our club president Tom Nichols has resigned is position and the meeting began with this news. His professional life calls him away, and we will not have the time to dedicate that he had in the past. Tom has served dutifully since 2012 and we want him to know that we appreciate his service and look forward to seeing him in the future.

In his absence, Jim Picket hosted our meeting.

March is the time for new beekeepers to purchase bees, equipment, protective gear, and find a mentor to work with. Experienced beekeepers will have a chance on warm days to center any brood within the brood box and swap brood boxes. The lower brood boxes should be empty and placing those boxes on top should help keep swarming down.

Feeding the bees is very important in the month of March. The warmer weather allows the bees to be more active but there is a limited food sources. Bees are at risk of starving to death in March, but too much food can cause the chambers to fill up and possibly cause swarming.

The Tulsa Beekeeping club will be hosting the annual Big Bee Buzz March 27th and 28th. Please see the clubs website for details.


Black Gum or Black Tupelo

Nyssa sylvatica is a major source of wild honey in many areas within its range. Hollow sections of black gum trunks were formerly used as bee gums by beekeepers. This tree grows to 66–82 ft tall, and needs a well drained soil. Birds love the dark collored fruit that the black gum produces, and deer can make the establishment of new trees impossible.