LCB Social 2015

CEBA celebrated their Fall Social & Low Country Boil on  October 10th at the Oatland Island Wildlife Center!

Our guest speaker was Bill Owens, Georgia Master Craftsman Beekeeper and owner of “Georgia Bee Removal” services in our state.

 

The weather certainly was not cooperating and I hope CEBA members used this as an excuse, BUT YOU MISSED A GREAT AFTERNOON!  The sun showed up and the bees went flying!

 

Our lunch social fed approximately 30 people and the Low Country Boil shrimp were fresh and delicious!  Mr. JM Sikes really out did himself with balancing the flavors this time.  Now make no mistake, you saw Kenny doing most of the work, but JM kept an eagle eye on every move around his cooker!

Thank you to everyone who showed up and brought covered dishes and desserts.  We had plenty and it was all great!  Just take a look at some of the photos as I think Mr. Rob Liakos says it ALL!

 

Rob Liakos

Rob Liakos

 

 

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JM Sikes and Laura Liu

JM Sikes and Laura Liu

 

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By 01:30 PM the sun had not appeared, so those attending made their way into the classrooms to start our afternoon apiary education, a little ahead of schedule.  Those who did not know Bill soon learned that he not only provides a wealth of honeybee education, he has the stories to back it all up!

 

 

Bill Owens

Bill Owens

 

 

 

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Beekeepers had a great review around the bee issues this time of year.  Those wiling to ask questions quickly found themselves investigating their own activities throughout the year, comparing it recommendations by Bill.

Surprising, nearing 2:15 PM the SUN decided to peep out and get the bees flying!  By 02:45 PM we were in the bee yard with Bill only for both Bill and CEBA members to have a wonderful discovery right there in our own apiary.

Yep, you should know from the photos that Bill looked down and found a baby Gopher turtle before it was trampled by a herd of beekeepers.   Bill reached down and saved his little shell!  Unknowing to Bill, he had just found our first baby gopher turtle this year in our bee yard!  As we have taught in the past, members finding the young tortoises this time of year are instructed to capture them.  When you do, bring them to the main lobby and any of the Oatland employees can help you!  Be sure to name your tortoise when you turn it over to the staff!

 

 

 

 

Bill Owens

Bill Owens

Gopher Tortoise

Gopher Tortoise

 

Make no mistake, a gopher tortoise is a turtle, but not all turtles are tortoises.  Oatland has been very proud of their baby tortoises and during October of each year we need to be on the look out for them!

Adult gophers don’t reach sexual maturity until around 12 – 15 years of age.  Their clutch consist of only 4-7 eggs, so this is really different from our honeybees!

Come to think of it, Bill forgot to name him? Or was it a female?  Guess we will have to chose between “Little Bill Gopher” or “Little Lisa Owens”?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course after all the tortoise excitement, it was time to get with the bees!  Members had a great time with Bill in the apiary and it is always very educational to have an expert in his field talking to you as you while you inspect a bee colony.  So once again, if you missed it, you missed a great chance for education and an exciting day in what turned into a wonderful afternoon with sunshine, honeybees, and a Little Bill Gopher Tortoise!

 

Thanks again Bill and make sure Lisa gets to see your prize discovery in our Oatland Apiary!

 

 

 

 

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Photo by Bill Owens

Photo by Bill Owens