AABA Field Day - Rick Fink Ranch

Alamo Area Beekeepers Field Day
1199 Lower Mason Creek Road
Bandera, Texas 78003 29° 46' 37.488" N, 99° 2' 36.0096" W
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Alamo Area Beekeepers Field Day

April 26, 2014
Time 1:00 - 2:30 PM

Rick Fink Ranch
1199 Lower Mason Creek Road
Bandera, TX 78003


1199 Lower Mason Creek Road, Bandera, TX 78003.  Google maps shows correctly and even has a picture of the entrance on street view. Directions to Dos F Ranch are; From San Antonio drive Hwy 16 to Bandera, TX. Turn right on Main Street and travel thru town. Turn right again and exit Bandera on Hwy 173 which goes to Kerrville.  After about 2 miles turn right on Mason Loop Road then in 100 feet another right on Lower Mason Creek Road.  Travel approximately 1 mile and the ranch entrance is on the left.

If you need additional directions – call Rick Fink (210) 872-4569 (cell).

Arrival Time. Please plan to arrive between 8 AM-9 AM.  Parking is available on-site and AABA members will help guide you to your parking place.  Please sign in at the Registration Booth.  The President’s Welcome is scheduled for 9 AM with the morning demos to begin at approximately 9:15 AM. 

Meeting Agenda         

President’s Welcome & Visitors Intro by Rick Fink (5 min)

Demonstrations – AM (9:15-11:15 AM)

·      Honey Extraction – demonstration (Roy White)

·      Bee Friendly (Nectar & Pollen) Plants (Weldon Riggs)

·      Collecting Bee Pollen (Don Fraser)

·      Beeswax Hand Cream – demonstration (Margaret Wolfshohl)

·      AABA Scholarship (2013) – Posters


Speakers – USDA Bee Lab (11:30-1 PM)

Dr Matt Tarver, PhD (Research Entomologist), Dr Bob Danka PhD (Research Entomologist), and Dr Beth Holloway PhD (Research Molecular Biologist) – Research Entomologist, Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics & Physiology Research Unit, USDA Lab, Baton Rouge, LA.


·      USDA Honey Bee Research Program – Lab Mission & Goals (Dr Tarver)

·      Current & Future Small Hive Beetle Control (Dr Tarver)

·      The Development of Mite Resistant Bee Stocks (Dr Danka)

·      Developing Genetic Markers for Improved Bee Breeding (Dr Holloway)


Demonstrations – PM (1:15-3 PM)

·      Splitting Hives & Varroa Mite Examination Techniques (Rick Fink)

·      Queen Insertion  (Ed Priest)


Live demos in the afternoon involve working with live bees and be conducted away from the Fink house in the apiary area. Protective Clothing. Participants in the afternoon demos will need a liability waver and wear bee protective clothing. If you have a bee suit(s) please bring them with you as not all the people who wish to participate have a bee suit. Put your name on the bee suit and bring it along for someone else to use.


Lunch (12 Noon-1 PM. The AABA will supply the main meat course for the lunch meal. AABA members and visitors are encouraged to bring a covered dish, vegetables, salad & salad dressing, chips, dessert.  If you are a vegetarian or gluten-sensitive please plan accordingly.  If you do bring a vegetarian or gluten-free food item please identify it as such.  If the food needs to be kept chilled please keep the food in an ice chest prior to the meal.


Note. The Lunch and Speaker presentations will run concurrently. The morning demos will be completed about 11:15 AM.  The lunch tables will need to be set up…food ready to be served.  Please bring a lawn chair to sit on, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat.


Raffle & Door Prizes

·      Tickets for the raffle - $2.00 each; 3 for $5.00

·      Door Prizes – eligible – sign in desk w/ contact info


Equipment & Bee Clothing – Sale and Swap.  Only bee-related items (no kitchen sinks or old cars please; if in doubt please ask.


Questions regarding the 2014 Youth Scholarship Program – Hive Update & Mentor Matching. Direct your questions and applications to Rick Fink, President of the Alamo Area Beekeepers Association.  The more beekeeping mentors we have the more scholarships we can award.


Contact Information – For Any Questions before, during or after the AABA Field Day please contact:

Rick Fink President AABA – banderabees@gmail.com, Don Fraser VP AABA –texmanbees@gmail.com or Richard Trevino Jr Treasurer and Membershipratrevinojr@yahoo.com


Meeting Agenda – submitted by Don Fraser, VP AABA


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