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Mar
31
Fri
Big Bee Buzz @ Tulsa (Venue68)
Mar 31 – Apr 1 all-day
Big Bee Buzz @ Tulsa (Venue68) | Tulsa | Oklahoma | United States

The Northeastern Oklahoma Beekeepers Association (NEOBA) announces the 17th annual Big Bee Buzz 2017, on March 31 from 5:30 – 9:15, and April 1 from 8 – 5, at Venue 68 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Bee Buzz is northeast Oklahoma’s premier education event for beekeepers in the region.

The Big Bee Buzz has something to offer for everyone, whether an experienced beekeeper, brand new to the world of beekeeping, or just interested in learning about honeybees and supporting pollinators in your garden.  It also offers many chances to network with other beekeepers and enthusiasts.

This two-day series of seminars with leading beekeeping experts offers 15 topics to choose from a variety of educational sessions. The format this year will allow parallel sessions for either advanced or beginner beekeepers. This year’s conference also offers a free Saturday session that is open to the public on Urban Bee Forage, scheduled for Saturday at 3.

This year’s speakers are:
– Dr. Marion Ellis, retired professor of entomology at the University of Nebraska, speaking on Getting Started in Beekeeping and Bee Behavior.
– Phil Craft, who served as the Kentucky State Apiarist from 1999 through 2011 and communicates with beekeepers through his “Ask Phil” question/answer column in Bee Culture magazine, speaking on Nosema Disease; and Reducing Swarming & Making Nucs.
– Solomon Parker, creator of the “Treatment-Free Beekeeping” podcast and Facebook group, speaking on Treatment-Free Beekeeping: An Overview; Getting Started In Treatment-Free Beekeeping; Easy Bee Breeding And Hive Expansion Methods; and Pick Your Hive.
– Katie Lee, University of Minnesota Entomology Ph.D. candidate, manager of the Northern California and Midwest Honey Bee Tech Transfer Teams for the Bee Informed Partnership, speaking on Breeding for Hygienic Behavior; Colony Inspections; and Varroa Biology and Management.
– Beth Conrey, retired president of the Colorado State Beekeepers Association and previously of the Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association, as well as current co-chair of People and Pollinators Action Network (PPAN) and board member of the Pollinator Stewardship Council (PSC), speaking on Honey Bees 101 – Physiology and Social Structure; There’s Plenty of Money in Honey; and Making the City Pretty: Urban Bee Forage.

In addition to these sessions, there will be a Q&A Panel session with all speakers, a silent auction, and an Update on Oklahoma Beekeeping, as well as a variety of beekeeping product vendors.

For a complete list of session times and speaker bios, as well as pre-registration, visit www.neoba.org.

NEOBA (Northeast Oklahoma Beekeepers Association) promotes beekeeping to the general public and supports fellow beekeepers around our region. NEOBA pursues its educational mission by giving local presentations to schools and civic groups, hosting beekeeping classes, and organizing the annual Big Bee Buzz conference.

Apr
11
Tue
Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center
Apr 11 @ 9:00 am
Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center | Poteau | Oklahoma | United States

Guided tours are available one day each month, on the second Tuesday of the month.

During these tours, Kerr Center staff show visitors our current horticulture and livestock projects.

Tours go from 9-11 or 1-3 (approximate length),  and cost $10 per person.

Advance registration is required. Contact us a week in advance to let us know you are coming and whether you want to see horticulture or livestock projects or both.

Keep in mind that what is available to see varies according to season. When you call, we can let you know what is available to see. We want you to have the best possible experience!

Pay at the door. Tours begin at the Kerr Center office.

Click here for directions and map.

All other visits must be requested at least two weeks in advance. Groups are welcome.

Call the Kerr Center at 918.647.9123 or email mailbox@kerrcenter.com with “tour request” in the subject line to arrange a visit.

Apr
13
Thu
Eastern Oklahoma Ag Trade Show @ LeFlore County Fairgrounds
Apr 13 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Eastern Oklahoma Ag Trade Show @ LeFlore County Fairgrounds

This is the 10th year for the Eastern Oklahoma Ag Trade Show.

Agenda

8:00 AM
Doors Open & Visit Booths

9:00 AM
Implications of Litter Application Timing
Brian Pugh
Area Agronomist
Oklahoma State University Extension

10:00 AM
Break & Visit Booths

10:15 AM
Routine Mortality Management & Composting Methods
Doug Hamilton Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Professor
Extension Waste Management Specialist
Oklahoma State University

11:15 AM
Break and Visit Booths

11:30 AM
Eco Drum
Demonstration
Bridget Pruitt
Hindsite Solutions

12:30 PM – Free Lunch
Sponsored by OK Foods, Inc.
Certificates Issued
Final Door Prizes & visit Booths

Information booths will be open throughout the show.

For more information, contact Lisa Grey at lisa.grey@ok.nacdnet.net or (918) 647-3554 x3.

May
6
Sat
Red Slough Birding Convention @ Idabel (Southeastern Oklahoma State University- McCurtain County Campus)
May 6 – May 9 all-day
Red Slough Birding Convention @ Idabel (Southeastern Oklahoma State University- McCurtain County Campus) | Idabel | Oklahoma | United States

The 9th annual Red Slough Birding Convention runs from May 6-9 in and around Idabel.  It features birding tours of the Red Slough WMA, Little River National Wildlife Refuge, and McCurtain County Wilderness Area.  Keynote speaker Greg Lasley will cover both “Birds of the Big Bend” and “Dragonflies and Damselflies of Texas” on different days during the conference, while Dr. Mia Revels & Abbey Ramirez, of Northeastern State University, will deliver a talk titled,  “The Owls Are Not What They Seem: Northern Saw-whet Owls in Oklahoma”

The Red Slough tour will visit numerous habitats including emergent wetlands, mudflats, reservoirs, scrub/shrub, and willow tree rows. It is not unusual to see over 100 species of birds in a day during the month of May.

Expected birds of interest include: Purple and Common Gallinule, King Rail, Sora, American & Least Bitterns, Neotropic Cormorant, Anhinga, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, White Ibis, White-faced Ibis, Hudsonian Godwit, Black-necked Stilt, Least Tern, Bell’s Vireo, Marsh & Sedge Wrens, Prothonotary Warbler, Painted Bunting, and Bobolink. Other birds of interest that might be spotted include: Mottled Duck, Glossy Ibis, Virginia Rail, and Yellow-headed Blackbird.

American Alligators are often seen on this tour, as well as numerous wildflowers such as Alligator Flag, Obedient Plant, Spider Lily, and Blue Flag Iris. Bird viewing will be done from levee roads and observation platforms.

Bring rubber boots as the grass on the levees in the mornings is usually wet. Walking approximately one mile around Bittern Lake normally occurs on this tour.  Spotting scopes may come in handy but are not necessary as the guides will have them. Bring your cameras!

For more information and registration, visit redsloughconvention.com.

May
9
Tue
Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center
May 9 @ 9:00 am
Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center | Poteau | Oklahoma | United States

Guided tours are available one day each month, on the second Tuesday of the month.

During these tours, Kerr Center staff show visitors our current horticulture and livestock projects.

Tours go from 9-11 or 1-3 (approximate length),  and cost $10 per person.

Advance registration is required. Contact us a week in advance to let us know you are coming and whether you want to see horticulture or livestock projects or both.

Keep in mind that what is available to see varies according to season. When you call, we can let you know what is available to see. We want you to have the best possible experience!

Pay at the door. Tours begin at the Kerr Center office.

Click here for directions and map.

All other visits must be requested at least two weeks in advance. Groups are welcome.

Call the Kerr Center at 918.647.9123 or email mailbox@kerrcenter.com with “tour request” in the subject line to arrange a visit.


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