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Welcome to the Central Ontario Beekeepers Association


COBA is calling on all artists to put their creative minds into action to help with the development of a logo for the Association. Join us in the fun or tap a friend on the shoulder to make a submission! Submission Deadline: June 15, 2016!


1. All contestants agree that logos submitted become the artistic property of COBA.
2. COBA may modify the logo to meet the needs of the association.
3. Logo will clearly identify the name COBA.
4. Logo will reflect some aspect of beekeeping.
5. Logo will be limited to 3 colours.
6. Logos will be submitted as image files (.jpg, .png, .tif), vector images (.ai, .eps) or hand-drawn.
7. Logo should be visually appealing on both small (as small as 2 cm x 2 cm) and large scales.
8. Submissions should be emailed to COBA Secretary by June 15. (

The successful logo will be a clean, clear, innovative and creative design incorporating the above parameters in order to provide COBA with a professional-looking logo which may be used for years to come.


1. The Executive will review the submissions and select the finalists based on the guidelines set out in the rules above.
2.  A Selection Committe will review the final submissions and nominate the winner.
3. The winning logo will be presented at the summer meeting, July 10th.


COBA's meeting schedule for 2016:

Summer Meeting:       Sunday July 10th, 2pm

Fall Meeting/Dinner:   Friday October 28th, 6pm
RSVP Required
Speaker 1. TBD - focus on Foulbrood 
Other - Honey tasting, auction

Winter Meeting:           Wednesday December 28th, 7pm

For more information on agendas and locations, check our Upcoming Events page.


About the Central Ontario Beekeepers Association (COBA)

The Central Ontario Beekeepers Association (COBA) has been representing area beekeepers since 1910. It is a member-driven network of new and experienced beekeepers. Membership includes both hobbyists and commercial beekeepers. Some members manage one or two hives while others have over 500 hives. 

COBA was formed to promote beekeeping, educate beekeepers, liaise with the Ontario Beekeepers Association and the provincial apiarist, and foster community among beekeepers in the region. COBA supports members and those interested in bees and beekeeping through sharing of resources and by providing opportunities to meet and discuss challenges and successes. COBA holds four meetings per year, featuring guest speakers who provide information and research related to bees and beekeeping. COBA also supports the Farms at Work Beekeeping Mentorship Program.

New members are always welcome. To become a member, or for more information, contact the COBA Secretary,

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Swarming is how honey bee colonies normally reproduce - by splitting when the colony becomes too strong.  Unfortunately swarming will also occur if the hive site has become unhealthy due to disease or an infestation by pests such as mites.

 When a hive first swarms out they can be found in a cluster (usually about the size of a football or soccer ball) on tree branches; later in hollow cavities like tree trunks or often in urban places such as BBQ's or garages!

If the bees are inside a wall, or other unseen place (i.e. underground or in an attic) you will probably need to call an exterminator and/or contractor.

Before calling for a swarm catcher, please be sure that they truly are honeybees: not bumblebees, wasps, hornets, etc.   If they are indeed honey bees and in an accessible place, a beekeeper may be able to help by removing them to a modern beehive. 

Please be prepared to pay approximately $75 to $250 dollars. ($75 if the bees are near the ground, up to $250 if they are located high up a tree or other dangerous place.)  

 Please Remember...  1) If you have already sprayed these bees with an insecticide, please do not call a beekeeper as this could be harmful to someone's future honey!

2) When rescuing bees during swarm season, a beekeeper must not only take time out of their busy schedule and expend fuel, they will also have to use equipment that was intended for their own (healthy) bees and instead be used for a colony which will, most likely, not produce any honey crop that year and may not even survive.  

3) Due to less resistance to newer parasites like mites, “wild” bee colonies are endangered.  The beekeeper must presume that all swarming bees are diseased and treat with costly chemicals to prevent transference to his/her other colonies. This risk alone prevents numerous beekeepers from even responding to swarm calls.

Visit our Marketplace Page to contact a beekeeper who may be able to help you



Help Wanted: Interested in learning more about the bee business from the ground up? Dancing Bee is looking for help in their beekeeping store assisting customers and picking orders. Interested parties should send an email to