About Us

This DCA map project was created by Julia Mahood, Georgia Master Beekeeper. Julia has been keeping bees since 2004 at her home in Atlanta, and has long been fascinated by the secret life of drones. After frustrating failures to locate DCAs using the helium balloon method,  she devised the method outlined on this site using a UAV.

Julia is active in the Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association and the Georgia Beekeepers Association. In 2018, she was named the GBA Beekeeper of the Year. Julia teaches beekeeping at Lee Arrendale State Prison, the largest women’s prison in Georgia, through the GBA/UGA prison beekeeping program.

This site was created with a generous grant from the Georgia Beekeepers Association Buzz Fund. www.gabeekeeping.com

Julia is grateful for the support of Dr. Keith Delaplane and Jennifer Berry at the UGA honey bee program, and from Dr. Jennifer K. Leavey at Georgia Tech

Thanks are also due to David Kraft  for UAV guidance, airframe integration and flight safety guidance. 

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