We will meet in the apiary for the beginning of tonight’s meeting, weather permitting. Please bring your veil!
Tonight, Margarita Lopez Uribe Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Entomology at Penn State University, will speak via webinar on Feral Bees, what they are, and how some of these “wild’ honey bee populations are being able to overcome disease pressure without any type of management. It will be interesting to learn about her current project that aims to map feral bee colonies across the state to quantify the health status of these unmanaged populations, and perhaps some of us will be able to contribute data to this study.
Also, because August is when varroa populations begin to explode, you may need to apply a treatment to gain control. Walt Fitzgerald will demonstrate the different ways to treat using oxalic acid. Don’t miss this valuable and timely information.
We all know how the importance of the queen in our colonies, and tonight, we have the pleasure of listening to Dr. David Tarpy, a leader in the field of honey bee queens, discuss via webinar the research on queens, their problems and potential solutions to these problems.
Dr Tarpy has been an assistant professor of entomology and the extension apiculturist at North Carolina University since 2003. As extension apiculturist, he maintains an apiculture website dedicated to the dissemination of information and understanding of honey bees and their management, spearheads numerous extension projects, and launched the new online Beekeeper Education & Engagement System (BEES), an exciting new “learning community” for knowledge and understanding of bees and beekeeping.
His research has focused on the biology and behavior of honey bee queens using several techniques including field manipulations, behavioral observation, instrumental insemination, and molecular genetics in order to improve the overall health of queens and their colonies. His research has provided significant gains to the understanding of queens so you won’t want to miss this fascinating discussion. Get your honey bee queen questions ready for an expert in this field.
Also, Scott Famous, one of the grafters and leaders of our Queen Cell Program, will give a summary of the 2017 season.
This evening, Dr. Elina Lastro Nino will present via webinar her research on queen mating and reproduction and the impact of supplemental forage on bee health. She is currently the Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension for Apiculture with the Department of Entomology and Nematology at the University of California at Davis. In her current role, she continues her research and also has developed several beginner and advanced beekeeper classes including the Queen Rearing Techniques Short Course and Basics of Bee Breeding course, a children’s Pollinator Education Program, and the California Master Beekeeper Program.
Her lab is also actively working on several applied projects, one of which is testing several novel bio pesticides for Varroa mite management.You won’t want to miss this informative presentation from a nationally recognized researcher on a subject that has a big impact on our honey bees.