Tonight, Mark Antunes will discuss the importance and value of the annual association irradiation program he heads. He will discuss how you can participate and what you need to know to prepare your equipment for treatment.
Next, Dr. Dennis van Engelsdorp, internationally known honey bee entomologist will discuss « Beekeeping Practices – what works and what does not. » He will give a 10 to 15-minute overview of the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) results on the web so people know how to look things up themselves. This will be followed by a 30 – 40 minute talk on the drivers of colony losses – all extremely useful information for the entire beekeeping season. Those who have heard him speak before will look forward to hearing him speak again, and if you have never heard Dennis before, you are in for a special treat.
This evening, long-standing Montgomery County Beekeepers member Ellen Codd will share her process and tips for making pollen substitute patties. Pollen substitute patties can be an important source of early protein for honey bees as they complete winter survival and begin spring build-up, as well as other times of the year when pollen is scarce and the bees need nutritional support. This will surely be a timely and informative talk and demonstration.
Next, Walter Broughton of Swarmbustin’ Honey will present on his honey bee business that includes comb honey, creamed honey, liquid honey, flavored honey, propolis, royal jelly, beeswax, candles, honey vinegar, honey sticks, honey candy, pollen and much more. We have asked Walter to focus his presentation on the pollen aspect of his business, so he will discuss the importance of pollen to honey bees and humans as well as when and how to collect, process, and store pollen. Swarmbustin’ Honey is a family run operation located near Chatham in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Walter and his sons collectively have over ten decades of “beeing’ with the bees and are passionate about every aspect of their operation. If you never have collected pollen, but entertained the thought of doing so, you will definitely want to attend this informative and interesting presentation.