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February 2015

Feb 27

8th Annual Chemical Free Organic Beekeepers Conference - Arizona

Friday 02/27/2015 - 03/1/2015
Oracle, Arizona

As the Organic Beekeepers yahoo.com discussion group has now grown in numbers to over 5700 + members, we have now put together our 8th annual meeting for an American Beekeepers Association, for beekeepers into clean Organic Beekeeping, to come together to associate for clean sustainable beekeeping with ZERO treatments, and getting off the artificial feeds, and off artificial breeding parameters, not in tandum with Nature.

Meeting to be held in Oracle, Arizona at the YMCA Triangle Y Ranch Camp and Retreat Center 27-28 Feb - 1 Mar 2015. Meeting will start Friday early afternoon with signing in, with Friday Night Hello?s/Dinner, ...run all day Saturday into eve, and through late Sunday afternoon, with keynote presentations, general sessions, breakout sessions, hands-on workshops, with 6 catered meals. Dinner for Friday night Hello?s will also have speakers/movie. Vendoring welcomed with those attending (NO treatments/artificial feeds allowed sold for bees).

Speakers so far confirmed: Don Downs (Apitherapy), Sam Comfort (TBHs/singing/dancing), Ramona Herboldsheimer (microbe Update, bkpg over the centuries), Bruce Brown (CC Pollen/politics update), Michael Bush (breeding/field mgt), James Fearnley (UK Pollen/propolis), Jacqueline Freeman (Relational Bkpg: How to be best friends with your bees.), Laura Ferguson (Dir College Melissae/International Natural Bkpg Fed), Gerald Golgul (mead making), Krassimire Entchev (Ger/Bulg Around the yr with Dee Lusby, my experiences regressing bees in S./N. Europe and its importance for localizing), Amalia Haas (Utilizing Culturally-Specific lenses to support chem-free beekeeping: The Case Study of Jewish & Honeybee Calendars), Dean Deknow/Stigletz (hive mgt/basic queen rearing), Gregg Tivnan (Reflections of a first-year beekeeper).

The fee for meeting includes: accommodations in Lodges (with up to 6 per room dorm style, each with own bath.....with bring-your-own sheets/bedding/blankets, w/men seperate from women) for $200 per person, plus six catered meals, access to all meetings/talks/workshops, snacks/break refreshments, and also a camp liability coverage (form required to be filled out). Overflow for accommodations will be usage of cabin units on site, with same fee. Also no fee for vendors other than normal lodging costs for meeting/catered meals/camp liability needs. For those not bringing own sheets/bedding/blankets due to plane travel/other, rental is available at camp office for approx $10 per person needing.

For more informaton see:
http://www.tucsonymca.org or visit OrganicBeekeepers at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/organicbeekeepers/ or contact Dee Lusby for information/registration at: 520-398-2474 late eve. For payment of registration per person of $200, due in advance of attending with check or moneyorder, send to Organic Beekeepers c/o Dee Lusby, HC 65, Box 7450, Amado, Arizona 85645, WITH stamped self addressed envelope, for returning receipt and more information on YMCA to sender, plus liability/medical form to be filled out. Note: $200 fee is a straight fee whether sleeping/eating at camp or not for covering cost of lodged rented, meeting halls, vendoring/catering, hiring workers, liability insurance, etc during conference. For general information concerning the meeting contacts are Keith Malone (Alaska) 907-688-0588, and Ramona/Dean at 978-407-3934.
www.tucsonymca.org
groups.yahoo.com/group/organicbeekeepers/


March 2015

Mar 6

Spring Conference and Beekeeping Trade Show - Arkansas

Friday
The Arkansas Beekeepers Association welcomes all to join us in Little Rock, Arkansas for our Spring Conference and Beekeeping Trade Show March 6 and 7, 2015. Featured speakers include Jerry Hayes and Landi Simone. Please visit www.arbeekeepers.org for details.
www.arbeekeepers.org


Mar 6

REGISTRATION DEADLINE - Natural Beekeeping/Top Bar Hives Class -Fort Atkinson WI

Friday
NATURAL BEEKEEPING
IN TOP BAR HIVES
A WEEKEND INTENSIVE CLASS
MARCH 21-­‐22, 2015
FIRST CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
31 West Milwaukee Avenue
Fort Atkinson, WI 53538

Brought to you by:

FEATURING Christy Hemenway
Christy Hemenway is the author of The Thinking Beekeeper ? A Guide to Natural Beekeeping in Top Bar Hives

A Gold Star Weekend Intensive is two very full days. This two-day workshop will cover:
? How We Got Here From There - A history of the beekeeping methods and agricultural practices that have brought us to the methods in use today. What effect are these methods having on honeybees? What is causing CCD, and what can you do to ? Inside the Hive - What are the bees doing in there? How can we support their natural processes and systems, managing the hive responsibly, but interfering as little as possible?
? When to Do What & Why - Starting a new hive, performing hive inspections, comb handling, honey harvesting, wax rendering, mite monitoring, splitting your hive, winterizing. This section includes hands-on work with Gold Star equipment.
? Terrible Things That Can Happen to Your Wonderful Bees - Forewarned is forearmed! Learn how to keep your bees healthy, and how to recognize and resolve problems in the hive.

$150 To register - GoldStarHoneybees.com or call 207-449-1121

Class Schedule: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm both days

Gather at 8:30 for coffee and light breakfast, provided; Class starts at 9:00 Lunch is 1 hour at noon. Lunch is available for purchase from the ?church ladies? or you may bring your own bag lunch.

***Students must register by MARCH 6!***

www.goldstarhoneybees.com


Mar 6

2015 University of Florida Bee College

Friday
University of Florida Bee College is one of the nation?s leading beekeeping education events. There are over 50 courses taught by Dr. Jamie Ellis and the HBREL staff, David Westervelt and the Apiary inspection team, Dr. Deborah Delaney of the University of Delaware, and Dr. Thomas Seeley of Cornell University.

Whether you are interested in honey bees, have a hive or two, or are a professional, Bee College is for you. There is always something new to learn about our beloved honey bee.
Please consider joining us for this truly one-of-a-kind event.

When: Friday, March 6th-Saturday, March 7th, 2015
Where: The Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, 9600 North Oceanshore Boulevard, St. Augustine, FL 32080

Classes include: 
Honey Bee Biology
Making Beekeeping into a Business
Beekeeping Equipment
Beginners Overview
Live Bee Removal
Candle Making
Setting Up Your Apiary
Pests and Diseases for Beginners
Africanized Honey Bees
Assembling Supers and Frames

And many many more!!


Mar 6

20th Annual Beginner Beekeeping Class - Ohio

Friday
Lorain County Beekeepers Association 20th Annual Beginner Beekeeping Class

Class Dates: Friday, March 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2015
Times: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: First Church (United Church of Christ)
106 North Main Street, Oberlin, OH 44074
Cost: $50 - includes one year membership in the LCBA and a monthly newsletter by e-mail.

Membership also includes:
Hands on Field Day:
When: Saturday, June 6, 2015
Time: 10 am (rain or shine)
Location: Queen Rights Colonies and St. Clair Home Apiary
43655 SR 162, Spencer, OH
Bonus Class: Fall Wrap Class- September 11, 2015, 7 - 9 pm
Location: First Church (United Church of Christ
106 North Main Street, Oberlin, OH

Topics include: Reviewing your year, Over-wintering your bees and Spring Management of your bees.

www.loraincountybeekeepers.org
Please contact Audrey Gargas with any questions at 216-534-6195 or gargas1@frontier.com (Please allow 24 hours for messages to be returned)

www.loraincountybeekeepers.org
gargas1@frontier.com


Mar 7

Illinois - BEEKEEPING COURSES AT LONG LANE HONEY BEE FARMS

Saturday
BEEKEEPING COURSES AT LONG LANE HONEY BEE FARMS
14556 N 1020 E, Fairmount IL
Register by calling 217-427-2678 or going online to www.honeybeesonline.com
Taught by Certified Master Beekeeper David Burns
Feb. 7, 2015 Basic Beginners
Feb. 28, 2015 Basic Beginners
Mar. 7, 2015 Basic Beginners
Mar. 21, 2015 Basic Beginners
April 11, 2015 Basic Beginners
April 25, 2015 Basic Beginners
May 16, 2015 Advanced Course
May 30, 2015 Queen Rearing
June 11, 2015 Basic Beginners
June 12-14, 2015 Bee Institute
Aug 22, 2015 Overwintering
Aug. 29, 2015 Overwintering
Sept 12, 2015 Overwintering
Sept. 26, 2015 Overwintering
Oct. 10, 2015 Basic Beginners
Oct. 24, 2015 Basic Beginners
http://www.honeybeesonline.com


Mar 7

A Beginning Beekeeping Short Course - Nebraska

Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
A Beginning Beekeeping Short Course will be offered by the University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension Service on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Christenson Agricultural Research Education Building near Mead, Nebraska. Directions to the meeting site can be found at .

Registration is $40 and includes lunch, breaks and a workbook. To register send a check and your contact information to:

Jeri Cunningham
Department of Entomology
University of Nebraska
103 Entomology Hall
Lincoln, NE 68583-0816
402-472-2123
jcunningham1@unl.edu

Registrations must be received by Feb. 25, 2015. Instructors will include Marion Ellis, Erin Ingram, Natalia Bjorkland, Hershel Staats and Warren Nelson.
ardc.unl.edu/direct.shtml
jcunningham1@unl.edu


Mar 13

Spring 2015 Kansas Honey Producers Meeting

Friday 03/13/2015 - 03/14/2015
Friday and Saturday March 13 & 14, 2015
Holiday Inn at KSU Campus
1641 Anderson Avenue, Manhattan KS 66502

Our main guest speaker will be Dr. Clarence Collison, Beekeeping Specialist, Emeritus Professor/Dept. Head, Dept. of Entomology and plant Pathology, Mississippi State University. For more information, see our website: www.kansashoneyproducers.org

http://www.kansashoneyproducers.org


Mar 13

20th Annual Beginner Beekeeping Class - Ohio

Friday
Lorain County Beekeepers Association 20th Annual Beginner Beekeeping Class

Class Dates: Friday, March 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2015
Times: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: First Church (United Church of Christ)
106 North Main Street, Oberlin, OH 44074
Cost: $50 - includes one year membership in the LCBA and a monthly newsletter by e-mail.

Membership also includes:
Hands on Field Day:
When: Saturday, June 6, 2015
Time: 10 am (rain or shine)
Location: Queen Rights Colonies and St. Clair Home Apiary
43655 SR 162, Spencer, OH
Bonus Class: Fall Wrap Class- September 11, 2015, 7 - 9 pm
Location: First Church (United Church of Christ
106 North Main Street, Oberlin, OH

Topics include: Reviewing your year, Over-wintering your bees and Spring Management of your bees.

www.loraincountybeekeepers.org
Please contact Audrey Gargas with any questions at 216-534-6195 or gargas1@frontier.com (Please allow 24 hours for messages to be returned)

www.loraincountybeekeepers.org
gargas1@frontier.com


Mar 13

Michigan Beekeepers? Association (MBA) - 150th Anniversary

Friday 03/13/2015 - 03/14/2015
The Michigan Beekeepers? Association (MBA), will celebrate their 150th Anniversary as an association (established in 1865). They will be holding their 100th ANR Week Spring Conference on Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14, 2015, at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on the MSU campus in E. Lansing, MI. Our keynote speakers will be Dr. Roger Hoopingarner, professor of entomology, emeritus, Michigan State University and author, as well as Michael Bush, author, natural beekeeper and internet expert (www.bushfarms.com). The MBA will also be featuring break out sessions and live demonstrations on a number of topics of interest to beekeepers of all skill levels, with different programs on both Friday and Saturday, along with a wide variety of vendors.

More information can be found by visiting the MBA website at www.michiganbees.org, including pre-registration and hotel information. Or call MBA Treasurer, Steve Tilmann at (517) 543-5525.

www.bushfarms.com
www.michiganbees.org


Mar 14

2 -day Beginning Beekeepers - Asheville, NC -Western North Carolina Regional Bee

Saturday 03/14/2015 - 03/15/2015
The Center for Honeybee Research, in partnership with the Park Service and area Bee Associations will offer a two-day course in Beginning Beekeeping, March 14 & 15, 2015 at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville, NC. The Western North Carolina Regional Bee School has grown into one of the largest in the U.S., last year attracting attendees from six states as well as throughout North Carolina, and offers a cohesive curriculum meant to introduce first-time beekeepers to the considerations and challenges likely to confront them in their first year. Classes begin at 9:00 AM Saturday March 14 til 5:00 PM and resume 12:30 PM til 4:30 PM on Sunday March 15, 2015.

Cost is $45 per person in advance, $60 at the door, if available. Details and online registration at www.chbr.org
http://www.chbr.org


Mar 14

New York - Geneva Bee Conference

Saturday
The annual Geneva Bee Conference will be held Saturday, March 14, 2015 on the campus of William Hobart Smith College in Geneva, NY. This year Peter Borst will present our keynote address, Dan O'Hanlon will present two topics: Raising Northern Queens and Queen and Drone Biology. Roberta Severson, Director of Cornell's Cooperative Enterprise Program will speak on the topic of cooperatives and how they could benefit beekeepers.


Mar 14

OKLAHOMA STATE BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION SPRING MEETING

Saturday
March 14, 2014 8:30 - 4:00
Logan County Fairgrounds
Free Fair Education Building
1201 S. Division Street
Guthrie, OK
For more information go to www.okbees.org

http://www.okbees.org


Mar 14

Introduction to Hands On Beekeeping 2015

Saturday
Honey bees need three things:
1. Dry place to live of adequate size.
2. Quality Food ? carbohydrate & protein.
3. Protection from disease and parasite.

Beekeepers Must:
? Understand and apply beekeeping concepts & life cycle of honey bee.
? Effectively communicate with their honey bees.

My Goal:

?I am very interested in helping you learn how to keep honey bees efficiently and effectively. ?
You learn how to do this by:

 Class room instruction
 Use tools and techniques discussed in class
 Hands- on experience
 Working with fellow students -- develop a partnership
Apply concepts to meet challenges
Location:

Edgewood Heritage Center
105 North Houston Street (FM 859)
Located next to Enlaces Mexican Restaurant
Edgewood, Texas
Park next to railroad across from First National Bank. Houston Street is very narrow.
Time: 8:00 A.M. to noon.

Training Material -- order now.
1. The Beekeeper?s Handbook, 4th edition by Diana Sammataro.
Available from bee suppliers, Amazon.COM, and Ebay.COM.
2. Beekeeper Training ? Increase Your Knowledge and Skills. Two DVD training program.
Available: www.OhioStateBeekeepers.ORG
Texas Agriculture Code, Chapter 31 & 71.


Texas Apiary Inspection Service ? tais.tamu.edu

Jim Lathem is instructor. Jim Beekeeping Experience

My interest in honey bees started as a young boy when honey bees would visit flowers in our garden and pollinate our pear trees. I stood for hours at Texas Beekeeper Association booth at State Fair of Texas watching honey bees.
While attending Edgewood High School, I bought my first hive of honey bees. I was 16. I learned how to keep honey bees reading Gleaning In Bee Culture and studying Walter T. Kelley?s How to Keep Bees and Sell Honey. I was not aware of any local bee associations or local bee- keepers. Not the best way to learn beekeeping ? School of Hard Knocks.
I kept bees in an out yard for 15 years near Bloomington, IL. During that time, I took Dr. Elbert R. Jaycox?s bee class at the University of Illinois. He is the author of Beekeeping In The Midwest.
My wife and I retired in 2002 and returned to Texas. I resumed beekeeping on my farm near Edgewood next to the location where I lived while attending Edgewood High School. I am a hobby beekeeper.
I graduated from The University of Texas at Austin -- BBA degree and from Illinois State University in Normal -- Master of Science degree in Applied Computer Science. I was an Office Industrial Engineer, Records Manager, and Data Administrator for State Farm Auto Insurance Corporate Headquarters, Bloomington, IL. Being a professional in each of these fields, I was always involved in continuing education and applying concepts was essential to function effectively.
I served three years in the United States Army.
I teach beekeeping concepts and how to apply them using hands-on experience.

Registration Form

Participants (Please Print) Price

? First Family Member -- Includes
2015 NETBA Family Membership $150
? Additional Family Member name $125
? Additional Family Member name $125
? Additional Family Member name $125


Mar 14

PA - Chester County Beekeepers Assoc Annual Conf 2015

Saturday
Chester County Beekeepers Association Annual Conference 2015
www.ChescoBees.org
Date: Saturday, March 14, 2015
Time: Check-in from 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM. Conference from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Place: The Merion Science Center at West Chester University, West Chester, PA
Cost: $60.00. Lunch provided. Attendees under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Make checks payable to: ?CCBA? and send to: Bob Haniwalt, 214 S. Walnut Street, West Chester, PA 19382-3462.
Please include your name, address, email address and which track (advanced or basics) you would like to attend.
Alternatively register online at www.ChescoBees.org
Please note that pre-registration is required to attend the event.
Advanced Session Speakers:
? Dr. Thomas D. Seeley is a professor in the Dept. of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell, where he teaches courses on animal behavior and does research on the functional organization of honey bee colonies. In recognition of his scientific work, he has received the Alexander von Humboldt Distinguished U.S. Scientist Award, been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, and been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His research focuses on the behavior and social life of honey bees and has been summarized in three books: Honeybee Ecology (1985), The Wisdom of the Hive (1995), and Honeybee Democracy (2010).
? Michael Palmer operates French Hill Apiaries in St. Albans, VT where he produces honey, raises queens, and sells nucs.
He has spent years developing his ?sustainable apiary? program at French Hill Apiaries, cultivating stock hardy to his northern environment and perfecting the use of over-wintered nucleus colonies.
Beekeeping Basics Speaker:
? Dr Dewey M. Caron is Emeritus Professor of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, Univ of Delaware, & Affiliate Professor,
Dept Horticulture Oregon state University. He has spent 40+ years teaching, doing bee extension and bee research at
Cornell (1967-69), University of MD (1970-1981) and University of DE (1981-2009). He spends 4-6 months each year in Bolivia where he keeps Africanized bees, and has 5 backyard colonies in Tigard OR.
Directions:
West Chester University campus map: http://www.wcupa.edu/campusmap//
The Merion Science Center is located in the northern rear section of the purple color-coded building at the intersection of W. Rosedale Avenue and S. Church Street.
General parking is provided in ?D? lot, the grey color-coded area slightly northwest of the Merion Science Center and behind the orange color-coded building. It is accessed via University Avenue off S. Church Street.
Handicap accessible parking is located in ?H? lot behind the Merion Science Center.
Vendors are welcome: contact Michael Langer at Mlanger452@aol.com
Mlanger452@aol.com
http://www.ChescoBees.org


Mar 15

L.A. CA - Beekeeping Class 101

Sunday
The Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association teaches Beekeeping Class 101. Our goal is to walk you through a season of keeping bees. We teach responsible beekeeping for the urban environment, adhering to Best Management Practices for the bees, beekeepers, and the general public. All are welcome! Our classes are held once a month 9-noon on Sundays, beginning February 15, then: March 15, April 19, May 17, June 14, July 19, August 16, October 11. We do not have class in September (we're sharing what we've learned at the LA County Fair in September). Location: Bill's Bees Bee Yard, 12640 Little Tujunga Blvd., Lake View Terrace, CA 91342. No experience necessary. All the information is posted on our website. You don't need to register, just show up. http://www.losangelescountybeekeepers.com/
http://www.losangelescountybeekeepers.com/beekeeping-classes-losangeles/
http://www.losangelescountybeekeepers.com/
www.losangelescountybeekeepers.com/beekeeping-classes-losangeles/


Mar 20

20th Annual Beginner Beekeeping Class - Ohio

Friday
Lorain County Beekeepers Association 20th Annual Beginner Beekeeping Class

Class Dates: Friday, March 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2015
Times: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: First Church (United Church of Christ)
106 North Main Street, Oberlin, OH 44074
Cost: $50 - includes one year membership in the LCBA and a monthly newsletter by e-mail.

Membership also includes:
Hands on Field Day:
When: Saturday, June 6, 2015
Time: 10 am (rain or shine)
Location: Queen Rights Colonies and St. Clair Home Apiary
43655 SR 162, Spencer, OH
Bonus Class: Fall Wrap Class- September 11, 2015, 7 - 9 pm
Location: First Church (United Church of Christ
106 North Main Street, Oberlin, OH

Topics include: Reviewing your year, Over-wintering your bees and Spring Management of your bees.

www.loraincountybeekeepers.org
Please contact Audrey Gargas with any questions at 216-534-6195 or gargas1@frontier.com (Please allow 24 hours for messages to be returned)

www.loraincountybeekeepers.org
gargas1@frontier.com


Mar 21

South Alabama Beekeepers Association

Saturday
What: Beekeeping Workshop and Field Day
When: Saturday, March 21, 2015 8AM - 4PM
Where: Auburn University Gulf Coast Research & Extension Center
8300 State Hwy 104
Fairhope, AL 36532
Cost: $25 per person or $35 per family, pay at the door. Lunch will be provided.
There will be an open hive demonstration (weather permitting) so bring your protective gear if you want to participae in this activity.

Mail your registration form to:
Roger Bemis
Attn: Beekeeping Workshop and Field Day Registration
P.O. Box 353
Bon Secour, AL 36511

For additional information please call Roger Bemis at 251-213-0168 or email at BemisRoger@hotmail.com.
BemisRoger@hotmail.com


Mar 21

Southern Adirondack Beekeepers Association - Annual All-day Seminar

Saturday
Malta, NY on March 21: Southern Adirondack Beekeepers Association presents their annual all-day seminar. Speakers will be Allen Dick of Alberta Canada, Meghan Milbrath of Munith, Michigan, and Wyatt Mangum of Fredricksburg, Virginia.

Details: www.adirondackbees.org or call Anne Frey 518-258-7503.
www.adirondackbees.org


Mar 21

Indiana - ISBA 2015 SPRING MEETING

Saturday
The Indiana State Beekeepers will hold their 2015 Spring Meeting and Bee School on March 21, 2015 at the Marion, Indiana campus of Ivy Tech. This meeting is open to everyone interested in bees and beekeeping.
Our keynote speaker for the meeting is Michele Colopy, Program Director for the Pollinator Stewardship Council. There will also be several breakout sessions and plenty of opportunities to talk with other beekeepers.
Cost for the Spring Meeting is $25 for individuals and $40 for families. The cost includes lunch and all of the information sessions.
For more information, please visit the Indiana State Beekeepers website, www.indianastatebeekeepers.org.
http://www.indianastatebeekeepers.org.


Mar 21

WISCONSIN - 2015 Prairie Enthusiasts Annual Conference

Saturday
The Prairie Enthusiasts and the central Wisconsin chapter will be hosting the 2015 Prairie Enthusiasts Annual Conference at UW Stevens Point, Wisconsin, on March 21, 2015. We will be paying special attention to pollinators and hosting several guest speakers.

Date: March 21, 2015
What: The Prairie Enthusiasts 2015 Annual Conference
Where: UW Stevens Point, Drefus Center, 1015 Reserve Street, Stevens Point, WI 54481

Conference theme: "Connections" Speakers, authors, and workshops, many paying special attention to pollinators. Some of the guest speakers are: Heather Holms, author of "Pollinators of Native Plants", Marcie OConnor "Measuring Diversity Moth by Moth", and Dan Young "Insect Pollinator Habitat Considerations" and more.

Time: 8:00AM doors open for registration

For more information and conference registration: http://www.theprairieenthusiats.org/

http://www.theprairieenthusiasts.org/


Mar 21

WISCONSIN- Natural Beekeeping-Top Bar Hives - Weekend Class

Saturday 03/21/2015 - 03/22/2015
NATURAL BEEKEEPING
IN TOP BAR HIVES
A WEEKEND INTENSIVE CLASS
MARCH 21-­‐22, 2015
FIRST CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
31 West Milwaukee Avenue
Fort Atkinson, WI 53538

Brought to you by:

FEATURING Christy Hemenway
Christy Hemenway is the author of The Thinking Beekeeper ? A Guide to Natural Beekeeping in Top Bar Hives

A Gold Star Weekend Intensive is two very full days. This two-day workshop will cover:
? How We Got Here From There - A history of the beekeeping methods and agricultural practices that have brought us to the methods in use today. What effect are these methods having on honeybees? What is causing CCD, and what can you do to ? Inside the Hive - What are the bees doing in there? How can we support their natural processes and systems, managing the hive responsibly, but interfering as little as possible?
? When to Do What & Why - Starting a new hive, performing hive inspections, comb handling, honey harvesting, wax rendering, mite monitoring, splitting your hive, winterizing. This section includes hands-on work with Gold Star equipment.
? Terrible Things That Can Happen to Your Wonderful Bees - Forewarned is forearmed! Learn how to keep your bees healthy, and how to recognize and resolve problems in the hive.

$150 To register - GoldStarHoneybees.com or call 207-449-1121

Class Schedule: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm both days

Gather at 8:30 for coffee and light breakfast, provided; Class starts at 9:00 Lunch is 1 hour at noon. Lunch is available for purchase from the ?church ladies? or you may bring your own bag lunch.

***Students must register by MARCH 6!***
http://www.goldstarhoneybees.com


Mar 21

Illinois - BEEKEEPING COURSES AT LONG LANE HONEY BEE FARMS

Saturday
BEEKEEPING COURSES AT LONG LANE HONEY BEE FARMS
14556 N 1020 E, Fairmount IL
Register by calling 217-427-2678 or going online to www.honeybeesonline.com
Taught by Certified Master Beekeeper David Burns
Feb. 7, 2015 Basic Beginners
Feb. 28, 2015 Basic Beginners
Mar. 7, 2015 Basic Beginners
Mar. 21, 2015 Basic Beginners
April 11, 2015 Basic Beginners
April 25, 2015 Basic Beginners
May 16, 2015 Advanced Course
May 30, 2015 Queen Rearing
June 11, 2015 Basic Beginners
June 12-14, 2015 Bee Institute
Aug 22, 2015 Overwintering
Aug. 29, 2015 Overwintering
Sept 12, 2015 Overwintering
Sept. 26, 2015 Overwintering
Oct. 10, 2015 Basic Beginners
Oct. 24, 2015 Basic Beginners
http://www.honeybeesonline.com


Mar 21

Wyoming Bee College

Saturday 03/21/2015 - 03/22/2015
The Laramie County Extension office will be hosting the Wyoming Bee College, at Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, Wyoming, March 21-22, 2015. For more information and registration www.eventbrite.com

The 2015 Bee College we have reached out to find new and inspirational speakers to take everyone to the next level of beekeeping, bring more people into the craft and help others make a business of beekeeping or just be better at keeping bees and helping pollinating insects.

The conference will offer workshops and lectures for the new to bees to the experienced beekeeper. Our speakers come from various professional settings such as; university faculty, USDA research facilities and beekeepers known for their commitment to the craft. Our speaker line-up includes: Glen Anderson from Bridgewater Bees in Oregon to teach a beginning/apprentice beekeeping workshop, Dr. Wm. Meikle from the Carl Hayden Bee lab to discuss his latest research on bee hive health and biological control of varroa mites, UW?s Dr. Randa Jabbour with her research on the pollinator farm crop connection, bee behavior from CSU?s Keziah Katz. Physician and author Dr. Ronald Fessenden will give an evening program on how honey is metabolized differently from other sweeteners. Also programs on permaculture and habitat hero, bee biology, marketing, crafts, making mead wine and much more.
The University of Wyoming Laramie County Extension has partnered with the Laramie County Conservation District we are committed to instructing our community in why and how pollinator insects are important and should be protected and promoted. We anticipate welcoming at least 120 people for the 2015 conference.

Registration is $65 for the Bee College, keeping the cost low is important and helped through grants and sponsorship. For more information contact Catherine at cwissner@uwyo.edu.
http://www.eventbrite.com
cwissner@uwyo.edu


Mar 21

(SEMBA) 77th Annual Bee Conference - Michigan

Saturday
The Southeastern Michigan Beekeepers Association (SEMBA) will hold its 77th Annual Beekeeping Conference on Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the VisTaTech Center at Schoolcraft College, 18600 Haggerty Road, Livonia, MI. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Lawrence J. Connor. Dr. Connor received his Ph.D. in entomology from Michigan State University. He has had a long academic career in bee research. Dr. Connor is a publisher of over a dozen books on bees, beekeeping, queen rearing and pollination, author of three books on bee essentials, and a regular contributor of articles to Bee Culture and American Bee Journal. Visit the Education link at the SEMBA website at sembabees.org for more information.
http://www.sembabees.org


Mar 21

HoneybeeLives Organic Beekeeping Classes

Saturday 03/21/2015 - 03/22/2015
HoneybeeLives Organic Beekeeping Classes introduce students to Organic/Natural Beekeeping with a Biodynamic influence. This two-day winter weekend class has dates available in the Hudson Valley and Brooklyn. Honeybees are an inspiring addition to the experience of life. A philosophy of care is imparted, as well as practical knowledge in preparation for starting hives in the spring. Learn a gentle way to tend them while respecting their instincts and understanding their complex and beautiful lives. This class is also helpful for current beekeepers who are looking for a culture of nurturing to advance their skills.

The Brooklyn location offered February 21 & 22. The Hudson Valley location offered January 24 & 25, February 7 & 8 or March 7 & 8. Please visit www.HoneybeeLives.org for more info on class and registration, or call 845-255-6113.
http://www.HoneybeeLives.org


Mar 22

NEW YORK - Hands on Microscopy Workshop

Sunday
Hands on Microscopy Workshop March 22, 2015, Saratoga County Cornell Cooperative Extension, 50 West High St., Ballston Spa, NY. 2-5pm
In this workshop you will be shown how to set up pollen slides and seal them so they are permanent. Also ways to set up temporary slides of pollen for quick ID. We will also be setting up slides for disease identification. When you know how to set up a slide correctly it makes looking at it and identifying what you?re seeing a lot easier. Too much water, too little water, air bubbles, you will learn ways to avoid and overcome these problems.
Fee $80 includes use of microscopes and material. There are a limited number of microscopes; you are welcome to provide your own.

This workshop will have a limited amount of participants so don't wait to sign up. For more information http://newmoonapiary.com/events.html
http://newmoonapiary.com/events.html


Mar 22

Long Island Beekeepers Club

Sunday
The Long Island Beekeepers Club will host Dan Colon from the Warm Color Apiaries, Deerfield Massachusetts.  Dan is a commercial beekeeper who is one of the top ten breeders of Russian honey bees. He works closely with USDA researchers on queen rearing.

2pm to 4pm at the Frank Brush Barn located at 211 E. Main Street (Route 25), Smithtown, New York. For further information contact us at http://longislandbee
keepers.org/ or 631-265-8249

longislandbee keepers.org/


Mar 27

20th Annual Beginner Beekeeping Class - Ohio

Friday
Lorain County Beekeepers Association 20th Annual Beginner Beekeeping Class

Class Dates: Friday, March 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2015
Times: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: First Church (United Church of Christ)
106 North Main Street, Oberlin, OH 44074
Cost: $50 - includes one year membership in the LCBA and a monthly newsletter by e-mail.

Membership also includes:
Hands on Field Day:
When: Saturday, June 6, 2015
Time: 10 am (rain or shine)
Location: Queen Rights Colonies and St. Clair Home Apiary
43655 SR 162, Spencer, OH
Bonus Class: Fall Wrap Class- September 11, 2015, 7 - 9 pm
Location: First Church (United Church of Christ
106 North Main Street, Oberlin, OH

Topics include: Reviewing your year, Over-wintering your bees and Spring Management of your bees.

www.loraincountybeekeepers.org
Please contact Audrey Gargas with any questions at 216-534-6195 or gargas1@frontier.com (Please allow 24 hours for messages to be returned)

www.loraincountybeekeepers.org
gargas1@frontier.com


Mar 27

NEOBA?s Big Bee Buzz

Friday 03/27/2015 - 03/28/2015
NEOBA?s Big Bee Buzz will occur in Tulsa on March 27-28, 2015 at Eastside Christian Church, 1438 S. Indianapolis.  Speakers include Dr. Jeff Harris, Stephen J. Repasky, Ed Levi,and Dr. Leo Sharashkin.  Cost is $35.  Meals included.  Register and obtain more information at NEOBA.org.
NEOBA.org


Mar 28

Learn How to Rear Queen Bees - UC Davis

Saturday 03/28/2015 - 03/29/2015
DAVIS--The UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology will offer a two-day queen-rearing techniques short course, March 28-29 in the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility on Bee Biology Road, UC Davis campus.

Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño will teach the course, assisted by co-instructors, staff research associates Bernardo Niño and Billy Synk.

?This course is perfect for those who have some beekeeping experience and would like to move on to the next step of rearing their own queens or maybe even trying their luck at bee breeding,? Elina Lastro Niño said.

Topics will include honey bee queen biology, basics of selective honey bee breeding programs, various queen-rearing techniques, hygienic behavior testing, and assessment of varroa mite levels.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about and practice multiple methods for queen rearing. ?We will go through a step-by-step process for queen rearing via grafting, including setting up cell buildings and mating nucs,? she said.

At the end of the course, participants will be able to check their grafting success and local participants can take their grafted queen cells from their practice exercises, back to their apiaries.
The participants also will learn techniques for assessing varroa loads in colonies and evaluate hygienic behavior.

The course is limited to 14 participants. It will include lectures, hands-on exercises, and a tour of the department?s Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Garden, located next to the facility.

The $200 registration fee covers the cost of course materials (including a set of grafting equipment, grafting frame with bars, plastic queen cups and a grafting tool); breakfast, lunch and refreshments.

Participants will be responsible for obtaining their own lodging. For directions, visit http://elninobeelab.ucdavis.edu/qrtsc.html. For more information on registering for the short course, contact Bernardo Niño at elninobeelab@gmail.com.

http://elninobeelab.ucdavis.edu/qrtsc.html
elninobeelab@gmail.com


Mar 28

Mid-Atlantic Organic Honey Bee Convention

Saturday
March 28, 2015 at 4500 Kensington Ave., Richmond

Speakers Sam Comfort, Wyatt Mangum, PhD, Virginia State Apiarist Keith Tignor, and John Adams. $50 person, $90/family.For information, visit www.maohbc.com.
www.maohbc.com


Mar 28

Seventh Annual Beekeeping School

Saturday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
WHEN
Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM CDT

WHERE
Washington County Fairgrounds
Brenham, Texas
1305 East Blue Bell Road
Brenham, TX 77833

The Central Texas Beekeepers are hosting a one-day beginners Beekeeper School to be held March 28, 2015 at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Brenham, Texas.

We will have beginner classes on Top Bar and Langstroth as well as Intermediate level Langstroth classes in the morning. The afternoon will be filled with demonstrations and additional courses. This is an excellent learning opportunity irregardless of experience. Vendors will be present to answer your questions and have beekeeping equipment for sale.
The Busy Bee School program is NOT offered this year. Children are welcome to attend classes with parents.

The cost of the school includes a catered Bar-B-Q meal with Blue Bell Ice Cream for dessert as well as a school ?book? that will have information for all of the classes.

Last year we had over 450 students and 100 ?staff? present. Due to space restrictions, we are limiting the enrollment to 500 students this year.

To view more information, visit our website at www.centraltexasbeekeepers.org.

As a rule of thumb, those with less than a year?s experience should consider a beginner class. Intermediate classes are usually attended by those with more than a year experience.

Our club will have a limited number of assembled, painted ready-to-go hives available for purchase. Please purchase these during the registration process.

Michael Kelling
Central Texas Beekeepers Association
979-277-0411

www.centraltexasbeekeepers.org


Mar 28

Beekeeping Classes - Wisconsin

Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
You are invited to attend one of our day-long ?Beekeeping Classes? to be held at the Dane Co. Extension Building, 5201 Fen Oak Dr, Madison, WI 53718. Beginners Classes will repeat on Jan 31, Feb. 28, March 28, April 11 and May 2, 2015. Second Step Class is on March 21, 2015. All classes run from 9am - 4pm. The fee of $50 covers coffee, handouts, free sample journals and catalogs, and props galore for you to handle. To register, contact Jeanne Hansen at 608-244-5094 or jeanniealabeannie@yahoo.com.
jeanniealabeannie@yahoo.com


Mar 31

Backyard Beekeepers Association - Connecticut

Tuesday
Tuesday February 24, Meghan Milbrath, of the University of Michigan, will speak on Keeping a Healthy Hive. Each month we have timely weekend hands on inspection workshops, bee school, mentor program and more. Please check our web site for the dates and locations or more information at www.backyardbeekeepers.com

2015 Speaker Schedule
March 31, Izzy Hill on Bugonia
April 28, Dr. Diana Sammataro subject TBD
May 26, Wyatt Mangum subject TBD
June 30: Dinner Meeting
September 29, Sam Comfort subject TBD
October 27, Juliana Rangel Posada on Reproductive biology of honey bee queens and drones
November 17, Michael Fairbrother of Moon Light Meadery on Mead

www.backyardbeekeepers.com