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February 2016

Feb 1

Instrumental Insemination Of Honey Bee Queens Classes 2016

Plan on classes in May-July

Specialized instrumental insemination classes are offered in Washington State by Susan Cobey. Individual and small classes are scheduled to provide the attention and detail required to learn the technique. Classes are intensive and geared to individual needs. Advanced classes are designed to increase efficiency and trouble shoot. Personalized classes may include specialized beekeeping practices to care for and establish IIQs. Classes are scheduled during the summer season. Please inquire for details and to book dates.

Class Requirements
Classes are designed for researchers and beekeepers involved in a breeding program or research project requiring controlled mating. A strong background in beekeeping and queen rearing is required. Virgin queens & drones, microscopes & lights are supplied for classes. Instruments and parts are available. There is no standardization in instrumentation and a variety of quality, so please inquire for an evaluation and/or upgrade of equipment, as needed. For info.,see:

About the Instructor - Susan Cobey
An acknowledged international authority in the field of apiculture, Susan has extensive experience in bee breeding and perfecting, teaching and writing instructional material for instrumental insemination. She maintains the New World Carniolan Closed Population Breeding Program, now in its 34rd generation. Currently, she works with Washington State University?s collaborative stock improvement and maintenance program. This includes the collection and incorporation of germplasm collected from Old World European honey bees into domestic breeding stocks to enhance U.S. honey bees and the establishment of a germplasm repository at WSU.

Feb 6

21st Annual Beekeeping Symposium - Alabama

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System?s 21st Annual Beekeeping Symposium will be held at the Clanton Conference and Performing Arts Center, 1850 Lay Dam Road, Clanton, AL 35045 on February 6, 2016.
Featured speakers include Dr. Marion Ellis and Jennifer Berry. A separate Beginning Beekeepers Workshop will be available. National beekeeping vendors will be present.
Registration at the door is from 8:00-8:30 am. Pre-registration is available at:
Lunch is provided for those who pre-register. Deadline for pre-registration is Jan. 22, 2016.
For more information contact Dr. Paul L. Mask at 334-844-4450.

Feb 6

The Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild Announces its 6th Annual Natural Beekeeping Sy

2016 Offers a New Enhanced Afternoon Program Format

PHILADELPHIA, PA - The Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild?s ( 6th Annual Natural Beekeeping Symposium will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2016, from 10 am to 4 pm at Temple University Main Campus- Gittis Student Center, Philadelphia.

The Symposium opens with special guest Karen Roccasecca, Pennsylvania?s State Apiarist, presenting The State of the Bees 2015.

The keynote speaker is Mike Palmer, renowned Vermont beekeeper, who will share his method for Building a Sustainable Apiary. In addition to his commercial beekeeping business - - French Hill Apiaries in St. Albans, Vermont - -Mike is widely consulted for his sage advice both nationally and internationally on his approach for raising and overwintering nucleus colonies. (

New this year are four Breakout Sessions in the afternoon. Attendees will have time to participate in two of the following:
? Queen Rearing- This panel discussion about local queen raising programs and how queen development supports the sustainable apiary will feature keynote speaker Mike Palmer. He will be joined by Mark Gingrich of Gingrich Apiaries, Scott Famous of the Montgomery County Beekeepers Association, and Guild member Jeff Eckel of Instar Apiaries.
? Bees and Trees- Bringing It All Together This panel will discuss how horticulturists and beekeepers can work together to increase the tree canopy and boost forage for the bees. Hosted by Guild member Kirk Wattles the panel will feature:
o Erica Smith from Tree Philly (Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation)
o Barley Van Clief and Mindy Maslin from Tree Tenders (Pennsylvania Horticultural Society project)
o Robyn Mello from Philadelphia Orchards Project and
o Linde Lauff from Tree Northeast
? Teaching Children about Bees This workshop presents strategies and techniques for teaching elementary and secondary students about bees and beekeeping. Karen Cherubini, Guild board member and Science Dept. faculty member at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia hosts.

? The Amazing Products of the Honeybee Hive This delicious and fun hands-on workshop will highlight the main products of the honeybee hive: honey, beeswax, propolis, pollen, royal jelly and bee venom including historical and medicinal uses, recipes and more. Recently relocated to Philadelphia, Stephanie co-founded the Boston Area Beekeepers Association and is the owner of Benevolent Bee.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Purchase tickets online via the Guild?s Website ( or Click Here. Prices include a boxed lunch and are $45.00 for non-Guild members and $35.00 for Guild members or a 10-Pack for $350.00 (group discount). Tickets will also be available at the door for an additional $5.00.

The Gittis Student Center is located at 1755 North 13th Street, Room #217 Philadelphia, PA 19122

The first 50 tickets purchased will be entered into a drawing for a free dinner with Mike Palmer and the Guild Board members after the symposium.

For more information and media inquiries, please contact

About The Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild
The Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild began in 2009 as a small, informal group of local beekeepers and has quickly grown into a (more than) 14

Feb 6

9th Annual Beekeeping Workshop - St. Louis

Prominent Apiary Inspectors and
Beekeeping Educators to Present Courses for Beginners and
Experienced Beekeepers

The Eastern Missouri Beekeepers Association (EMBA) will offer courses of beekeeping instruction for beginners and experienced beekeepers on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at Maritz in Fenton, Missouri.
Leading beekeeping educators, honey bee health specialists and Missouri beekeepers, including James Duever, President, Boone Regional Beekeepers, Columbia, Missouri, Valerie Duever, President, Missouri State Beekeepers Association, Mark Dykes, Chief, Texas Apiary Inspection Service, Texas A&M University, and President, Apiary Inspectors of America, and David Westervelt, Assistant Chief, Apiary Inspection Section, Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, will be among the instructors leading the workshop.

The Experienced Beekeepers? course will be tailored towards intermediate and expert level beekeepers and will place special emphasis on colony health and behavior.

The Beginners Beekeeping course is intended for novice beekeepers and persons with no prior beekeeping experience. The class will cover all aspects of basic beekeeping to prepare students to start beekeeping in 2016.

Tuition for the workshop is $85 per person if registered by Jan. 17, 2016. Tuition is $95 per person for those registering on or after January 18th. Registration closes Jan. 30th.
Lunch and refreshments are included in the cost. Registration packets include course materials, an authoritative reference book, beekeeping periodicals, and equipment catalogs.

Equipment vendors include representatives of Dadant & Sons, Kelley Beekeeping Co., and others.

EMBA supports beekeepers with a broad program of cooperative procurement and educational events including providing complete beginners equipment kits, nucleus colonies, and queens for delivery in the spring, and open hive instructional workshops during the season at the Club?s teaching apiary in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

Registration is available online at

More information is available by email to or calling 314-669-1828.

Feb 13

ME - Microscopy Workshop - Techniques for Nosema and Tracheal Mite Identificatio

Date 02/13/2016
Location: Falmouth, Maine

This class will focus the use of a microscope as a diagnosing tool for beekeepers. You will be taught laboratory skills that will enable you to make a positive diagnose of Nosema and learn the technique for identifying trachea mites. No experience with microscopy is required.
More information

Feb 13

Connecticut Beekeepers Association-Winter Meeting

The Connecticut Beekeepers Association will hold their winter meeting. Our speaker will be Aaron Morris from New York State. His morning topic will be ?Growing a hobby into a Successful Sideline Business. His afternoon topic will be ?Nucs and Splits?. In 2015, Aaron harvested over 3 tons of honey from his bee colonies which are located in New York State. The meeting starts at 9am and will be held at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, 123 Huntington St, New Haven, CT. We will have a pot luck luncheon and a tea cup auction. Please bring something tasty to share and consider donating something for the auction. More information is available at:

Feb 13

Beginning Beekeeping Class

Saturday 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Great news for beginning beekeepers and anyone wanting a refresher on beekeeping in our area! We are going to offer a ?Beginning Beekeeping Class? on Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 7:00 AM til 4:00 PM at the Richardson Bretz Memorial Building in Celina, Ohio.

Pre-registration is $40.00 which includes the book ?Bee Essentials? by Dr. Larry Connors, a one year membership to Greater Grand Lake Beekeepers Association (GGLBA), and various literature and catalogues. Cost at the door (based on availability) will be $45.00.

Registration will be limited to the first 30 people to register. Preregistration deadline is February 5, 2016. Make checks payable to Greater Grand Lake Beekeepers Association and send to:

Greater Grand Lake Beekeepers Association
C/OMark Watercutter
Attn: Beekeeping Class
1980 Fleetfoot Rd.
St. Henry, OH 45883

Call Mike Doseck: 419-394-4215 for directions or questions.

Feb 18

Central Valley Beekeepers Association - Fresno, CA

Thursday 5:30 PM
Central Valley Beekeepers Association will be meeting February 18, 2016. Our guest speakers will be Elina Nino - UCDavis Honeybee Extension Entomologist; and Vanessa Corby - Research Physiologist @ Carl Hayden Bee Research Center in Tucson.
Meeting will be held at the Yosemite Falls Cafe, 4248 W. Ashlan, Fresno, CA. 93722; (559) 275-6060. Dinner/Social hour 5:30-6:30pm, meeting starts at 6:30pm.
For more information, contact CVBA - Teri Solomon (559) 341-5672 or Jose Soto (559) 579-3492

Feb 19

Western Pennsylvania Beekeepers Assoc

Friday 02/19/2016 - 02/20/2016
February 19-20, 2016
Doubletree by Hilton, Mars, PA 16046

Please join us for the most up-to-date information about managing honeybees. A trade show featuring major beekeeping supply companies will be held on-site in conjunction with this seminar.

Featured Speakers:
Dr. Jeff Harris
Assistant Extension and Research Professor at Mississippi State

Dr. Diana Sammataro
One of the authors of The Beekeeper?s Handbook

Dr. Christine Grosinger
Professor of Entomology and Director of Pollinator Research at Penn State University

Registration Information
The cost is $60 for participants and $45 for their guests and children under 18. (Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult participant.)

Registration will be opening December, 2015
Link will be provided at a later date

Breakout sessions: include bear fencing, winter management, cooking with honey, pest control, and more?

Visit the W. PA. Seminar Facebook page at

Notice of Seminar for calendar / news section:
The Western PA Beekeeping Seminar will be February 19 ? 20, 2016 at Doubletree by Hilton, Mars, PA. 16046. Speakers include Dr. Jeff Harris, Extension and Research Professor at Mississippi State, Dr. Diana Sammataro, one of the authors of The Beekeeper?s Handbook, and Dr. Christine Grosinger, Director of Pollinator Research at Penn State University.
Along with break-out sessions on winter management, bear fencing, cooking and disease and pest control, a special Beginning Beekeeping workshop will be offered on Saturday.
Registration opens December, 2015.

Questions of this notice ? please contact Lyn Szymkiewicz at or 412-855-0710

Feb 20

Introduction to Beekeeping - Temple University, Ambler, PA

Saturday 02/20/2016 - 02/21/2016
Temple University, Ambler, PA
Introduction to Beekeeping, Feb. 20-21, and March 19-20, 2016, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
This two-weekend course is designed for those who want to learn about honey bees and beekeeping or are considering becoming beekeepers. In this course you will learn about:
? Honey bee biology and behavior
? Building an apiary and harvesting honey
? Apiary equipment and supplies
? Management practices for each season
Taught by Master Beekeeper, Vincent J. Aloyo, PhD
For information or to register, see:

Feb 20



Feb 23

Backyard Beekeepers Association

The BackYard Beekeepers? 2016 Speaker Schedule:
January 26: Allision Gillespie, author Hives in the City
February 23: Jonathan Snow, Barnard, TBD
March 29: Dr.John Boyce M.D., Yale, Honey as Medicine
April 26: Roberta Gantz, NYS TBD
May 24: James Wilkes, Hive Tracks ? using technology for record keeping
June 28: Dinner & Silent Auction Meeting
September 27: Brenna Traver, Penn State, Honey Bee Pathogens
October 27: Anne Frey, TBD
November 17: Jennifer Tsuruda, Clemson TBD

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:

Feb 25

North Carolina Beekeepers Assoc 2016 Spring Meeting

Thursday 02/25/2016 - 02/27/2016
The North Carolina Beekeepers Association 2016 Spring Meeting will be hosted by the Craven Pamlico County Beekeepers and held on February 25,26, & 27th at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center, 203 East Front Street, New Bern, NC.

Historic New Bern is the perfect place for our Spring Meeting. The Convention Center features a 12,000 square foot ballroom, breakout meeting rooms, and exhibit space, all next to a beautiful waterfront veranda. For your significant other (or bee buddy), the Convention Center is close to hotels, shopping, dining, and many other attractions. Transportation is easily accessible with the Craven Regional Airport nearby, 5+ car rental agencies, limousine companies, and the historical trolley.

For continued updates on the meeting agenda and speakers, please visit the North Carolina Beekeepers Association Website at Registration will range from $35 to $55 and additional questions may be sent to

Feb 26

Organic Beekeepers to Meet - Arizona

Friday 02/26/2016 - 02/28/2016
As the Organic Beekeepers discussion group has now grown in numbers to over 5900 + members, we have now put together our 9th 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 all artificial feeds, and getting off all 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 26 -28 Feb 2016. Meeting will start Friday early afternoon with signing in, with Friday Night Hello?s/Dinner, all day Saturday into evening, and through late Sunday afternoon, with keynote presentations, general sessions, breakout sessions, hands-on workshops, with 6 catered meals/refreshments during breaks. 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: James Fearnley of UK/England, for Propolis Bee Research Updates/doings., Michael Bush of Nebraska, USA, talking on Breeding/Field Management,...Benjamin Pixie of USA talking on the Magic and Medicines of the Honeybee; Mead Making as Medicine,....Laura Ferguson of USA and Dir College Melissae/International Natural Bkpg Fed for beekeeping history/etc,...Don Downs USA, speaking on Apitherapy, ...Jacqueline Freeman USA, speaking on Relational Bkpg: How to be best friends with your bees,...
Bruce Brown Phoenix, AZ, USA, talking on Regulations Pertaining to International Trade concerning honeybees/products of the hive.... Dee Lusby AZ, USA speaking on Wrap/Tie Frame Wiring/Embedding with help of Chris Romnes from New Mexico, USA,.....Dee Lusby for Friday Night Hello?s going over Honey/Pollen/Propolis Nutrition Values, etc ...with later during weekend showing how to convert from hand trucks to floor trucks for working field commercially, along with honeyhouse needs/changes for working as one gets retirement age and older.
The $200 per person for meeting fee, 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 separate from women); six catered meals, access to all meetings/talks/workshops/snacks/break refreshments, and also a camp liability coverage (form required to be filled out) concerning private property of the camp only. Overflow for accommodations in lodges, will be usage of cabin units on site, with same fee. Also no fee for vendors other then 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. $12 per person needing these.
For more information see: YMCA of Southern Arizona - Tucson, Marana, Oro Valley or visit OrganicBeekeepers at Organic Beekeepers 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 % 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 sl

Feb 27

Indiana Bee School XIV

The Indiana Beekeepers? Association will hold its Indiana Bee School XIV on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at Decatur Central High School, 5251 Kentucky Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana. Folder Pickup starts at 7:00 a.m. (EST) with program starting promptly at 8:30 a.m.
The guest speakers are Kim Flottum, and Dr. Joe Latshaw. There will be sessions for beginner to advanced beekeepers.
Registration Fees: Pre-registration fees are $30.00 per individual or $50.00 per family. Registration received/post dated February 8, 2016, will be $40.00 per individual or $65.00 per family. Lunch is included.
This is an all day event offering eight different educational presentations running concurrently in each time slot. Three presentations in each slot are for beginners.
For more information or to register online:
If you have questions you may contact Mike Seib at: 317-432-5342 or

Feb 27

Beekeeping Classes 2016 - WI

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 the last Sat of the Month, Jan - April, 2016. Second Step Class is in March, 2016. All classes run from 9am - 4pm. The fee of $50 covers coffee, handouts, free sample journals and catalogues, and props galore for you to handle. Individual, hands-on Mentoring is also available, $20 for 2 hours in the apiary. To register, contact Jeanne Hansen at 608-244-5094 or jeannie

Feb 27

Dr. Tom Seeley to present at Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, Missouri on S

St. Louis, Missouri ?Dr. Tom Seeley will be the guest speaker for another engaging BeeSpeakSTL event on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Shoenberg Theater, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, Missouri.
Dr. Seeley will present on a number of honeybee behavior topics including The bee colony as a honey factory, Hive thirst: How does a honey bee colony regulate its water collection and A survivor population of European honey bees living in the wild in New York State. Advance ticket price is $22.00. More information and tickets are available at or by calling 314-471-5122.
About Dr. Tom Seeley ? Dr. Seeley is widely considered the most important modern day researcher on honeybee communication and behavior. He has been tracking honeybees ? both wild and managed and writing extensively about honeybee behavior for over 40 years, including several published titles including ?Honeybee Democracy?, ?Wisdom of the Hive? and ?Honeybee Ecology?.
Sponsors of this event include:
KelleyBees - http://www.kelleybees.comIsabee?s Beekeeping Supplies - http://www.isabees.comPure Air Natives - http://www.pureairnatives.comSaint Louis Beekeepers ?

Feb 27

CA - Learn Beekeeping from the Experts? Experts

Saturday 02/27/2016 - 02/28/2016
Learn Beekeeping from the Experts? Experts
An Up Close and Personal Weekend
in an Historic Southern California Retreat
Beekeeping Basics Workshop

The Highland Springs Resort
Cherry Valley, California

limited to 25 guests
Saturday February 27 and Sunday February 28, 2016
The Highland Springs Resort is located in Cherry Valley, California, in Riverside County
just west of Palm Springs. Modern amenities have retained the historical flavor of what was once
a stage coach stop. Its 2400 organically-maintained acres include hiking trails and large lavender
beds that provide an ideal home for bees.
This is a rare opportunity for 25 participants to spend a hands-on weekend with
beekeeping experts:
Dr. Elina Niņo, UC Davis Extension Apiarist
Bernardo Niņo, UC Davis Honey Bee Research Associate
Megan Mahoney, member of the national Bee Informed Partnership Tech Team
Other speakers include Mark Brandenburg, an agronomist speaking on forage planting. The
group will taste honey in a new way and learn what an inexpensive hive scale can reveal.
Two nights, Friday and Saturday, meals and conference fees range from $249-$412 per person,
depending on choice of room. Meals include Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch. Off-site
conference fee is $100. For more information, see, go to Bee Conference. To
register, see

Feb 27

7th Annual Northeastern Kentucky Beekeeping School

The 7th Annual Northeastern Kentucky Beekeeping School will be held Saturday, February 27th 8:30- 3:30 pm. Registration at the door begins at 7am. Location: Maysville Community & Technical College (1755 Hwy 68, Maysville KY 41056). Preregistration is 20.00 for adults & 7.50 for children 12 & under (To pregister, go to website at Registration at the door is 25.00/7.50 Coffee & donuts and lunch will be included in registration price. Guest speaker is John G Strang, Professor of Horticulture at UK. He is an Extension Fruit & Vegetable Specialist and will be speaking on the logistics of pollination and pesticides. Classes for registrants include:1st Year Managment, Making Nucs, Making a few backyard queens, swarming, Varroa & Nosema, installing packages & beekeeping production.
For more information call Bob Fore at 606-247-5817.