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January 2013

Jan 3

1st Annual Caribbean Bee College - Grenada, West Indies

Thursday 01/3/2013 - 01/5/2013
The University of Florida?s 1st Annual Caribbean Bee College (CBC) to be held January 3-5, 2013 in Grenada, West Indies. The CBC is a partnership between the University of Florida?s Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory, the East Caribbean Bee Research and Extension Center at St. Georges University in Grenada, the Association of Caribbean Beekeepers? Organizations, and the Grenada Association of Beekeepers. Collectively, we are preparing to offer a 3-day honey bee extension event that will serve as a learning experience for beekeepers, farmers, those in various bee-related industries and others interacting with honey bees and beekeeping at any level. Our primary goal is to partner with beekeepers and other groups in the Caribbean in an effort to share information, tools, and resources that we hope will improve the sustainability of beekeeping among the islands. Additionally, our team will take time during the CBC to have a group discussion on the state of honey bee research, extension, and instruction efforts in the Caribbean. We will use the information gathered at the discussion to develop additional honey bee-related programs for the Caribbean islands.

For more information:

To register:

Contact: Jeanette Klopchin,

Jan 8

American Beekeeping Federation Convention

Tuesday 01/8/2013 - 01/12/2013
Save the date for the American Beekeeping Federation?s 2013 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow, Jan. 8-12, 2013, at the Hershey® Lodge in Hershey, Pennsylvania. You won?t want to miss this opportunity to experience the largest beekeeping tradeshow, outstanding educational opportunities and the chance to network with your fellow beekeepers in such a sweet location! For registration and additional information, visit

Jan 19

Beekeeping for Beginners - Wisconsin

Learn to Keep Bees!
Beekeeping Classes 2013

You are invited to attend one of our
'Beekeeping for Beginners' classes to be held at the Dane Co. Extension Building, 1 Fen Oak Dr, Madison, WI 53718. Saturday classes will repeat on January 19, February 23, March 23 and April 27, 2013. This class is for those with no experience at all in beekeeping. We will touch on everything you need to know for your first year. The fee of $40 covers a full day of classes, handouts, free sample journals and catalogs, and props galore for you to handle. To register, contact Jeanne Hansen at 608-244-5094 or jeannie

Second Step Beekeeping Class 2013

You are invited to attend our 'Second Step Beekeeping' class to be held at the Dane Co. Extension Building, 1 Fen Oak Dr, Madison, WI 53718. The class will be on Saturday, March 16, 2013. This class is for those who have kept bees one year, and now find themselves with many additional questions, and a feeling there is more to know. The fee of $40 covers a full day of classes, handouts, free sample journals and catalogues, and plenty of time to cover your personal questions. To register, contact Jeanne Hansen at 608-244-5094 or jeannie


Jan 19

Oneida County Beekeepers Association

Oneida County Beekeepers Association invites you to Rhinelander, WI for an advanced beekeeping course. Matthew Smart, Judy Wu, and Mike Goblirsch, graduate students from the University of Minnesota working under Dr. Marla Spivak and Gary Reuter, will present the following topics:

▪Effects of varying agricultural landscapes on honey bee health and nutrition
▪Effects of pesticides on honeybees
▪Northern wintering and thermoregulation of honey bees

Paul Goosen, commercial and hobby beekeeper for 40 years, Chris Hansen of Hansen Honey Farm and others will cover topics on pests and disease management, hive inspection, swarming, splits, queen rearing, bee life cycle, wax rendering, pollen collection and mead making.
For more information go to www. Mail registration forms and payments to: OCBA c/o Paul Mueller, 219 Spruce St., Rhinelander, WI 54501. Questions? Call Paul at (715) 362-7253
When: January 19th, 2013 from 8am to 5:30pm
Where: CAVOC, Cedric A. Vig Outdoor Classroom, 4321 South Shore Drive, Rhinelander, WI 54501.
Cost: $40.00 per participant and $50.00 for couples. Includes lunch, refreshments, and desserts.
Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Registration deadline is January 11th, 2013.

You are also invited to attend a presentation on Friday, January 18th at 6pm by Matthew Smart of the University of Minnesota titled Bee-Friendly Forage/Garden-What You Can Do in Your Own Backyard. This is put forth by OCBA and Master Gardeners of the North and is free to the public. Please, join us at CAVOC, the Cedric A. Vig Outdoor Classroom, for this great opportunity to hear current research about honey bees and their habitat needs.

Jan 25

Annual Meeting - New Mexico

Friday 01/25/2013 - 01/26/2013
Annual Meeting will be Fri, Jan 25th, 2013 12-5:00 pm and Sat, Jan 26th, 2013 8:30 am-3:30 pm
Location: First Presbyterian Church
215 Locust St NE (Corner of I-25 and Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd, Entrance on South side of Building)
Special Guest Speaker is Tammy Horn who was an English professor for ten years until, as 2006 NEH Chair of Appalachian Studies, she began to study the potential impact of surface mining on honey bees. In 2007, unemployed, she began writing grants and working with coal companies to create Coal Country Beeworks. In 2013, she is now working on the third book of the *bee trilogy*: Bees in America: How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation (2005); Beeconomy (2012); and Apiforestation, The Future of Beekeeping (forthcoming). She will be speaking two times. The first session will be "Honey Corridors in the Appalachians" and the second session will be "Beeconomy: What Women and Bees teach us about local trade and global markets". Go to for more information and to sign up.

Jan 26

Beginning Beekeeping Workshop - Missouri

The Boone Regional Beekeepers Association of Central Missouri will be conducting a Beginning Beekeeping Workshop on Saturday January 26, 2013 in Columbia, Missouri. Limited enrollment, please contact Marty Comstock for enrollment information ( or visit for more information.

Jan 26

HoneybeeLives Organic Beekeeping Workshops

Saturday 01/26/2013 - 01/27/2013
HoneybeeLives Organic Beekeeping Workshops introduce students to Organic/
Natural Beekeeping with a Biodynamic influence. After the two-day weekend class in Rosendale, or Brooklyn, you will come away with the knowledge, as well as the inspiration to nurture your honeybees and respect these hardworking, gentle creatures who live in complex and beautiful communities. Four weekend workshops available to choose from and individual day registration is possible.
The Rosendale location offered January 26 & 27, February 16 & 17 or March 9 & 10. The Brooklyn location offered February 2 & 3. Please visit for more info on class and registration, or call 845-255-6113

Jan 29

Connecticut: Back Yard Beekeepers Association


Back Yard Beekeepers Association

Back Yard Beekeepers Association is pleased to announce our 2013 Speaker Schedule:

January 29, Michael Palmer on Sustainable Beekeeping
February 26, Dr.Vaughn Bryant on Pollen
March 26, Dr. Gene Kritsky on History of the Hive
April 30, Les Eccles on Ontario Tech Transfer Team
May 28, Mike Simone Finstrom on Propolis
June 25, Dinner Meeting
September 24, Toni Downs on Beekeeping in the tropics
October 29, Jennifer Berry, Topic TBD
November 19, Jim Bobb on bee friendly plants & how bees & plants go together

Each month we have timely weekend hands on inspection workshops, bee school, mentor program and more.
All events are free and open to the public.
Please check our web site for the dates and locations or more information at