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August 2013

Aug 4

Native Bees as Pollinators - Maine

Sunday 08/4/2013 - 08/10/2013
Concerns about native bees and their crucial role in crop pollination (e.g., wild blueberry) have prompted increased attention in these important insects, of which Maine has about 250 species. This seminar will emphasize challenges in native bee conservation, and is planned to be of interest to land managers, land trusts, natural historians, foresters, teachers, students, gardeners, landscape designers, growers, and artists. We will explore relationships between common native bees and wild and cultivated plants. During field excursions, participants will develop skills in observing native bees on flowers, photographing insects, and quantifying pollinator resources at blueberry farms, gardens, natural areas, and other habitats. Lectures will feature bee biology, diversity, and conservation, some basics of plant reproductive biology, flowers as pollen and nectar sources, mating sites, nest habitats, competition with introduced bees, enhancing pollinator habitat, potential effects of climate change (Dr. Dibble), and impacts of pesticides, disease and pests (Dr. Drummond). Lab sessions, using microscopes and important online bee keys, will feature bee identification to genus, and a close look at plant resources. Participants can prepare a collection of common later-season bees for their own reference, and will take home a better understanding of how to provide pollinator habitat for conservation lands, commercial and home applications. Contact: ? 59 Eagle Hill Road, P.O. Box 9, Steuben, ME 04680 ? 207.546.2821 ?

Aug 5

Fourth Annual Philadelphia Honey Festival

WHO: Bartram?s Gardens
Wyck Historic House
Wagner Free Institute of Science
The Philadelphia Beekeeper?s Guild
WHEN: September 6, 7, 8
WHERE: Bartram?s Gardens
Wyck Historic House
Wagner Free Institute of Science
HOW: This 3-day festival is free, educational, and open to the public!
The mission of the Philadelphia Honey Festival is to raise awareness about the importance of bees
to our environment, the impact of local honey on our economy, and to promote urban beekeeping
and gardening.
All festival events are free.
This year?s festival will feature brand new ways to catch the buzz about urban beekeeping and the
importance of honeybees! We have a little something for everyone from educational activities and
our Be A Bee pageant to hive talks, honey extractions and our Honey Happy Hour. This year we
also have the privilege of showing the recently released, award-winning documentary ?More Than
Honey.? A press release including a full schedule of events and festivities is forthcoming.

Aug 10

The Planets, The Cow, The Worm & The Bee

Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Whether we know it or not, as farmers and gardeners we work with the cosmos: sun, moon and planets. We will explore the archetypal relationships of the inner and outer planets in their effects on: silica, limestone and clay; bee, worm an cow. The practical application of this knowledge extends into one's ability to either increase the reproductive forces of seeds and the nutritional quality of the produce. The gardener/farmer becomes a maestro, harnessing and guiding the creative forces of the cosmos knowingly.
Saturday, August 10, 2013 9am to 4pm; Registration begins at 8:30am
Cost: $65.00 (Students: $45.00)
To register please visit

Aug 16

First Bee City USA to Host Bee City Immersion

Friday 08/16/2013 - 08/25/2013
First Bee City USA to Host Bee City Immersion:
Proliferating Bee-Friendly Communities Across the Country

Ashevillage Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to sustainable solutions in action, has partnered with the Center for Honeybee Research and the country?s first Bee City USA, to bring together leaders from around the country to Asheville, NC, as they establish a national network of sister Bee Cities. The Bee City USA Immersion runs twice during 2013: June 21-30 and August 16-25.
Pollinators provide a vital ecosystem service: one in every three bites of food we eat is courtesy of insect pollination. Action is required to protect them and the environment in which they thrive to prevent our food system from collapse. Asheville is a community that has a thriving local food culture with some of the largest bee clubs and best bee schools in the nation. Home to the Center for Honeybee Research, in June of 2012 the city adopted the title of the first Bee City USA in the country, but more importantly the responsibility that being a Bee City USA designee entails-leadership that sustain pollinators. The Bee City USA Immersion will share Asheville's wealth of knowledge, enthusiasm and success with community leadership teams from other bee active cities from across the country. The goal is to explore, immerse and activate the mission and vision of the Bee City USA initiative, making the world safer for pollinators, one city at a time. Participants will come together to strategize and pioneer the first of a network of sister bee cities around the country.
The Immersion will be comprised of: strategic planning, meet-the-­experts and project peer review; tours and field trips; workshops, demonstrations and knowledge sharing; and, of course, eating plenty of bee-­pollinated cuisine! Following the Immersion, the teams of city representatives will return home to activate the Bee City USA initiative in their own communities. Unique in its delivery and collaborative approach, this Immersion is a one-­of-­a-­kind experience for those who are dedicated to establishing or advancing vibrant pollinator communities.
Each Immersion will host 16 participants for an immersive experience. Participants will apply with: 1) Dedication to implement the Bee City USA initiative in their own community; 2) A team of three participating city representatives who will work together following the Immersion; 3) Ideally, one practicing beekeeper, one planning or policy-­related person, and one community organizer; 4) A team of people who are 21 years, or older, and can walk around comfortably.
Participants will stay at the Ashevillage Sanctuary: Downtown?s EcoSweet Retreat, a premier one-­acre, eco-­urban demonstration site and living-­learning laboratory with a neighborhood CSA and guest house in downtown Asheville. Participants will leave buzzing with inspiration and knowledge to grow pollinator-­friendly communities.
For further information on the Ashevillage Institute please visit: Follow us on Twitter @Ashevillage. Join the Facebook group. For information about the Bee City USA initiative, visit Bee City USA.
For further inquiries about the Bee City USA Immersion contact: Margaret Marchuk, 828.669.5447,

Aug 16

1st Annual South Florida Bee College

Friday 08/16/2013 - 08/17/2013
We (HBREL) are very excited to offer you yet another fabulous beekeeping experience. Please join us August 16-17 for the 1st Annual South Florida Bee College held in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl). It will be 2 days of hands-on beekeeping education brought to you from Florida's finest beekeepers an researchers. You?ll learn more during these 2 days than you could all year. We are also offering Florida?s first Spanish-track beekeeping courses. We are creating most of our information in both Spanish and English.

Please visit our website for more information:

And the registration page for prices and to register.

Aug 17

Hive Health & Winter Preparation

Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Medicinal teas, mite monitoring, biodynamic treatments, honey harvest and winter feeding. Saturday, August 17, 2013 9am to 4pm;
Registration begins at 8:30am
Cost: $65.00 (Students: $45.00)
To register please visit

Aug 23

Queen Insemination Course

Friday 08/23/2013 - 08/25/2013
Applications are now being accepted for the Latshaw Apiaries 2013 Instrumental Insemination Course. This hands-on course taught by geneticist and bee breeder Dr. Joe Latshaw will be held August 23?25, 2013, in central Ohio. Class size is limited. Find more information online at or call 614-855-9065.

Aug 24

Vermont Beekeepers Association Limited (cancelled)

Event planned for August 24 is canceled. Meeting plans are for a Thursday evening in September in Crispe Room, Vermont Veterans Home.

Information contact:

Jacob Esh
110 County St
Bennington, VT 05201
Bennington County Beekeepers Club, LTD

Aug 25

Long Island Beekeepers Club

Sunday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The Long Island Beekeepers Club will host Christy Hemenway from Golden Star Honeybees who will lead a discussion on top bar hives and the connection between bees, food, and nature.

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 or 631-265-8249