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Honey bee husbandry is a life-long learned skill that takes mentorship, observation and experience. All beekeepers, old and young, will always be mesmerized and perplexed by these little creatures.
By bringing together honey bee researchers and mentors, we are inviting you to join us in a 12 month, 12 speaker event, running the entire year of 2021. Our aim is to explore natural beekeeping methods, building stronger and more empathetic practices in honey bee care.
We invite you to register, log in, and join us in the live presentation. Each topic of study will cover the projected management schedules you may be preparing for the coming months.
Darwinian beekeeping is an evolutionary approach to beekeeping, one that seeks to provide managed honey bee colonies with living conditions that are as close as possible to those of wild honey bee colonies.
Patricia manages the National Bee Diagnostic Centre and will be sharing the importance of surveillance, when and what to collect.
With almost 20 years of nucleus colony and queen production in BC. He will be sharing his focus on honey bee health from a holistic perspective. Focusing on health instead of disease
Shelley's research focuses on honey bee health and management, queen production and breeding, and nutrition, as well as canola pollination. She will share her queen rearing strategies used in southern Alberta.
Les Crowder is the author the book “Top-Bar Beekeeping”. He has taught beekeeping for nearly 40 years. He will talk about varroa mites and treatment-free beekeeping.
Hilary Kearney is the author of the book, Queenspotting. She founded Girl Next Door Honey in 2012. This talk will cover: recognizing signs of swarming, swarm suppression, and how to catch a swarm.
Michael Bush is an internationally recognized author and speaker on natural beekeeping. He will be sharing ``How to Know if Your Hive is Queenless`` and answer a lot of Q & A from participants!
Melanie consults with beekeepers around the world and, participates in local, regional, and international programs. She will be sharing ``Flying High with the Bees: Keeping bees at high altitudes and in northern latitudes.``
Dr. Renata Borba is the Alberta Tech Transfer Team lead. This presentation will focus on how bees collect and use the antimicrobial properties of plant resins within the hive as a form of social immunity.
Kirk co-Founded the Backwards Beekeepers in Los Angeles. He will open the floor to Questions and Answers on backyard and Urban Beekeeping
Sarah is the Executive Director of Hives for Humanity (H4H) Society. Jim is an active community member, working with H4H. Their topic is ``Bees in Community: Land, food, nature, health and wellness``