Hosted by Worcester County & Hampden County Beekeepers
DATE: Saturday March 5, 2022 8:00 AM-3:30 PM
PLACE: LIFESONG CHURCH HALL
65 Gilmore Dr. Sutton, Mass (off ROUTE 146)
Agenda: 8AM-9AM Coffee and Danish and Bee Talk
9:00-9:15 AM Worcester and Hamden County Presidents Welcome and announcements.
9:15-10:30 AM Dr. Julianna Rangel-Posada, Associate Professor of Apiculture at Texas A&M University, College Texas Station.
Topic: Factors that affect the reproductive quality of honey bee queens and drones.
10:30-11:50 Dr. Jamie Ellis University of Florida
Addressing the sustainability of beekeeping (45 mins – 1 hour) - In many ways, beekeeping is harder than ever. Colony loss rates are high in many areas around the world. Old pests and pathogens continue to cause problems. New pests and pathogens threaten colony health. In this climate, university faculty are challenged to address the problems facing honey bees in an ever-changing colony health environment. Herein, Dr. Ellis will discuss what he and his team are doing to address bee colony health, with an eye toward improving the sustainability of beekeeping in the U.S. and beyond.
11:50-12 Noon Ken Warchol to present the "Ken Warchol Lifetime Achievement" award to Paul & Linda O'Connor.
12 Noon-1 PM Enjoy assorted cold-cuts, cheese, bread, rolls, & Condiments, Salad, potato salad, cookies, and water.
1:00 PM-2:15 PM Dr. Julianna Rangel-Posada
Topic: Nutritional ecology of honey bees in a changing landscape tying in pollen issues.
2:15PM-3:30 PM Dr. Jamie Ellis
A year in the life of a honey bee colony (45 mins – 1 hour) – Honey bees live in perennial colonies. One result of this is that they must survive yearly fluctuations in temperature, rainfall, forage availability, stressors, etc. Survival and reproduction are the ultimate goals of any organism and honey bee colonies are no different. In this lecture, Dr. Ellis will discuss the yearly lifecycle of a honey bee colony and what it does to survive given the ever-changing conditions it faces.
Presidents closing remarks
3:30 Free Door Prize Raffle of 2 Bee Packages, 1 Nuc and 1 Full Hive set up. You MUST be present to win.