Speaker Schedule

July 13

Regular Meeting

7:30 pm

Program at about 8pm

Nickie Irvine, PhD

Nickie Irvine is an Environmental Anthropologist who has balanced work with nonprofits (on indigenous rights, sustainable forest management, and energy use) with university teaching.   She worked for Cultural Survival as Director of their Indigenous Resource Management Program and later as Field Program Director.  She was a founder, board member and organizer of the Forest Stewardship Council developing forest policy and implementing international campaigns. She was a Consulting Associate Professor at Stanford where she taught for 25 years.  She has also consulted for a wide variety of organizations including The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, and The World Bank.  She has contributed to community forest management efforts in Latin America as an Advisory Board Member for IMAFLORA in Brazil (Instituto de Manejo e Certificação Florestal e Agricola) and a board member of both WARP (Woodworkers Alliance for Rainforest Protection) and GreenWood working in Central America.  She holds a B.A. in Biological Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.F.S. from Yale University in Forestry and Environmental Studies and a Ph.D. in Ecological Anthropology from Stanford.

Bay Area Beekeeping Regulations and the Push to Normalize Them.

Nickie has kept bees in San Mateo since 2004, and is especially interested in organizing beekeepers to keep more resistant bees.  But after some local complaints in 2013, she saw the need to develop and implement better local beekeeping policies.  She formed the Bee Legal Project within the Beekeepers’ Guild of San Mateo County.  The group decided that a nuisance and mitigation approach was better policy for bees and for neighbors, and they continue to work to change restrictive regulations in San Mateo County.  They are opposed to bans/ effective  bans and restrictions on beekeeping like lot size, hive limits, setbacks.  They have successfully changed regulations in four of seven jurisdictions in San Mateo and are continuing their campaigns in an additional three.  Nickie has provided support to beekeeping regulation efforts in Marin, San Francisco, Santa Clara and now Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.  Her vision is for a unified approach to regulating bees in the Bay Area using nuisance and mitigation.

July 20

Program at 7:30 pm

Extra Presentation

Vanessa Corby-Harris, PhD

Vanessa graduated from North Carolina State with a B.S. in Animal Science and then from the University of Georgia with a Ph.D. in Genetics. Her dissertation was on bacteria-fruit fly interactions. She moved to Tucson in 2007 to study physiology and nutrition in mosquitoes at the University of Arizona, and then to the USDA in Tucson to study honey bee-associated microbes in 2011. She is currently a Research Physiologist at the ARS’s Carl Hayden Bee Research Center in Tucson, where her lab studies honey bee nutrition and physiology.

New Developments in Bee Nutrition and Microbes

August 10

Regular Meeting

7:30 pm

Program at about 8pm

Paula Breen, Proprietor of Sweet Serendipity Honey

She has been keeping bees since 2017. Paula and her SO Don manage 20 colonies in San Leandro, Oakland and Martinez. Find Sweet Serendipity Honey through word of mouth and at a local bakery in San Leandro.

 

Going Legit: Making your Honey Sales Legal in Alameda County.

How to get a  permit for your cottage food business.

August 17

Program at 7:30 pm

Extra Presentation

Dr. William Michael Hood

Professor Emeritus of Entomology (retired in 2013), Served as  extension/Research Apiculturist;  co-founded the South Carolina Master Beekeeper Program in 1995. His group studied Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Varroa, Tracheal Mites, Wax Moth and Small Hive Beetle. (He developed the Hood Beetle Trap) He continues as an instructor in the programs certified and Journeyman levels.
Dr. Hood continues to publish and is an active volunteer in his retirement. In addition to many journal articles, he wrote The Small Hive Beetle,Aethina tumida, which is a complete overview of this honey bee pest.

 Wax Moths: the Forgotten Beekeeping Pest that Keeps Coming Around.

 

September 14
Regular Meeting7:30 pm

Program at about 8pm

Dan Wood,
veteran east-bay beekeeperDan has lived in Alameda for a bit more than 20 years, and has been a beekeeper for a bit more than 10 years. Besides managing 2–4 backyard hives and collecting their honey when possible, he also likes to save beeswax to use for making candles, lotions, etc
Melting Wax for Fun and Profit
– or  Icarus was pushed into the Sun!!!!Dan Wood
September 21
Program at 7:30 pmExtra Presentation
Dan Cook, PhD candidate at Queensland University of Technology Bee Hive Thermal Analysis

Discussion of heat gain/loss through hive walls, and thermal inertia of components, stores and brood.  Discussion will also touch on thermal properties of horizontal hive configurations.

November 9
Regular Meeting7:30 pm

Program at about 8pm

Chef Sue Donahue,
veteran beekeeper, ACBA secretary, and winner in the honey-dessert contest at the Alameda County Fair.Sue began cooking professionally around age twelve.  Her credentials now include a degree in Hotel Restaurant Management, and Working Chef Certification with American Culinary Federation and State of California. After a stint with Alice Waters, she bolted in favor of a whole-life that includes hotel-chef work, kids, dogs, friends, beekeeping and a good rally somewhere.
Cooking and Baking with Honey
Sue will give a little background on some histories of honey with Chefs and it’s uses in cuisine and culinary arts.
November 16

Program at 7:30 pm

Extra Presentation

Cassie Cichorz

Asian giant hornet outreach and education specialist at the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Graduate of University of Nebraska – Lincoln emphasizing soil and water science. Embarked on a career in natural resources and degraded wetland restoration with the National Park Service and State Agricultural Departments. Taught K-2 in the Rosebud Reservation, before moving to Washington and joining  the Pest Program with WSDA. Her background in environment and ability to teach drew her to become an outreach specialist emphasizing on Asian giant hornet.

Asian Giant Hornet Introduction
-Biology, Threat identification, Beekeeper Specific Information, and AGH look-alikes.

 

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Workshops are as yet unscheduled.