Speaker Schedule

Speaker Schedule

October 11, 8:00 PM: Catherine Edwards

In person meeting at the San Leandro Marina Community Center

Catherine Edwards has been a loyal ACBA member for over ten years. She qualifies as a Sideliner scale beekeeper by keeping about 50 honey production hives in various yards in Richmond and surrounding communities.

Fall and Winter Hive Management
Some ways to prep hives for the winter to keep them cozy.  Some comments on winter health issues.

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October 18, 7:30 PM: Dr. Gordon Wardell

Special Guest Speaker Program over Zoom

Upon earning his PhD in Entomology in 1982 from Michigan State University, Dr. Wardell embarked on 12 years with International Apicultural Development on projects in east Asia (Nepal, Malaysia, Thailand, Fiji). He joined the faculty of the University of Maryland in 1988 as extension agriculturist. In 1996 Dr. Wardell embarked on a product-oriented research at his company S.A.F.E Research, in Tucson, AZ., which culminated in the development of a protein supplement called MEGABEE, which entered the marketplace in 2002. Development involved identifying ingredients bees prefer.
Dr. Wardell is a director of Project Apis m., Director of Bee Biology with Paramont Farming Company, science advisor to the Almond Board of California, and holds the post of lecturer at California Polytechnic University. Specialties include Africanized Honey Bees, Small Hive Beetle, and Fire Ants. Dr. Wardell is author of numerous journal articles as well.

Supplemental Nutrition for Honey Bees. Fall Nutrition and Getting Ready for Winter. For at least the last half century, beekeepers have fed protein supplements, like brewers-yeast, to stimulate brood build-up, and ensure good colony health. Around 50 years ago research began to influence formulations. We will hear what’s-new, how it can improve our colonies, and why it matters.

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November 15, 7:30PM: Dr. James P. Strange

Special Guest Speaker Program over Zoom

Dr. Strange, Entomology Dept. Chair at Ohio State University, currently specializes in bee health, stressors, and genetics, particularly of bumble bees. With Cicciarelli, and Calderone, Dr. strange published the article, “What’s in That Package? An Evaluation of Quality of Package Honey Bee Shipments in the United States”

What’s in That Package The beginner bee books tell us to start out with a two or three pound bee “package” procured through our club or a local supplier. We get a deep look into the population distribution of honey bee “Packages” from a few of the package vendors around the country. The practices of the producers impact the population distribution, obviously. The package producer may know less about pathogens and parasites present in the bees in those packages.

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