Speaker Schedule

June General Meeting: Booth build-out (actual date, between June 9 and 15, specified later)

A team of ACBA volunteers put together the BOOTH for the Alameda County Fair at the Fairgrounds in Pleasanton on a date when we’re granted access to the Agricultural building, and assigned a designated booth.

Contact Bob Baty, or VP if you would like to help with creating this year’s booth. (Pizza and soft drinks will be provide)

Then, during the Fair,  June 17 through July 10 (except Mondays and Tuesdays)   PLEASE   volunteer to “man the booth” on one or more days convenient for you.
As a booth volunteer, you’ll get a Free Entry into the fair, and a Free Parking-Pass.

Even just a little knowledge of bees and beekeeping qualifies you to volunteer to man the booth. You’ll pick up a lot from other volunteers.

It’s fun and satisfying to volunteer! Plus, you can treat yourself to something like bacon-wrapped pork-belly! Where else can you do that?

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June 21, 7:30 PM: Nina Sokolov

Special Guest Speaker Program over Zoom

Nina Sokolov is a graduate researcher specializing in bee viruses, spillover dynamics, and disease ecology. And I know a good amount about how Varroa plays a role in this as well as nutrition.

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July 12 General Meeting

TBD.

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Special Guest Speaker Program over Zoom

Michael Bush keeps bees in Nebraska. He wrote The Practical Beekeeper (3 volumes), The Practical Queen Breeder, articles in the bee journals, and contributions to many threads in http://beesource.com/. He regularly lectures at bee club meetings and does workshops all around the US.

Better beekeeping. Talk title TBD

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August 9 General Meeting

TBD.

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August 16, 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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Workshops are as yet unscheduled.