Speaker Schedule

February 14, 8:00 PM: Jerry Przybylski
In Person Meeting at the San Leandro Marina Community Center

Beekeeper and Engineer. Jerry & Laurel took up urban beekeeping in east Oakland 11 years ago 60 years after Jerry left bees behind on his Dad’s Wisconsin farm.

The ACBA’s Swrm-Hotline, and Useful Swarm Collecting Methods
An understanding of how the swarm-hotline works will help with making the most effective use of it. A few common methods can be adapted to most swarm collecting situations.

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February 21, 7:30PM: Dr. Daniela Zarate

Special Guest Speaker Program over Zoom

Dr Zarate is a UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Riverside. She is a part of Dr. Jessica Purcell’s research group, studying supergene evolution in Formica, a widespread ant. Daniela is a biologist interested in the ecology, behavior, and evolution of social insect societies, particularly in understanding the genomic infrastructure underlying social complexity and social evolution. She completed her doctorate in honey bee genomics and behavior at the University of California, San Diego in 2022. She also holds a B.A in Biochemistry from Williams College.

23&Bee: Genetic Admixture of Honey Bees from San Diego to Panama
Thanks to modern DNA sequencing technology, we are more and more able to assess genetic ancestry in organisms besides human beings. Honey bees are often complex cocktails of various honey bee lineages, a mixture which mediated by both environment and history. In this talk I will review a genetic ancestry study that measured honey bee ancestry in honey bees sampled from four distinct locations (San Diego, CA; Chiapas, Mexico; Santa Rosa, Costa Rica; and Panama City. These locations are all within the range of the “Africanzed honey bee” and so we measured the amount of African ancestry in addition to genetic diversity present in the honey bees from these locations.

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March 14, 8:00 PM: Mea McNeal
In Person Meeting at the San Leandro Marina Community Center

M.E.A. McNeil It is a Master Beekeeper, journalist and organic farmer. She is a nonfiction and fiction writer.
Her novel, Bee Club, will be published this year.
Her Beekeeping articles can be found at
https://meamcneil.com/a914/index.php/publications/articles

Cheaters Versus Scientists; An Update on Honey Fraud

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April 18, 7:30PM: Anthony Nearman, PhD candidate

Special Guest Speaker Program over Zoom

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May 9, 8:00 PM: Michael Thiele
In Person Meeting at the San Leandro Marina Community Center

Michael Joshin Thiele, Founder and President of Apis Arborea, has appeared in national and international magazines, books and films. He has presented his work at Harvard University & New York University, consulted for the USDA, and in 2006 developed the organization Gaia Bees to advance biodynamic practices in apiculture. 

Thiele founded Apis Arborea in 2017 to preserve the life and resiliency of honeybees through wilding. He pioneered work in self-willed ecological processes, and the use of a holistic, system- and science-based framework in working with bees. He offers workshops and training in the U.S. and internationally.

Biomimicry of Arboreal Nests, and Promotion of Natural Population Dynamics

Contemporary research documents the resilience and longevity of wild honeybees in remote landscapes that are sheltered from agricultural and apicultural practices. How can we integrate the qualities and conditions that allow honeybees in the wild to thrive into our backyards apiaries? Apis Arborea’s approach incorporates the biomimicry of arboreal nest conditions, and promotion of natural population dynamics.

In Sonoma County Apis Arborea endeavors to preserve the life and resiliency of honeybees through ‘wilding’ and the use of a holistic framework of apian ecologies for conservation and apiculture. Michael will share the different aspects of Apis Arborea’s work 7-year research study of wild, unmanaged honeybees in a Mendocino County Wildlands Preserve owned by Sonoma State University. Apis Arborea collaborates with Texas A&M and UC Riverside. A white paper in under developmenbt for 2023 publication.
The talk will also feature adventures in the craft of beelining as a tool to track bees and locate BeeTrees. Once located, BeeTrees provide a wealth of research data.
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