SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND
Keeping Honey Bees Healthy
Ninth Annual Assembly
November 22, 2014 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Groton Inn and Suites, 99 Gold Star Hwy, Groton CT 06340
Early Registration $50 per person if postmarked by October 31
Includes breaks and noon meal
Registration after Oct. 31 is $75 per person
Register online at www.wicwas.com/SNEBA_2014
or mail a check to the Connecticut Beekeepers Association to
57 Chesterfield Rd.,
East Lyme, CT 06333
Don’t forget to bring materials for the annual Teacup Auction!
8:00 Check in and At-Door Registration. Visit Vendors.
8:45 Welcome and Introductions
9:00 Starting and Maintaining Healthy Bee Colonies—Debbie Delaney, Ph.D., University of Delaware, Newark, DE
When a person starts to keep bees, they often focus on the style of beehive they wish to purchase or make, the source of the bees they will put into their new hive, and related questions. Too often they fail to learn about the many problems and challenges a healthy hive could face. Dr. Delaney will introduce the issues facing a new beekeeper regarding set-up, manipulations and sanitation.
10:00 Break—Time to buy Tea-Cup Auction tickets and visit vendors.
10:30 Beekeeping in Southern New England—Adam Fuller, Hampton, CT
Eastern Connecticut beekeeper Adam Fuller discusses key issues of keeping bees in Southern New England and the methods he uses to keep his bees healthy and productive.
11:00 What Happens in the Drone Congregation Area and After Mating—Larry Connor, Ph.D. Wicwas Press, LLC, Entomologist, author and publisher
The Drone Congregation Area (DCA) is used exclusively by honey bees for young queens to find vigorous, healthy, unrelated drones for multiple mating. The selection pressures and colony dynamics of genetic diversity have strongly influenced how and when bees mate, and what happens during the mating process. This diversity helps a colony fight off bee diseases and mite predators.
1:00 A Review of Bee Diseases and Pests—David Westervelt, Chief Florida State Apiarist, Gainesville, FL
Bee inspector and beekeeper advocate David Westervelt discusses the important bee diseases and pests. He will discuss Integrated Pest Management methods to minimize and prevent diseases in your bee colonies while optimizing general population health.
2:00 Genetic Diversity and Opportunities in North America—Debbie Delaney
Commercial beekeepers have limited themselves to a narrow group of queen families for the production of queens for the beekeeping industry. Based on examination of bee colonies in the wild and in wild places, Dr. Delaney will discuss the amazing story of genetic diversity out in Nature for potential use by beekeepers.
3:00 Break—Last chance to buy auction tickets.
3:30 Opportunities, Challenges and Pitfalls of Beekeeping in Florida—David Westervelt
Since the 1980s, many new bee pests have been found in Florida and spread throughout North America. Now, a permanent population of African honey bees exists in southern Florida. David Westerfielt will discuss the challenges of working with the beekeepers in a large, diverse and pest-infested state.
4:30 Breeding Mite-Resistant Russian Bees in Southern New England—Dan Conlon, South Deerfield, MA
Russian Bees, imported by the USDA, are being maintained in a closed-population breeding program operated by larger beekeepers in the United States. Western Massachussetts beekeeper Dan Conlon is participating in the Russian queen breeding program, bringing this genetic tolerance against mites to his area.
5:00 Question and Answer Session—Larry Connor and Speakers
5:30 Have a safe trip home or join us for a self-pay dinner with the speakers.
Early Registration is available for $50.00 USD per person through October 31, 2014 EST using the following button:
$75 per person registration at the door.