Tue 2/7/2017 9:34
1) Mass Bee is looking for donations of 1/2 lb jars of honey. They are hoping to get 2 cases of honey from every beekeeping organization. The honey is given out at Agriculture Day at the State house in Boston to the State Legislators. The honey is representative of agriculturalproducts produced throughout the state. Massachusetts Agriculture Day is on March 24th this year and is the one day a year where farmers come together to focus on agricultural legislation.
So, if you are interested in donating honey, please bring it to the February mtg. Please put your own label on the jars.
Some background: “The Massachusetts Beekeepers Association represents over 1200 beekeepers across the state ranging from hobbyists with 1-2 hives to commercial beekeepers with several hundred hives. MassBee has representatives serving on the Eastern Apicultural Society Board, the National Honey board, and Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom. Our representatives to these organizations are the voice of beekeeping in Massachusetts.”
2) Mass Bee also would like to know if our club wants to take a stance on the spraying of pesticides throughout the state (mosquito control). A “Yes” vote will mean, we will go along with other clubs fight the use of pesticides, a “No” vote will leave things as they are. We will vote with a show of hands at the February meeting.
3) The Worcester County Beekeepers Club has invited us to their SPECIAL March 4th meeting. Dr. Tom Seeley and Dr. Dennis vanEngelsldorp will be presenting. The cost is $10 for non-WCBA members and free to WCBA members. Lunch must be ordered in advance and the cost is $10.
Please note that we are anticipating a large turnout and therefore we have switched from our normal meeting location to a much larger facility- Quabbin High School in Barre MA.
More information can be found on our website:
Mary- WCBA President
AGENDA & TOPICS: 8:00–9:00 Free Coffee, Danish & Bee talk 9:00 WCBA President’s Welcome—Mary Duane
9:15–10:30 DR. TOM SEELEY The bee colony as a honey factory We will explore how a colony of honey bees operates as an factory that produces honey efficiently despite tremendous day-to-day swings in the supply of nectar, the raw material for making honey. An important feature of the organization of the honey production process is a division of labor between the nectar foragers, elderly workers who toil outside the hive collecting the nectar, and the nectar receivers, middle-age workers who toil inside the hive converting the nectar into honey. For this talk, I will draw heavily on material reported in my book “The Wisdom of the Hive.”
10:30–12:00 DR. DENNIS VANENGELSDORP Drivers of colony losses Managed colonies have been dying at rates that are unacceptably high. Why? There is growing consensus that these losses are driven by three major factors: parasites and pathogens—principle among them Varroa and the viruses they vector; pesticides—both beekeeper and farmer applied; and poor nutrition. These factors can work alone or in synergy to reduce colony health. Here we explore the evidence for each, with an eye on how to reduce unacceptably high rates of colony losses.
12:00-1:00 Lunch (Register for lunch using the form on page 4, or bring your own)
1:00–2:15 DR. TOM SEELEY How does a honeybee colony regulate its water collection Water collection is essential to two parts of a honey bee colony’s well-being: thermoregulation of the broodnest and nutrition of the immature bees. When overheating of the broodnest threatens on a hot day, a colony increases its water intake. And when a colony is not able to gather much nectar, it must raise its water intake to produce the watery food given to the young larvae, which is 70-80% water. We will look at how a colony controls it collection of water to meet its needs.
2:15–3:30 DR. DENNIS VANENGELSDORP Data Driven Management: Practices that work The Bee Informed Partnership has been conducting annual loss and management surveys for 5 years. This data can now be used to help model ideal management practices. Here we will look at practices that have consistently correlated with increased survivorship, with the aim of developing generalized best management practices that are regionally and operationally appropriate.
3:30 Closing and Raffle
Meet our Guest Speakers: Dr. Tom Seeley has a degree in chemistry from Dartmouth College and his PhD from Harvard University. He held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Society of Fellows at Harvard until 1980, when he accepted a faculty position at Yale University. He remained there until 1986, when he joined the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University. In recognition of his scientific work, he has received the Alexander von Humboldt Distinguished U.S. Scientist Prize, been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, received a Gold Medal Book Award from Apimondia for The Wisdom of the Hive, and been elected a Fellow of both the Animal Behavior Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His most enduring honor, though, is to have had a species of bee named after him: Neocorynurella seeleyi
Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp is an Asst Professor at the University of Maryland’s Department of Entomology and an internationally known honey bee epidemiologist. He graduated with his master’s in apiculture at Guelph, worked for the Canadian Gov. as a consultant to the Antigua Beekeepers Cooperative in the West Indies. He returned north to work at Cornell University as an extension agent before working as the Acting State Apiarist for PA, through a contract with Penn State, where he earned his PhD. Among other postitions, he has served as the President of the Apiary Inspectors of America, is a founding member of the Colony Collapse Working Group and is the President of the Bee Informed Partnership, Inc. Dennis has written extensively, been widely interviewed and has given well over 300 talks on beekeeping, including a TED talk on bee losses.