“Honey bee swarming: a lesson in cooperation and group decision-making.” Perhaps we humans can learn something about cooperation and peaceful decision-making from our bees! Dr. Gard Otis studies the ecology, behaviour and evolution of honey bees and butterflies. His early passion was birds, but as a student at Duke University he “discovered” insects as researchContinue reading “June 17 Guest speaker – Dr. Gard Otis”
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May 20 – Bonus 2 meetings!
“How to get started keeping bees,” a special zoom meeting hosted by Don, targeted for beginner beekeepers! This meeting will start at 6 pm & run until 7:15 pm. Have a question on beekeeping? Bring it on! Our regular meeting will be an open question & answer meeting. No guest speaker this week. Start timeContinue reading “May 20 – Bonus 2 meetings!”
April 15 zoom meeting details
Paul Kozak, Provincial Apiarist for Ontario, based in Guelph, Ontario with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, will be the guest speaker. He will provide updates on: Varroa Mites – treatments, sampling and monitoring, Small Hive Beetle, presence in around Hamilton, the rest of Ontario, Registration and permit requirements.
March 18 zoom meeting
Open meeting – no speaker. Discussion of ““Keeping Pest and Pathogens of Honey Bees in Check”-by Medhat Nasr; a NY Bee Wellness webinar. Don will provide various slides from the talk & lead the discussion. Please watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRAgHq5QJ8E .
Feb. 18th zoom meeting details
Guest speaker: Erica Shelley, PhD. Topic: The 10 Year Journey of a Beekeeper: From Treatment Free to Developing New Treatment Systems Using Fungi. Brief bio: Erica has taught beekeeping courses in Waterloo region, including at Conestoga College, manages bees for several companies including Manulife and the Kitchener Library, and performs cut-outs using a bee vacuum.Continue reading “Feb. 18th zoom meeting details”
Jan 2021 Monthly Meeting
In person meetings have been replaced by Zoom meetings. Thursday Jan. 21 7:30pm. Guest speaker, Rick Pacini of City Boy Honey has been Beekeeping since 2015. He started out that June purchasing two nucs and has expanded to over 50 colonies without ever buying any additional bees. His losses during these years average below 4% with mostContinue reading “Jan 2021 Monthly Meeting”