Thursday June 9 Dr Dewey Caron to Present at First Baptist of Ashland, in the Chapel 6:30 PM

First Talk – Inspecting the bee hive. The bee hive is like a good book, interesting and full of good information. Good bee stewardship inspections start outside then continue inside to the brood chamber. How  should we be looking and how might our discoveries key subsequent management? Best Management practices (BMP’s) for bees and beekeepers.

Second talk – 2 1/2 colonies. How many colonies should you manage? Owning more than one colony helps with numerous managements providing a chance to weaken strong colonies while boosting weaker ones if you have 2 (or more) colonies. Adding a half colony (a nuc) can be a ready, inexpensive resource for a replacement queen, support frames, brood and/or bees. It can be an alternative to colony creep. Why 2 1/2 makes sense for your basic management of backyard bees.

This event is free to all members of the Richmond Beekeepers Association

Dr Dewey M. Caron is Emeritus Professor of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, Univ of Delaware, & Affiliate Professor, Dept Horticulture, Oregon State University. He had professional appointments at Cornell (1968-70), Univ of Maryland (1970-81) and U Delaware 1981-2009, serving as entomology chair at the last 2. A sabbatical year was spent at the USDA Tucson lab 1977-78 and he had 2 Fulbright awards for projects in Panama and Bolivia with Africanized bees.
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