GPMB Virtual Bee Fun Day – June 13th – 14th

You must register for this event to receive the zoom link for the talks.

Register here: https://ssp.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b1tkenSR6N1xVpb

Due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic, state restrictions have caused many beekeeping fun days and seminars to be cancelled across the mid-west. The Great Plains Master Beekeeping (GPMB) program has decided to put on a Virtual Bee Fun Day. Virtual Bee Fun Day is a free event, with suggested donations to help benefit Beekeeper Associations and the Great Plains Master Beekeeping program. The event will feature multiple speakers, demonstrations, and even a time to meet with your beekeeping association.

IS THERE A COST?
This will be a fundraising event for GPMB and their partnering associations, but it will be offered to the public free of charge. There will be a suggested donation fee of $10 per person with the ability to customize your donation amount.

As you will see the list below, we are covering quite a bit of different topics, all of these are topics we have heard you request as wants for fun days, GPMB talks, UNL Workshops, etc.

If you have not, like the Great Plains Master Beekeeping page on Facebook.  We will be posting updates in the event.

Some of these talks will be recorded and available for later viewing, some of them will not.  That decision is up to the individual lecturer.  Sometimes it is due to emerging research that is not yet published to the scientific community.  We will be posting a schedule of which ones will be available to watch later and which ones you can only watch live.

Saturday June 13th 8:30a – 5p

  • Sheldon Brummel – GPMB updates & Goals
  • Dr. Dewey Caron – Lecture: Management  – TBA
  • UNL Bee Lab – Honey House Demo: Honey Extraction (Small and large scale)
  • Drs. Michael Simone-Finstrom & Kate Ihle – USDA breeding efforts & propolis research
  • Dr. Frank Rinkevich – Amitraz resistance in bees
  • Taylor Reams – Varroa behavior
  • Randall Cass – Field Demo: Alcohol wash, sugar rolls, sticky boards….
  • Jamie Beyers – Mite treatment OA
  • Dustin Scholl – Demo: Wax processing
  • Gary Reuter – Lecture: Management – TBA
  • Dr. Marion Ellis – Lecture: Value-added – Comb Honey Production
  • Joli & Becky – Makers: Demo – Value-added 101: Soaps, lotions, bars

Sunday June 14th – 8:15a-5:25p

  • Intro/ Dr. Wu-Smart – Field Demo:  Troubleshooting hive problems
  • Melanie Kirby – Lecture: Management – Queens & breeding
  • Dr. Brad Metz – Lecture: Management – Beekeeper’s Guide to Honey Bee Pheromones
  • Dr. Jennifer Williams – Effects of Diamide insecticides on Honey bees
  • Kirstin & CFRA – Policy and solar energy/habitat
  • Dr. Priyadarshini Chakrabarti Basu – Bee nutrition and forage 
  • Ginger Reuter – Makers Demo:  Candle making
  • Megan Vetter – Makers Demo: Batiking with beeswax
  • Dr. Jennifer Tsuruda – Photography in beekeeping
  • Sarah Red-Laird – Lecture: Education/Advocacy – TBA
  • Ginny Mitchell – Preparing for fair entries & competition
  • Cory Stevens – Queen rearing tour (prerecording)
  • Becky & Joli – Makers Demo:  Advanced Value-added
  • Concluding messages
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2nd Tuesday NBA Webinar – Swarm management

Join us on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, beginning at 7:30 pm for our Second Tuesday Beekeeping Webinar about “Swarm Management” with Gary S. Reuter from the University of Minnesota Department of Entomology Bee Lab. Reuter will cover the biology of swarms, management for swarm prevention, and “catching” a swarm. This event will NOT be recorded.

Reuter holds the position of Scientist in Apiculture at the University of Minnesota where he has been since 1993. His responsibilities include field management of the university’s 150 honey bee colonies, as well as raising and evaluating queens for out breeding program, repair and construction of beekeeping and research equipment, data collection and assistance with data analysis, laboratory work, computer input and programming, and teaching short-courses in Honey Bee Management and Queen Rearing. He gives speeches at various beekeeper meetings about research results, honey bee management and disease as well as talks to pesticide applicators, growers and the general public. He has been a Sideline beekeeper since 1984 and is the past president of the Wisconsin Honey producers and past president of the Minnesota Hobby Beekeepers Association.

The Nebraska Beekeepers Association holds monthly webinars for current NBA members on the second Tuesday of each month to help educate and connect current, new, and potential beekeepers. Webinars provide seasonal reminders and NBA updates beginning at 7:30 pm followed by special guest speakers. Webinars can be join (and watched) online or by phone.

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“Beekeeping in the Time of Covid19” – Dr Marla Spivak

Join us on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, beginning at 7:30 pm for our Second Tuesday Beekeeping Webinar with Marla Spivak as she presents “Beekeeping in the Time of Covid 19.

Dr. Spivak is a MacArthur Fellow and McKnight Distinguished Professor in the Department of Entomology at the University of Minnesota. Her research and extension efforts focus on breeding honey bees for their natural defenses against diseases and parasites, and on propagating floral-rich and pesticide-free landscapes to support the health and diversity of all bee pollinators.

The Nebraska Beekeepers Association holds monthly webinars for current NBA members on the second Tuesday of each month to help educate and connect current, new, and potential beekeepers. Webinars provide seasonal reminders and NBA updates beginning at 7:30 pm followed by special guest speakers. Webinars can be join (and watched) online or by phone.

To participate in the 2020 webinars you MUST be a current NBA member. Join the Nebraska Beekeepers Association for only $15/year by visiting https://nebraskabeekeepers.org/.

Not sure about joining NBA? Potential members can join ONE webinar a year for NOT COST by requesting the webinar login by emailing Patty at nbaboard@nebraskabeekeepers.org at least 2 hours before the start of the webinar.

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“Adventures in Dirt & Honey” – Sarah Red-Laird aka Bee Girl

Join us on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, beginning at 7:30 pm for our Second Tuesday Beekeeping Webinarwith BeeGirl Sarah Red-Laird who will share her “Adventures with Dirt & Honey.”

Sarah is the founder and Executive Director of the Bee Girl organization, a nonprofit with a mission to educate and inspire communities to conserve bees, their flowers, and our countryside. In this talk, she will share details on how her focus has transitioned from beekeeping to soil building, why this is important, and how you can take part in her vision for the future.

Visit & Follow BeeGirl at www.beegirl.org
facebook.com/sarahbeegirl
instagram.com/sarahbeegirl
#loveyourbees

The Nebraska Beekeepers Association holds monthly webinars for current NBA members on the second Tuesday of each month to help educate and connect current, new, and potential beekeepers. Webinars provide seasonal reminders and NBA updates beginning at 7:30 pm followed by special guest speakers. Webinars can be join (and watched) online or by phone.

To participate in the 2020 webinars you MUST be a current NBA member. Join the Nebraska Beekeepers Association for only $15/year by visiting https://nebraskabeekeepers.org/.

Not sure about joining NBA? Potential members can join ONE webinar a year for NOT COST by requesting the webinar login by emailing Patty at nbaboard@nebraskabeekeepers.org.

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