Speaker Info

2014 Program

(subject to change)
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Welcome and Introductions
Debbie Delaney
Starting and Maintaining Healthy Bee Colonies
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.
  Break Time to buy Tea-Cup Auction tickets and visit vendors.
Adam Fuller
Beekeeping in Southern New England
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.
Larry Connor
What Happens in the Drone Congregation Area and After Mating
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.
David Westervelt
A Review of Bee Diseases and Pests
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.
Debbie Delaney
Genetic Diversity and Opportunities in North America
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.
  Break Last chance to buy auction tickets.
David Westervelt
Opportunities, Challenges and Pitfalls of Beekeeping in Florida
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.
Dan Conlon
Breeding Mite-Resistant Russian Bees in Southern New England
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..
Larry Connor and Speakers
Question and Answer Session
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