NEKBA Beginning Beekeeping Class – 1 of 2

March 3, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Douglas County Fair Grounds
2110 Harper St
Lawrence, KS 66046
varies - see below
Becky Tipton

Northeastern Kansas Beekeeper’s Association

Beginning Beekeeping Class 2019

Sundays, March 3rd and 10th 

Douglas Co. Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St., Bldg. 21, Lawrence KS

 K-10 to Harper Street, go north 2 blocks to the Fairgrounds. 

Part 1—Sunday, March 3rd, Part 2—Sunday, March 10th

Starting beekeeping in 2019 or want to be a better beekeeper? Local beekeepers will teach best-practice beekeeping for NE KS with science-based instruction. Master and experienced beekeepers available to answer your questions and help you understand mankind’s most beneficial insect.

Special Guest: Juliana Rangel, Ph.D. from Cornell University, working under Dr. Tom Seeley. Dr. Rangel is an assistant professor at Texas A & M in College Station, TX. She has been recognized across the country for her work in honey bee reproductive health.

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Each registration (1/family) will receive: The Beekeeper’s Handbook by Diana Sammataro & Alphonse Avitabile and A Field Guide to Honey Bees & Their Maladies Published by Penn State Extension and MAAREC

Sunday, March 3

12-1:00 Registration
12-1:00 Information Stations: Varroa sampling, Hive assembly, Frame assembly, Foundation
choices (wiring beeswax foundation), Lighting your smoker
1:00 Introductions Steve Messbarger, NEKBA Pres.
1:05-1:50 Beeginning with Bees An introduction to vocabulary, biology, equipment, and
some considerations before you beegin. Becky Tipton, NEKBA event chair
1:55-2:25 Beekeeping Equipment Woodenware (names & assembly), feeders, smoker, safety
clothing Steve Messbarger, NEKBA Pres
2:25-2:55 Break
2:55-3:40 Package & Nuc Management Installing, care and feeding of your new hive. Spring
inspections. Kristi Sanderson, Master beekeeper
3:45-4:15 What Does Healthy Look Like? Is my hive growing as it should? Should I still be
feeding? What is my hive telling me? Jo Patrick, NEKBA event chair
4:20-4:40 Safety Tips for all Beekeepers Alex Pantos, NEKBA board member
4:45-5:00 All about NEKBA Resource info, opportunities, programs, our library
Matt Merz, The Buzzer editor
Q & A—All presenters available to answer your questions & visit the information stations.

Sunday, March 10

12-1:00 Registration & Information Stations
1:00-1:50 Bee Biology Beekeeping is applied bee biology. Understanding why the bees
do what they do. Dr. Juliana Rangel, TX A&M
1:55-2:40 Swarm biology One of the most fascinating aspects of colony life.
Dr. Juliana Rangel, TX A & M
2:45-3:10 Break
3:10-4:00 Diseases and Pests Honey bee health has never been more important. Dr.
Rangel will introduce the pests you are likely to see in your hives.
Dr. Juliana Rangel, TX A & M
4:05- 4:20 All About NEKBA (part 2) County Fairs, State Association, Funday
Matt Merz, The Buzzer editor
4:25 – 5:15 Seasonal Management Late summer to winter, honey harvest, hive health, varroa
management, winter prep Steve Tipton, past president
5:15-5:30 Q & A
Door Prize Drawing

*Presenters are subject to change.
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