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Visit the Resources page from anything on how to care for your bees to eliminage yellowjackets.  

Types of Bees:

  • Italian honey bee (Apis Mellifera Liguistica)

  • Carneolan (Apis Mellifera Carnica)

  • Caucasian (Apis Mellifera Caucasica)

  • Africanised (Apis Mellifera Scutellata)

  • Russian 

Books

Plese contact dmcaron@udel.edu and ask for CBA Price

  • Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping

  • Complete Bee Handbook

  • A Field guide to honey bees and their maladies

Videos

Video

March 2022

Mark Taylor  "Sequential Flowering Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest." 

December 2021

Dr. Ramesh Sagili is an Associate Professor in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University. He obtained his PhD in Entomology from Texas A&M University in 2007 specializing in honey bee research. His primary research focus is honey bee health, nutrition, and pollination. Ramesh initiated the creation of Oregon Master Beekeeper Program and chaired the Oregon Governor’s Task Force on Pollinator Health. His research program addresses both basic and applied questions to improve honey bee health and nutrition, and hence majority of his research projects are collaborative efforts involving stakeholders (beekeepers and growers). He has authored several important research and extension publications including the popular extension publication and app titled “How to reduce bee poisoning from pesticides” that is being used by many beekeepers, growers and pesticide consultants/applicators in the country. He has received several awards including the Entomological Society of America’s Pacific Branch Research Award, Eastern Apicultural Society’s Outstanding Research Award and OSU Outreach and Engagement Award.

November 2021

Christine Kurtz is a seasoned and experienced beekeeper with over a decade long work with bees, using a sustainable, treatment free and all-natural management style. Long time Sonoma County Ca resident, she is familiar with the ebbs and flows of the seasons and the cycle of the local honeybee. A strong believer in supporting locally adapted stock of bees, helping beekeepers become better beekeepers and help each other restock and share their bees as well as creating small queen rearing groups. She is a social entrepreneur that helped create localized communities within the Sonoma County Beekeepers’ Association to facilitate education, connection between beekeepers, sharing of resources and involvement in local schools and events. She is an environmental activist determined to share the strong messages bees have for us all especially with the challenges we face with our environment. In her 2013 term as President of Sonoma County Beekeepers’ Association, and tenure within the SCBA Board of Director - she spearheaded efforts that lead to the 2013 North Bay Leadership Award - “Paint the Community Green” for outstanding work in the non-profit area, earning her bee association with Special Congressional Recognition, California State Legislature Recognition and Sonoma County Board of Supervisor Honor and Acknowledgment. She was a part of the panel at UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center that defined the “Honey Wheel”. Christine was honored in 2014 with “Most Valuable Beekeeper” within the Sonoma County Beekeepers’ Association and also the start of her Honey Bee Consulting Business. She travels all over Sonoma, Napa and Marin County helping people with their bees. In 2015 after a yearlong study of Permaculture she got her Permaculture Certificate concentrating on water management on her property to lower the impact of this precious resource to use to maintain a large organic garden. With her lives her husband of 30 years, 15 chickens, a goat, 2 dogs, and an ebb and flow of between 10 and 25 hives. Her stationary hives are in Petaluma, California in a semi coastal climate with long periods of dearth which often leaves the honey in the hive till Fall to make sure bees have enough of their own food to survive winter before any is harvested. Believing in lifelong learning, Christine is furthering her education about honey bees with Queen Rearing, continuing her studies in Permaculture and is currently in the Master Beekeepers Program at UC Davis about to start a research project on entombed pollen.

September 2021

Jan Lohman has been a beekeeper for 30 years with partner Vincent Vazza at Vazza Farms in Eastern Oregon. Together they managed 2300 honeybee colonies until late 2017. Now in retirement they would be considered Sideliners with 450 colonies, still enjoying relationships with fellow beekeepers and addicted to their beloved honeybees. Jan is also on the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program Committee as well as a mentor and instructor for that program… a great passion as well. Helping new beekeepers become comfortable in beehive is such a joy!

Broken out into two videos

July 2021

Dr Dewey Caron - Discuss and go over in detail the results of the PNW honey bee survey.

June 2021

Dr. Samuel Ramsey's enduring interest in insect biology started 23 years ago and shows no signs of waning. Having earned his doctorate from Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp's lab at the University of Maryland; His award-winning research on Varroa biology has changed the standing paradigm on how this parasite ultimately kills honey bees leading to opportunities to share his work nationally and internationally. His current work, aptly named the Fight the Mite Initiative, was funded largely by the beekeeping community. It focuses on the poorly understood Tropilaelaps mite which is rapidly establishing itself as the next threat to apiculture globally. 

Daniel Schoenthal

 

Daniel runs Blue Green Horizons, a Honeybee Rescue in Northern California. They specialize in complicated bee removals such as cut outs and trap outs, along with feral swarm collection. Daniel is also active on Facebook answering beekeepers’ questions openly, giving tips and helpful advice. He can be found on facebook group “Beekeeping Hacks” where he’s an admin, and I see him on beekeeping techniques quite often.

April 2021

Charlie Vanden Heuvel 

 

Swarm Triggers, Behavior, and Who Leaves.

March 2021

Dr. Dewey Caron 

 

Early Spring Management: When is it time to divide?

February 2021

John Holmes VP CBA 

 

Breeding a better Honey Bee: the challenges for small scale beekeepers.

January 2021

Carolyn Breece has been at OSU since 2009 and is the senior faculty research assistant for the Oregon State University Honey Bee Lab. She studied mosquitos at the University of Oregon and bark beetles at Northern Arizona University. She is also a committee member, Journey student, and mentor for the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program. In addition to managing OSU’s apiary of 60 colonies, she has 8 colonies of her own. She also enjoys searching for wild mushrooms, clamming and musseling, fishing, and hiking. She also does a little running.

 

She will teach us to identify diseases that could be at work weakening our hives. Then, we can effectively manage them back to health.

Randy Oliver 

The owner of Golden West Bees in northern California providing migratory pollination services for almonds and producing nucs and honey for sale. He is much more widely known as the voice of ScientificBeekeeping.com website, which he started as a place where he could give beekeepers an objective, understandable look at new research coming out in the scientific journals. 

Cassie Cichorz

Works for the Washington State Department of Agriculture and is an Asian Giant Hornet Outreach & Education Specialist

During our November Zoom meeting she provided general information about Asian giant hornet, trapping and eradication efforts, along with some identification. 

Sept 2020 Cowlitz beekeepers meeting we meet with Sue Cobey .  She is working with WSU on their building a better bee program. She is a bee breeder and geneticist who gathered  bee semen in Italy to use in making bees that are stronger and better able to survive.

Podcast: 

https://beekeepingtodaypodcast.com/developing-a-breeding-program-with-sue-coby-dr-tim-lawrence-and-dr-steve-sheppard-s2-e24

Aug 2020 Cowlitz beekeepers meeting we meet with Dr. Ramesh Sagili (Associate Professor in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University). His covered honey bee health and nutrition. 

Recording was started shortly after meeting started so missed first few minutes.  

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