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Wyoming Bee College Conference, March 18-19, 2017

March 18, 2017 - March 19, 2017


Save the date, Saturday, March 18 and Sunday, March 19, 2017.

Wyoming Bee College Conference, is open to everyone; beekeeper want-a-bee, experienced beekeeper or people who are concerned about our pollinators and want to learn and help them through conservation and building habitat.

Registration is via: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wyoming-bee-college-conference-2017-tickets-27182621954?aff=ehomecard  cost is $75 and includes two lunches and dinner.

The 2017 conference is bigger with five (5) tracks on day one and four (4) tracks on the second day. We are pleased to bring in beekeeping authors James E Tew and Les Crowder along with the Denver Butterfly Pavilion and University of Wyoming’s Bio-Diversity Institute.

Author and contributor to; “Bee Culture Magazine”, James E Tew will be our main speaker for the 2017 Wyoming Bee College.  James Tew will be our morning keynote speaker for both Saturday, March 18 and Sunday March 19, and our evening dinner speaker bringing beekeeping humor and stories from the hive.  James E Tew has written “Beekeeping Principles”; A Manual for the Beekeeper, “Wisdom for Beekeepers”; “500 Tips for Successful Beekeeping, Backyard Beekeeping”, and the most recent “The Bee Keeper’s Problem Solver”.  Check out: his facebook page at Dr. James E. Tew or his “A Web-Based Introductory Beekeeping Training Program” on www.ohiostatebeekeepers.org or his personal website www.onetew.com.  This is truly a beekeeper with his boots on the ground, research based and practical information.

Author and Top Bar Beekeeping expert; Les Crowder will be teaching a half day course on top bar beekeeping.  From Les’s website www.fortheloveofbees.com, “The topbar hive easily accommodates organic requirements.  It can be built by a beekeeper for around $30 – $40 out of rough-sawn wood.  Its insides mimic a hollow log, and the bees can draw their comb in whatever manner they choose…” Many topbar beekeepers utilize these higher wax yields to make candles, salves and balms that can be used to diversify their businesses.”   Les is the author of; “Top Bar Beekeeping, Organic Practices for Honeybee Health”.

Beekeeping 101, Learn the basics of beekeeping from a local third generation Master Beekeeper, Carolyn Nyarady DVM. This class will cover bee biology, disease identification, seasonal care of your bees, what bees need to be fed when there are no flowers, hive designs, equipment needed and costs.

Beekeeping 102 years 2 and 3. “What am I really seeing in the hive”, recognize the difference larval stages, understand and manage the brood nest, installing your bees, how to handle a queen for successful integration into a new colony, monitor for diseases.  Locating your hive, register your hive and why, suppers, splits, extracting honey, merging a weak hive into a strong one, going into winter, inspecting for problems and how to start solving them, plus much more.

Journeyman level two tracks of choices: Years 4 and on, many choices to mix and match:  Scott Debnam from Montana State University on “What to expect each Month – seasonal management of you bees“. Raising your own queens, Beehive building basics with David Lewis. Reyah Carlson on the “Hive as the Medicine Chest” from bee sting therapy, bees wax, Propolis, Royal Jelly; how to harvest and use these amazing bee created products. Using bee’s wax in candles and salves and many more topics.

The Butterfly Pavilion from the Denver Metro area will be doing classes on butterflies, habitat development and how to help them along with native bees.

Conservation tracks with The University of Wyoming’s Bio-Diversity Institute will be address habitat loss and how to correct this number one problem facing our pollinators.

General topics for everyone: Honey Bee Nutrition, current research from UW on pollinator friendly crops, native plants, starting a pollinator garden from seed, selling honey as a hobby or business, food safety basics for honey, Bees Vs. Wasps, Certified Naturally Grown Apiary, how to build a bee hive and a panel discussion with the Butterfly Pavilion Team.

Bee Buddies, these are kids between 7 and 15 who are working with an adult beekeeper or 4-H leader learning the craft of beekeeping. They get free admission with a paying adult.

Conference hotels, both newly built in 2016 and offer a complimentary breakfast: 1-Comfort Inn 201 W Fox Farm Rd, Cheyenne, WY 82007, 307-514-6051 or 2-the Fairfield Inn & Suites Cheyenne Southwest1820 West Lincolnway 307-634-0401. Ask for the Bee College rate.

For more information and a schedule: http://www.wyomingbeecollege.org

Registration at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wyoming-bee-college-conference-2017-tickets-27182621954?aff=ehomecard

Cost is $75/person, Bee Buddies, kids 7-15, with a paying adult are free


March 18, 2017
March 19, 2017


University of Wyoming Extension


Wyoming Bee College Conference
1400 East College Drive, Pathfinder Building
Cheyenne, WY 82007 United States
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