Here is a partial list of conference presentations and tours to give you an idea of the diversity and scope of the conference:
- The conference kicks off with Gene Brandi’s presentation “Beekeeping in California: An Overview of Colony Management.” His presentation will address the theoretical population dynamics of both managed and non-managed colonies in the Central Valley of California.
- Kim Flottum, of Bee Culture, will share some of his insights on the “Rapidly Changing Bee Scene.”
- Les Crowder and co-author Heather Harrell, of the book Top-Bar Beekeeping: Organic Practices for Honey Bee Health, will be discussing managing honey bee colonies in top-bar hives.
- There will be off-campus tours at The Moon Shine Honey Company packing facility and the Mann Lake Warehouse and Showroom and their sugar syrup blending facility.
- Visits to the UC Davis Bee Biology Facility and the Häagen Dazs Bee Haven Garden.
- Outdoor mini-sessions will be held at the UC Davis Bee Biology Facility on various topics such as types of bee hives (containing colonies), diagnosing Nosema or Varroa and native bees foraging in screen houses.
- Outdoor mini-sessions in the field include preparing bee samples for molecular studies and selecting plants for bee food.
- Dr. Larry Connor will address more in-depth beekeeping fundamentals with his presentation “Keeping Your Bees Alive and Growing.” It will be a three-part session, including: 1) The Numbers Game – Understanding Honey Bee Reproduction; 2) Making and Using Increase Packages; and 3) Managing Colonies for Sustainability – Location, Genetics and Nutrition. Larry also is the founder and owner of Wicwas Press, and he will have a variety of books for review at the conference.