June 14, 2018
The year’s longest day has come and gone, and now’s the time to be thinking about getting all our bees ready for next spring. Now’s also the time to be registering for our Annual Conference to be held in Boise, Friday through Sunday, on August 3–5.
Plan to join us to meet and mingle with some of the most-influential and knowledgeable beekeepers from across the country. Expect some fun! We’ll convene the 41st Annual Western Apicultural Society (WAS) Conference at the brand-new, eclectic, and undeniably unique Jack’s Urban Meeting Place (JUMP), a venue that truly offers something for everyone. Full registration details are found in this Journal issue as well as on our website (https://www.
Once again, we’ve got a great line up that offers everyone the chance to learn from some of the brightest minds in beekeeping.
Jennifer Berry and Randy Oliver will open on Friday, August 3, with updates on current research projects. Dr. Dewey Caron will present on “Varroa, Forage, Pesticides: Honey Bee Health Coalition Resources for WAS.” The “Two Jerrys of Beekeeping” will tell us about Bayer’s current efforts to improve beekeeping (Jerry Hayes) and provide a personal perspective addressing the role of technology in beekeeping’s past and future (Jerry Bromenshenk). Sarah Red-Laird will lead a Next Gen session under the moniker, “The Future of Beekeeping Is Ours!” and also present on “My Two-Step Plan to Saving Your Bees.” Melinda Jean Stafford will share insights for increasing success in young apiarists. Friday night will be reserved for a Pub Swarm starting out at the nearby Woodcraft Brew Pub. From there, Swarm Democracy (Sorry, Tom Seeley!) will rule as the gang takes off on our newly announced Boise Ale Trail. (The Boise Ale Trail app is free at Google Play and the iOS App Store.)
On Saturday, August 4, Jennifer and Randy will invite a handful of young beekeepers to join them on the outdoor JUMP terrace, complete with pop-up apiary. The entire inspection will be visible to the rest of us through ceiling-to-floor windows as well as heard by way of Jennifer and Randy’s wireless mics. Dr. Jamie Strange will share the state of the art on bumble bee biology with “Understanding the Causes of Bumble Bee Declines in the Western US and Current Conservation Efforts.” Dr. Ramesh Sagili will provide information on honey bee nutrition and an update on his activities with Bee Informed Partnership. And Ellen Topitzhofer will recount results from years of observations as a member of the Pacific Northwest Tech Transfer Team. Dr. Ron Bitner will present on “Bee-Friendly Farming: Ground Cover for Native Bees.” In the evening, we’ll be able to observe the practical application of his knowledge at Bitner Vineyards, the location of our annual banquet.
We will conclude Sunday morning, August 5, with a panel discussion focusing on various master beekeeper programs available throughout the country. Panelists will describe their respective programs in the context of ability to provide positive community outreach as well as insight into how to develop a successful program.
The WAS Conference is open to all. Come to Boise August 3–5, learn about recent advances in beekeeping, and enjoy the wonderful, summer climate in one America’s most-livable cities. Many additional details on our speakers are available on the WAS Facebook page. Also, in this Journal, details on the venue, parking, meals, and lodging are provided for your convenience [pages 19–31]. For further updates, be sure to visit: www.westernapiculturalsociety.
Looking forward to seeing you all in Boise this August!