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WAS May Mini: IPM for Varroa, Supplemental Feeds and Atypical Forage

with Dr. Dewey Caron and Kathryn Thompson

[Please note speaker change: Dr. Garrett Slater's presentation on drones has been moved to next month due to a family issue]

First Presentation: "Is IPM viable for Varroa mite control?", Dr. Dewey Caron, Univ. of Delaware.

Bio: Dr Dewey M. Caron is Emeritus Professor of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, Univ of Delaware, & Affiliate Professor and Content/Communications specialist OR Master Beekeeper program, Dept Horticulture, Oregon State University. He had professional appointments at Cornell (1968-70), Univ of Maryland (1970-81) and Univ of Delaware 1981-2009, serving as Department chairman at the last 2. He retired from Univ of Delaware in 2009 and moved to Portland, OR to be closer to grandkids. In retirement he remains active in bee education. He is past President of WAS (2010) and currently is member-at-large to the WAS Board as well as coordinator of the WAS mini-conferences.

Second Presentation: "A Colony Level Investigation of Supplemental Feeds & Atypical Forage" by Kathryn Thompson, Colorado State Beekeepers’ Association (CSBA)

Bio: Kathryn Thompson grew up farming in Eastern Colorado, studied Microbiology & Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University, and worked as a phlebotomist before beginning her career in education. Now teaching at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, CO while continuing to work on her family’s farm, her interest in honey bees has been fueled by openings in her professional life including chances to learn, write, and conduct research on honey bees during her MS in Biology through the University of Nebraska in Kearney, invitations to teach applied biology to beekeepers for mentor programs, school groups, and the Northeastern Colorado Community. She is a master beekeeper, President of the Eastern Colorado Beekeepers, Treasurer and Master Beekeeping Program Director for the Colorado State Beekeepers’ Association.

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