Bees have been thriving without human intervention for a very long time. Today we have solid evidence that wild honeybees successfully carry on despite the presence of mites and other problems. If we can learn from bees’ natural endurance, we can be more successful in managing our hives to aid in the proliferation of a healthy bee population.
Dr. Tom Seeley is a Professor of Biology at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. A leading researcher of honeybee ecology and collective intelligence, he is widely known for his award-winning books Honeybee Democracy and The Wisdom of the Hive. His recent research explores how wild honeybees survive Varroa mites without any treatments and investigates what beekeeping practices could help mimic the success of the wild colonies. Dr. Seeley’s website.
Dr. Leo Sharashkin is a full-time natural beekeeper in the Ozarks of southern Missouri. His treatment-free apiaries attract visitors from all over the world. Dr. Leo catches local wild swarms, uses easy-to-build horizontal hives, and leads natural beekeeping workshops around the country and internationally. He is the editor of Keeping Bees With a Smile, a comprehensive book on natural beekeeping, and a regular contributor to the American Bee Journal, Bee Culture, and other major publications. For more information, including free construction plans, visit: www.HorizontalHive.com
Dr. Seeley and Dr. Sharashkin’s books will be available for sale and signing at the event. These will include Dr. Seeley’s legendary Honeybee Democracy as well as his newest release The Lives of Bees: The Untold Story of the Honey Bee in the Wild.
The natural beekeeping books edited by Dr. Leo Sharashkin will also be available, including Keeping Bees With a Smile and the much-anticipated new release The Beeing: Life Inside a Honeybee Colony.
The conference is Saturday, November 16, 2019, in the North Area at Trident Technical College’s Thornley Campus (formerly known as the Main Campus) from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm and the fee is $36.00. The registration link is available from our CABA (Charleston Area Beekeepers Association) website: charlestonbees.org
-Submitted by Charles J Moore
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