This year’s Mass Bee Fall Meeting will be a virtual event on November 7th, from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM. The meeting is free to Mass Bee members however registration is required. You can register HERE. If your membership has lapsed please go to the MEMBERSHIP PAGE first to renew your membership or to join the club.
A long time hobby beekeeper and trained in technology education, Gary began working with Marla Spivak when she moved to Minnesota in 1992. Without his hard work, the program would not be what it is today. He maintains the research colonies, helps train and work with students in the field, designs and builds specialty equipment and speaks to beekeeping, student and civic groups. He plans the Extension short courses and together with Marla teaches beginning, as well as experienced beekeepers. His humorous style of teaching helps the class stay interested and enthusiastic about a sometimes-challenging subject. He is a past president of both Minnesota Hobby Beekeepers and Wisconsin Honey Producers Association and director of the American Beekeeping Federation and remains active in these groups. He still finds time to manager his own colonies, while learning to blacksmith, maintaining an orchard, and helping his wife raise sheep.
Gary’s presentation will be on wintering hives in cold climates and the research the university is doing on propolis. He will talk about how honey bees winter and what the beekeepers should do and not do to help them make it through the winter. He will also discuss what they have learned at the University of Minnesota Bee Lab regarding propolis and how it relates to honey bees’ health.
Dr. David Peck
Dr. David Thomas Peck is a professor at the Cornell University Department of Neurobiology and Behavior. Behaviorist interested in the behavioral interactions between parasites and their hosts, including parasite behavior, host-resistance behaviors toward parasites, and host-manipulation by parasites. He’s currently focused on studying: mechanisms of naturally evolved behavioral resistance to the mite Varroa destructor in honey bee populations in the United States and Madagascar; and consequences of both mite and bee behavior in the transmission of Varroa mites between honey bee colonies in apicultural and natural settings.
Dr. Peck’s presentation, “Varroa destructor – History, Biology, Transmission, and Bee Resistance”, will include information about Varroa biology that most veteran beekeepers rarely know. The focus is on Varroa as an animal in its own right, with its own interesting biology, and not “just a pest” – that needs to be destroyed as quickly as possible.